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All of our student composers get to work with the world renown chamber group Metropolis Ensemble. With the help of director Andrew Cyr, students interact with the performers to help realize their creative vision.

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Metropolis Ensemble under the direction of the Grammy Nominated conductor Andrew Cyr,  is a professional chamber orchestra based in New York City. Dedicated to emerging a new generation of composers and performers, Metropolis Ensemble has quickly established a reputation for presenting “new music played with the same kind of panache and bravura we usually experience only in performances of standard repertoire.” (Esa-Pekka Salonen).


Andrew Cyr

Andrew CyrGrammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr is a leader in the rapidly growing contemporary music scene. Recent engagements conducting Metropolis Ensemble include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, (Le) Poisson Rouge, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Celebrate Brooklyn, and The Wordless Music Series. In 2011, Cyr made his conducting debut at The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall as part of Philadelphia’s International Festival of the Arts and in 2013 will direct performances of a new opera by David Bruce with The Royal Opera House of London and Opera North. Cyr has collaborated with a diverse list of critically acclaimed indie-rock, hip-hop, and jazz artists including Deerhoof, Ahmir Questlove Thompson and The Roots, Keren Ann, Babx, Nicole Atkins, and David Murray. A native of Fort Kent, Maine, Cyr holds music degrees from Bates College, the French National Conservatory, and Westminster Choir College

Praise for Metropolis Ensemble

  • Metropolis Ensemble is a great addition to the U.S. music scene.
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor, London Philharmonia
  • "Andrew Cyr and his virtuosic Metropolis Ensemble are the future of what we know as classical music. Their approach is fresh, and so is their music making. New ideas on presenting older music are combined with definitive performances of music by today's younger composers.
    John Corigliano, Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer