2016 Composers' Symposium: Indigenizing Art Music: Experiencing the sound of Native American influences in new music 
March 28 - April 1, 2016

The 45th Annual John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium will take place March 28 - April 1, 2016.

 Indigenizing Art Music: Experiencing the sound of Native American influences in new music 


The Symposium offers lecture concerts, master classes and concerts, all of which are free and open to the public.

Evening concerts Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., plus master classes and lecture concerts during the day.

2016 Symposium Program Booklet 2016 Symposium Program Booklet    25-Mar-2016 (960 KB)

Featured composers include: John Luther Adams, Louis BallardCurt Cacioppo, Raven Chacon, Michael Daugherty, Kyle Gann, Peter Gilbert, José-Luis Hurtado, Valerie Naranjo, Karola Obermüller, Trevor Reed, John Donald Robb, Christopher Shultis, and Falko Steinbach.

Featured artists: Amernet Quartet and Emanuele Arciuli.

2016 Symposium Concert Schedule 2016 Symposium Concert Schedule    14-Mar-2016 (71 KB)

2016 Symposium Daytime Schedule 2016 Symposium Daytime Schedule    14-Mar-2016 (70 KB)


Listen to Artistic Co-Director, Peter Gilbert, in conversation with KUNM Spencer Beckwith

The Trust promotes the exploration of new music through the UNM John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, which takes place every spring on the UNM campus. Since 1972, the internationally renowned symposium has brought composers and musicians from around the world to UNM for a series of public concerts and unique learning opportunities for UNM students. Past guest composers have included such luminaries as John Cage, Lukas Foss, Michael Colgrass, Anthony Braxton and Gordon Mumma.

Every other year, the Trust sponsors the UNM John Donald Robb Commission Competition. The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to have his/her composition performed during the Composers’ Symposium. The 2016 Commission Competition awardee will be announced in March.

The UNM Robb Musical Trust serves as a bridge between the UNM College of Fine Arts and the New Mexico community, regularly presenting concerts of Robb’s compositions along with Hispanic folk songs, preserving and promoting the archive of 3,000 field recordings Robb made, and collaborating with community partners in educational initiatives. Through its many activities, the Trust proudly carries on the vision of its namesake, John Donald Robb.