Picosa programs an eclectic body of work that includes a commitment to our community of Chicago-based composers. Through music, narrative, and ongoing conversations, we invite our audiences into shared experiences together with the musicians.
We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as the honest and transformative path to great art and repertoire. Picosa believes that music’s enduring power is its innate ability to engage all of us — performers, composers, audience — in reflecting and conversing about our experiences, our values, and our aspirations.
Picosa believes in equipping and encouraging the rising generation of musicians through school outreach programs, guest workshops, and its residencies at North Central College and Elmhurst University.
2022 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grantee
Shawn E. Okpebholo will compose a chamber work for Picosa and percussionist Peter Ferry to be premiered next season!
We are over-the-moon excited!!
The musicians of Picosa are so grateful to Chamber Music America for being chosen as one of the 2022 grantees of the Classical Commissioning Grant together with acclaimed composer Shawn E. Okpebholo and guest artist Peter Ferry, percussion. To be able to premiere a newly commissioned work by Shawn is an incredible joy and privilege for the ensemble. With a longstanding friendship together that began with the ensemble’s performances of CryptOlogiE in 2015, we look forward to embarking on this wonderful creative process together and bringing this new premiere to life!
Benjamin Horne has been awarded its first ever Black, Latinx and Indigenous Emerging Composer Commission.
Picosa is excited to take over for Fifth House Ensemble and represent Chicago in the consortium. We are delighted to perform Benjamin Horne’s piece I Remember You on February 8th at DePaul University and April 16th at North Central College.