Intersection was founded by conductor Kelly Corcoran in 2014 with the desire to bring a professional contemporary music ensemble to Nashville, and for Nashville’s music scene to more accurately reflect the diversity of music being created around the world today.
The ensemble has challenged the traditional concert experience through performances in unexpected venues and by working with collaborative partners to incorporate dance, lighting, projection, spoken word and more into performances.
Intersection brings both established and up-and-coming composers to Nashville to work with musicians and engage audiences. Intersection has hosted composers including Hannibal Lokumbe, Joel Thompson, Tina Tallon, Chen Yi and Pulitzer Prize-winners Julia Wolfe and Zhou Long.
To bring truly new music to Nashville audiences, Intersection commissions new works each season. The group has commissioned and premiered works by TJ Cole, Wu Fei, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Cristina Spinei. In 2020 the ensemble commissioned a guitar concerto from the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, to be premiered in 2021. Over the next two years Intersection's virtual commissioning project, Listen, will create 25 new solo works by women composers.
Intersection uses contemporary music in an intentional way to bring forward new and unique voices, build community, and engage in dialogue. Programs have centered around social issues such as race and social justice, and around musical cultures such as those of Mexico and China. Intersection works with dozens of community partners to reach new audiences, increase our community impact, and engage youth in our educational programs.
Intersection is a flexible contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience, exploring music of the 20th and 21st centuries, supporting living composers, presenting programs for younger audiences, embracing collaboration, technology and the avant-garde, while expanding, respecting and embracing the musical and cultural diversity of Nashville.
The vision of Intersection is to expand and shift the perspectives of audiences and musicians of all ages, through the creation, cultivation and performance of contemporary music, a vital, thriving and inspiring form of art.
Learn more about Intersection's vision for contemporary music in Nashville by downloading our original Business Plan.
Our Non-Discrimination Statement
Intersection does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and audience. We will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination. Adopted by the Board of Directors on August 20, 2020.
Our Non-Discrimination Policy
Intersection is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other status prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. Adopted by the Board of Directors on August 20, 2020.