On May 5, 2018, ~Nois won the Second Prize in the Open Division of the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now in its third year, M-Prize is one of the world's most prestigious chamber music competitions an. ~Nois competed in the Open Division, which welcomes ensembles of any instrumentation, at the competition. Along with the honor of Second Prize, the quartet was awarded an $8,000 cash prize.
~Nois has been selected for an exciting fellowship at the 2018 Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab. At the Lab, ~Nois will have the honor of working closely with the members of Eighth Blackbird as well as Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, and Ros Warby. The quartet will also collaborate with composer Gemma Peacocke and video artist Xuan (Amy Zhang) to create a new piece for the ensemble. For more information, please click here!
~Nois has been selected as one of six Semi-Finalists for the Open Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition. Hosted by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the M-Prize Competition will take place May 3-6 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For more information, please visit the M-Prize website.
~Nois was awarded the Second Prize at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance National Quartet Competition hosted by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
~Nois will be featured on an incredible lineup of artists at the 5th annual Omaha Under the Radar Festival in Omaha, Nebraska! The quartet will present the music of Phil Taylor and Dave Reminick. Both composers have strong ties to Chicago -- Reminick received his DMA in composition from Northwestern University while Taylor received his Phd in composition from the University of Chicago -- and we look forward to sharing their music with the festival.
~Nois was interviewed for the season finale of AudPod, a fantastic podcast about music in Chicago hosted by Audrey Q. Snyder. Listen to hear the #BoisOfNois discuss their musical beginnings, their tour through the South Central United States, and the definition of milk as it relates to cereal.
On June 1, ~Nois partnered with Accompanietta, Lake Shore Brass, and Nora Reed Quintet for a free concert at Lutkin Hall on the campus of Northwestern University. Extravaganza showcased the incredibly talented ensembles that have recently formed out of Northwestern and allowed the ensembles to give back to the community. ~Nois presented the world premiere of Alec Sloane's Go to the Forest as well as the second performance of Chicago-based composer Mathew Arrellin's Apertures. The quartet also joined Accompanietta for an energetic performance of Leonard Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs to close the concert.
~Nois presented the world premiere of Mathew Arrellin's Apertures on May 25 at the Ryan Opera Theatre on the campus of Northwestern University. Arrellin is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts composition student at Northwestern and completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of New Mexico. This concert was the culmination of a 10 week workshop with Claire Chase, MacArthur Fellow and founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble.
~Nois was awarded the Silver Medal at the 44th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. After advancing through three rounds of the Fischoff Competition, ~Nois performed in the senior wind division finals on Sunday, May 14, at the University of Notre Dame. The quartet received a Silver Medal in that category along with a $3,000 cash prize.
~Nois performed a recital at Lutkin Hall on the campus of Northwestern University on May 7. The quartet played the music that they will take to the 44th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The concert began with William Bolcom's A Schumann Bouquet, a fantastic arrangement of six piano pieces of Robert Schumann. The quartet followed with David Ludwig's Josquin Microludes and Fuminori Tanada's Mysterious Morning II. The finale of the program was William Albright's monumental Fantasy Etudes.
Claire Chase, world-renowned flautist and founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble, invited ~Nois to perform alongside her at her most recent recital at Northwestern University on April 13th. Chase and ~Nois performed Pauline Oliveros' Thirteen Changes, one of Oliveros' text scores. The piece is entirely improvisatory, asking the players to musically respond to the text and to each other. ~Nois also participated in Chase's performance of Marcos Balter's Pan, playing wine glasses alongside the Spektral Quartet and members of the Chicago new music community.
~Nois has just returned from its tour of the South-Central United States where the quartet performed at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Arkansas. The music performed included works by David Ludwig, Georg Friedrich Haas, William Albright, and David Bidenbender. ~Nois also performed the works of Chicago-based composers Noah Jenkins, a DMA student at Northwestern University, and Hans Thomalla, Associate Professor of Composition and Director of the Institute for New Music at Northwestern. While at UMKC and the University of Arkansas, ~Nois also gave master classes, coaching student saxophone quartets on contemporary and traditional repertoire.
~Nois has been declared the Winner of the 2016 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition and is the recipient of a $1,000 prize. The competition took place on October 22, 2016 and was hosted by Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL.