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

The 42nd Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
OCTOBER 21-23 2021

Featuring guest composer AUGUSTA READ THOMAS

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 AGAIN proud to feature the music of Augusta Read Thomas, with a guest ensemble to be announced soon.

Programs and performers will be announced later in the spring. Watch this space!

Download the 2020 New Music Festival Program Book below; concert programs, program notes, performer and composer bios.
See our Media page for archived performances from 2020.
* 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