Young Composers Workshop

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* * * EXTENDED* * * DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 28, 2017

A printable PDF of this announcement can be found at http://www.arraymusic.com/ycw.pdf


At the suggestion of composer and former Array Artistic Director Linda Catlin Smith, Arraymusic created its first Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert (YCW) in 1987. Today, Array’s workshop still provides Canada’s Artistic Directors of new music with a major scouting ground to discover the best up-and-coming compositional talent.

Led by a Professional Composer/Workshop Leader, Array’s Artistic Director and Array’s Ensemble members, each season Arraymusic puts out a call for scores to be submitted (international composers are welcome to submit) and selects (by a professional jury) at least 4 emerging composers to participate. These four are given the rare opportunity to gain professional training and performances by members of The Array Ensemble.

Participants work directly with Arraymusic’s Artistic Director and a Workshop Leader to compose a new work over the course of a month, which is then performed in concert.

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Young Composers’ Workshop

Arraymusic is accepting submissions for its 2016|17 YOUNG COMPOSERS’ WORKSHOP. Now in its 31st year, Array’s workshop is designed to benefit composers who have completed their basic studies in composition. There is no age restriction.

This year, the Young Composers’ Workshop is dedicated to the creation of 4 new works — instrumentation TBA.

The Young Composers’ Workshop jury selects four (4) participants to each create a work for a prescribed instrumentation. Over a four week period in the month of May, each composer is given one session per week to work directly with the musicians, conductor and mentor. Composers are encouraged to attend each other’s sessions to derive as much benefit as possible.

The completed pieces of music, or works-in-progress, will be performed in a public concert at The Array Space in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 3pm.

Participants must be willing to be in Toronto during their workshop sessions and to pay for their own travel and accommodation. There is no application form. Interested composers should apply by submitting through email or by post:

1. A curriculum vitae

2.Two scores if applicable (paper or PDF) of previous works. Or, in the case of programmed or non-notated works, explanations of the process(es) used in the creation of the accompanying recordings (see #3)

3. Two recordings on CD, USB Key, as a download or through our online submission form OR a url (Soundcloud, ftp, dropbox, Hightail) to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to compose for chamber ensemble.

Array YCW Online Application Form

Applications must include a processing fee of $25.00. This fee may be paid by cheque, money order, paypal to: admin@arraymusic.com, or through paypal in the Array YCW Online Application Form

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS * * * EXTENDED * * *: February 28th, 2017. Use the online form or send submissions (along with your $25 processing fee) anytime after December 1st to:

(for courier or by mail) Arraymusic – Young Composers Workshop & Concert, 155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M6J 3W3

(by e-mail) artdir@arraymusic.com

Telephone: (416) 532-3019

Successful applicants will be notified by March 17, 2017.

Arraymusic’s YOUNG COMPOSERS’ WORKSHOP & CONCERT has been supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, and receives special support from The Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and the RBC Emerging Artists Program. Thanks to this support Arraymusic is able to continue to host one of the world’s most successful composition workshops.

 

What Past Participants Say About Array’s YCW

“Through the workshop, I managed to accomplish all the goals set and then some. It forced me to think in a different artistic manner, then quickly have it demonstrated whether this was working or not. Studying with such great musicians is always a treat, but in this case it was made more so by their ability to comment on how something was or wasn’t working for their particular instrument, with the object of making it work.  Having the luxury of time to do that made each individual part sing that much more. Even at the dress rehearsal, Blair was walking me through a (late-composed) vibraphone line, suggesting he play it slightly different than I’d written in, to make it more of a line, rather than just a rhythmic and harmonic counterpoint to something more focal being played elsewhere in the ensemble…. the final concert restored some confidence that perhaps I can actually compose music. Overall, the entire experience was awesome.  It’s always great to be in such a creative environment, with people pushing me to go further, rather than to hold back. – Christien Ledroit, 2006

“I have been reviewing some of the highlights [from my workshop experience], of which there were many.  I think the most meaningful were:  the encouragement to freely experiment; the supportive, non-judgemental, low-stress, and flexible atmosphere; the opportunity to hear my work-in-progress played so often that my ears began to be filled with musical buzzings throughout my waking day…” — Jennifer Bird, 1999

“There’s nothing like a hands-on experience…to facilitate one’s learning.  I believe that I learned more in my month with Array in Toronto than in any full term at college or university.”

— Jordan Nobles, 1998

“Par son atelier pour les jeunes compositeurs, ARRAYMUSIC nous permet de prendre un contacte directe avec la réalité musical qui ne demeure pas seulement théorique et sur papier, comme c’est trop souvent le cas, mais qui prend forme et de même coup un sense, par l’execution professionnelle que font les excellents musiciens de l’ensemble ARRAYMUSIC.  Cet atelier m’a permit en tant que les musiciens, très enrichissante sur le plan des rencontres et des discutions, et très stimulante.” — Luc Marcel, 1995

“The time spent with Michael Baker and the ensemble was indeed rewarding and provided me many insights regarding individual and ensemble techniques.  …This type of a hands-on workshop is very important for the development of a composer’s craft, providing an opportunity to experiment and work things out empirically on the spot.” — Tim Knight, 1990

“No past experience compares to how much I learned in this workshop, working with professional performers.  What a luxury to hear my music in progress!” — Jennifer Wilson, 1990

“I personally found it an excellent opportunity and environment to create a new work and have learned much that just cannot be taught in classrooms.  …I cannot overstate the importance of such a workshop which provides the chance for ‘hands-on’ experience for young composers, an opportunity which is, unfortunately, quite rare.”    — Henry Lai, 1988

“Especially valuable was the chance to experiment with different sounds and ideas…all the musicians of the ensemble were very helpful in offering their professional advice, especially in regard to the technical difficulties of writing for each instrument as well as the particular texture and balance of the ensemble.” — Brent LEE, 1987

“It is of little doubt to me that the time I spent in the workshops offered some of the best lessons I have received in my compositional training.  …If we want the quality of music being written in this country to improve, we need to provide young composers with such opportunities as that provided by the ARRAYMUSIC workshop, so that they will feel more secure about themselves professionally.” — Ronald Bruce Smith, 1987

“I found the workshop situation extremely valuable for developing new ideas, with the weekly workshop/rehearsals providing immediate feedback on the work in progress… I hope this program will continue to offer other composers this opportunity.” — Helen Hall, 1986

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The following composers have participated in Array’s Young Composers’ Workshop and concert in the past.

Composers Who Have Participated

The following composers have participated in Array’s Young Composers’ Workshop since its inception:
The Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop 2016
3pm Saturday afternoon
 May 28th, 2016
 Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. M6J 3W3

The Composers:

Bekah Simms
Thomas Weideman
Adam Filaber
Julia Mermelstein

The Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop 2015
3pm Saturday afternoon
 May 31st 2014
 Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. M6J 3W3

Musicians

Steven Sitarski (violin)

Colleen Cook (trumpet)

David Schotzko (percussion)

Stephen Clarke (piano)

 

The Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop 2015
3pm Saturday afternoon
 May 30th 2015
 Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. M6J 3W3

The Composers:

August Murphy-King

w/ original visuals  by Nathan Piquette-Miller, OCAD-U Video Artist

Ben Wylie

w/ original visuals  by Nicole Del Medico, OCAD-U Video Artist

Greg Harrison

w/ original visuals   by   Bronwen Deurbrouck-David

Cory Latkovich, Composer

w/ original visuals by Colin Rosati, OCAD-U Video Artist

Talia Wooldridge  

w/ original visuals  by Seamus Patterson & Sofy Mesa, OCAD-U Video

 

The Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop 2014
3pm Saturday afternoon
 May 31st 2014
 Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. M6J 3W3

The Composers:

Jason Doell
Ivana Jokic
Andrzej Tereszkowski
Tyler Versluis

Mentor: Rodney Sharman

The Musicians:

Colleen Cook – clarinet
Rachel Mercer – cello
David Schotzko – percussion

 

 

The Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop 2013
3pm Saturday afternoon
May 25th 2013 
Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. M6R 2G5

The Composers

Sophie Dupuis
Sandro Manzon
André Mestre
Janet Sit

The Mentors:

Linda Catlin Smith
Henry Kucharzyk

 

The Musicians:

Rick Sacks conductor
Stephen Clarke piano
Lydia Munchinsky cello
Adam Scime double bass

 

Array’s 2012|13 YCW received funding support from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation and from private donors.

Young Composers’ Workshop 2012
Saturday May 26th at 8pm
Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave, Toronto

Carolann DeYoung – London, Ontario
Karen Power – Mountnorth, Co.Cork, Ireland
Justin Haynes – Toronto, Ontario
Lynne Penhale – Victoria, B.C.

 

Young Composers’ Workshop 2010/11
Concert Sunday, May 29, 2011, at The Array Studio; 3:00 p.m.

Luke Nickel ZAPDOS (2011)
Fiona Ryan I Went to the Woods/The Name of Your Engine
(2011)
Colin Labadie Quartet (2011)
Pierre Oliver Roy Untitled New Work (2010)

Performers: Rick Sacks (conductor), Stephen Clarke (piano), David Schotzko (percussion), Rebecca van der Post (violin) and Lydia Munchinsky (cello)

Workshop Director: Christopher Butterfield

Watch video archives of the process and concert of the 2011 YCW (supported by the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, SOCAN and the Canada Council)

Young Composers’ Workshop 2009/10
Concert Saturday, May 29, 2010, at The Array Studio; 3:00 p.m.

Emilie LeBel I tripped curious valentine, you fell (2010)
Sally Norris untitled (2010)
Michal Novotny Trio (2010)
Nick Storring Exits (2010)

Performers: Rick Sacks (percussion), Anita McAlister (clarinet), Stephen Clarke (piano)
Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 2008/09
Concert Saturday, May 23, 2009, at The Array Studio; 3:0
0 p.m.

Etienne Archambault 60 Atlantic (2009)
Jason Gray Three Sketches (2009)
lan-chee lam Ice Sculpture (2009)
for violin, clarinet and percussion

Performers: Rick Sacks (percussion), Bob Stevenson (clarinet),Rebecca van der Post (violin)

Workshop Director: Bob Stevenson

Young Composers’ Workshop 2007/08
Concert Sunday, June 1, 2008, at The Array Studio; 8:00 p.m.

Gabriel Dharmoo In Between (2008)
Evan Ware Quatuor (2008)

Performers: Peter Pavlovsky (double bass), Rebecca van der Post (violin), Bob Stevenson (bass clarinet), Rick Sacks (percussion)

Workshop Director: Bob Stevenson

Young Composers’ Workshop 2006/07
Concert Sunday, June 10, 2007, at The Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom; 3:00 p.
m.

Nancy Tam Fr gm nts (in 5 movements) (2007)
Lorrina Belluz Four Sketches (in 4 movements) (2007)
Michael Berger Primary Farraginous Rotatable Pentad, in B (2007)
Members of AIMT Improvisations

Performers: Peter Pavlovsky (double bass), Rebecca van der Post (violin), guests Rhonda Rindone (bass clarinet) and Trevor Tureski (percussion); also featuring members of AIMT: Germaine Liu (drums / percussion), Aaron Lumley (bass) and Mitch Yolevsky (clarinet).
Workshop Director: Bob Stevenson

Young Composers’ Workshop 2005/06
Concert Friday, May 19, 2006, at The Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom; 8:00 p.m.

Christien Ledroit Commuter Music (2006) for clarinet, violin, double
bass, percussion
Tony K.T. Leung Woven Threads (2006) for clarinet, violin, double
bass, percussion
David Occhipinti Purple Sky (2006)
Katia Madkissi-Warren Free Hijaz for clarinet solo (2006)
Carte Blanche (2006) clarinet, violin, double
bass, percussion

Performers: Blair Mackay, Bob Stevenson / clarinet / artistic director, Rebecca van der Post / violin, Peter Pavlovsky / double bass

Young Composers’ Workshop 2004/05
Concert Sunday, May 29, 2005, 8:00 p.m.at The Music Gallery

 

Grisha Krivchenia (U.S.) Two Quartets (I Slow; II Fast) (2005)
Sundar Subramanian Swing Set in Space (2005)
Christopher Mayo Now that I’ve got all your diseases (2005)
Fabrice Peyrot Lugubre soit ton chant et l’issue victorieuse (2005)

Performers: Members of The Arraymusic Ensemble

Future Lab 2004

 

(Young Composers’ Workshop 2004: Final Concert Performance)
May 30, 2004; The Music Gallery at St. George the Ma

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Rachael Wadham (Can) Behold Belacqua…or…Other People’s Processes
Graham Flett (Can) Vicissitudes
Kristy Farkas (Can) As… And… Was
Yvonne Wu (USA) Edgy Quartet

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Blair Mackay, percussion; Peter Pavlovsky, double bass; Michael White, trumpet; Richard Sacks, conductor

Workshop Director: Henry Kucharzyk

Future Lab 2003
(Young Composers’ Workshop 2003: Final Concert Performance)
June 1, 2003; The Music Gallery at St. George the Mar
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Hector Bravo Benard Irradiacion (fragment)
Colin Clark Point-break and buckle
Sabrina Schroeder Untitled
Jennifer Butler in the midst…
Eric km Clark SPODROX

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, cla rinets; Stephen Clarke, piano; Rebecca van der Post, violin; Richard Sacks, percussion; Peter Pavlovsky, double bass; Henry Kucharzyk, conductor

Workshop Director: Allison Cameron

Watch videos, listen to excerpts and explore the 2003 YCW
Future Lab 2002

 

(Young Composers’ Workshop 2002: Final Concert Performance)
June 2, 2002; The Music Gallery at St. George the Martyr

Dave Chokroun the table of periodic elements
Joshua Penman Icaro
Carl Winter Study for Mixed Quartet
Emily Hall Miniatures

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Blair Mackay, percussion; Stephen Clarke, piano; Rebecca van der Post, violin; Richard Sacks, conductor

Workshop Director: Henry Kucharzyk

Future Lab 2001
(Young Composers’ Workshop 2001: Final Concert Performance)
June 3, 2001; The Music Gallery at St. George the Martyr

Josh Thorpe the piano has changed a lot
Derek Charke Mixed Steps
Marci Rabe untitled
Eldritch Priest the objects five

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Blair Mackay, percussion; Stephen Clarke, piano; Rebecca van der Post, violin; Richard Sacks, conductor

Workshop Director: Henry Kucharzyk

Young Composers’ Workshop 2000: Final Concert Performance
May 28, 2000; The Music Gallery

Vincent Chee-Yung Ho Euphoric Dreams
Andrew Creeggan Quartet for Array
Jackie Shin Resonance
Moiya Callahan Release

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Michael White, trumpet; Richard Sacks, percussion; Rebecca van der Post, violin; Rosemary Thomson, conductor

Workshop Director: Henry Kucharzyk

Young Composers’ Workshop 1999: Final Concert Performance
May 30, 1999; The Music Gallery

Jennifer Bird Thoughts, Imaginings, Perceptions
Cassandra Linnet Miller Pulse: Breath
Stéphane Magnin Quatuor
Jim O’Leary Three Short Works
Sketch
Sunday Morning
Koumlttfärs

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Michael White, trumpet; Ryan Scott, percussion (replacing Beverley Johnston); Marie Bérard, violin; Michael J. Baker, conductor

Workshop Director: Henry Kucharzyk

Young Composers’ Workshop 1998: Final Concert Performance
May 31, 1998; The Music Galler
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Jérôme Blais Ludi
Jordan Nobles Io
Vincent Collard Postoniris
ctmartin Meditations at 59:59

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Michael White, trumpet; Trevor Tureski, percussion; Roberto Occhipinti, double bass; Richard Sacks, conductor

Workshop Director: Michael J. Baker (replacing Henry Kucharzyk)

Young Composers’ Workshop 1997: Final Concert Performance
June 14, 1997; The Music Galle
ry

John Farah Two Sketches
1. Fanfare
2. Untitled
Brian Current For Puffer’s Shore
Randall Lawrence Sickness is an Adventure Story (two movements)
Vincent Carinola Jam

Performers: Michael White, trumpet; Richard Sacks, percussion; Roberto Occhipinti, double bass; Henry Kucharzyk, piano; Michael J. Baker, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1996: Final Concert Performance
June 16, 1996; The Music Galle
ry

Rose Bolton Plum Season (3 movements)
Éric Morin For Crying Out Loud
Gordon Fitzel Time Temple (3 movements)
Jocelyn Morlock Velcro Lizards

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Michael White, trumpet; Marc Sabat, violin; Roberto Occhipinti, double bass; Michael J. Baker, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1995: Final Concert Performance
June 18, 1995; The Music Gallery

Rita Ueda If raindrops aren’t supposed to land on the same spot twice… why am I standing here all wet?
Luc Marcel On the Spot
Romina di Gasbarro quiet white
André Serre GALA

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinet; Henry Kucharzyk, piano; Richard Sacks, percussion; Marc Sabat, violin; Michael J. Baker, conductor; André Serre and Hélène Codjo, signal processing and tape operation; Linda Catlin Smith, slide projector operation

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1994: Final Concert Performance
June 19, 1994; The Music Gallery

Michael Tamblyn Mesas
John Sherlock tattoo
Chester Jankowski tiny steps
Hugh Peaker Five Other Westerns

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Michael White, trumpet; Richard Sacks, percussion; Eve Egoyan, piano; Michael J. Baker, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1993: Final Concert Performance
June 20, 1993; The Music Gallery

Helga Jensen Parallel Lines
Todd Ian Cottrell Delusions In Genus
Stephen Clarke String Quartet
Menon Dwarka Ricercare

Performers: Marie Bérard, violin; Marc Sabat, violin; Doug Perry, viola; Paul Widner, cello

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1992: Final Concert Performance
April 12, 1992; The Music Gallery

Estelle Lemire Reflets sur Métal
Cam McKittrick The advantage of boats and oars lay in providing means of communication
Silvio Palmieri Récit Ecourté
Corry Vidotto Quintet

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Peter Lutek, bassoon; Michael White, trumpet; Beverley Johnston, percussion; Barbara Pritchard, piano; Christopher Butterfield, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1991: Final Concert Performance
June 10, 1991; The Music Gallery

Daniel Janke …isms 1
Fabrice Fitch Guinness (fragment)
Gabe Taryan By the way, could you pick up some milk on your way home?
Daniel Janke Cycles
Allan Paivio The Results

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Michael White, trumpet; Beverley Johnston, marimba; Barbara Pritchard, piano; Roberto Occhipinti, double bass; Christopher Butterfield, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1990: Final Concert Performance
June 17, 1990; The Music Gallery

Jeffrey McCune Chichen Itza
John Cole Tandem
F. Tim Knight Apostrophe
Jennifer L. Wilson Tourmaline

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Michael White, trumpet; Barbara Pritchard, piano; Richard Sacks, percussion; Roberto Occhipinti, double bass; Michael J. Baker, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1988: Final Concert Performance
December 11, 1988; The Music Gallery

David Scott Dragons
William Peltier Graceful Rustlings
Henry Lai Ellipsis
Denis Schingh Des voix sous les décombres

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Harvey Saltzman, bassoon; Gary Kulesha, piano; Richard Sacks, percussion; Adele Armin, violin; Roberto Occhipinti, double bass; Michael J. Baker, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers’ Workshop 1987: Final Concert Performance
December 13, 1987; The Music Gallery

James Rolfe Secret Fluid
Ronald Smith Autumnal
Allison Cameron Chamber of Statues
Brent Lee Laminae

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinets; Joan Watson, french horn; Gary Kulesha, piano; Beverley Johnston and Richard Sacks, percussion; Adele Armin, violin; Roberto Occhipinti, double bass; Michael J. Baker, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Young Composers in Residence Concert
December 14, 1986; The Music Gallery

Bill Gilliam Dangerous Species
Helen Hall Interra
Gerry Thornton Destinations
Robert C. May Silent Echoes

Performers: Robert W. Stevenson, clarinet; Jamie Somerville, french horn; Beverley Johnston, percussion; Gary Kulesha, piano; Paul Widner, cello; Michael J. Baker, conductor

Workshop Director: Linda Catlin Smith

Arraymusic’s Young Composers Workshop and Young Performers Workshop are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The SOCAN Foundation, and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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