CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will hold its second annual New Music Festival March 10 to 12. The free public festival will feature guest composer and performer Molly Joyce, and accordionist Branko Džinović as well as UNI faculty and student performers. 

The festival will offer three concerts: 

From electronica-inspired songs to virtuosic tour-de-force new music, these concerts will span a dazzling array of artistry, aesthetics and appeal, and celebrate new music on the UNI campus.

The festival is being coordinated by UNI faculty artists Sang Koh, assistant professor of violin, Kramer Milan, instructor of percussion, and Daniel Swilley, assistant professor of music.

“While it is important to know where we have been, it is just as important to appreciate where we are so that we can gain glimpses into what is possible in the future,” Koh said of the festival’s unique performances. “The New Music Festival samples the music of today to give audiences insights into the immense potential of music going forward, particularly when it can be created, shared, and enjoyed by anyone.”

“The music of our time does not enjoy the same level of exposure as the music of centuries past,” Swilley added. “It is commonplace to attend concerts where not a single piece on the program was composed in the last 50 or even 100 years. We need events like the New Music Festival to showcase the vibrant and diverse output of living composers. We need the art of our time - the art generated by the human condition of our time.”

Milan agreed.

“There simply has never been this assembly of performers, composers, and artists together in a room,” he said. “Music for voice, electronics, accordion, large and small ensembles alike, and music never before heard. This festival has something for everyone.”

All three festival concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information on the New Music Festival or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Francis (319) 273-2028, caroline.francis@uni.edu


Caroline Francis, communications & operations coordinator, UNI School of Music, caroline.francis@uni.edu, (319) 273-2028

Steve Schmadeke, Public Relations Manager, steve.schmadeke@uni.edu, 319-273-2761


Caroline Francis, communications & operations coordinator, UNI School of Music

(319) 273-2028