soprano, flute, violin, guitar
Shawn Lucas- 2012


Fonema Consort has been awarded a grant from the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music (FACE) in support of their ongoing musical exchange with the French contemporary chamber choir Voix de Stras’ led by Catherine Bolzinger. The first part of our exchange took place in April 2014 in Chicago, where the combined forces of the ensembles presented a concert which included new works from composers of both Chicago and Strasbourg. In Spring 2015 Fonema Consort will travel to Strasbourg, France to complete this exciting musical and cultural exchange.

Fonema Consort announces the recipients of our first call-for-scores commissions: Julio Zuñiga and Valeria Jonard will write new works for Fonema Consort’s residency at Visiones Sonoras 2014 in Morelia, Mexico in October.

Fonema Consort announces its Mexican debut performance with the Foro de Nueva Música in Mexico City this May. For more information, click here.

Fonema Consort announces its upcoming collaboration with French contemporary vocal ensemble Voix de Stras’, with whom we will present two join concerts in April. For more information, click here.

Fonema Consort announces its first call-for-scores, which is open to Latin American composers. Selected composers will have a new work workshopped and premiered at the Mexican festival for electronic music, Visiones Sonoras. For eligibility requirements and the application, click here.

Fonema Consort is pleased to announce its first CD project, Pasos en otra calle, a collection of the vocal chamber works by Costa Rican composers Pablo Chin and Mauricio Pauly, supported by ACAM of Costa Rica.

In the Press

06.29.13 – Matmos and Fonema Consort at Pritzker on The Underground Bee

06.13.13 – On Permutations 061413: Concert in Harlem, on The Glass

05.28.13 – A Trifecta of New York New Music, on The Glass

03.27.13 – Fonema Consort Dazzles with Mirrors II, on I Care if you Listen

Coming Up

Saturday, July 12, 5:00pm
WFMT’s Thirsty Ear Festival
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago

WFMT and the program Relevant Tones presents its Third Annual Thirsty Ear Festival at the City Winery, featuring performances by Fonema Consort, Gaudete Brass, and Graham Reynolds. This two-hour program will be broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT, but join us live for an evening of music and drinks in the beautiful City Winery!… 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 endeavor to bring to light and expand the repertoire of 20th and 21st century works for voice(s) and instruments; and live out our fascination with the exploration of vocal possibilities in music. The complex nature of this repertoire encompasses a vast intersection of disciplines including music, drama, and literature; and requires the ensemble to explore a wide range of performance practices.

Believing that new music offers a journey of discovery for the performer and listener alike, Fonema Consort strives to bring musician, music, and listener into closest proximity. Above all, we hope that our audience will join us on this journey at the edge of musical and linguistic discovery. Learn more.

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