Alarm Will Sound turns 16!!!

This spring we are thrilled to be touring to Ohio, Missouri, and New York. As the only American new music ensemble of its size that tours nationally and internationally, we are continually striving to bring the work of today's composers to curious audiences at as wide of a variety of venues as possible, ranging from traditional theaters to parks to museums.

As we celebrate the 16th year since our founding, we invite you to support Alarm Will Sound by making a tax-deductible contribution today and help us continue to share the thrillingly unique experience of a live Alarm Will Sound performance with audiences across the country. And thanks to the generosity of our Board of Directors, all donations made during the month of May will be matched dollar for dollar, meaning your contribution will go twice as far in supporting the singular work that we do!

• $10: an Alarm Will Sound sticker. Perfect for your instrument case!
• $25: a sticker plus an exclusive AWS recording of John Adams' Coast
• $100: the above, plus our just released Splitting Adams cd
• $150: the above, plus an Alarm Will Sound t-shirt
• $250: You're an Alarmist. Receive the above plus a ticket to the concert of your choice in 2017.
• $500: You're a True Fan. Receive the above plus our True Fan newsletter with exclusive content about Alarm Will Sound behind-the-scenes
• $1,000 or more: You make new music happen. Receive everything above plus recognition as a Commissioning Member of Alarm Will Sound

Your tax-deductible donation will help us push ourselves to create ever more boundary-breaking, thought-provoking, and innovative new-music experiences that engage our society and move contemporary performing arts forward. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming performances!

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Make checks payable to Alarm Will Sound, Inc. and send to

Alarm Will Sound
c/o Tracy Mendez, Development Manager
124 W 109th Street, Suite 5A
New York, NY 10025

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Professional Services

As a growing arts organization, Alarm Will Sound is often in need of professional services. If you would like to offer pro bono legal, financial, marketing, or design services, send an email.

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.

Featured Recording

Amy Beth Kirsten’s Drink Me

This is our world premiere performance at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in 2010.

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