HELIX! New Music Ensemble of Rutgers University was founded in 1990 by Paul Hoffmann, and is devoted to the presentation of all classical styles of 20th-century music, with an emphasis on music composed since 1950. The instrumentation of the group is typically flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, and percussion. The players, chosen for their outstanding performance abilities and dedication to contemporary music, are awarded teaching assistantships and fellowships to participate in this group.
Since its inception, HELIX! has premiered many compositions written especially for the group and has performed numerous pieces by major contemporary composers. The group has performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center, the Noyes Museum in New Jersey, and at various colleges on the East Coast.
The current director of HELIX! is Kynan Johns.