Festival Ensembles

The American Modern Orchestra (AMO) is the house orchestra for the Mostly Modern Festival, and consists of musicians accepted into the program who will perform side-by-side with Artist Faculty performers. AMO will be led by conductors who champion new music, with the addition of the conductor students, who will lead rehearsals, perform, and conduct composition readings. All performances will be audio and 4 camera-shot, video recorded. Readings will be recorded for archival use. Future plans may include making professional recordings of composers' works on the American Modern Recordings label and performances in New York City and beyond.


American Modern Ensemble - Click to Enlarge (Photo Credit: Daniel Dottavio)

Founded in 2005, American Modern Ensemble is marking its 14th season in 2018. AME spotlights American music via lively thematic programming, performing the widest possible repertoire, particularly by living composers. AME is a dynamic, creative force in the modern music scene. Robert Paterson serves as artistic director as well as house composer, and Victoria is Executive Director as well as one of the violinists on the roster. With a world-class ensemble made up of NYC’s finest, AME is “simply ‘first-rate” (The New York Times). AME has performed works by over 150 living composers in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to National Sawdust, and has "consistently demonstrated a flair for inventive programming" (Steve Smith, Time Out New York). AME programs both cutting edge and traditional works, presenting unique, engaging events that encourage dialogue between artists and audiences. Sold out crowds are a winning testament to their tremendous fan base and ever expanding popularity. The Mostly Modern Festival is the summer home for AME.  AME presents programs using a robust combination of instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors. For more information, visit the American Modern Ensemble site.


The American Modern Choir (AMC) is the brand new choir at the Mostly Modern Festival and consists of singers from around the world who apply and are accepted into the program. AMC will be led by conductors who champion new music, with the addition of conducting students who will lead rehearsals, perform and conduct performances of works by a handful of selected students. All performances will be audio recorded with a 4 camera-shot video for archival use. Future plans may include making professional recordings of composers' works on the American Modern Recordings label and performances in New York City and beyond.