Programs

Contemporary Performance Program

CPP students work with living classical composers, develop new works, and perform 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces in the critically-acclaimed ensemble, Tactus.

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An advanced graduate program at the forefront of contemporary classical music that prepares students to innovate as artists and entrepreneurs.

Degree Offered

  • Master of Music (MM)

Contemporary Performance Majors

Voice

Strings
Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass

Woodwinds
Flute
Clarinet
Oboe

Percussion

Piano

Program Details

The Contemporary Performance Program (CPP) is an advanced graduate program dedicated to preparing musicians to thrive as artists working on the forefront of contemporary classical music.

The CPP season performances present highly-crafted performances of 20th- and 21st–century masterpieces. Concerts feature both newly written works and collaborations with established and emerging living composers as well as core 20th-century repertoire by composers such as Webern, Schoenberg, Ives, Varèse, Cage and Ligeti. The program collaborates regularly with MSM faculty composers and the Composition department to develop and premiere new works.

The Contemporary Performance Program is lead by Artistic Director and Chair Margaret Kampmeier and Artistic Administrator Manly Romeo.

“The deepest, grandest noise of the musical season so far”

From a review of Tactus, the CPP Ensemble

Audition & Prescreening Information

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

Handbook for Current Students

Contemporary Performance Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

MSM Course Catalog
(A plan of study may also be found at the bottom of this page.)

Contemporary Performance Administration

Margaret Kampmeier, Artistic Director and Chair
mkampmeier@msmnyc.edu

Manly Romero, Artistic Administrator; Performance Librarian
917-493-4510
mromero@msmnyc.edu

 

Contemporary Masters

Total Program Hours: 54-57

  • Major Instrument Seminar
    8 hr
  • Composer/Reading Workshop
    2 hr
  • Contemporary Ensemble
    4 hr
  • Contemporary Musicianship
    4 hr
  • Performing with Electronics
    2 hr
  • Survey of Contemporary Music
    6 hr
  • Concert Attendance
    0 hr
  • 1st Year Jury
    0 hr
Total Hours for Year 1:
26 hr
  • Major Instrument Seminar
    8 hr
  • Composer Reading/ Workshop
    2 hr
  • Contemporary Ensemble
    4 hr
  • Composer/Performer Project
    2 hr
  • Advanced Practicum
    2 hr
  • Independent Study
    2 hr
  • Graduate Electives
    6 hr
  • Graduate Theory Electives
    2 hr
  • 2nd Year Jury
    0 hr
  • Recital/Lecture Presentation
    0 hr
Total Hours for Year 2:
28 hr

Members of MSM's critically-praised Tactus ensemble

Ford Forqurean (clarinet) MM '18. Tactus performs multiple times throughout the academic year. 

“One of the huge benefits of MSM is its location in NYC, home to the richest and most saturated scene in contemporary classic, jazz and other genres.”

Viola, Contemporary Performance (MM '16)

 MSM's critically-praised Tactus ensemble following a Soundpainting performance led by CPP faculty Todd Reynolds (front, right).