Resident and Visiting Ensembles

CCCC invites internationally acclaimed ensembles to engage directly with students and give public performances of new works. Recent resident and visiting ensembles at the University of Chicago include Third Coast Percussion, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Imani Winds, and Spektral Quartet.

The 2018-19 season will include the resident Grossman Ensemble, along with the Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Yarn/Wire, ~NOIS Saxophone Quartet, and Spektral Quartet. 



CCCC champions the performance of contemporary music through a dynamic mix of programming by graduate student-, faculty-, and visiting guest composers. Each season, the Center brings contemporary music to the forefront of musical life on campus and throughout the city. The 2018-19 season includes 10 concerts with over 40 world premieres. 



CCCC supports the recording of music created as part of its programs and residencies, making it possible to disseminate new works by a variety of composers and ensembles, from senior luminaries in the field of new music to exceptional junior composers and performers.

Founder and Director

Augusta Read Thomas

Advisory Board

Seth Brodsky
Anthony Cheung
Jennifer Iverson
Amy Iwano
Travis Jackson
Sam Pluta
Barbara Schubert


Reba Cafarelli

Director of Communications
Margo Strebig

About CCCC's creative team »


The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition is supported in part by generous gifts from Kay Bucksbaum and Gay Stanek.


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