What a great night! Thank you so much to Black Oak Ensemble and Mary Stolper for their spectacular performances on Thursday night! And congratulations to C3 composers on the World Premieres of their terrific new works!


c3 presents Black Oak Ensemble with Mary Stolper, flute


Two titans of Chicago chamber music are about to join forces for a one-performance-only concert on May 18th!

Join us at the Sanctuary at Epiphany Center for the Arts as Chicago Composers’ Consortium presents the exciting Black Oak Ensemble (violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli, cellist David Cunliffe) in a unique collaboration with legendary Chicago flutist Mary Stolper for a concert of new music for string trio and flute.

Works include ‘East Wind’ by Chicago’s world-renowned Shulamit Ran plus premieres by C3 composers Martha Horst, Timothy Dwight Edwards, Elizabeth Start, Kathleen Ginther, Laura Schwendinger, and Amos Gillespie.

Hope you can make it!

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Concert at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 5:00 for Golden Hour
Epiphany Center For The Arts: The Sanctuary
201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607


Tickets: $20 – General Admission | $10 – Student | Buy Tickets! * | Event Page: Epiphany Center For The Arts *

* ‘Service charges apply to ALL ticket purchases (online and box office)’ – Credit card only at door.


Praised for its “insightful, committed, and masterful performances” (Classics Today) and “fierce eloquence” (London Times), Chicago’s Black Oak Ensemble is one of the most innovating and exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. As passionate advocates of new works, Black Oak has commissioned and premiered string trios from composers such as Michael Nyman, David Ludwig, Mischa Zupko, and Conrad Tao. Their debut album, “Silenced Voices”, brings to light astonishing music written in concentration camps by Jewish composers, most of whom lost their lives in the Holocaust. Black Oak’s latest CD release, “Avant l’orage,” a double album of French string trios, reached #1 in the Billboard Classical Charts in July 2022 and was featured as Album of the week on Symphony Hall Sirius XM.

Flutist Mary Stolper is a frequent soloist and chamber music performer who has made guest appearances throughout the United States and Europe. She is well known to Chicago audiences as Principal Flute of the Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque and Fulcrum Point and has performed across Europe with the Chicago Symphony, the Czech National Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta. A tireless champion of contemporary music for the flute, Ms. Stolper has premiered and recorded new works by dozens of American composers, including Chicago’s Shulamit Ran, whose ‘East Wind’ for flute solo will be featured on tonight’s program.

Chicago Composer’s Consortium has produced hundreds of concerts and events in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, presenting the works of emerging and established composers alike and partnering with other musicians and ensembles in the creation of unique musical events. C3 has a rich history of innovative composer-generated collaborative projects and a commitment to adventurous programming, including the presentation of works by little known and emerging composers deserving of a larger audience. As a presenter of contemporary American music for almost thirty-five years, C3 has consistently found new ways to introduce its audience to what is new and exciting in music and to engage the community in an ongoing relationship of musical exploration.



March 9, 2023
7:30 pm
Ganz Hall
Roosevelt University, Chicago
425 S. Wabash Avenue, 7th Floor

Whiting3You’re invited!

Join C3 in welcoming multifaceted saxophonist and improviser Drew Whiting to Chicago in a program of electroacoustic music for saxophone and other instruments. A champion of new and experimental music, Drew has been described (by Diakcritical.com) as a virtuoso whose performances are “exquisite and emotive… managing everything with aplomb.” The varied program includes three World Premieres and a performance of the winning piece of the C3 2023 Composers Competition by David Clay Mettens.


Judith Shatin | For the Fallen for soprano sax and electronics (2016)
Daria Tennikova | Rhapsody in Yellow and Blue for alto saxophone and piano (2023) *
Timothy Ernest Johnson | Contemplications for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, electric guitar and fixed media (2022) *
Ed Martin | Aria for baritone saxophone and fixed media (2021)
Trevor Adams | AANA for violin and electronics (2021)
Kyong Mee Choi | too bright to see for saxophone and electronics (2022) *
Amos Gillespie | Lacework for alto sax, baritone sax and electronics (2016)
David Clay Mettens | A Line Through the Night for saxophone (2022) **

Amos Gillespie, saxophone
Timothy Ernest Johnson, guitar
Trevor Adams, violin
Daria Tennikova, piano

*World Premiere Performance
**C3 2023 Composers Competition Winner

And the Winner Is…

Congratulations to David Clay Mettens, the winner of the Drew Whiting competition! His piece “A line through the night” will be performed in our concert whose date has been changed to March 9, 2023. See details.

With over 50 entries, this year’s competition was intense. Thank you to all who participated.

What’s happening?

Call for Scores: Works for Saxophone and Electronics

Deadline Extended: Due October 31, 2022. Now closed.

Our 2022-23 Season!

This year’s season includes collaborations with Duo Diorama, Drew Whiting, Black Oak Ensemble and Mary Stolper! See details


Videos of Recent Performances

Take a look at our YouTube channel!

Durward Ensemble Brings Large Forces

On May 15 at 2:30, the Consortium will be dishing out some big orchestrational flavor with an exciting and diverse program of large ensemble works performed by Durward Ensemble. Please join us at Ganz Hall as we welcome Durward Ensemble to Chicago, direct from the cornfields of Iowa!
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May 15, 2022, 2:30 pm
Ganz Hall, 430 S Michigan, Chicago, 7th floor
Tickets $20 / $5 at the door
Important: COVID Policy and self-assessment survey for on-campus visit
If you can’t make it in person, then you can watch via YouTube

Rose Bishop, flute
Lisa Wissenberg, clarinet
Douglas Moore-Monroe, clarinet
Ryan Smith, saxophone
Aren Van Housen, trumpet
Matt Driscoll, tenor trombone
Casey Thomas, bass trombone
Catie Moritz, violin
Jessica Altfillish, viola
James Ellis, cello
Amy Brewer, piano
Aaron Ottmar, percussion

Michelle Perrin Blair, conductor

Talia Amar: REMINISCENCE (2015)
Amos Gillespie: ENTERTAINMENT OF BEING (2022)
Lawrence Axelrod: CALM WATERS (2022)
Timothy Ernest Johnson: UNBECOMING A LA TI SONG (2022)
Timothy Dwight Edwards: CIRCUS FLEXUS (1997/2022)
Laura Schwendinger: ECLIPSE (2018)
Kathleen Ginther: LAKE EFFECT (2016/2022)
Elizabeth Start: TOGETHER 360 (2022)




The Bernard Rands Effect

Re-Mark your calendars! After a two-year delay (you know why!), Chicago Composers’ Consortium and Spektral Quartet present The Bernard Rands Effect, a concert of nine World Premieres written for and premiered by Spektral Quartet on Monday, March 14, 2022, at Constellation Chicago starting at 7:30.

This long-awaited event features a new string quartet by Chicago resident and Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Rands, commissioned for this concert by John Bierbusse, plus 5-minute quartets written by C3 composers in response to Bernard’s new quartet. Using Bernard’s music as a jumping off point into their own individual musical landscapes, eight C3 composers enter into a unique conversation with each other, with Spektral, and with the composer whose work inspired this project.

We are delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating the extraordinary creativity and accomplishment of this world-renowned composer who calls Chicago home – on his 88th birthday! Come join us at Constellation for a musical bouquet of string quartets, premiered by Chicago’s irreplaceable Spektrals, in one of their final live Chicago performances.

Participating C3 composers include Larry Axelrod, Kyong Mee Choi, Tim Edwards, Kathleen Ginther, Martha Horst, Tim Johnson, Laura Schwendinger and Elizabeth Start.


Chicago Premiere Performance

Monday, March 14, 7:30 pm *RESCHEDULED from the original March 2 date*
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL


Midwest Tour

Monday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Stetson Chapel
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI

Saturday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Hamel Music Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Friday, April 15, 7:30 pm
Shryock Auditorium
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL


Bernard Rands: String Quartet Music

Lawrence Axelrod: Meditation (on a theme of Bernard Rands)

Kyong Mee Choi: Falling Leaves

Timothy Dwight Edwards: with Pause for Reflection

Kathleen Ginther: quartetto in ombra

Martha Horst: Rabbit Hole

Timothy Ernest Johnson: For the Love of Home

Laura  Schwendinger: una breve canzone senza parole

Elizabeth Start: Conclusions


K.C. Ginther and Tim Edwards Floating Lounge – *NEW DATE: MAR. 2*

C3 Composers Kathleen Ginther and Timothy Dwight Edwards are Spektral Quartet’s special guests on an upcoming episode of the Floating Lounge!

  • https://spektralquartet.com/concerts/2022/2/23/floating-lounge-ginther-edwards for details and to register!



Floating Lounge: Kyong Mee Choi & Timothy Ernest Johnson

C3 Composers Kyong Mee Choi and Timothy Ernest Johnson are Spektral Quartet’s special guests on an upcoming episode of the Floating Lounge!

  • https://spektralquartet.com/concerts/2022/1/4/floating-lounge for details and to register!



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Sunday, December 12, 2021, 7:30 pm
Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

Join C3 and Ensemble Dal Niente on December 12 at Ganz Hall or Streamed Here!

Called ‘a superb new music collective’ by the New York Times, Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente has risen to the top tier of new music chamber ensembles worldwide. Recipient of the 2019 Fromm Music Foundation prize and the first-ever ensemble to win the Kranichstein Prize in interpretation from the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Dal Niente has performed throughout Europe and the Americas, galvanizing audiences with their experimental spirit and virtuosic performances. C3 collaborates again with our old friends, presenting a program of new works written for Ben, Ammie and Emma by C3 members and emerging composers.

Emma Hospelhorn, flute
Ammie Brod, viola
Ben Melsky, harp

Kyong Mee Choi: Vanished for harp and electronics (2019)
Timothy Dwight Edwards: A Winter’s Voyage for harp and electronics (2021)
Kathleen Ginther: A Distant Light for viola and harp (2021)
Jonathan Hannau: The Sky Fell Last Night for flute and electronics (2021)
Timothy Ernest Johnson: Cadenza Ficta for viola and loudspeakers (2021)
Mary Mixter: River of Grass for flute and electronics (2021)


Please note, if you are planning to attend our concert on Dec. 12, Roosevelt University has a specific set of Covid protocols that must be followed. They include registering at least 24 hours in advance (link below), bringing proof of vaccination and a state ID, wearing a mask, and filling out a health survey (either upon entry or via a phone app). Please refer to the below link for more details: