September 19, 2003
Miller Theatre 15th Anniversary Season Opener: A Composer Portrait Gallery
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Michael Gordon, Yo Shakespeare
  • Conlon Nancarrow, Player Piano Study No. 2A arr. Yvar Mikhashoff
  • György Ligeti, Chamber Concerto
  • Benedict Mason, selections from Animals and the Origins of Dance
  • Conlon Nancarrow, Player Piano Study No. 6 arr. Yvar Mikhashoff
  • John Adams, Chamber Symphony

December 5, 2003
Composer Portrait: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum
  • Silbury Air
  • Theseus Game
    With musicians from the Manhattan School of Music

December 9, 2003
WNYC's New Sounds Live
World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York, NY

  • Aaron Jay Kernis, Concerto for Toy Piano and Chamber Orchestra
    Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano and grand piano
  • Lou Harrison, Suite for Violin, Piano, and Small Orchestra
    Caleb Burhans, violin
    John Orfe, piano
  • Steve Reich, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ

February 1, 2004
Steve Reich Open DVD Recording Sessions
The Roxy, New York, NY

  • Three Genesis Settings
  • Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ
  • Sextet
  • Viola Phase

April 3, 2004
Composer Portrait: Benedict Mason
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Animals and the Origins of Dance
  • AWS/Miller: The Fifth Music. Résumé With CPE Bach

May 7, 2004
NYU Residency Concert
Skirball Center, NYU, New York, NY

  • Jenny Olivia Johnson, Lucy Songs
  • Sophocles Papavasilopoulos, Belly and Moth
  • Paula Matthusen, Continuity of Parks
  • Spencer Hamilton, Schedler Emanon Draft 27
  • Daniel Beliavsky, Three Psalms
  • Jonathan Saggau, Akrasia
  • Matthew Quayle, Strange Dream

May 9, 2004
Michael Gordon Festival
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

  • Vera, Chuck, and Dave
  • Who by Fire
  • Yo Shakespeare

Featured Recording

Charlie Piper’s Zoetrope

This is our world premiere performance at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in 2012.

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Where We Perform

Alarm Will Sound tours nationally and internationally, having been presented by

  • Carnegie Hall
  • Disney Hall
  • Lincoln Center
  • The Sheldon Concert Hall
  • (Le) Poisson Rouge
  • Miller Theatre
  • Bang on a Can Marathon
  • Merkin Concert Hall
  • The Kitchen
  • The Whitney Museum
  • Kimmel Center
  • Duke Performances
  • Cal Performances
  • Stanford Lively Arts
  • Library of Congress
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • The Newman Center
  • The Warhol Museum
  • The Barbican in London
  • Märzmusik in Berlin
  • Holland Festival in Amsterdam
  • Cork Opera House in Ireland
  • Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg
  • Pro Arte in St. Petersburg
  • ArtNovember in Moscow
  • Musikfest Bremen
  • Sacrum Profanum in Krakow
  • TransArt in Bolzano

Member Spotlight

Courtney Orlando

Courtney Orlando

She would have played the cello if she’d had a choice, but her parents loved the violin and put one in her hands before she knew the difference. Courtney grew up in Kutztown, PA and wanted to be a veterinarian. But music took over early in high school and Courtney decided to go to Temple University. Sometimes music school isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, though, and for Courtney, she says she became “un-enamored (is that a word?)” playing the same music over and over while trying to perfect excerpts for orchestral auditions. She tried music theory and pedagogy while at Eastman for her masters degree but went back to the violin for a DMA after getting swept up by the Ossia new-music crowd—maybe being a musician didn’t mean having to play in orchestra after all.

Courtney now lives in Brooklyn and freelances in the city while teaching ear-training for half of every week at Peabody in Baltimore. She never got away from her veterinarian dreams and volunteers at the SPCA walking and taking care of dogs.

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