Music Uplifts

Music Uplifts

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.

Music Shares

Music Shares

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.

Music Equips

Music Equips

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!

Cross Country Chamber Music Consortium Commission Winner

Benjamin Horne | I Remember You

Picosa is thrilled to join the Cross-Country Chamber Consortium!

In 2021, Atlanta Chamber Players (Atlanta), Decoda (New York), Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago), Musiqa (Houston) and SOLI Chamber Ensemble (San Antonio) announced the creation of a new consortium aimed at increasing diversity in modern chamber music repertoire.

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 a few concerts this season.

**Applications for the 2022 Commission will open November 1st, 2022!

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