Glenn Gould School students also have the opportunity to play in the New Music Ensemble, directed by Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, composer Brian Current. Students gain extensive expertise in performing landmark 20th-century repertoire, and become immersed in the latest trends and performance techniques of the new music field.

This repertoire allows students to gain experience in performing pieces that involve electronic music, and in using extended performance techniques to expand the timbre possibilities of their instruments.

The Ensemble performs regularly at The Royal Conservatory and in the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Concert Series.

Past works performed include:

•   George Benjamin: At First Light
•   Dean Burry: Pandora’s Locker (2008, world premiere commissioned by The Glenn Gould School) 
•   Paul Dolden: Gravity’s Stillness (1996)
•   Paul Frehner: Lila for two chamber ensembles
•   Chris Paul Harman: Amerika
•   Kotoka Suzuki: Umidi Soni Solores (2002) for soundfiles and video projection
•   György Ligeti: Melodien (1971) for large ensemble 
•   Magnus Lindberg: Marea
•   Pierre Michaud: Constat d’une métamorphose (2004) for soprano, ensemble, and electronic soundfiles
•   Akira Nishimura: Chamber Symphony No. 3 “Metamorphosis” (2005) for large ensemble
•   R. Murray Schafer: Hymn to Night
•   Andrew Staniland: Yupana (2008, world premiere commissioned by The Glenn Gould School through the Ontario Arts Council) for ensemble and electronic soundfiles
 •  Karen Tanaka: Wave Mechanics (1994) for amplified ensemble

For upcoming performances and box office information, please visit Royal Conservatory Concerts.