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.

2019 Instrumentation (In-Progress) – Will be Finalized By November 1, 2018

NOTE: up to six performers may be used from the following list (not including conductor):

  • Conductor (Optional – works that don’t need a conductor will not be conducted at the discretion of the ensemble)

  • Flute (doubling Piccolo and Alto Flute)

  • B-flat Clarinet (doubling A Clarinet, Bass Clarinet And E-flat Clarinet)

  • Oboe

  • Bassoon

  • Percussion (see Percussion Instruments Available below)

  • Piano (doubling Synthesizer*)

  • Violin

  • Viola

  • Cello

Percussion Instruments Available

  • 4 1/3 Octave Marimba

  • Vibraphone

  • Orchestra Bells

  • Crotales (high and low sets)

  • Tubular Chime (singular, not more than one single chime on a cymbal stand)

  • Snare Drum

  • Large Concert Bass Drum

  • Drumset Bass Drum with Pedal

  • Large Tam Tam

  • 4 Concert Tom Toms

  • Triangle

  • Tambourine

  • Claves

  • Cow Bell (Latin Cow Bell, not Almglocken)

  • Ratchet (with bass drum mount)

  • Claves

  • Finger Cymbals

  • Castanets (mounted or hand-held)

  • Anvil (percussion sound effect)

  • Temple Blocks (5)

  • Police Whistle

  • Woodblocks (high, medium and low)

  • Triangles (small, medium, large)

  • 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, and be as economical as possible when writing for percussion. The smaller your set-up, the more likely your piece will be performed in the future.

*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.