Contemporary Ensemble

The Currants

Co-directed by Heather Gilligan and Christopher Swist 

Course number:  MU 171-11
Students receive one coaching per week.

Professors Heather Gilligan and Chris Swist promote their new album at KSC’s Faculty Celebration of Research and Scholarship

All music was once new.  As promoters of new music, co-directors Chris Swist and Heather Gilligan enable students to learn, understand, and embrace contemporary chamber music.

Students work in small groups of duos and trios and focus on diverse contemporary repertoire, particularly the work of living composers.

Callie Carmosino and Geoff Edwards

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Professor Swist performs with students Andrew Brace and Christian Terry