We’re Hiring!


Alarm Will Sound seeks a violinist as a new member who will join our mission to move contemporary music towards the center of today’s culture. This mission calls for risk-taking that often pushes us beyond our instrumental training in many ways on and off the stage. Our success grows from skilled musical performers who also compose, curate, act, advocate, write, organize, and invent. And our sustainability depends on a collaborative spirit in which members contribute their skills and interests towards adventurous and impactful music-making.

Alarm Will Sound’s violinist is one of twenty-one members of the organization. Our activities primarily consist of performances and recordings, scheduled approximately once per month into productions that average five days duration.

Members are independent contractors compensated $135 per rehearsal service. A service is 3 hours including breaks. A recording service is compensated as 1.5 rehearsal services. A performance is compensated as 2 rehearsal services. Members can expect to earn as much as $15,000 per year, depending on the number of productions booked by the organization.

Alarm Will Sound pays for travel and accommodations. Members share double-occupancy rooms when possible.

Members have direct input into the organization’s decisions. Participation in regular meetings is expected of all members. Participation in committees is strongly encouraged.

Consideration of applications will begin on March 30, 2022. (NOTE: This is an extension past the original March 15 deadline.)

For more information, please contact Gavin Chuck, Executive Director (gavinchuck@alarmwillsound.com).




About Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music. They have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. Their performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the Financial Times of London and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says that Alarm Will Sound is “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene.”

With classical skill and unlimited curiosity, Alarm Will Sound takes on music from a wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. Alarm Will Sound has been associated since its inception with composers at the forefront of contemporary music, premiering pieces by John Adams, Steve Reich, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Augusta Read Thomas, Derek Bermel, Benedict Mason, and Wolfgang Rihm, among others. The group itself includes many composer-performers, which allows for an unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new work.

We create productions that go beyond the conventional concert. Here, musicians and audience move around each other in our performance of John Luther Adams’s Ten Thousand Birds.


Alarm Will Sound is the resident ensemble at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. Held each July at the University of Missouri in Columbia, the festival features eight world premieres by early-career composers. During the weeklong festival, these composers work closely with Alarm Will Sound and two established guest composers to perform and record their new work.

Alarm Will Sound may be heard on fifteen recordings, including including For George Lewis | Autoshchediasms, their most recent release featuring music of Tyshawn Sorey; Omnisphere, with jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood; a collaboration with Peabody Award-winning podcast Meet the Composer titled Splitting Adams; and the premiere recording of Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite. Their genre-bending, critically acclaimed Acoustica features live-performance arrangements of music by electronica guru Aphex Twin. This unique project taps the diverse talents within the group, from the many composers who made arrangements of the original tracks, to the experimental approaches developed by the performers. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Alarm Will Sound developed a technical platform that allowed real-time, remote music-making. They collaborated with Meredith Monk, Tyshawn Sorey, John Fitz Rogers, Jlin, David Lang, Daniel Neumann, and Rohan Chander to create Video Chat Variations, a series that explores what is artistically possible and meaningful with live internet technologies. This pioneering and inventive workspace has opened new approaches that will outlast the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic calls on our deep history of experimentation, leading to innovative remote collaborations. Here Tyshawn Sorey leads us in a live composition of his Autoschediasms.

In 2016, Alarm Will Sound in a co-production with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, presented the world premiere of the staged version of Donnacha Dennehy’s
The Hunger at the BAM Next Wave Festival and the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Featuring Iarla O’Lionárd (traditional Irish singer) and Katherine Manley (soprano) with direction by Tom Creed, The Hunger is punctuated by video commentary and profound early recordings of traditional Irish folk ballads mined from various archives including those of Alan Lomax.

Our productions include fully staged theatrical works like Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger, performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Photograph © 2016 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

In 2013-14, Alarm Will Sound served as artists-in-residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. During that season, the ensemble presented four large ensemble performances at the Met, including two site-specific productions staged in museum galleries (
Twinned, a collaboration with Dance Heginbotham and I Was Here I Was I, a new theatrical work by Kate Soper and Nigel Maister), as well as several smaller events in collaboration with the Museum’s educational programs.   

Alarm Will Sound has been presented by Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kitchen, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Disney Hall, Kimmel Center, Library of Congress, the Walker Arts Center, Cal Performances, Stanford Lively Arts, Duke Performances, and the Warhol Museum. International tours include the Holland Festival, Sacrum Profanum, Moscow’s Art November, St. Petersburg’s Pro Arte Festival, and the Barbican.

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Authored by Gavin Chuck
Managing Director, Composer