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

In-Kind Support

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

Michael Harley

Michael Harley

Mike grew up thinking he would be a doctor—his dad, grandpa, and uncles were all involved in biology. He didn’t start taking regular bassoon lessons until he was a sophomore in college, but he quickly realized he was more into music than science. Mike never imagined being in a group like Alarm Will Sound, but he says it’s his most enjoyable playing outlet.

Mike recently earned his DMA from the Eastman School of Music. He currently lives in South Carolina with his wife, Jennifer. It’s rare for musician couples to find jobs in the same city, let alone the same university, but Mike and Jennifer got lucky. They are teaching at the University of South Carolina and just started a flute/bassoon/piano trio along with Steven Aldredge. Mike stays busy with his two girls who seem to admire mom and dad’s musical talent. Ella has taken up the violin and Lucia likes the cello. Maybe a family band in the future?

Featured Recording

Francisco Cortés-Álvarez’s Laundry Revolution

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

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