Durward is a chamber ensemble that promotes the diversity of contemporary music to a broad audience through performances of rarely performed works and commissioning new works by living composers. Committed to formal concert presentations and educational outreach programs, Durward engages audiences of all ages and artistic interests in experiences that celebrate creativity and develop a community-based commitment to new music.
Education: Part of Durward’s mission is to educate young musicians and potential composers about composition so there is not a disconnect between the composers of today and the listening audience. Members of our ensemble will go out and speak with students about new music and the process of musical composition in schools and the community.
“The Iowa Composers Forum is excited to support the Durward Contemporary Ensemble on their newest venture. Their first concert was a tremendous success, wonderfully illustrating the vitality of the arts in Iowa. An enthusiastic audience warmly received four world premieres as well as a string trio by American composer Irving Fine.”
Salty Cricket Composer’s Collective: “Durward Contemporary Chamber Ensemble represents a unique opportunity for Iowa’s music and cultural sector to participate in the making of new concert music. Durward’s inaugural concert was an ambitious and successful beginning.”