Contemporary Music Seminar

39th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

Each year, RSC presents a three-day festival of student recitals, guest performers, lectures, master classes, and presentations all focused on contemporary music. Works performed in the seminar must be composed within the last 25 years so the students and audiences hear, play, and learn the music of their time.

Performed Over
New Pieces
By more than
world premieres
and over
commissioned works

Matthew Aucoin

2017 Featured Commissioned Composer
Rivers School Conservatory alumni, Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, pianist, and writer. His oeuvre as a composer extends from solo piano to chamber and orchestral music to opera. Starting in the fall of 2016, Aucoin will be Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Opera. This position, created for Aucoin, will feature him as a composer and conductor, and will culminate in the world premiere of a newly-commissioned opera in 2019. Aucoin’s first opera, Crossing, premiered at the American Repertory Theater in May 2015. Second Nature, a one-act eco-opera for young people — commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago — soon followed with a premiere in August 2015. He is currently working on a new opera for the Metropolitan Opera / Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works program.