Co-Artistic Directors

Co-Artistic Directors David Bloom and Eric Segnitz bring to Present Music a dynamic combination of experience as musicians, leaders, and educators.

In addition to his new role with Present Music, New York resident David Bloom also serves as the co-artistic director for the New Music ensemble Contemporaneous, the resident conductor and artistic advisor for the social justice centered orchestra, The Dream Unfinished, taking a lead role in programming music by composers of color.

Bloom is thr conductor for only New Music youth orchestra in the united states, Face the Music. Bloom’s career is intimately focused in New Music, and includes having served as Music Director/Conductor for several contemporary operas in the United States.

Bloom has collaborated with American composers such as Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Andrew Norman.

A Milwaukee native, Eric Segnitz has had an extensive career in music reaching both local and international audiences through performance, composition, education, and a wide array of music recording and producing projects.

Segnitz is a founding member of the Present Music Ensemble and has served as violinist (among many other musical instruments), educator, composer, arranger, and film scorer for the group. He has played for years with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and served as guest concertmaster with a number of other Wisconsin symphony orchestras.

Segnitz’ vast collection of musical arrangements include the Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project, the Broadway production of Anna Karenina, and countless string publications by Hal Leonard. He has scored six films, four plays, appeared on dozens of contemporary recordings, and toured to three countries and several American cities.

Bloom and Segnitz have a combined experience of over 50 years of dedication to performing, composing, and mentoring students in the creation of contemporary classical works.

The two have collaborated with such established ensembles as the Youth Symphony of the United States, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, NOW Ensemble, and Kepler Quartet.

They have also been the recipient of several music awards and grants from national New Music organizations such as the Aaron Copland Fund, the Argosy Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and New Music USA.

David Bloom


Contemporaneous (2010-present; New York, NY)
Face the Music, Kaufman Music Center (2013-present; New York, NY)
Special Music School High School, Kaufman Music Center (2014-2018; New York, NY)
The Dream Unfinished (2015-present; New York, NY)

Selected Operatic Experience

  • Les enfants terribles (2019; Omaha, NE), produced by Opera Omaha
  • BMP: Next Generation (2018-present; New York, NY), produced by Beth Morrison Projects
  • Six. Twenty. Outrageous. (2018; New York, NY), produced by American Opera Projects and Symphony Space
  • A Period of Animate Existence (2017; Philadelphia, PA), produced by Pig Iron Theater, featuring Contemporaneous and The Crossing
  • Mata Hari (2017; New York, NY), produced by HERE Arts Center and PROTOTYPE Festival
  • A Marvelous Order (2015-present; New York, NY and Williamstown, MA), produced by New Amsterdam Presents
  • Experiments in Opera (2014-present; New York, NY)
  • Wise Blood (2015; Minneapolis, MN), produced by Walker Art Center
  • Kansas City Choir Boy (2014-present; New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami), produced by Beth Morrison Projects, featuring Courtney Love
  • Bard College Opera Workshop (2011-2014; Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

Other Experience

Selected Guest Conducting

Bang on a Can All-Stars
The Crossing
Ensemble Mise-En
Ghostlight Chorus
Hotel Elefant
Stereo Hideout
JACK Quartet
Kronos Quartet
Mantra Percussion
NOW Ensemble
Present Music

Eric Segnitz

Performed With

AFM – Local 8
Kepler Quartet
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Milwauee Ballet Orchestra
Elgin Symphony
Chamber Orchestra
Green Bay Symphony
Oshkosh Symphony
Sheboygan Symphon
Waukesha Symphony
Festival City Symphony
Youth Symphony of the United States


Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project
PBS Centennial Documentaries on WI and IA
String Publications by Hal Leonard
Broadway Production of Anna Karenina
The Mai, Twelft Night, and Anna Karenina for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Antigone for Theatre Gigante/Present Music

Awards & Grants

Aaron Copland Fund
Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust
Argosy Foundation
American Academy of Arts and Letters
Fromm Foundation
New Music USA
Alice M. Ditson Fund
Caledonia Foundation
Johnson Controls Foundation