S.E.M. Ensemble


Upcoming Performances

SEM Emerging Composers Workshop will take place form February 9-13 with a performance on Februrary 13th at Willow Place Auditorium.

SEM will perform "For Philip Guston" in North Carolina in April. Details TBA!

Contact Us

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

Phone: (718) 488-7659

Contact Dexter Dine, Coordinator at:

Emerging Composers Workshop 2019



Looking for surprising ideas in music

Emerging Composers Workshop 2019

Call For Scores

Scores of new (or not so new) works for small ensemble can now be submitted for inclusion in the S.E.M. Ensemble's annual reading workshop / performance. Selected scores will be rehearsed and critiqued from February 9th to 13th. 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 at Willow Place Auditorium (26 Willow Place) in Brooklyn Heights on February 13th. Henry Threadgill's "Poems for Voice" will also be included in the concert.

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). Works for small ensemble and electronics, as well as solo works are also acceptable. Preference will be given to works that have not been performed and have no scheduled premiere.


Please deliver or mail a package containing:

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 postmarked or hand-delivered NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019.


S.E.M. Ensemble’s 2018-19 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 season is funded in part by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Amphion Foundation, The Low Road Foundation, The Phaedrus Foundation, Sheldon Berlow, Virginia Dwan, Martina Forman, Philip Foster, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Beth Greenberg and Jim Wright, Julian Lethbridge, and Rotraut Moquay-Klein. Special thanks to Paula Cooper, Jasper Johns, Werner Kramarsky, and Brooklyn District 33 Councilman Stephen T. Levin.


Recent News

The S.E.M. Ensemble is calling for scores for the Annual Emerging Composers Workshop. Send us your surprising musical ideas!

Operawire and Theaterscene reviewed Petr Kotik's Master-Pieces at Bohemian National Hall. Check out the reviews here and here!

Petr Kotik conducted Ostravská banda as part of the Bridges festival in Vienna on April 14th. He also conducted "Essential Feldman" in Prague on April 8th.

On March 10th, SEM prepared for their performance at MaerzMusik with a highly successful preview concert of For Philip Guston. Photos here!