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MISSION

Our mission is to encourage, create, support and present music of today, that positively impacts people in Houston and beyond.

VISION

Our vision is to enhance, stimulate and educate our community through high-quality contemporary performing arts programs and collaborations that are inclusive and accessible to people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and socio-economic levels.

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HISTORY

Second only to the Houston Symphony in the number of composers featured annually, the Foundation for Modern Music (FMM) provides a uniquely dedicated and growing performance platform for modern day composers and performing artists. Founded in 1986, with concerts beginning in 2002 at one central location and audiences initially averaging only 300 per year, FMM now presents citywide concerts in venues such as the MFAH, Zilkha Hall, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Rothko Chapel, and others with annual attendance of over 8,000 and growing.

Inspired by the legacy of former Artistic Director and composer/pianist Robert Avalon following his untimely death in 2004, the Foundation is dedicated to building audiences and public support for contemporary music in the classical tradition through concerts, educational outreach, and encouraging and supporting young composers. Culturally diverse programming and performers along with extensive cross-disciplinary collaborations reflect the values our city celebrates. This richness of diversity drives our day-to-day philosophy and operations.

Our performance seasons have evolved to offer dynamic educational outreach including free-of-charge events for the public. This has gained extensive sponsorship/coverage from entities such as UNIVISION TV, KPRC Local 2, KUHA Classical 91.7, Great Day Houston, KTRK Channel 13, KRIV Fox 26, the Houston Chronicle, La Subasta Newspaper, La Voz de Houston, and others. The private sector has further demonstrated investment in our mission through support from United Airlines, Texas Children’s Hospital, Heineken, CITGO, Fiesta, Silver Eagle, Wood MacKenzie, the Houston Astros,...more

"...active in the Houston artistic community and beyond, using the arts to celebrate diversity, inclusion, well-being and unity..”

Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, September 25, 2021

Composers

Daniel Adams

Karim Al-Zand

Fernando Luque Alandro

Rafael Alberti

Luis Fernandez Ardavin

Dominick Argento

Jose Luis Armenteros

Robert Avalon

Saul Avalos

Stephen Bachicha

Samuel Barber

Gabriel Bata

Ofer Ben-Amots

David Bernstein

Aaron Bielish

Georges Bizet

Brett Bohman

William Bolcom

Margaret Bonds

Chico Bouchikhi

Douglas Boyce

Johannes Brahms

Renato Brogi

Leo Brower

Emily Elizabeth Brown

Alexandra T. Bryant

Mark Buller

Luis A. Calvos

Roberto Cantoral

John Carewe

Julian Carrillo

Chandler Carter

Ignacio Cervantes

Carlos Chavez

Elliot Cole

Aaron Copeland

Chick Corea

John Corigliano

John L. Cornelius, II

Jonathan Craft

George Crumb

Richard Danielpour

Manuel DeFalla

James DeMars

Pablo DeSarate

Alberto Dominguez

Carlos Gonzalez Del Toro

Alfred Desenclos

Alberto Domiguez

Cheryl Donlin

Antal Dorati

Avner Dorman

Michael Calvin Dotsey

Stefano Dounady

Henri Dutilleux

Pedro Eustache

Felix Eduardo Fabini

Mohammad Fairouz

Brent Faris

Gabriel Faure

Heraclio Fernandez

Luis Figueroa

Pedro Flores

Antonio Fortunato

Lukas Foss

Gabriela Lena Frank

Kenneth Frazelle

Todd Frazier

Miles Jefferson Friday

Matthew Fuerst

Mamoru Fujieda

Andres Gaos

George Gershwin

Alberto Ginastera

Umberto Giordano

Vinko Globokar

Christopher Goddard

Osvaldo Golijov

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki

Arthur Gottschalk

Morton Gould

Enrique Granados

Eliseo Grenet

Maria Grever

Ross Griffey

M. Camargo Guarnieri

Gerardo Guevara

Julio Gutierrez

Tim Hagans

Daron Aric Hagen

Joshua Hahn

Charles Halka

John Harbison

Lou Harrison

Ava Leavell Hayman

Ted Hearne

Jake Heggie

Jacsha Heifetz

Heraclio Hernandez

Pablo Herrero

Lee Hoiby

Chris Howard

Andrew Hsu

Langston Hughes

Samuel Hunter

Jacques Ibert

Bryce Ingmire

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Daniel Karcher

Roger Keele

Aaron Jay Kernis

Edward Kilenyi

Jerome Kitzke

Sharon Klander

Jeremiah Klarman

Erich Korngold

Sebrina Kovalchuk

Ken Kreuger

Rathna Kumar

Kenneth LaFave

Mark Landson

Aguston Lara

Libby Larsen

Philip Lasser

Nancy Laupheimer

Steve Laven 

Richard Lavenda

Ernesto Lecuona

Tania Leon

Ruggero Leoncavallo

Michael Levinas

Lowell Liebermann

Max Lifchitz

Franz Lizst

Israel Lopez

Ricardo Lorenz

Alexina Louie

Timo Lozano

Witold Lutoslawski

Eden MacAdam-Somer

Bruno Maderna

Benedeto Marcello

Valerie Martinez

Jean Paul Egide Martini

Bahuslav Martinu

Kazunori Maruyama

Robert McCauley

Robert McClure

Gabriel Medina

Quirino Mendoza y Cortez

Olivier Messiaen

Peter S. Michaelides

Ellsworth Milburn

Darius Milhaud

Eduardo H. Moncada

Meredith Monk

Federico Moreno Torroba

Bill Morrison

Wolfgang A. Mozart

Jin Nam

Robert Nelson

Vern Nelson

Ian Ng

Gary Norian

Manuel Pereja Obregon

Luis Ochoa

Reynaldo Ochoa

Babatunde Olatunji

Poul Rovsing Olsen

Matthew O’Neill

Yoko Ono

Jorge Orta

Jaime Ovalle

Seth Paynter

Felix Pena

Fernando Periquet y Zuaznabar

Astor Piazzolla

Walter Piston

Anthony Plog

Manuel M. Ponce

Richard Power

Almeida Prado

Andre Prevost

Giacomo Puccini

Nicola Radan

Gonzalo Ramos

Maurie Ravel

Mahmoud Reda

Fabian Rehfeld

Steve Reich

Michael Remson

Christian Restrepo

Terry Riley

George Rochberg

Jody Rockmaker

Joaquin Rodrigo

Juan Luis de Pablo Enriquez Rohen

Ned Rorem

Buck Ross

Frederic Rzewski

Kaija Saariaho

Eleonor Sandresky

Yakub Sapruta

Alessandro Scarlatti

Peter Schickele

Arnold Schoenberg

Paul Schoenfield

Franz Schubert

Mark Schultz

Joseph Schwantner

Francis Schwartz

Guillermo Fernandez Shaw

Dmitri Shostakovich

Efrain Silva

Perez Soriano

Pablo Sorozábal

Greg Steinke

Igor Stravinski

Rafael Suarez

Ellen Taafe Zwilich

Takuma Tanikawa

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Adam Tendler

Maria Teresa Lara

Christopher Theofanidis

Charles Tomlinson Griffes

Matthew Tommasini

Francesco Paolo Tosti

Joan Tower

Bruce Trinkley

Stephen Tsui

Larry Unger

Maria Fernanda Urbaez

Rima Vallbona

Theodoro Varcarcel

Consuelo Velasquez

Nils Vigeland

Heitor Villa Lobos

Amadeo Vives

Richard Wagner

Christpher Walczak

Errollyn Wallen

Robert Ward 

Mary Carol Warwick

Kurt Weill

Travis Weller

David Ashley White

Alec Wilder

Alexander Winkler

Wenhui Xie

Hua Yang

Samuel Zyman

Performers

Chauncey Aceret

Maria Andrea Acosta

Clyde Adams

Daniel Adams

Whitney Adkins

James Alexander

Catherine Allen

Tanya Amira

Olga Amelkina-Vera

Krume Andreevski

Jessica Anderson

Linda Angkasa

Celia Araujo

Gerardo Araujo

Alegria Arce

Robert Atherholt

Robert Avalon

German Avila, Jr.

Thomas Bacon

Nicholas Leh Baker

Brooke Barnes

Scarlett Barnes

Jacob Barr

Victoria Bass

Gabriel Bata

Jule Bata

Ashley Bathgate

Eryn Bauer

Darryl Bayer

Aimee Beaton

Bryant Beauchamp

Joanna Becker

Kris Becker

Brandon Bell

Angel “Angelucho” Bermudez

Richard Berry

Shankar Bhattacharyya

Aaron Bielish

Troi ArYana Bingham

Joan Biship

Ana Teresa Black

Cheryl Blanchard

Karl Blench

Wilmer Bolivar

Tianna Bonser

Haley Boone

Konstantin Boyarksy

Paul Boyd

Valerie Braddell

Michele Brangwen

Emily Broaddus

Emily Elizabeth Brown

Joan Brown

Richard Brown

Steve Brown

Nicholas Browne

Sonja Bruzauskas

Mark Buller

Whitney Bullock

Paul Busselberg

Jeff Butler

Sarah Cahill

Inex Alvarez Calderon

Solangel “Lali” Calix

Jeff Campbell

Padua Canty

Alejandra Cardenas

Sydney Carlson

Kathleen Carrington

Josue Casillas

Kevin Castillo

Nicholas Cathcart

Anne Chadwick

Keith Chambers

Marcie Chapas

Alexander Chaushian

Olive Chen

Anjali Chikkula

Richard Cholakian

Alicia Church

Mario Ciaccio

Erika Cikraji

Julia Cleworth

David Connon

Nathan Cook

Carlos Cordeiro

John Cornelius

Osvaldo Corral

Jonathan Craft

Leslie Cuenca

Michael Culbertson

Matthew Cunningham

Angela Dampeer

Dominika Dancewicz

Frances Dautant

DuWayne Davis

Traci Davis

Eduardo Lopez de Casas

Marcus deLoach

Vesselin Demirev

Valeria Deniz

Joan DerHovsepian

Jamie Desautel

Matthew Detrick

Marcia Diehl

Matthew Dirst

Jusy Dines

Matthew Dirst

Andrew Dixon

Vyacheslav Dobrushkin

Aralee Dorough

Michael Calvin Dotsey

Sara Draper

Matthew Dudzik

Debroah Duncan

Kevin Dvorak

Andre Dyachenko

Max Dyer

Sally Edmunson

Raul Orlando Edwards

Paul English

Nayeli Escamilla

Meryl Ettleson

Clifton Evans

Elizabeth Evans

Louis-Marie Fardet Brent Fariss

Andres Felix

Carmelis Figuera

Abigail Fischer

Norman Fischer

St.John Flynn

Lucas Foss

Julia Fox

Sydney Franz

Todd Frazier

Julie Fredericks

David Ramirez Freeman

Seth Freeman

Chris French

Michael Frigo

Mary Frometa

Sammy Fuks

Angela Fuller

Blythe Gaissert

Hansi Gajamayake

Mina Gajic

Sergei Galpirin

Isabelle Ganz

Arturo Garcia

Jeremias Garcia

Jesus Garcia

Nereida Garcia

Raul Garcia

Solomon Garcia

June Garrison

Robert Garza

Robert Jay Garza III

Kenneth Gayle

Christopher Goddard

Daniel Goldman

Kenneth Goldsmith

Andres Gonzalez

Arthur Gottschalk

James Graber

Alison Greene

Justin Greer

Ross Griffey

Andrew Griffin

Kenneth Grigg

Ben Grube

Michael Gurfield

Tim Hagans

Haley Hagendorf

Joshua Hanh

Eric Halen

Phillip Hall

Ian Hallas

David Hanlon

Master Shi Xing Hao

Sonja Harasim

Christopher Harris

Craig Hauschildt

Jared Hawkins

Shino Hayashi

Jane Hayes

Ted Hearne

Thomas Helton

Zina Hemingway

John Hendrickson

Nick Hennies

Brittany Henry

Timothy Hester

Ciaran Hinds

Mary Carmen Hines

Makiko Hirata

Scott Holshouser

Allan Hon

Chris Howard

Andrea Hoxie

Luke Hsu

Luke Hubley

Thomas Hulten

Samuel Hunter

Jody Ilgenfritz

Ioana Ionita

Heather Jackson

Tracy Jacobson

Vincent James

Myoung-Ji Jang

Juliette Javaheri

Annalee Jeffries

Lan Jiang

Kjiu Joh

James Johnson

Andrew Johnson

Chris Johnson

James Johnson

Kurt Johnson

Faith Magdelene Jones

Stephen W. Jones

Timothy Jones

Venu Josyula

Vladimir Kaliazine

Rohini Kambhampati

Ben Kamins

Keli Kathman

Kimi Kawashima

Roger Keele

Jennifer Keeney

Sam Kelder

Josh Kelly

Yvonne Kendall

Stephanie Key

Christine Kim

David Kim

Kathryn King

Anthony Kitai

Alina Klimaszewska

Nathan Koci

Lachezar Kostov

Leah Kovach

Daniel Kramlich

Anita Kruse

Cameron Kubos

Andre Kyachenko

Irma La Paloma

Paulette Labbe-Chiasson

Sarah Lamesh

John Landefeld

Olivia Landry

Mark Landson

Martin Langford

Eric Larson

Nathan Lassel

Nancy Laupheimer

Richard Lavenda

Alecia Lawyer

Jeewon Lee

Eun-Mi Lee

Anne Leek

Haerim Leek

Catherine LeGrand

Thomas LeGrand

Taylor Levine

Brian Lewis

Carey Lewis

Derrick Lewis

Max Lifchitz

Laura Llana

Jaemi Blair Loeb

Alejandro Lopez

Michelle Lopez

Timo Lozano

Gregory Luce

Richard Jason Lyders

Alexis Lyle

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer

Batya MacAdam-Somer

Eden MacAdam-Somer

IIan MacAdam-Somer

Cristian Macelaru

Eileen Mack

Stephanie Madinnis

Alejandro Magallon

Joseph Maile

Ashley Malloy

Erika Malmer

Amy Mason

Rangel Marao

Mollie Marcuson

Renee Marie

Richard Marshall

Karen Marston

Sandi Martinez

Amy Mason

Adam Matthes

Robert McCauley

Robert McClure

Janis McCrory De Lara

Robert McCullagh

Lindsey McGill

Steven McMillan

Christina Medawar

Gabriel Medina

David Medine

Laurie Meister

Simone Miotto

Benjamin Mitchell

David Mollenauer

Jose Antonio Monrouzeau

Andrea Moore

Latonia Moore

Marion Vernette Moore

Patrick Moore

Edgardo Morales

Rodolfo Morales

Niho Mozas

Kanosky Munoz

Karem Munoz

Ed Muth

Joseph Naeger

Ronald Neal

Tom Neil

Edith Nino

Candice Noel

Nooreddin

Gary Norian

Richard Nunemaker

Jason Oby

Reynaldo Ochoa

Jason Ogan

Juan Olivares

Sean O’Neal

Matthew O’Neill

Jorge “Cro-Cro” Orta

Pedro Ott

Sylvia Ouellette

Jennifer Owen

Amy Owens

Gerardo Flores Pacheco

Elizabeth Padgett

Dawn Padula

Caio Pagano

Sergio Pallotelli

Joanna Park

Natalie Parker

Zeljko Pavlovic

Seth Paynter

Andreina Pena

Misha Penton

Jairo Perea

Jane Perkyns

Tim Peters

Reenat Pinchas

Luis Pino

Howard Pollack

Rita Porfiris

Sasha Potiomkin

Richard Power

Patricia Rabaza

Anabel Ramirez

David Ramirez

Luis Ramirez

Anito Rao

Jonothan Reed

Christian Restrepo

Lucina Reyes

Tracy Rhodus

Alan Richardson

Ruby Rincon

Micah Ringham

Gregory Ristow

Isaiah Robinson

Erika Rodden

Eric Rodriquez

Jessika Rodriquez

Antonia Rogers

Sarh Rohrman

Monica Rojas

Juan Luis de Pablo Enriquez Rohen

Melisa Rose

Matthew Rose

Lawrence Rushdi

Marcia Sadberry

Kris Saebo

Daniel Saenz

Alejandro Salvia

Leticia Sanchez

Eleonor Sandresky

Maiko Sasaki

Brad Sayles

Bernardo Scarambone

Andrew Schneider

Christian Shubert

Francis Schwartz

Samantha Scioneaux

Ronen Segev

Vicky Seldon

Abhijit Sengupta

Cassandra Shaffer

Shobha Shankar

Rachel Shapiro

Richard Sharon

Christian Schubert

Rachel Shapiro

Govind Shetty

Siju Shin

Soya Shuhatovich

Susan Silas

Sophia Silivos

Barrett Sills

Efrain Silva

Eric Siu

Karen Slotter

Brian Smith

Emily Snyder

Patricia Solorzano

Melanie Sonnenberg

Oleg Soulyga

Marvin Sparks

Tereza Stanislav

John Stanley

Marcia Sterling

McMillan Steven

Elizabeth Steves

Daniel Stover

Susanna Stranders

Daniel Strba

Melissa Suhr

Loeg Sulyga

Kaoru Suzuki

Adriana Taboada

Charles Tauber

Nicholas Tavani

Adam Tendler

Mason Tenery

Kathryn Thomas

Marshall Thomas

John Thorne

Teruhiko Toda

Ruben Torres

Chloe Trevor

Trung Le Trinh

Tatiana Trono

Allison Truax

Erin Tsai

Patrick Tjusi

Tansu Turner

Anthony Turner

Larry Unger

Maria Fernanda Urbaez

Ivo-Jan van der Werff

Alejandro Vela

Fernand Vera

Valeria Vetruccio

Nester Vidal

Valerie Vidal

Artemio Villarreal

Russell Vogt

Errollyn Wallen

Sean Wang

Mary Carol Warwick

Rodney Waters

Terese Weber

Hellen Weberpal

Travis Weller

Alexandra Adkins Wenig

Larry Wheeler

Cassandra White

Dawson White

Ron Wiltrat

Gatot Winandar

Woody Witt

Micah Wright

Qyiao (Chaul) Yang

Richie Zha

Cristina Zapata

Michael Zuraw

Ellen Zwilich

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