2022 New Music Ensemble Composition Competition

2022 New Music Ensemble Composition Competition

Date and Time

Thursday, March 31, 2022 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM


This event is free to attend.
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Lobby of the Louis Armstrong Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts, GVSU Allendale Campus


Join us Thursday, March 31, 2022 beginning with a reception at 5:30pm, performances begin at 7:00pm in the lobby of the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts for the 10th anniversary edition of the Art Gallery's New Music Ensemble Composition Competition. This competitive event began in 2009, with the generous support of Larry and Elaine Rutowski Shay, and has seen premiered 257 student-composed music compositions resulting in over $6,500 in prize money awarded. Each year GVSU student composers are invited to create 60-second compositions that are based on artwork displayed in the college art gallery. Compositions are submitted anonymously, and then rehearsed and performed by the GVSU New Music Ensemble. A panel of judges and the audience select prize-winning works, which are announced immediately after the performances. 

For this anniversary event, the compositions are based on the art in the recently renovated Louis Armstrong Theatre lobby in the Haas Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, all previous prize-winning composers were invited to submit a new composition and attend the event. Returning from as far away as California, Arizona, and New York, in addition to tonight’s event these alumni will be visiting our classes this week to discuss their adventures since graduating.

The New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University is an undergraduate ensemble that promotes the music of our time through commissions, tours, recordings, collaborations, outreach events, and workshops. Founded in 2006 by its director Bill Ryan, the ensemble not only prepares students for careers that include contemporary music, but helps them to become exceptional educators, advocates, and leaders in the field.

To see past Composition Competition winners and hear their compositions, visit

This event is made possible each year with the generous support of Larry and Elaine Rutowski Shay.

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