Fonema Consort will welcome Scottish composer James Dillon to Chicago this April, for a concert and public discussion of his works. ANCIENT RITES II with James Dillon will be presented by the Frequency series. Read more.

Photo with James

Fonema Consort 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’.

Recent Press

Graham Meyer Reviews “Ancient Rites” : Chicagomusic.org
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

Coming Up

Fonema Soloists Series #3: Samuel Rowe with Shawn Lucas, guitars
Friday May 22, 2015 | 8:00pm
High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary, 2233 South Throop St., Chicago
Tickets $10

Moving through the soundworlds created by Pisaro and Lachenmann’s music– variously austere and dense, delicate and violent– the guitar emerges as something other than the lyrical… 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…Learn more.


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The Album

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