Now at the Moody Center for the Arts, New Art/ New Music began as a collaborative program between the Shepherd School of Music and the Rice Gallery. Since its inception in the fall of 2010, New Art/New Music offered music students an opportunity to design programs that connect with installations in the gallery. Shepherd students perform compositions written specifically for these events by our student composers. New Art/ New Music has presented many premiers of student works. The idea was conceived by a Shepherd School student performance major who wanted to pair new music with new art. It started as a student semester class project and evolved into a reality the following year.
During the performances, Shepherd School students speak about the music and explain how it relates to the art. Programs ran about one hour and take place on Saturday afternoons each semester. New Art/ New Music is an interdisciplinary program that offers our Shepherd students the real world artistic experience in organization, production, leadership and advocacy. It is thrilling for them to be able to create and play music of their time in an art gallery. We are so pleased to be able to continue this tradition at the Moody Center for the Arts!