San Diego New Music
Madelyn Byrne, President
Eric Starr, Executive Director
Christopher Adler, Secretary/Treasurer
Lisa Cella, Artistic Director, soundON Festival
Rachel Beetz, Director of Public Relations
Bonnie Lander, Education and Outreach Director
Rachel Allen, board member
Christian Hertzog, board member
Michael Oyster, board member and recordist
Nathan Brock (1977-2012), Executive Director emeritus
San Diego New Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the public performance of notated music of the highest integrity and artistic caliber from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We seek to advance the art form by promoting music composed with conceptual rigor, passionate energy, and singular artistic vision. SDNM enriches the artistic culture of San Diego through the presentation of an annual concert series and the soundON Festival of Modern Music, and through fostering its resident performing ensemble, NOISE.
Each concert on our annual concert series is curated by one of our affiliated artists, and features performers from the San Diego community and beyond. Our primary venue is the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, a beautiful and intimate space ideally suited to the presentation of chamber music.
Our Affiliated Artists live in San Diego or are former San Diego residents, and are also members of prominent institutions such as the San Diego Symphony, the La Jolla Symphony, the University of California San Diego and the University of San Diego, and are committed to bringing excellent contemporary music to the San Diego community. The artists provide our talent as well as the vision to program creatively.
NOISE is a chamber ensemble of accomplished specialists in the performance of contemporary music from across the United States. Established in 2000 as the ensemble-in-residence with San Diego New Music, NOISE presents concerts that are energetic and engaging as well as intellectually stimulating and technically sophisticated. We believe that music which is sometimes called complex, difficult, or avant-garde is accessible to any audience when performed with passion and conviction. Our vision for NOISE is to develop new repertoire through collaboration with an ever widening pool of composers, both established and emerging, through residencies across the United States and internationally, and to professionally record the repertoire of composers to whose work we are particularly committed.
The soundON Festival of Modern Music
With the presentation of the annual soundON Festival of Modern Music, we present challenging and visionary repertoire by young and emerging composers alongside the visionary masters of the 20th century. Featuring performances by NOISE and our Affiliated Artists, the multi-day festival format allows us to present unconventional works in an informal and enjoyable setting. We also reach out to young artists and audiences through an interactive workshop to build a new generation of new music supporters and artists. Now in its eighth year, the soundON Festival has become a fixture in the musical landscape of San Diego.
"I salute the soundON Festival for not only mounting this piece but also giving it such a splendid incarnation. Soprano Alice Teyssier’s dramatic virtusosity illuminated every one of the 21 movements with passionate vocal finesse, shifting with confidence from full voice, to Sprechstimme, to chilling stage whispers. She encompassed the irony, the humor and the grotesque qualities of both poet and composer. Under the baton of McAllister, the instrumental quintet ably matched Teyssier’s performance virtues, supplying panache and precision upon demand." - Ken Herman on Pierrot Lunaire and the 2014 soundON Festival, in San Diego Story
Our Affiliated Artists collaborate with San Diego Refugee tutoring, bringing the experience of hands-on music making to young children in need. Learn more about the program and sign up to participate.