New Music Festival

"Believe it or not, a little town in northwest Ohio is one of the liveliest spots for new music in the whole United States. For 25 years, MACCM has pursued the latest musical ideas and the highest musical standards with fearless vision. Bowling Green students are lucky to have this amazing resource — but so are we all."
                                                                                   —Steven Stucky, 2012

41st Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
Programs on YouTube begin on October 15!

Featuring guest composer AUGUSTA READ THOMAS
and guest ensemble THIRD COAST PERCUSSION

At the heart of the Center’s activities is the renowned New Music Festival. This annual event celebrates the contemporary arts through concerts, panels, art exhibitions, seminars, master classes and papers. Begun in 1980, the festival has hosted John Adams, John Luther Adams, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Dai Fujikura, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, Aaron Jay Kernis, Joan La Barbara, David Lang, Paul Lansky, George Lewis, Steven Mackey, Robert Morris, Pauline Oliveros, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Evan Ziporyn and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.

In 2020, we are proud to feature the music of Augusta Read Thomas, with award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion.


We aren't going to be able to meet in person, isn't quite our normal NMF experience, but we will not be deterred; we will continue with pre-recorded concert and interview offerings that will be released starting in mid-October.
These offerings will include an interview with featured guest composer Augusta Read Thomas, a special performance by Third Coast Percussion, and three concert presentations by our own intrepid faculty and students, including works by Stephen Hartke, Evan Williams, Gemma Peacocke, Matthew Evan Taylor, Tony Manfredonia, Marilyn Shrude, Julius Eastman, Inez McComas, Hong-Da Chin, Tie Zhou, Pablo Gomez-Estevez, Mikel Kuehn, Joseph Klein, Jlin, Tyondai Braxton, and Philip Glass...and of course our featured guest Augusta Read Thomas including the WORLD PREMIERE of Con Moto, a new work for Third Coast!

Programs and interviews will launch on the College of Musical Arts YouTube channel starting Thursday, October 15. The Friday, October 16th concert will happen on the Third Coast Percussion YouTube channel.

Thanks for sticking with us as we enter our fifth decade of the Bowling Green New Music Festival!

Download the New Music Festival Program Book below; concert programs, program notes, performer and composer bios.
* NMF41 Program Book.pdf
41st Annual New Music Festival Program Book

launching 2:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15

featuring works by Augusta Read Thomas, Tony Manfredonia, Evan Williams,
Stephen Hartke, and Mikel Kuehn
Premieres 8 p.m., Thursday, October 15


featuring works by Augusta Read Thomas, Jlin, Philip Glass, and Tyondai Braxton
Premieres 8 p.m., Friday, October 16

featuring works by Augusta Read Thomas, Tie Zhou, Matthew Evan Taylor,
Hong-Da Chin, and Marilyn Shrude
Premieres 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 17

featuring works by Augusta Read Thomas, Gemma Peacocke, Inez McComas,
Joseph Klein, Pablo Gomez-Estevez, and Julius Eastman
Premieres 8 p.m., Sunday, October 18

Concerts will be available at
Friday concert at