College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Pendulum New Music

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    David Harrington of Kronos Quartet coaching Altius String Quartet

  • Alarm Will Sound Pendulum Composers Reading

The Pendulum New Music concert series, now in its 14th season, presents the best of new music with CU faculty and students, and first-class guest artists that have included Ursula Oppens, Bang on a Can All Stars, California Ear Unit, and eighth blackbird. Monthly concerts take place on Wednesdays in Grusin Music Hall, Imig Building, CU campus in Boulder, with special events in the Atlas Blackbox Theater and other venues. Pendulum’s mission is to promote new music and to equip students with the necessary skills and resources for successful collaborations and commissions.

Pendulum takes its name from the Colorado Centennial Foucault Pedulum at CU’s Duane Physical Laboratory. The pendulum iconifies the series’ mission to swing through all aesthetic directions in the music of our time.

Student Participation Opportunities:

1) Participate as audience
   a) Monthly concerts on Wednesday nights at Grusin, including works by all composition majors, artists reception follows concert
   b) Sign up for monthly email at

2) Participate as performer – media opportunities, coachings, professional recording
   a) Initiate a composer-performer collaboration
   b) Individualized coachings on performance issues and rehearsal communication
   c) Talk to your teacher, and get in touch with Hsing-Ay Hsu at

The Pendulum Committee:

Hsing-ay Hsu, Artistic Director and Primary Coach
Production Manager and Media Manager: TBA

Composition faculty: John DrumhellerDaniel KelloggCarter PannMichael TheodoreJeffrey Nytch
Composition student representatives: TBA

The Pendulum Series production crew consists entirely of CU composition students.

2015-2016 Season:

  • Sep 30 Mike Barnett/David Korevaar, and CU composers/performers
  • Oct 28 featuring Douglas Walter/Charles Wetherbee/Hsing-ay Hsu/composer Steve Mullins, and CU composers/performers
  • Dec 2 featuring Don McKinney and the Wind Symphony, and CU composers/performers
  • Jan 27 featuring Abigail Nims, and CU composers/performers
  • Feb 24 Electro-acoustic Event at ATLAS Blackbox Theater, 64-Bit Competition, feature TBA, and CU composers/performers
  • Mar 30 featuring Christina Jennings/composer Cynthia Folio, and CU composers/performers
  • Apr 6 feature TBA, and CU composers/performers

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Pendulum Events

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Pendulum Series Video: Trio

Wednesday 1/26

Matt Dendy, violin; Ilan MacAdam-Somer, cello; and Dina Bodaubay, piano perform Dina Bodaubay’s Trio on the Pendulum Series December 1, 2010.

Pendulum Series: Chorale for Brass Quintet

Wednesday 11/17

Colten Crandell, trumpet; Isaac Friedman, trumpet; Virginia Arnette, horn; Mary Mixter, trombone, and Eric Hom, tuba perform Mary Mixter’s composition Chorale for Brass Quintet

Pendulum Series: Greg Simon’s “Rant”

Saturday 5/29

Alumni composer Greg Simon’s Rant (2009) performed on the Pendulum Series at the University of