Music Today


Alarm Will Sound working with CMS StudentsClassical music is being composed today! It engages with our modern culture, exploring new styles, new sounds, and new ideas. Music Today introduces students to music by living composers and the business-related skills of concert production. Students will be involved in all aspects of music-making: selecting repertoire, deciding on venue, designing marketing pieces, as well as rehearsing and performing music in small ensemble settings. They are guided by CMS faculty and members of Alarm Will Sound, a national leader among contemporary music ensembles.

Financial assistance is available, plus discounts for students in CMS ensembles and St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra who wish to participate in both.  Call (314) 968-5939 for more information.  

2015-16 Concerts

3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 13, 2015
3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2016 

At the Community Music School 
535 Garden Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119

FREE and open to the public 

INSTRUMENTS: Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Piano

AGES: Students entering 7-12 grades and who are intermediate level or beyond 

• Must be at the intermediate level or beyond for your instrument. 
• Must be able to read music fluently. 
• Must be confident with reading rhythms and open to new music experiences

AUDITIONS: Not required for acceptance, however, an initial “playing” will be conducted to determine ability and repertoire on August 30, 12-6 p.m.

REHEARSALS: Sundays, 3:45-5:45 p.m., beginning September 20, 2015
CMS Center, 535 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will SoundAlarm Will Sound has established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. ASCAP recognized their contributions to new music with a 2006 Concert Music Award for "the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century." Their performances have been described as "equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity" by the London Financial Times and as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says Alarm Will Sound is "the future of classical music" and "the very model of a modern music chamber band."  Learn more about Alarm Will Sound at

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