School of the Arts

New Music Symposium

performance from the New Music Symposium

California State University, Chico’s New Music Symposium, now in its 16th year, continues the annual tradition of presenting cutting edge music to the North State. The event takes place over two days, starting on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, followed by Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Recital Hall. Both venues are on the CSU, Chico campus, and admission is free for all events.

The New Music Symposium, which annually honors the late Alfred Loeffler, composer and music professor at CSU, Chico, will showcase an eclectic mix of chamber music, jazz and electronic music produced by Chico State students on Feb. 27 as well as the distinctive music of guest artists Splinter Reeds on Feb. 28.

The West Coast's first reed quintet, Splinter Reeds formed in 2013 with the coming together of five colleagues highly active in multiple facets of the Bay Area’s vibrant music scene: Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), David Wegehaupt (saxophone), Jeff Anderle (bass clarinet) and Dana Jessen (bassoon). The sum of their wide ranges of experience–including free jazz, improvisation, electronic music, pop, punk, metal and classical–has enabled them to rapidly zero in on a distinct aesthetic identity. In addition to an active performing schedule at festivals, chamber music series and educational institutions across the country, the ensemble released an album last year, Hypothetical Islands, which features commissions written expressly for the group.

“I’m extremely excited to have Splinter Reeds here at Chico State for the New Music Symposium this year,” said Department of Music and Theatre faculty member David Dvorin, artistic director of the event. “The ensemble has the unique distinction of not only being comprised of virtuosic instrumentalists with experience playing in some of today’s best contemporary ensembles, but a few of its members are also noted for their work as composers, writing music not only for the group, but for others as well.”

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact artistic director David Dvorin at 530-898-4848 or For photos and more information on Splinter Reeds, go to their website:

Sponsors include CSU, Chico’s Associated Students, Department of Music and Theatre and the School of the Arts.

posters from the last 3 New Music Symposiums

History of the New Music Symposium

The New Music Symposium is a two to three-day annual event that combines concert performances with artist workshops. This event has been put on for over a decade and this will mark its 16th year. The event is a combination of concerts and workshops. This event showcases new and adventurous music written by the biggest composers of the 21st century. 

David Dvorin (Department of Music and Theatre faculty member) is the current organizer of the symposium, but the originator was David Colson (former Department of Music and Theatre faculty member). Colson created the event in 2004. This event was created to honor the late Alfred Loeffler, Chico State music professor, department chair, symphony conductor, and Chamber Music Workshop director. Dvorin took over the event in 2007, and has been the artistic director for the past eleven years.

The New Music Symposium is put on to provide Chico State students a chance to present the work they’ve produced and to interact with cutting-edge artists in the field of contemporary music composition. This symposium seeks to present unique music events that have not been featured anywhere else in the North State.

“I hope that people take away with them a burgeoning curiosity about contemporary music composition, and seek out more new and adventurous music written in our time for their own enjoyment,” Dvorin said.


Story by Tashia Jones, publicity assistant, School of the Arts

Splinter Reeds Biography

Splinter Reeds
Splinter Reeds

California State University, Chico’s School of the Arts presents the reed quintet Splinter Reeds as part of its New Music Symposium. Splinter Reeds will perform Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Recital Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.

Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area’s first reed quintet. The quintet formed in 2013 and is one of only 20 reed quintets worldwide. The group formed with the vision of being on the cutting edge of composition and expanding the repertoire of the reed quartet through new works by both emerging and recognized composers.

Members of Splinter Reeds include Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), David Wegehaupt (saxophone), Jeff Anderle (bass clarinet), and Dana Jessen (bassoon). The members of the quintet have a wide range of experience–one member of the quintet has previously participated in free jazz, improvisation, electronic music, pop, punk, metal, and classical music. 

Splinter Reeds currently has two albums out. Their first album, Got Stung, was released in November 2015. It features six works by composers Marc Mellits, Erik DeLuca, Ryan Brown, Kyle Bruckmann, Ned McGowan, and Jordan Glenn. Their second album Hypothetical Islands was released March 15, 2019. The album features six new works and world premiere recordings by composers Matthew Shlomowitz, Cara Haxo, Eric Wubbels, Theresa Wong, Sky Macklay, and Yannis Kyriakides. In addition to their albums, Splinter Reeds will be featured on Micahel Gordon’s composition, Stranger in a Strange Land, which is about Angel Island. 

Splinter Reeds has performed in several well-known locations including the Constellation in Chicago, the Mondavi Performing Arts Center, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Switchboard Music Festival, FeNAM in Sacramento, the April in Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Festival, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and the Presidio Sessions Series. Additionally, they have had residencies at Stanford, Chapman, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The quintet has received several grant awards and has great critical acclaim. Splinter Reeds has gotten grant awards from Chamber Music America, New Music US, the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. San Francisco Classical Voice said of the group, “This ensemble consumes new music voraciously.” Avant Music News wrote, “Splinter Reeds, a quintet from the San Francisco Bay area, reveals the richness of color inherent in a small, all-reed ensemble.”

About the Director

David Dvorin, portrait style photo

David Dvorin is an Emmy-nominated composer, guitarist, author, and educator who has had his concert music performed in numerous new music and multimedia festivals around the United States and Europe. Versatile in both electronic and acoustic music mediums, he has written for and collaborated with such notable artists as Terry Riley, the California E.A.R. Unit and the Kronos Quartet. In addition to producing several CDs and DVDs of his compositional work, some of his current performance projects include his chamber-jazz duo, Pull-String with violinist Matej Seda, and the electro-acoustic duo, Zap! with multi-reeds player Randy McKean. His textbook, Logic Pro X: Advanced Music Production, now in its fourth edition, has been adopted by educational institutions worldwide, and is the basis for Apple Computer’s certified training. Dvorin has also served as a professional consultant to music technology companies such as Native Instruments and Apple Computer. Dvorin has been on the faculty at California State University, Chico since 2006, teaching composition, electronic music and recording arts. He is also the Artistic Director for the annual New Music Symposium, which showcases the work of young composers and brings acclaimed contemporary composers and performers to the North State area of California.