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Write music? Looking to program some freshly inked work? Check out ICEcommons, our open-source platform for collecting the works of today. It’s free, and you’ll be enriching the new-music community by adding to the ICEcommons database. Newly uploaded and previously submitted works will also be considered for our upcoming OpenICE show on December 2 at Constellation in Chicago, curated by Katinka Kleijn, Zach Good, and Ben Roidl-Ward. Upload your scores here!


The Fourth Biennial Rubin Institute for Music Criticism

Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:00 PM
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
San Francisco Conservatory
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94012
Free Ticket with Reservation

Situated within the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism brings together leading music journalists, renowned musicians, and aspiring young writers.

A 7 PM pre-concert talk with The New Yorker’s Alex Ross highlights the role of the ICEcommons database in the selection of the program. At 8 PM, ICE will perform works by Mario Diaz de Leon, Wojtek Blecharz, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, as well as world premieres from Seth Cluett and Michele Abondonado!

From ICE:
Isabel Gleicher, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, live sound

ICE at UNT Denton
Friday, October 26, 2018

11:00 AM, Panel Discussion
ICE’s organizational model
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre
College of Music building

7:30 PM Concert
Winspear Performance Hall,
Murchinson Performing Arts Center

Saturday, October 27, 2018

8:00 PM, concert
Voertman Hall
College of Music Building

ICE visits the University of North Texas for a series of lectures, collaborative performances, readings of student works, and coachings with student ensembles. Performances will include the world premiere of UNT faculty Joseph Klein’s An Unaware Cosmos, as well as works by Zosha Di Castri, Karola Obermuller, Bryan Jacobs, and more.

From ICE:
Nathan Davis, percussion
Nuiko Wadden, harp
Jacob Greenberg, piano
Daniel Lippel, guitar
Pala Garcia, violin
Katinka Kleijn, cello

ICE at Southern Methodist University

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7:30 PM

Caruth Auditorium
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
6101 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas, TX, 75205

ICE’s residency at SMU is the ensemble’s Dallas debut! It includes activities with students and culminates in a concert of ICE’s repertoire favorites at Caruth Auditorium.


MATA honors ICE Flutist and Founder Claire Chase at their annual Benefit Gala on November 2, 2018. Tickets can be purchased through MATA here and are tax-deductible.

Silent Voices III, our album with Brooklyn Youth Chorus, comes out this Friday, October 26. Check it out on Spotify or download it on iTunes.

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The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective that is transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, ICE was also named the 2014 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. The group currently serves as artists-in-residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE was featured at the Ojai Music Festival from 2015 to 2017, and at recent festivals abroad such as gmem-CNCM-marseille and Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Mexico City. Other performance stages have included the Park Avenue Armory, The Stone, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, and boats on the Amazon River.

New initiatives include OpenICE, made possible with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which offers free concerts and related programming wherever ICE performs, and enables a working process with composers to unfold in public settings. DigitICE, a free online library of over 350 streaming videos, catalogues the ensemble’s performances. ICE’s First Page program is a commissioning consortium that fosters close collaborations between performers, composers, and listeners as new music is developed. EntICE, a side-by-side education program, places ICE musicians within youth orchestras as they premiere new commissioned works together; inaugural EntICE partners include Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and The People’s Music School in Chicago. Summer activities include Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in which young professionals perform with ICE and attend workshops on topics from interpretation to concert production. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE. Read more at

Claire Chase, Founder*

William McDaniel, Executive Director
Rebekah Heller, co-Artistic Director*
Ross Karre, co-Artistic Director and Director of*
Jacob Greenberg, Director of Recordings and Digital Outreach*
Levy Lorenzo, Engineer and Technical Director*
Ryan Muncy, Director of Institutional Giving and co-Director, OpenICE*
Joshua Rubin, Artistic Director Emeritus*
Karla Brom, General Manager
Maciej Lewandowski, Director of Production
Bridgid Bergin, Development Associate
Alice Teyssier, flute*

  • ICE musician


Bridget Kibbey, harp
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Claire Chase, flute
Cory Smythe, piano
Dan Peck, tuba
Daniel Lippel, guitar
David Bowlin, violin
David Byrd-Marrow, horn
Erik Carlson, violin
Gareth Flowers, trumpet
Jacob Greenberg, piano
James Austin Smith, oboe
Jennifer Curtis, violin
Josh Modney, violin and viola
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
Kyle Armbrust, viola
Levy Lorenzo, percussion
Maiya Papach, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
Mike Lormand, trombone
Nathan Davis, percussion
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Nicholas Masterson, oboe
Nuiko Wadden, harp
Peter Evans, trumpet
Peter Tantsits, tenor
Phyllis Chen, piano
Randall Zigler, bass
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, percussion
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Steven Schick, Artist-in-Residence
Tony Arnold, soprano
Wendy Richman, viola

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