Contemporary Music for All
facebook instagram

Festival Nieuwe Noten

CoMAMaastricht was founded in November 2011. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary we organise  the Festival Nieuwe Noten - Composing for and by All, that will take place on 5 March 2022. We postpone the anniversary celebration due to the interference with other CoMA activities in november 2021. The festival will also  be part of the fourth International Festival of Contemporary Music for All.
Prior to the festival Nieuwe Noten a composition contest will be held among established and upcoming composers, culminating in a final during the evening concert on the festival day. The day itself will be devoted to Composing by All. A diversity of workshops will be offered in which participants can challenge their composing talents. As usual a Festival Ensemble and Festival Choir will also be formed. At the end of the day a concert will take place with a reflection on 10 years CoMAMaastricht: first the final of the composition contest in analogy to the very first festival in 2011; furthermore Ensemble 88 will perform compositions by among others Michael Finnissy as was the case in the second festival in 2016.
In our third festival we challenge everyone, both amateurs and professionals, to compose together. Go beyond your limits and discover what is possible by participating in one of the intriguing composition workshops. Would you prefer to play or sing together? Then join the Festival Ensemble or the Festival Choir, and study and rehearse a composition by Oliver Leith that will be composed especially for the International CoMA Festival 2022. And come and listen to the final of the 'Open Score' composition contest and the concert by Ensemble88.


  • Musicians on all instruments, from string and wind instruments to percussion, accordion, (electric) guitar, gamba, synthesizer, harmonica etc.
  • Singers
  • Composers
  • Listeners
  • Everyone from 5 years old


No specific level is required for the composition workshops. For the Festival Ensemble, you should be able to play your instrument, and to read notes and rhythms,at a basic level. For singers, being able to read music is not required. So everyone is welcome!


For the festival day choose from one of the seven composition workshops, or enjoy playing in the Festival Ensemble or singing in the Festival Choir. All workshops are suitable for musicians and singers.