The Musicians of the University of Michigan features the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble and members of the Chamber Music Department and alumni.
The Percussion Ensemble (Ian Antonio and Doug Perkins, co-directors) believes in making music in a collaborative way that empowers its members to take ownership in their musicianship and creativity. In the last few years, the group has commissioned, collaborated with, and premiered new works by such composers as John Luther Adams, Kyong Mee Choi, Lesley Flanigan, Michael Gordon, Susanna Hancock, Emma O’Halloran, Alexis Lamb, Jessie Marino, Tristan Perich, Shodekeh Talifero and Jason Treuting. The ensemble has also released a recording of their original music on A New Age for New Age Volume 5.
The Department of Chamber Music is chaired by GRAMMY award winning violinist Matt Albert, and supports the work of more than 60 student chamber music groups who take artistic and logistical responsibility for their unconducted ensemble work in multiple genres. These branch out from the traditions of western classical music — not just music of the 18th through 20th centuries, but also new music, renaissance to baroque music, improvisational music, bluegrass and more.