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Fonema Consort joins Julio Estrada in residency at the University of Minnesota in October 2015. Read more.

Announcing Fonema Consort’s 2015 – 2016 season! Fonema Consort invites you to experience our 2015- 2016 season as we explore the boundaries between instruments and voices, music-making and drama…. See the full season schedule.

Composer Francisco Castillo Trigueros awarded an Edes Prize, to composer a new chamber opera to be premiered by Fonema Consort in 2016. Read about the fascinating concept for this work here, and/or dig into the Fonema Blog archives here for an interview with Trigueros on his chamber work Absimo azul, floreciente and inspirational factors to his style and work, and start the video below at 21:30 for a clip of Fonema performing this work.

Coming Up

Pictures at an Exhibition: music with visuals
Presented by Oberlin Conservatory
Friday April 29th, 2016

Pictures of an Exhibition presents works based on visuals, whether a painting (Richard Barrett), drawing (Pablo Chin), photographs (Louis Nielson) or sculpture (Bethany Younge). In Barrett’s Coigitum (based on a painting with the same title by surrealist Chilean Roberto Matta), the subject of social oppression tied to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the painter’s home country inspired the troublesome figures in the visuals and the severe demands on the performers in Barrett’s piece. Read more.

About Us

consort : a group of instrumentalists and singers performing together
fonema : (Spanish, phoneme) the smallest unit of speech, which distinguishes words according to their sonic quality

These concepts define the essence of Fonema Consort as we live out our fascination with new vocal possibilities in music, explore the expressive overlap between voices and instruments, and close the gap between music-making and drama… Learn more.


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The Album

Fonema Consort’s debut album, called “dazzling” by the Chicago Reader, available through New Focus Records.

Recent Press

Graham Meyer Reviews “Ancient Rites” : Chicagomusic.org
Pasos en otra calle in Best of Music 2014: Chicago Reader
Fonema Consort in the Festival Internacional de Chihuahua : Revista Parlante
Fonema Consort in the Festival Internacional de Chihuahua : El sol de Mexico
Best New Vocal-Oriented Contemporary Ensemble : Chicago Reader