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June in Buffalo

Presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, June in Buffalo, a festival and conference dedicated to composers, will take place June 1-7 2020 at the University at Buffalo. June in Buffalo offers an intensive schedule of seminars, lectures, workshops, professional presentations, participant forums and open rehearsals as well as afternoon and evening concerts open to the general public and critics. Each of the invited composers will have one of his/her pieces performed during the festival. Evening performances feature faculty composers, resident ensembles and soloists renowned internationally as interpreters of contemporary music.

Check out our archives for a full collection of recordings, programs, and photos from previous seasons.


June in Buffalo 2020 Announcement


On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global
pandemic. We at the University at Buffalo had our scheduled spring break occur shortly after
during March 16 – 20. When classes resumed on Monday, March 23, we began engaging in
distance and remote learning. Since then, all music events at the University at Buffalo have
been cancelled or held remotely, and teachers, students, and administrators have been working
remotely from home.

Musicians, composers, and ensembles, are witnessing their concerts, premieres, and other
music events cancelled. With these cancellations come tremendous disappointment, loss of
income, stress, stalls in professional development, and demotivating time-lags in the realization
of musical ideas and projects.

We at the June in Buffalo Festival are creating a remote version of the festival where no travel
will be necessary, and all of the participant composers can participate without leaving their
home. They will be invited to coach, via Zoom, one of the several rehearsals of their work, as
well as receive a high-quality stereo recording of their work. There won’t be any concerts,
audiences, or gatherings of more than ten people.

Each of these rehearsals and recordings will involve no more than ten people gathering
together in the hall, and all of the musicians and staff will remain at least six feet apart, and
adopt social distancing measures and safety precautions. Some rehearsals and recordings may
happen outside of the June 1 – 7 festival dates, dependent upon health and safety conditions.
We are encouraged to announce that 16 participant composers from around the world will be
joining us remotely for the festival. In addition to the rehearsals, and the high-quality stereo
recording they will receive, the participant composers will also have one-on-one lessons with
each of the senior composers, and have exclusive access to their two-hour lectures.

The June in Buffalo 2020 senior composers making a successful remote festival possible are:
David Felder, Hilda Paredes, Robert HP Platz, Roger Reynolds, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.
More announcements and updates will be made as we approach June in Buffalo 2020.

Artistic Director

David Felder


Senior Composers


David Felder Hilda Paredes Robert H.P. Platz
Roger Reynolds Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon


Resident Ensembles

Arditti String Quartet (Creative Arts Initiative Residency 2)

Ensemble Signal

Slee Sinfonietta

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Check out our June in Buffalo promotional video.