Second Instrumental Unit


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The performance, by Second Instrumental Unit, was polished and tightly unified . . .

-The New York Times


Residing in New York City, the Second Instrumental Unit is currently beginning their seventh season. Throughout past seasons, the Unit has been featured both as Resident-ensemble, and as Guest-artists at Queens College, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Rutgers, Ball State University, Bates College, University of Western Michigan, University of California San Diego, Juilliard, the New England Conservatory, and the Boston Conservatory. The Unit has developed a very special relationship with Queens College (Aaron Copland School of Music), where they have just completed their fifth season as ensemble-in-residence for the composition department, astonishingly commissioning and premiering over 120 new works by student composers. The Unit has also had an annual engagement at the Monadnock Music Festival. In the late summer of 2007, the Unit was invited to lecture, present, and perform in Porto Alegra, Brazil at the Universidad. As a result of the tour to Brazil, the Arts Council and Minister of Education of Brazil issued a special citation to David Fulmer and Eliot Gattegno (co-directors) for their outstanding artistic excellence. The Unit made its Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall in the spring of 2006 in a 90th birthday celebration concert in tribute of American composer Milton Babbitt. The American Composers Alliance (ACA) has also embraced the ensemble, choosing to showcase the Second Instrumental Unit at their annual festival for the past four years.

SIU_left_2In demand by several colleges and conservatories, the Unit will continue to participate as the residence ensemble at Queens College, and make appearances at Rutgers, Yale, and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in the 2010-11 season. The fall of 2008 began an important relationship with the Dr. Faustus Project ( The Unit has been their featured ensemble for the past two seasons with performances at the Tenri Gallery, NYC. Future collaborations with the Dr. Faustus Project are slated for fall 2010, and spring 2011 with concerts in New York and Boston. The very nucleus of the ensemble involves the commissioning of new works by exciting, and vibrant young composers. The list of newly commissioned works now includes over 200 works from an international palate of composers scored for a wide variety of ensembles.

Outreach is also an important component to the Unit’s concert seasons. The Unit has been making appearances at public schools throughout New York City and New Jersey since the fall of 2007. We are grateful to have the opportunity to perform, lecture, and instruct over 650 elementary students from the ages of 8-14.

The summer months see appearances at several music festivals and concert series. The Monadnock Music Festival has featured the Unit for the past 4 years as the resident ensemble and guest artists. Activities include outreach, education, performance, and the opportunity to collaborate with composers in the creation of new works. Similarly, the American Composers Alliance has embraced the Unit with unanimous support by showcasing the ensemble at their major annual festival in New York City. The Unit has premiered dozens of new works at the festival and will continue to be the featured ensemble for 2010 and 2011.

Last Updated on Jul152011