American Modern Ensemble Instrumentation

The following instrumentation guidelines should be adhered to when submitting or composing works for the American Modern Ensemble. Note that composers are not required to use all of the instruments, and may compose for a subset of the ensemble instead, but additional instruments cannot be added.

For future reference, please also note that the ensemble's instrumentation may change from summer to summer.

2018 Instrumentation

  • Flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute)
  • B-flat Clarinet doubling A Clarinet And E-flat Clarinet)
  • Percussion (see Percussion Instruments Available below)
  • Piano (doubling Synthesizer*)
  • Violin
  • Cello

Percussion Instruments Available

  • Vibraphone
  • Orchestra Bells
  • 4 1/3 Octave Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Concert Bass Drum
  • Large Tam Tam
  • 4 Concert Tom Toms
  • Triangle
  • Tambourine
  • Claves
  • Cow Bell
  • High, Medium and Low Woodblocks
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Bell Tree
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbals (small, medium, large)
  • Sizzle Cymbal

Note: additional, small, hand-held percussion instruments may be available if we are notified before the festival, or if the composer supplies the instrument. Other large instruments (i.e., a full set of chimes, timpani, or a larger marimba) are not available. It is strongly recommend that composers not write for both the marimba and vibraphone in the same piece, if at all possible.

*Note regarding the synthesizer: the synthesizer will be an 88 key MIDI keyboard connected to an Apple Macbook Pro laptop running Apple's Main Stage. Any programming will need to be discussed with the keyboard player.

Pieces not adhering to these instrumentation guidelines will not be considered or programmed.