Musiqa is a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. Musiqa's aim is to present the highest quality programs from broadly diverse aesthetic viewpoints. Musiqa hopes to secure a place for modern music alongside the city's other vibrant contemporary art forms in contributing to the city's cultural life.
The Artistic Directors of Musiqa consist of composition faculty of the Shepherd and Moores Schools of Music. Musiqa has performed at venues including the Rothko Chapel, the Contemporary Arts Museum, and Zilkha Hall. Performers are world-class musicians from the Houston Symphony, Shepherd and Moores School faculties, and from throughout the U.S. Musiqa has been a leader in bringing together works from diverse disciplines to create an artistic whole. These have ranged from a reading by playwright Edward Albee, to poems commissioned from Edward Hirsch and Jennifer Grotz, world premieres from choreographer/dancer Dominic Walsh and playwright Douglas Mitchell, and a lecture by Dr. John Lienhard.
Educating students on the vitality and imaginative reach of contemporary music is also a significant part of Musiqa's mission. Musiqa's outreach efforts are innovative and large-scale. Musiqa's annual concerts at the Rothko Chapel are free, which helps to consistently draw a large and diverse audience, many of whom are experiencing modern music for the first time. Musiqa offers free tickets to high school students to its paid performances at Zilkha Hall. Most dramatically, Musiqa offers an extensive program for public elementary school students. Last season, in collaboration with the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Musiqa presented eight performances of an innovative, multi-media program to over 4,000 HISD fourth graders from nearly 50 public schools at Zilkha Hall. These concerts were supplemented with in-school workshops, in collaboration with Young Audiences of Houston.