Emerging Composer Festival
Welcome to ECM's monthly emerging composer festival series. Each month we host a new ensemble-in-residence with high-profile and world-renowned performers. Composers are encouraged to apply with their submission portfolio (details below). Up to 8 composers are selected each month, who will compose short pieces for the ensemble, under the direction of the composer-in-residence. We also hold a week-long hands-on workshop and lectures prior to the world premieres of composer pieces. See below for this month's performers and submission details. We encourage past applicants who were not selected to re-apply in the following months.
Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University
Featured in albums by JUNO award-winning artists
Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh, Mentor & Composer-in-Residence
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
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About the October 2021 Festival
Our festival is a 4-week intensive mentorship and ensemble collaboration program. Up to eight composers will be selected to produce new works for our ensemble-in-residence, this round being works for Classical Guitar and Marimba with an online video premiere release. Composers will also receive a video file of their final performance for their records, with a limited promotional use*. During the week-long workshop, masterclasses and mentorship is offered by both the Ensemble-in-Residence and the Composer-in-Residence, preparing each composer's work for the concert. Prior to the week-long mentorship program, Dr. Mehdizadeh will be communicating with and meeting composers in preparation of their drafts.
Accepted participants will be expected to write a 3-4 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 world-renowned and high-profile musicians, opening up possibilities for future commissions and collaborations. Guest artist, Ronald Royer from the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, will also give talks on career opportunities, becoming composer-in-residence, receiving commissions and studio recordings and much more.
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). 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.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND FILES DIRECTLY AS ATTACHMENTS - only links to pdfs and audios will be accepted.
Scores should showcase the ability to compose for solo or small chamber ensemble. There is no application fee. Upon acceptance, composers should pay a non-refundable tuition fee of $450 CAD to East Chamber Music Inc. Financial aid may be available to composers*: priority given to LGBTQ+ & BIPOC identified composers.
Submission deadline: September 19, 2021.
Selection announcements: September 24, 2021.
Send everything to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom):
October 15: Final drafts due
Monday October 18 at 11am EDT: Masterclass and Workshop: Meet the Ensemble-in-Residence, go through drafts
Tuesday October 19 at 11am EDT: Lecture by Composer-in-Residence (composition, orchestration, idiomatic writing)
Wednesday October 20 at 11am EDT: Masterclass and Workshop (compositional technique and writing - ensemble will be playing through various sections of musical drafts with feedback and lecture)
Thursday October 21 at 11am EDT: Lecture by Composer-in-residence and Guest Artist (final meeting prior to premieres including Notation and Score & Part preparation, the compositional process, career talk, collaboration and working with an ensemble and more)
TBA: Virtual premiere of newly composed pieces to be scheduled
Accepting applications now. For more information on the ensemble and your mentor, see below.
*Use of recordings are limited to promotional use such as using audio/video files for competitions and applications. Any public posting or broadcasting of the recordings must first be consulted with the Ensemble-in-Residence - permission may be granted on a case by case basis.
*limited funds available per festival. Availability is not guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of East Chamber Music Inc.
Naoko Tsujita is a Japanese percussionist whose diverse career has led her to give performances in cities in Canada, the US, Europe, and Japan. As a marimba soloist, she won the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was a finalist at the South Japan Music Competition. As a percussionist, she has performed in concert with many world-renowned musicians, including Gary Kulesha, Kristina Szabo, James Campbell, and Pius Cheung at festivals and venues such as Ottawa Chamberfest, Spectrum Music Canada, and the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein Vienna. She also has worked with a variety of musicians in various genres and has had her playing featured in albums by JUNO award-winning artists including Canadian composer Derek Charke and Madagassi singer-songwriter Donné Roberts. In addition to her chamber experience, she also has performed in the percussion section for the Mandle Philharmonic Orchestra, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada as well as Opera Teatro Lirica, Kumamoto Ballet, and Ensemble Lab Kumamoto in Japan.
Daniel Ramjattan is rapidly emerging as an ambassador for the classical guitar in Canada, and is becoming increasingly sought-after as a performance coach and teacher. He was recently appointed as a guitar instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Music as of September 2020.
Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh
Composer and Mentor
There is something vividly distinct about Mehdizadeh's music. This Canadian composer is revered for his intricate, unpredictable and haunting works. The sound and gesture of his pieces bury themselves deep in complex imagination, participating you in an exploration of uncertain visceral implications. His unique musical language is perceived as complex yet engaging, bringing together a hybrid of musical expression including contrapuntal textures and the Mehdizadeh Modes.