Center for 21st Century Music

Center for 21st Century Music

Photo by Irene Haupt

For fifty years, the Music Department at the University at Buffalo has maintained and nurtured a commitment to creative and performing artists at the forefront of contemporary music. The Center for 21st Century Music, founded and directed by composer David Felder in 2006, is built on this legacy, featuring the internationally renowned "June in Buffalo" festival, the Slee Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra concert series, and the Wednesday Series of performances, lecture presentations, and workshops. The Center for 21st Century Music is dedicated to the creation and production of new work upholding the highest artistic standards of excellence while simultaneously fostering a complementary atmosphere of creative investigation.


David Felder, artistic director
J.T. Rinker, managing director
Eileen Felder, grant writer
Sharon Mok, piano and keyboard technician
Chris Jacobs, technology, sound reinforcement, and recording
Phil Rehard, concert hall production
Dusti Dean, financial officer
Rick Scott, editor, edge of the center blog
Ethan Hayden, website manager


For general info, contact J.T. Rinker, managing director:

phone: (716) 645-0624
fax: (716) 645-3824

Center for 21st Century Music

Photo by Irene Haupt

Cosponsored Organizations

The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music is proud to sponsor a variety of musical activities in the greater Buffalo community. Below are links to organizations and events that have received support from the Center for 21st Century Music.

A Musical Feast

Founded in 2006 by retired Concert Master of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Charles Haupt, A Musical Feast ventures to fuse contemporary and classical music with poetry and dance, featuring musicians of international stature as well as local players.
Musical Feast

Burchfield Penney Art Center

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is a museum dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and distinguished artists of Buffalo, Niagara and Western New York. Through its affiliation with SUNY Buffalo State, the museum encourages learning and celebrates its richly creative and diverse community.
Burchfield Penney

Genkin Philharmonic

The Genkin Philharmonic, a Buffalo (NY) based ten-piece electro-acoustic chamber ensemble, was founded in 2000 by Jon Nelson at The University at Buffalo Music Department. Originally conceived as a class at UB, its mission was to provide a uniquely challenging opportunity for students to study and perform contemporary music that draws on musical genres spanning rock, jazz, improvised and classical music.
Genkin Philharmonic

Music in Buffalo's Historic Places

Music in Buffalo's Historic Places presents concerts in distinct architectural settings with musical programs that are relevant to the design and period in which the building was constructed. The series strives not only to bring a fuller appreciation to the region's unique history, but also to serve as a venue for University at Buffalo faculty and guest artists to collaborate in carefully chosen concert programs.

Pausa Art House

Pausa Art House presents chamber music concerts and artistic exhibitions focusing on artists indigenous to Buffalo and its surrounding area. As a complement to the already vibrant nightlife on Allen Street, PAUSA adds a "boutique" entertainment element to the neighborhood with pre-concert and post-concert receptions that encourage intermingling among performers and audience members.
Pausa Art House