Musaica is a non-profit chamber ensemble founded in the fall of 2006 by eight devoted professional musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Loyola and Tulane Universities. Its mission is to promote and foster chamber music performance; to encourage the composition of new music; and to increase the awareness and appreciation of chamber music. Musaica presents a variety of eclectic and entertaining chamber music to audiences throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area. Each year three diverse programs are performed several times in different venues around the city, on the North Shore, and elsewhere. The Musaica concert series presents more familiar and accessible works alongside those which are new or less often performed. Now in its eighth season, this adventuresome chamber group has presented world premiers by bassist and founding member David Anderson, as well as Harold Seletsky, William Horne, Mollie O'Meara, Richard Harrison, and William Vollinger. Musaica's performance of Vollinger's "Duck Girl, an Imaginary Interview with New Orleans' Ruthie Moulon" was nominated by Gambit as Best Performance of New Classical Music for 2010. Audiences are treated to performances of great but infrequently heard compositions by Villa-Lobos, Bax, Bartok, Poulenc, Kodaly, and Rebecca Clarke alongside timeless favorites like Copland's Appalachian Spring, and the Schubert Octet. The Musaica Chamber Ensemble has been hailed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as "a triumph of musicianship and adventurous programming," and was the winner of the 2007 award for Best Chamber Music Concert by Gambit's "Tribute to the Classical Arts."