Welcome to ECM's Early and Mid-Career Composer Festival
Our 5-week festival comprises of writing a new work collaborating with our ensemble-in-residence and mentor (with an online video premiere). See below for full details on lectures, guest speakers and more!
Work with high-profile musicians
Compose a piece for our ensemble-in-residence with world premieres (online video premieres)
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Guest lecturers on composing, finding your voice, electroacoustic writing and career talks
5-week Mentorship program
2 ensemble readings/discussion workshops with our ensemble-in-residence prior to world premieres
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All workshops, lectures and readings are online via Zoom
Dr. Vincent Ho, Guest lecturer
Multi-award winning composer
Dr. Bekah Simms, Guest lecturer
Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh, Mentor
Mentorship throughout the festival. Lectures on composition techniques, orchestration, idiomatic writing, notation standards and career guidance.
Guest lecturer: Ronald Royer
Composer & Music Director with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra
Performed by over 70 orchestras.
With Career talk, working with an orchestra, studio recordings and copyright, communicating with an orchestra including commissions and the logistics on composer-in-residence positions
CompserFEST (Winter 2023)
About the Festival
Our festival is a 5-week mentorship and ensemble collaboration program. Up to eight (8) composers will be selected to produce new works for our ensemble-in-residence, this round being works for Flute and Percussion duo (without electronics) [see below for list of instruments], with an online video premiere release. During this workshop, readings and mentorship is offered by both our Ensemble-in-Residence and our Composer-in-Residence, preparing each composer's work for its premiere. All video premieres will be posted on ECM's YouTube channel and may be shared and re-posted publicly. All shareable links will be given out.
Accepted participants will be expected to write a 4 minute piece for the ensemble. This festival is intended to further the compositional and collaborative skills of emerging and early-career composers as well as to provide them with an opportunity to have their music reach audiences across the globe. At the festival, composers will have a chance to connect with high-profile musicians, opening up possibilities for future commissions and collaborations. Guest lecturer, Dr. Vincent Ho, speaks on finding your unique voice and on incorporating your identity into your music. Guest artist, Ronald Royer from the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, will give talks on career opportunities, becoming composer-in-residence, receiving commissions, studio recordings and much more.
Please keep in mind that this festival is a collaborative process between the composer, mentor and the ensemble. Therefore, no previously written works will be considered.
List of instruments: (1) C-flute, Alto (G-flute) and Piccolo; (2) Percussion: a variety of non-keyboard pitched and non-pitched instruments will be announced during our first meeting, along with a demonstration by Andy Morris
Schedule (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom): all times are Eastern Time (ET)
Composers should send a google (or other cloud) link to a shared folder containing 1 pdf resume, 2 pdf scores and 2 recordings (MIDI files are acceptable) and a portrait photo of the applicant. PLEASE DO NOT SEND FILES DIRECTLY AS ATTACHMENTS - only links to pdfs and audios will be accepted. Youtube and SoundCloud links are also acceptable. Please make sure the access to the links are not set to private, and that multiple emails can access the files.
Ideally scores should showcase the ability to compose for a variety of instruments, solo, small chamber or larger ensemble are all acceptable.
Application fee: none
Tuition: $950 CAD
Submission deadline: January 23, 2023 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Send everything to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Subject line should read: composerFEST
Have questions? Send us an email: email@example.com
Watch our previous festival premieres
More about our Mentors
Dr. Vincent Ho
Has taught at the International School of Geneva, the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Art, and Haileybury Astana.
Dr. Bekah Simms
Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh
Harmony | Counterpoint | Composition | Orchestration