S.E.M. Ensemble


Upcoming Performances

SEM will welcome MIVOS Quartet to Willow Place Auditorium on May 6th for a free concert.

NODO 2020 will take place from June 26-30 in Ostrava. Tickets and info can be found here! (Ticket sales have been delayed until May 1st)

Contact Us

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

Phone: (718) 488-7659

Contact Dexter Dine, Managing Director at:

50 Years of the S.E.M. Ensemble – POSTPONED

This will come as no surprise, but the S.E.M. Ensemble concert that was scheduled to take place on April 1st is postponed. The preview concert at Willow Place Auditorium on March 30th is also postponed. First and foremost, we would like to extend our best wishes to all of our supporters – we hope you are staying safe and healthy.

To make up for this postponement, we will be uploading a video to this page on April 1st at 1pm EST that will approximate the program that we intended to perform. It will include recordings of recent works by Christian Wolff, Robert Ashley, Miya Masaoka, Julius Eastman, and Petr Kotik (see program below for full details). These recordings will be accompanied by photos from our archive, as well as by commentary from the composers.

We hope that you will be able to tune in on April 1st, and look forward to rescheduling this concert once conditions allow.


Christian Wolff Small Orchestra Piece (2019) (World premiere)
Ostravská banda, Petr Kotik, conductor
August 26, 2019 at Ostrava Days Festival

Robert Ashley The Mystery of the River (1991)
Thomas Buckner, baritone; Tom Hamilton, electronics
September 11, 2014 at Roulette Intermedium

Miya Masaoka States of Being, States of Becoming (2018) (World premiere)
S.E.M. Ensemble, Petr Kotik, conductor
December 19, 2018 at Paula Cooper Gallery

Julius Eastman Joy Boy (1972)
S.E.M. Ensemble
September 26, 2017 at Studio 1 of Czech Radio Ostrava

Petr Kotik Wednesdays at RW on Spring St (2019-20) (World premiere, first version)
Ostravská banda, Hana Kotkova, violin; Petr Kotik, conductor
August 30, 2019 at Ostrava Days 2019 Festival

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, Virginia Dwan, Noni Pratt, Martina Forman, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Sheldon Berlow, Philip Foster, Julian Lethbridge, Raymond Learsy, Anthony Hume, Beth Greenberg & Jim Wright, Stephen Deutsch, and Renée Levine Packer. Special thanks to Paula Cooper, Werner Kramarsky, and Brooklyn District 33 Councilman Stephen T. Levin.


Recent News

We have published excerpts from some of SEM's earliest reviews. Check them out here!

SEM's Emerging Composers Workshop took place from February 10th-14th. Applications for next season's workshop will be available in the fall!

Photos of SEM's concert at Paula Cooper Gallery on December 18th can be viewed here.

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