• Alumni Concert Hall, College of Fine Arts (map)
  • 5000 Forbes Avenue
  • Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
  • United States

We hope you are all as excited as we are! Come out to hear the premieres of seven new compositions from Carnegie Mellon University's student composers on April 29th @ 3:30pm in Alumni Concert Hall! This event is in collaboration with NAT 28.

Each piece will showcase unusual chamber instrumentations such as a trio of harp, electric guitar and oboe, and a quartet of tuba, viola, trumpet and soprano voice! This is an event you won't want to miss.


The Unusual Ensemble Challenge is a day long chamber music festival that will showcase student compositions of non-traditional instrumentations. CMU School of Music students can sign up as performers or composers. Composer's will be randomly assigned a subsection of the performers, and will have a month to compose a piece for their chamber group. The day of the event, each group will meet in person for a day of rehearsal followed by a concert in the afternoon.

This festival will provide musicians with the unique opportunity to collaborate with others they may not normally work with, and challenge composers to write for non-traditional instrumentations.

Musicians from NAT 28(www.nat28.org) will be participating as judges for the concert, and will award prizes for best composition, best performance and best ensemble outfits. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to NAT 28, an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization

You can find more information at cmu-uec.weebly.com.