S.E.M. Ensemble


Upcoming Concerts

SEM's annual Emerging Composers Workshop will take place from February 14th to 18th, 2022. Click here for submission details.

Contact Us

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

Phone: (718) 488-7659

Contact Peter Kalal, Coordinator at:

Final Call for Scores


Submissions due this Friday, January 14th for SEM's Annual Emerging Composers Workshop

Scores of works for small ensemble can now be submitted for inclusion in the S.E.M. Ensemble's annual reading workshop / concert. Selected scores will be rehearsed and discussed February 14th-18th, 2022. Composers will have the opportunity to work directly with the musicians performing their work. Only composers able to attend the workshop will be considered. The workshop will conclude with a public performance at Willow Place Auditorium on February 18th.

Our financial limitations do not allow us to consider pieces for large ensembles, however works that include electronics and solo works are acceptable. Preference will be given to works that have not been performed and have no scheduled premiere.

More details here.

S.E.M. Ensemble’s 2021-22 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.


Recent News

New York Classical Review published a review of our recent holiday concert. Read it here!

The Brooklyn Rail published a review of Ostrava Days. Check it out here!

Ostrava Days 2021 took place from August 9 - 28. For more information about the Institute and Festival, click here.

SEM's 2020-21 season concluded in June. Explore it here.

SEM's New Music Outdoors I concert is now available to watch on YouTube.

OCNM has published a video of SEM's performance John Cage's "Song Books I, II" at the NODO 2018 Festival. Watch it here.

Check out the first two segments of "Unfolding the Past" on SEM's history here! More soon.