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INMF 2020

Impulse New Music Festival

Los Angeles, CA, 90045

Tel: (213) 290-1792

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Performance Program

The Performance Program at INMF is is committed to fostering outstanding training and experience in New Music performance, providing you with the space and hands-on direction to reach new levels in your artistry and career.

Both inside and outside of school it can be hard to protect uninterrupted time to focus on your art without distraction. The INMF Performance Program is dedicated to creating this environment for you; we designed this summer festival as a place for you to grow as a musician and cultivate your practice, not only through musical expertise, but also by addressing elements of a musical career which are difficult or impossible to cover in an academic program, and yet essential to working in the field.

In designing the program, we asked ourselves one main question: What do I know now, that I wish I had known earlier in my career? Every element of our program, from faculty and schedule, to evening lectures and housing, has been carefully chosen to address our answers.


The Performance Faculty represent a breadth of approaches to creative work and career. You will observe and work with some of the most established performers in the field, such as Guests of Honor Glenn Dicterow and Robert deMaine, outstanding performer-pedagogues like as Jill Felber, Paul Bambach, and Charles Asche, as well as some of the most exciting new talents in the scene like Ashley Walters, Diana Wade, Ambroise Aubrun, Benjamin Mitchell, and Erin McKibben. Through small, intimate Masterclasses and ensemble coachings, you will prepare to perform and record new works by top living composers, along with works by INMF faculty, and INMF Fellow Composers.

Click here for a link to the full INMF Faculty



The performance schedule is designed to give direction and assistance, while leaving plenty of time for performers to practice, rehearse, and build relationships with their cohort. Morning Masterclasses and afternoon Rehearsals take place on on the festival grounds at UCSB, and the reading and recording sessions take place nearby, giving you convenient access to practice rooms and study rooms throughout the day. Performers will leave with high-quality audio and video recordings of performances, Masterclasses, and recording sessions, which can be used for promotional (non-commercial) use on their website, applications, and portfolio.

The Evening Lecture Series is intended to stimulate thinking about various elements of a career in music that fall outside the domain of masterclasses, lessons, or coaching. Ranging from the role of technology in performance, to job documents and professional writing, to production and branding, each lecture will provide both a short presentation and a hands-on workshop that will give you the opportunity to speak informally with our guest lecturers about your interests, ask questions, and engage these ideas directly. The culminating Press Kit Crash Course will be a special evening lecture including a photo shoot for interested participants to have headshots taken, and a workshop for building/updating their website.

Click here for the tentative schedule for Impulse New Music Festival.


Two of the most valuable aspects of attending any festival are the environment of  highly-focused work while you are there, and the community of relationships and connections you leave with. To encourage both of these, we have arranged an outstanding festival housing and meal plan for all INMF Fellows, which is built-in to the tuition. Residing in beautiful 2- and 3-bedroom apartments of Sierra Madre, you will be just minutes away from the daytime music facilities at UCSB, from the beach, and from downtown Isla Vista, and mere steps away from the Evening Lecture Series conference room, gym, study rooms, and dining commons. Our 10-meals-per-week plan allows you to swipe in and out of the dining commons with great flexibility, guaranteeing you access to delicious, healthy meals every day of your stay. With common areas, movie nights, and nearby access to the many attractions of Santa Barbara, you will have everything you need not only to focus, but also to build memories and relationships that will continue long after the festival.

Click here for photos and more about the Housing & Dining


*INMF 2020 details and pricing coming soon.

Not ready to commit to the full Performance Program, but still interested in joining the INMF community and learning more about making art and a career in New Music?


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