The University of Chicago has announced the establishment of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, which will “serve as a collaborative environment for the creation, performance and study of music, as well as the advancement of the careers of emerging and established composers, performers and scholars.” Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Composition in Music, will serve as director.
According to the center’s website, which launched today:
The Center will be home to ten integrated entities: Contempo, CHIME, visiting ensembles, distinguished guest composers, performances, recordings, research, student-led projects, workshops and postdoctoral fellowships.
Aaron Helgeson will serve as the inaugural postdoctoral fellow, beginning in fall of 2017. He will teach and develop new work in collaboration with the center’s resident ensembles:
The fellowship will allow me to push my work further, to take bigger risks, and have more time to incubate projects with Chicago artists and share that process with the community.