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 ten 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. During this time, composers directly work with performers on fine-tuning their 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.

Other programs: Apply to our Orchestration Workshop (5-week program) CLICK HERE

David Vanbiesbrouck
Guelph Symphony, Principal Oboe
(incl. English Horn)

Casey Granofsky
Flute & Piccolo

Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh, Mentor
Composer-in-Residence, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra

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


Watch our previous festival premieres

Premiere of one of our festival composers Arturo Fernandez, performed by world-renowned Dutch theremin player and pianist, Thorwald Jørgensen and Kamilla Bystrova

Complete archives:

CLICK HERE to watch all premieres on our YouTube Channel

About the February 2022 Festival

Our festival is a 4-week intensive mentorship and ensemble collaboration program. Up to ten composers will be selected to produce new works for our ensemble-in-residence, this round being works for Flute (& Piccolo) and Oboe (& English Horn) 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 $475 CAD to East Chamber Music Inc.

Submission deadline: January 17, 2022
Send everything to: music@eastchamber.com

Schedule (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom):

February 18: Final drafts due

Monday February 21 at 11am Eastern Time: Masterclass and Workshop: Meet the Ensemble-in-Residence, go through drafts

Tuesday February 22 at 11am Eastern Time: Lecture by Composer-in-Residence (composition, orchestration, idiomatic writing)

Wednesday February 23 at 11am Eastern Time: Masterclass and Workshop (compositional technique and writing - ensemble will be playing through various sections of musical drafts with feedback and lecture)

Thursday February 24 at 11am Eastern Time: 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 premieres of newly composed pieces to be scheduled.

Accepting applications now. For more information on the ensemble and your mentor, see below.
* Note that there are no festivals during the months of December and January.

*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.

We are proud to announce our production parnternership with the Canadian Music Centre

More about our Mentors

Oboe (& English Horn)

David Vanbiesbrouck

Oboe & English Horn
Guelph Symphony, Principal Oboe

David Vanbiesbrouck is a Guelph based oboist who has performed extensively throughout Ontario over the previous decade. David completed his Bachelor of Music in oboe performance at Wilfrid Laurier University studying with Jim Mason and Graham Mackenzie, and owns and operates Oboerific Reeds (www.oboerific.com), where he handcrafts and sells dozens of oboe and english horn reeds each month. Since March 2020, David has focused on learning new solo oboe repertoire, including ‘Circus’ by Andrew Jackman and 'Seven Canadian Scenes' by Viet Cuong, and is currently writing an arrangement of Kate Bush songs for woodwind quintet. You can hear David and his oboe at the River Run Centre where he plays Principal with Guelph Symphony.

Flute & Piccolo

Casey Granofsky

Flute & Piccolo

Previous engagements in the Montreal Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, and the Guelph Symphony

Casey Granofsky is an in-demand flutist in Toronto and Southern Ontario. Engagements in 2021 include workshopping duets with her long-time collaborator, oboist David Vanbiesbrouck, for the East Chamber Music Festival. Previous engagements include the Montreal Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, and the Guelph Symphony. As a chamber musician, Casey has had the opportunity to perform works ranging from Bach and Telemann to world premiers. In recent years she has had the privilege of performing concerts at the Banff Centre, the Toronto Reference Library, the summer concert series at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, the Fresh, Inc. festival, and the Ottawa New Music Creators. While she is well acquainted with the major works involving her instrument, she revels in works for less conventional instrumentation, such as trios for flute, viola, and bass or piccolo, tuba, and piano.

In 2015 she completed her Master’s degree at McGill University, where she studied with Montreal Symphony’s principal flute, Timothy Hutchins. Prior to attending McGill, Casey attended the University of Montreal, studying with Denis Bluteau, and completed both a Bachelor's degree and Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School where she studied with Dr. Kathleen Rudolph.

Composer & Mentor

Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh

Composer & Mentor
Harmony | Counterpoint | Composition | Orchestration
Composer-in-Residence, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra
D.M.A. - University of Toronto
M.A. - University of OttawaB.A. - University of Ottawa​

Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh (DMA, University of Toronto) is currently based in the Greater Toronto Area and is the Composer-in-Residence for the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been involved in both national and international festival series. He is regularly commissioned and holds numerous performances in Europe and North America. His works have had global exposure and have been broadcasted across Canada and the US including appearance as guest composer on CBC Radio.

Together with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Mehdizadeh kickstarted a new podcast series, SPOGreatMusic, helping develop new community partnerships including Scarborough Arts, Stratford Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Music Centre, Canadian Sinfonietta, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. As a result, the orchestra was awarded the Canadian Music Centre's 2021 Beckwith Award.

Ronald Royer

Composer & Music DirectorScarborough Philharmonic Orchestra

With numerous performances, commissions and commercial recordings, Ronald Royer is a prominent Canadian composer who strives to connect with audiences. Justin O’Dell of The Clarinet magazine writes: “Ronald Royer’s music is beautifully appealing and communicative”, while Stanley Fefferman of Showtimemagazine.ca contributes, “These masterful and witty pieces live up to Royer’s reputation for music that is both entertaining and imaginative.”

His concert music has been performed by more than 70 orchestras, including the international iPalpiti Orchestra in Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA), Sinfonia Finlandia (Finland), Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Athens La Camerata (Greece), Joensuu City Orchestra (Finland), and Members of the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra (Germany). Canadian performances have included the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestra London, Niagara Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony and Symphony New Brunswick. The Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra performed his composition Exuberance on tour in China (available on YouTube). He has served as the composer-in-residence for Sinfonia Toronto, Mississauga Symphony (supported by the Canada Council for the Arts), Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic and the Brantford Symphony.

Mr. Royer’s music is featured on 14 commercial recordings, with 6 on the Cambria Master Recordings label (distributed by Naxos). He has consistently received positive and enthusiastic reviews for his music. Performers on recordings include the Los Angeles Studio Orchestra (Jorge Mester, conductor), Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, (Tomas Koutnik), iPalpiti Orchestra (Eduard Schmieder), Sinfonia Toronto (Ronald Royer), 13 Strings of Ottawa (Simon Streatfeild), Toronto Sinfonietta (Matthew Jaskiewicz), HornPipes Duo, Chamber Music Society of Mississauga, Triofus, flutists Louise DiTullio and Nora Shulman, oboist Sarah Jeffrey, clarinets Tibi Cziger, Kaye Royer and Jerome Summers, violinists Conrad Chow and Aaron Schwebel, cellists Coenraad Bloemendal, Yves Dharamraj and Simon Fryer, trumpeters Brunette Dillon, Barton Woomert and Steven Woomert, hornist Gabriel Radford, and pianists Aaron Dou, Rachel Kerr and Lydia Wong. His commercial recordings and live performance recordings are regularly heard on radio, including the CBC and The New Classical FM in Canada and a number of NPR stations in the USA.

In addition to composing, Mr. Royer is presently serving as the music director and conductor of the Scarborough Philharmonic and has guest conducted a number of orchestras. For 21 years, he worked as an Instructor of Music for the University of Toronto Schools. He continues to teach private lessons and be an advocate for music education. Mr. Royer is married to clarinetist Kaye Royer and has composed several works for her.