The Department of Music at UC Davis presents the Taproot
New Music Festival February 8–11, 2024, at the Ann E. Pitzer
Center at UC Davis.
Application deadline: April 30, 2023
Application fee: none
Who may apply: no restrictions
The Taproot New Music Festival is now
accepting applications for participating composers. The
festival will take place on the campus of the University of
California, Davis, during the week of February 5, 2024, and will
culminate in performances at the end of that week (February 8–11,
2024). Between 6–8 selected visiting composers will travel to
Davis for the festival: they’ll have new pieces performed, and
will participate in seminars and workshops facilitated by the
visiting artists and UC Davis composition faculty. The festival
will feature Splinter Reeds as a visiting ensemble. UC Davis’s
own Empyrean Ensemble will also join the festival line-up.
Splinter Reeds is the West Coast’s first reed quintet, comprising
five innovative musicians with a shared passion for new music.
The ensemble is committed to presenting top tier performances of
today’s best contemporary composition, showcasing the vast
possibilities of the reed quintet, commissioning new works, and
collaborating with fellow musicians and artists.
Sam Nichols, director
Assoc. Prof. of Teaching, UC Davis Music Department
Matilda Hofman, conductor-in-residence
Continuing Lecturer, UC Davis Music Department
Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, the Empyrean Ensemble presents
engaging and eclectic programs, inviting audiences to experience
new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its
extraordinary players—among the finest new music performers in
The Taproot New Music Festival brings together a diverse group of
composers and performers, both local and visiting, and gives them
the chance to hear new work, and to make lasting connections. A
biennial festival at UC Davis, it features concerts and other
events, and also creates the opportunity for our students to work
alongside exceptional artists. Actively inclusive and
participatory, Taproot broadcasts a unique vision of how to
sustain a musical community.