S.E.M. Ensemble


Upcoming Performances

We are now accepting submission to our 2020 Emerging Composers Workshop, which will take place from February 10-14. Submission guidelines here.

SEM's annual holiday show at Paula Cooper Gallery will take place on December 18th.

There will be a free preview concert on December 16th at the Willow Place Auditorium in Brooklyn.

Contact Us

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

Phone: (718) 488-7659

Contact Dexter Dine, Managing Director at:

Music as Situation

The S.E.M. Ensemble


Music as Situation

December 18, 2019

- at -

Paula Cooper Gallery

524 W 26 St, New York, NY


Brooklyn Preview Concert

December 18, 2019

- at -

Paula Cooper Gallery

524 W 26 St, New York, NY

Free - RSVP here


Ian DavisThree Movements for Ensemble (2019) (World premiere)

Petr Kotik - Tubamirum (2019) (World premiere)

Judith Berkson - Partial Memories Part III (2019) (U.S. premiere)

John Cage - Cheap Imitation (1969/1982)

Sean Kiley - ancient cascades (2019) (U.S. premiere)

Petr Kotik - Torso (String Quartet No. 2) (2012)

The S.E.M. Ensemble

Petr Kotik, director

Judith Berkson, voice

Petr Kotik, flute & conductor

John Altieri, tuba

Lucie Vítkova, accordion

Ian Davis, piano

Chris Nappi, percussion

Leah Asher, violin

Mioi Takeda, violin

Liuh-Wen Ting, viola

Meaghan Burke, cello

S.E.M. Ensemble’s 2019-20 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 Low Road Foundation, Virginia Dwan, Martina Forman, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Sheldon Berlow, Philip Foster, and Julian Lethbridge. Special thanks to Paula Cooper, Jasper Johns, Werner Kramarsky, and Brooklyn District 33 Councilman Stephen T. Levin.


Recent News

Petr Kotik conducted "Essential Xenakis" at DOX+ in Prague on November 5th. Photos here.

Photos of SEM's concert at Bohemian National Hall on May 28th can be viewed here.

SEM's concert at Bohemian National Hall was mentioned in the New Yorker, check it out here.

Charles Curtis and the S.E.M. Ensemble's performance of Alvin Lucier's "Orpheus Variations" is out now on Important Records. Read Exclaim's review here.

Photos of SEM's concert at Paula Cooper Gallery on December 19th can be viewed here.