Funded in 2007 as a composer consortium, Alia Musica has made a name for itself as an actor in the new music scene in Pittsburgh and in the US at large. The organization behind the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Alia Musica has presented artists of such stature as Frederic Rzewski and Allen Otte, and ensembles like Yarn/Wire, Varispeed, thingNY, and Quince.

Alia Musica's ensemble has performed in venues throughout Pennsylvania, toured six states, and appeared internationally as a guest ensemble at the 2015 Panama's MusicArte festival. Its repertory combines monuments of modern music, from Ives and Varèse to Berio and Haas, with the freshest music by living composers, emerging and established. Among its premieres are new works by composers of the stature of George Tsontakis, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Ken Ueno, and it has shared stages with legendary new music artists like Cliff Colnot, Robert Dick, and Tony Arnold.

Balancing a grass-roots component with a commitment to artistic quality and to the listener’s experience, Alia Musica’s events have been listed in the Top Ten Classical Music Performances by the New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


5 Clarendon Place – Pittsburgh, PA 15206

(412) 427 6717

artistic team

Federico Garcia-De Castro, artistic director
John Arrigo-Nelson
Curtis Rumrill
Jennifer Gallagher, graphic design


core ensemble

Sarah Steranka, flutes
Emily Cook, clarinets
Dawn Posey, violin
Simon Cummings, cello
Chad Crummel, Carlos Camacho, percussion
Matthew Gillespie, piano
John Arrigo-Nelson, guitar


founding core composers

Mark Fromm
Federico Garcia-De Castro
Matthew Gillespie
Matthew Heap
Kerrith Livengood
James Ogburn