Our Mission

Fear No Music (FNM) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization promoting music education through public performance of modern and contemporary classical music, and groundbreaking youth mentorship in composition.  We work to promote living composers and to expose our audience to contemporary classical music being made both locally and globally.  We also seek to educate and train the next generation of young composers in our community.  Fear No Music pursues these goals through our two programs: our concert series, and our Young Composers Project.

Concert Series: Fear No Music Ensemble is a group of dedicated professional musicians with a passion for performing the chamber music of our time.  We perform an annual series of 20th and 21st century in the greater Portland Metro Area.  Our live concerts give a voice to northwestern composers, and also highlight important national and international developments in contemporary classical and post-classical music. We are devoted to fostering a love for live ensemble music and celebrating the diversity of our local Portland music community. We are Fear No Music.

The Young Composers Project (YCP) is a youth program that provides training and mentorship in music composition for youth interested in exploring composing as a professional career or life passion.  Fear No Music founded the Young Composers Project to find and enable young musicians to experience being a composer for the first time, and to cultivate the next generation of composers.

YCP provides local youth with the opportunity to:

  • Compose an original piece of chamber music over a year-long series of music composition workshops
  • Experiment and develop their musical ideas while having professional musicians at their disposal
  • Have their compositions professionally performed and recorded in a public concert at the conclusion of the program.

Over the years YCP students have won numerous state, regional, and national honors for their works. Past YCP participants now pursue careers with national and international profiles as orchestral, theater, film, and television composers.