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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




The Frequency Festival Presents
North/South : ft. Mesias Maiguasca
Wednesday February 24, 2016 | 8pm
Bond Chapel, 1025 E 58th St, Chicago

Descendant of indigenous parents from the Andes and a former student of Stockhausen, Mesias Maiguasca’s musical language reflects the profound impact that the folklore and Andean cosmology surrounding his youth and the rigour and mediums of the avant-garde scene in Europe had on his perception of sound… 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