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New works that are written by student composers can be submitted for programming on the biannual Fresh Ink recitals. Submission periods for Fall and Spring recitals occur three weeks prior to the performance, and are typically held in Urness Recital Hall or Studio A. Composers must find their own performers for the recital, and if tech setup is needed, this must be included in the submission.
Fresh Ink recitals are always recorded and a copy of the recording can be obtained through the music library.
Starting in 2014,​ Musika Nova has embraced a vibrant interest in group improvisation thanks to former professor of piano, Sandra Joy Friesen. The Musika Nova Improvisation Ensemble rehearses in tandem with Thursday evening meetings, with smaller subsets of the ensemble rehearsing at their own pleasure. Performances with the group have occured in Fosnes Rehearsal Room, The Mane Stage of The Lion's Pause, the Christensen Hall of Music Orchestra Room, and the Groot Gallery in Dittmann Center.
Often working in tandem with the improvisation ensemble, Musika Nova has worked with a variety of visual artists to create multimedia concert presentations. Former Northfield-based visual artist Werner Friesen was a large proponent of our work, and often would paint during group improvisation concerts, projecting his work above the musicians. Professor of art history Christopher Tradowsky has collaborated with the improvisation ensemble in 2016 on a concert of music by John Cage for his "Art Since 1945" course.
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