S.E.M. Ensemble


Upcoming Performances

SEM will perform a preview of their upcoming concert at Willow Place Auditorium on December 16th at 8:30pm.

Now & Then: 1986 | 2018 will take place at Paula Cooper Gallery on December 19th at 8pm.

Contact Us

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

Phone: (718) 488-7659

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Looking Back & Onward: SEM in 1986 & 2018


Petr Kotik, Chris Nappi, Joe Kubera, and Ben Neill perform Kotik's "Wilsie Bridge" in Europe in 1989.

SEM: 1986 & 2018

Wednesday December 19, 8:00 pm
- at -
Paula Cooper Gallery

524 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001


Preview Concert Sunday December 16, 8:30pm

- at -
Willow Place Auditorium

26 Willow Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201


SEM performs at Paula Cooper Gallery.

S.E.M. Ensemble

Petr Kotik, Director


Petr Kotik - Wilsie Bridge (1986)

Ben Neill - Money Talk (1986)

Michael J. Schumacher - Variations (2018)

Miya Masaoka - States of Being, States of Becoming (2018)

Ben Neill - Horizonal (2015)

Petr Kotik - Now Distance (2018)


Ben Neill's "Money Talk" at Paula Cooper Gallery, 1987.

The S.E.M Ensemble's annual concert at Paula Cooper Gallery will begin this year by looking at the close collaboration between Petr Kotik and Ben Neill in the 1980's. Both Kotik's "Wilsie Bridge," and Neill's "Money Talk" were staples of SEMs repertoire during that time. Next to these 80's compositions, SEM will present a series of current works by Kotik, Neill, Miya Masaoka, and Michael J. Schumacher.

Please note:
Paula Cooper Gallery has moved from 21st Street to 524 W 26th St. The new space has limited seating. Please get your tickets in advance!


Petr Kotik conducts a recent performance at Paula Cooper Gallery.

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. 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,  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!