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Eliza Bangert will join Palomar as flutist for our upcoming concert season.  Flutist Eliza Bangert can be heard regularly throughout the Chicago area in orchestral, chamber, and experimental performances. Since 2011 she has held the Third Flute/Piccolo chair with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and she is a past member of the Civic Orchestra of… Read more »

Composers For Korean Partnership Announced

As part of our partnership with the Korean National Composers Association, we will be performing music by Korean composers in November of 2015 and they are programming music by several of our composer members for a concert in Seoul scheduled for October. The Korean composers we’ll be performing are: Eunhye Kim Jiwon Kwon Do-Won Yu… Read more »


Our Executive Director Seth Boustead is off to Flix, Spain to give a presentation about ACM at the SIRGA Festival of contemporary music. We have partnered with SIRGA for our 2015-2016 season and will perform a concert of the music of their participating composer in February of 2016 and they will be integrating music of… Read more »


We’ve taken the corner space at our Wilson street school location in Chicago and will now have three consecutive storefronts with ten rooms for lessons. This exciting development allows us to teach musical creativity to even more adults and children of all ages.  

Videos From Our Soud OF Silent Film Festival 2015 Now Posted

We are thrilled to release the videos from Sound of Silent Film Festival 2015. These document the screening of seven brilliant modern silent films from around the world, all with music performed live.   Watch and enjoy!               


ACM composer members Tim Corpus and Caroline O’Brien have been chosen to have works performed later this month in Dublin by the Concorde Ensemble, Ireland’s longest running contemporary music ensemble. Both composers are planning to travel to Dublin to be present for the premieres of their works.  We’ll post audio as soon as we get… Read more »

Sound of Silent Film Festival Tenth Anniversary

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival – now in its ninth year! –  features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films.  This year’s festival features short dramas, comedies and experimental films from exciting young filmmakers around the world, all with new scores by our composer members. We’re thrilled to be moving the… Read more »

1,001 Afternoons in Chicago Live on WFMT

ACM and Strawdog Theatre Company team up again to perform our radio play inspired by stories by legendary Chicago journalist Ben Hecht live on 98.7 WFMT. In 1921 Hecht came to his editor with a big idea: he would write a short story every day for a year to be published in the Chicago Daily… Read more »

Composer Alive: Poland

Our annual Composer Alive project is an international commission with a composer in a different country in which we ask her to write a new piece for us and send it in three installments, to be recorded in front of a live audience and posted to our site as we receive them. This year we… Read more »

Installment III

 Czytaj po polsku This year our Composer Alive collaboration is with Agnieszka Stulginska in Warsaw Poland.  In keeping with our Composer Alive format, Ms. Stulginska has written a new piece in three installments for our Palomar ensemble to perform and record between January and March and then we’ll perform the World Premiere of the new… Read more »