Photo by Natalie Gaynor.

Photo by Natalie Gaynor.

Loop38 – Houston's New Music Ensemble

Loop38 is a 16-person collective of passionate musicians bringing new music to the heart of Houston. Founded in the spring of 2016 at Rice University, Loop38 specializes in creating contemporary classical music experiences, performing works for large ensemble - an instrumentation that allows the full timbral spectrum of an orchestra while also showcasing the virtuosic solo capabilities of its musicians. Its members hold degrees from top music schools from all over the world, and have each used their unique experiences to inform their performances. Named after the 38-mile freeway ("the loop") that the musicians now identify as home, Loop38 focuses on bringing meaningful and memorable aural experiences of thoughtfully programmed music of living composers throughout Space City.

Recent News

The Shape of Sound

Chris Becker, Houston CityBook, November 2018

“…works that explore the physicality of sound and challenge the definition of music itself…”

Sherry Cheng, Arts and Culture Texas, November 2018

Loop38 Explores the Bodies Behind the Music

Hannah Che, Houstonia Magazine, November 2018

How Do You Perform Music That Doesn’t Look Like Music?

Michael Hagerty and Joshua Zinn, Houston Matters, October 2018

“athletic performances...accomplished musicians”

Eric Skelly, Houston Chronicle, March 2018

"young and dynamic...brilliantly conceived program"

Sherry Cheng, Arts and Culture Texas, March 2017

"With the creation of Loop38, something electrifying has arrived in Houston.”

Sydney Boyd, Girl at the Opera, Dec. 2016

season Three

Behind the Scenes, Behind the Sounds

Wednesday Nov. 14 at 8pm - ONE NIGHT ONLY
MATCH gallery (3400 Main St)

Performance of electroacoustic works by Maja Ratkje, Ashley Fure, and Lewis Nielson

$20 general, $10 student tickets


Strange, Wild, Weird

Monday, December 10 - ONE NIGHT ONLY

Night Heron
Music that will make your whole body sizzle at one of Montrose’s hippest bars! Composers featured: George Lewis, Nicole Lizzee, and Jonathan Newman

$10 suggested donation

Second Saturdays

Every second Saturday of the month

Silos at Sawyer Yards, Bay 200

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Tuesday January 29 at 7:30pm - ONE NIGHT ONLY

Live Oak Friends Meeting House

$10 suggested donation

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Bach/Berio at the Silos

Saturday, February 23 at 1:30 and 3pm - TWO SHOWS

SITE gallery Houston

Experience solo virtuosity up close with Bach’s solo works and Berio’s Sequenzas.

$10 suggested donation


Words + Music

Thursday, March 21 - ONE NIGHT ONLY
Rice Memorial Chapel at Rice University

Experience a live performance of this radio play by literary and musical giants Samuel Beckett and Morton Feldman.



It’s a surprise!

Thursday, April 25 - ONE NIGHT ONLY
MATCH gallery (3400 Main St)