October 12, 2004
Inaugural Concert at Dickinson College
Rubendall Recital Hall, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

  • Jelly Roll Morton, Original Jelly Roll Blues arr. John Orfe, Alan Pierson, and Gavin Chuck
  • Conlon Nancarrow, Player Piano Study No. 2A arr. Gordon Beeferman
  • Charles Ives, Ragtime Dance No. 4
  • Conlon Nancarrow, Player Piano Study No. 6 arr. Yvar Mikhashoff
  • György Ligeti, Piano Concerto
    John Orfe, piano
  • Aphex Twin, Gwely Mernans arr. Ken Thomson
  • Aphex Twin, Four arr. Jessica Johnson and Payton MacDonald
  • Aphex Twin, Fingerbib arr. Jonathan Newman
  • Aphex Twin, Jenweythek Ylow arr. John Orfe
  • Aphex Twin, Cock/Ver 10 arr. Stefan Freund

October 30, 2004
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

  • Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger with score by Joby Talbot

November 9, 2004
Nancarrow's Chamber Music
Rubendall Recital Hall, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

  • Toccata for Violin and Player Piano
    Caleb Burhans, violin
  • Trio No. 1 for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano
  • Maurice Ravel, Frontispiece
  • Player Piano Study No. 3A
  • String Quartet No. 1
  • Sarabande and Scherzo for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Canonic Variation No. 4 on "Von Himmel hoch" arr. Elisabeth Stimpert
  • Player Piano Study No. 21
  • Trio No. 2 for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
  • String Quartet No. 3

November 11, 2004
Nancarrow Festival: Nancarrow's Chamber Music
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Toccata for Violin and Player Piano
    Caleb Burhans, violin
  • Trio No. 1 for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano
  • Maurice Ravel, Frontispiece
  • Player Piano Study No. 3A
  • String Quartet No. 1
  • Sarabande and Scherzo for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Canonic Variation No. 4 on "Von Himmel hoch" arr. Elisabeth Stimpert
  • Player Piano Study No. 21
  • Trio No. 2 for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
  • Septet
  • String Quartet No. 3

December 7, 2004
Music for Winds
Rubendall Recital Hall, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

  • György Ligeti, Ten Pieces for Woodwind Quintet
  • Derek Bermel, Wanderings
  • Traditional, Fête Noël: A Medley of French Carols arr. Marsha Schweitzer
  • Paquito d'Rivera, Aires Tropicales

February 19, 2005
Nancarrow Festival: Nancarrow for Small Orchestra
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Jelly Roll Morton, Original Jelly Roll Blues arr. John Orfe and Alan Pierson
  • Piece No. 1 for Small Orchestra
  • Player Piano Study No. 1
  • Player Piano Study No. 2A arr. Gordon Beeferman
  • Player Piano Study No. 6 arr. Yvar Mikhashoff
  • Player Piano Study No. 3A arr. Derek Bermel
  • Johannes Ciconia, Le ray au soleyl
  • György Ligeti, Etude No. 13 "L'escalier du diable" for solo piano
  • György Ligeti, Etude No. 14A "Coloana färä sfârsit" for player piano ad lib. live pianist
  • Three Movements
  • György Ligeti, Piano Concerto
    John Orfe, piano

March 5, 2005
2005 American Vanguard Festival Concert: Open Music
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

  • John Cage, Imaginary Landscape No. 5
  • John Cage, Variations III
  • Tomas Smetryns, Eyes of Medusa
  • Jason Price, medium::medium
  • Stefan Freund, Ode to Soul Caliber
  • John Cage, Variations IV
  • Louis Andriessen, Workers Union

April 3, 2005
Rubendall Recital Hall, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

  • Augusta Read Thomas, Sprit Musings
    Courtney Orlando, violin
  • Aphex Twin, Four arr. Jessica Johnson and Payton MacDonald
  • Aphex Twin, Avril 14th arr. John Pickford Richards
  • Aphex Twin, Fingerbib arr. Jonathan Newman
  • Aphex Twin, Prep Gwarlek 3B arr. Courtney Orlando
  • Aphex Twin, Blue Calx arr. Caleb Burhans
  • Aphex Twin, Mt. Saint Michel arr. John Orfe
  • Aphex Twin, Logon Rock Witch arr. Jonathan Newman
  • Aphex Twin, Omgyjya Switch 7 arr. Evan Hause
  • Aphex Twin, Gwely Mernans arr. Ken Thomson
  • Aphex Twin, Cock/Ver 10 arr. Stefan Freund
  • Aphex Twin, Cliffs arr. Caleb Burhans
  • Aphex Twin, Meltphace 6 arr. Payton MacDonald
  • Aphex Twin, Jynweythek Ylow arr. John Orfe
  • Frank Zappa, Dog Breath/Uncle Meat Variations

April 7, 2005
Composer Portrait Series: Augusta Read Thomas
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Spirit Musings
    Courtney Orlando, violin
  • Silver Chants the Litanies
    Matt Marks, horn
  • In My Sky at Twilight
    Anne-Carolyn Bird
  • Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour

April 13, 2005
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

  • Michael Gordon, Van Gogh

May 21, 2005
Harvard University Residency Concert
Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Tolga Yayalar, sinthome
  • Hannah Lash, The Sands: Five Nearer
  • Hillary Zipper, the blueberries of mars
  • Aaron Berkowitz, Concerto for Bass Trombone and Ensemble
    Gabriel Langfur, bass trombone
  • Nicholas Vines, Dolmen for New Albion
  • Dominique Schafer, Ethereal
  • Karola Obermüller, volatile
  • Adam Roberts, Cambridge Surprise Major

July 24, 2005
Unremixed: the music of Aphex Twin
Lincoln Center Festival
Allen Room, Frederick Rose Theater, New York, NY

  • Four arr. Jessica Johnson and Payton MacDonald
  • Fingerbib arr. Jonathan Newman
  • Avril 14th arr. John Pickford Richards
  • Remix by Richard Devine
  • Prep Gwarlek 3B arr. Courtney Orlando
  • Blue Calx arr. Caleb Burhans
  • Mt. Saint Michel arr. John Orfe
  • Remix by Richard Devine
  • Logon Rock Witch arr. Jonathan Newman
  • Omgyjya Switch 7 arr. Evan Hause
  • Gwely Mernans arr. Ken Thomson
  • Cock/Ver 10 arr. Stefan Freund
  • Remix by Richard Devine
  • Cliffs arr. Caleb Burhans
  • Meltphace 6 arr. Payton MacDonald
  • Jynweythek Ylow arr. John Orfe
  • Remix by Richard Devine
  • Stefan Freund, Unremixed

Featured Recording

Steve Snowden’s For So Long It's Not True

Listen through to the end if you're feeling dazed and confused about why this brand new piece sounds familiar. Premiered at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in 2011.

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Venues

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

Caleb Burhans

Caleb Burhans

Caleb almost went to Indiana University for college but he decided on Eastman partly because he didn’t like that IU had the highest-paid basketball coach in the country. His life could have turned out pretty differently if Bobby Knight made a little less money back in the late 90s. But Eastman it was.

As a 17-year old, Caleb had a thing for Ligeti’s music so he emailed Alan before he got to Eastman to ask for an audition with Ossia to play on their Ligeti concert. He was late to the first rehearsal because he was getting his nose pierced, but he soon became a regular. Just before graduating, he terrified his conservative grandmother by telling her he wanted to move to NYC to live paycheck to paycheck as a freelance musician. Now he’s doing exactly that (although maybe not living quite paycheck to paycheck) as a freelance violinist, violist, countertenor, composer, and improviser.

Caleb started singing in a boys’ choir at age 9 then quickly picked up several instruments. At 10, he wrote his first piano piece in C major. The only early composition he’ll live up to now is a piece for 2 violins that he wrote on his first day back to school as a high school sophomore called What a Shame. It was quite a shame that summer was over.

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