S.E.M. Ensemble


Upcoming Performances

SEM's 2021 Emerging Composers Workshop will take place later this Spring. Stay tuned for updates!

Contact Us

S.E.M. Ensemble, Inc.
25 Columbia Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 488-7659

Contact Dexter Dine, Managing Director at:

Emerging Composers Workshop 2021

Preliminary Call For Scores

Information about the S.E.M. Ensemble's upcoming Composers Workshop:

The S.E.M. Ensemble's reading-workshop, primarily focused on emerging composers, is planned to take place in person this spring, dependent on the state’s rules on gatherings. While the date is still to be determined, we would like to start receiving scores now.
As much as we would like to work on pieces for larger ensembles, we presently can only consider scores for small ensembles (1-7 players). Preference will be given to works that have not been performed and have no scheduled premiere.
Selected scores will be rehearsed and critiqued over a period of several days. Composers will have the opportunity to work directly with the musicians who will read their work. Only composers who are able to be present in Brooklyn during the workshop will be considered. The workshop will conclude with a public performance in Brooklyn Heights, date TBD.


Please email or mail:

1. One performance-ready copy of your score (no recording necessary)
2. A one paragraph statement about your work
3. Biography (please include your age and the city you are based in)
4. $30 processing fee (cash, check payable to S.E.M. Ensemble, Inc., or Paypal [] is acceptable)



S.E.M. Ensemble
25 Columbia Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

If package is missing any of these components, you will not be considered. Materials should be sent, postmarked or hand-delivered NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, February 26, 2021.

S.E.M. Ensemble’s 2020-21 season has been made possible with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Amphion Foundation, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, The Fromm Music Foundation, The Low Road Foundation, Sheldon Berlow, Stephen J. Deutsch, Virginia Dwan, Martina Forman, Philip Foster, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Beth Greenberg and Jim Wright, Charlotta Kotik, Raymond Learsy, Julian Lethbridge, Rotraut Moquay, and Noni Pratt. Special thanks to Paula Cooper, Jasper Johns, Werner Kramarsky, and Brooklyn District 33 Councilman Stephen T. Levin.


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