Since our founding in 2001, Alarm Will Sound has been committed to performing, commissioning, and recording contemporary music. We have an event-filled year ahead of us with premieres and richly staged performances in Ohio, Missouri, and New York. We look forward to seeing you in the audience!

Your support enables Alarm Will Sound to present engaging performances of music that reflects the contemporary world. And in the spirit of giving, we have some exciting rewards in recognition of your donation. With every donation of $25 or more, donors receive an exclusive AWS recording of David Lang’s Increase. This track is not available for download or purchase anywhere else. Other rewards for giving include:

• $10 or more: An Alarm Will Sound sticker
• $25 or more: The above plus David Lang’s Increase
• $100 or more: The above plus two AWS CDs, including our recently released Modernists CD featuring music of The Beatles, Edgard Varèse, Charles Wuorinen, Wolfgang Rihm, John Orfe, and Augusta Read Thomas
• $150 or more: The above plus an Alarm Will Sound t-shirt
• $250 or more: The above plus a ticket to the Alarm Will Sound concert of your choice
• $500 or more: You’re a True Fan! Receive all of the above plus all AWS CD's released in 2017 upon issue, our exclusive True Fan newsletter, and invitations to special AWS events, meet & greets, and open rehearsals
• $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!

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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

Wolfgang Rihm’s Will Sound

Rihm wrote this piece specifically for us—it’s in the title!

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Aaron Given
Alan Pierson
Arthur Leonard
Barry & Donna Lesser
Brian Chin
Bruce Gordon
Cameron Tonkinwise
Carol Bellamy
Chris Lotts
Christian Ryan
Christopher League
Christopher Stark
Collin Canright
Dale Stimpert
Daniel Baldini
Daniel Butts
David Bloom
David Drexler
David Herszenson
David Tochen
Edward Pierson
Eileen Shin
Elisabeth Stimpert
Eric Moss
Felicia Thompson
Franklin Hecker
Gregg McCrary
Hester Diamond
Howard & Marianna Price
James Undercofler
John Adams
John Pickford Richards
John R. Foster
Jude Stewart
Kajetan Prochyra
Kate Sheeran
Kathleen Aeschliman
Kenneth Kaplan
Laurie Robinson
Lisa Kaplan
Mark Willsher
Mary Beth Schiffman & David Tochen
Mary Kouyoumdjian
Mary Neal
Michael Baccash
Michael Jolkovski
Mont and Karen Levy
Nancia Dalimonte
Nancy Kranzberg
Ola Tortensson
Payton MacDonald
Peggy Monastra
Peggy Parker
Penelope Pi-Sunyer
Pete Osornio
Peter Mason
Philip Stimpert
Phoebe Lam
Rad Widmer
Rebecca Moore
Rick & Sheila Hofstetter
Robert Pettus
Robert Saler
Selena Juneau-Vogel
Shane Courville
Shuai Wang
Steve Reich
Suzanne Bocanegra & David Lang
Ted Fishman
Texu Kim
Thomas Leonard
Timothy Myers
Truman Bullard
Valentine Schaffner
William Carlson
Yvonne Lam


The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation
Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
The O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation
Pacific Harmony Foundation
Robert D Bielecki Foundation