A clarinet player and pianist perform a multimedia piece before a projection screen for the Signal Flow Festival, a key program of the Mills Music Now series.

Mills Music Now

Hailed as one of the “gems of Bay Area culture,” the Mills Music Now Concert Series is a celebration of the College’s rich tradition of experimentation and a glimpse into the future of a broad range of musical practices.

Mills College has been a center of musical creativity and innovation for the past century. Through the annual Mills Music Now series, faculty, students, and visiting artists come together to define the cutting edge of music, from electronic to classical performance to jazz improvisation.

A strong lineup of concerts forms the heart of the Mills Music Now series, with additional programming including the highly anticipated Signal Flow and X Sound festivals showcasing new works by graduating music students, and lectures, workshops, residencies, and master classes from invited artists. Recent Mills Music Now performers include Laetitia Sonami, Alvin Curran, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, William Winant, Joanna MacGregor, Rumbaché, the Eclipse Quartet, and the Rara Tou Limen Haitian Music and Dance Troupe.

All Mills Music Now events are open to the public. Most, but not all, events are held in our historic Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall. Check individual event listings to confirm the venue.

2021-22 Mills Music Now Concert Series

Darius Milhaud Concert
Friday, September 24, 2021

Sarah Cahill: The Future is Female
Saturday, October 30, 2021

Meredith Monk
(Hewlett 50 Arts Commission)
Friday November 12, 2021 
Saturday, November 13, 2021 

Mendi and Keith Obadike
(David Tudor Composer-in-Residence)
Installation: The Bell Rang
Thursday to Sunday, November 18-21. 2021

X Sound
Friday, December 11, 2021

Nicole Mitchell
(Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence)
Saturday, February 5, 2022

Barbara Strozzi, Venetian Virtuosa
Postponed, dates T.B.D. in Fall 2022

Signal Flow
Saturday, March 12, 2022

Samantha Ege
(Dewing Piano Recital)
Sunday, April 3, 2022

Music From the Fault Zone: Experimental Music at Mills College (1939 to the present)
Thursday to Sunday, April 21-24, 2022