SYZYGY is the contemporary music ensemble of the Meadows School of the Arts, directed by George Nickson. It performs new music and music of the recent past with an emphasis on the music of living composers. SYZYGY's performance events aim to create encounters with contemporary music that are innovative and engaging for diverse audiences. The ensemble’s repertoire includes aggressive programming on many important themes including gender identity, domestic violence, gender roles, human connections, existentialism, and the effects of politics on individuals, among others. Under Harder’s direction, SYZYGY has collaborated in and on live performances with DJ Spooky, Cezanne Quartet, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Artists for Animals, Meadows Composition Department, Meadows Chorale, Meadows Percussion Ensemble, Uda Essim Triangle, Sam Holland, Ann Marie Brink, Will Trice, Makoto Nakura, and Brian Zator. Through SYZYGY, Lane Harder curates the SYZYGY@131 concert series at Site131, a contemporary art gallery in the Design District of Dallas.