Early-Career Composer Festival
Welcome to ECM's Early-Career Composer Festival
Our 2-month festival and workshop comprises of 2 main events: COMPOSER FESTIVAL writing a new work collaborating with our ensemble-in-residence and mentor (with audio and video premiere recordings), and our 5-week intensive ORCHESTRATION WORKSHOP with weekly lectures and composition of short excerpts for solo instruments (with readings and feedback).
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)
5-week intensive orchestration workshop (composing short excerpts with weekly readings and feedback)
Guest lecturers on composing, finding your voice and career talks
8-week Mentorship program
2 ensemble readings and workshop with our ensemble-in-residence prior to world premieres
Social media highlights and long-term alumni at ECM
All workshops, lectures and readings are online via Zoom
Principal Clarinet with the Brantford Symphony, Canadian Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Toronto, Scarborough Philharmonic, Toronto Sinfonietta, and the Stratford Symphony
Appearance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony, and the Aradia Ensemble
Dr. Vincent Ho, Guest lecturer
Multi-award winning composer
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
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.
About the Festival
Our festival is a 2-month 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 Clarinet and Bassoon duo, 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. Composers will also receive downloadable video files of their final performance for future promotional and application use. 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 also give talks on career opportunities, becoming composer-in-residence, receiving commissions, studio recordings and much more.
Schedule (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom): all times are Eastern Time (ET)
Join our 5-week intensive Orchestration Workshop learning the art of idiomatic writing through lectures, score studies, composing solo excerpts with readings and feedback from live musician!
Each week, composers receive lectures on solo instruments by our mentor. Composers then go on to write short solo excerpts for those specific instruments which then receive a reading at the next meeting, with live musicians giving feedback and insight into idiomatic writing. This process is repeated twice a week for 5 weeks, in an intensive and hands-on approach.
Through this group workshop, composers will learn how to use each instrument in both a chamber and orchestral setting. Experience a direct approach to learning, with live guest musicians joining each week to showcase their instruments. Learn idiomatic writing as well as extended techniques for each instrument, ask questions and hear how certain techniques actually sound. Learn about the warmth or the shrillness of specific instrument registers, and why certain phrases are difficult to play. Learn how long a tuba can sustain a note, how wind players breath, and the technical challenges of various instruments. This workshop is aimed at the emerging and early-career composer interested in further refining and broadening their understanding of orchestral instruments, ultimately helping them develop a deeper knowledge and skillset in their musical writing.
Woodwinds: Flute (Piccolo), Oboe (English Horn), Clarinet, Bassoon
Brass: French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Harp and Percussion: keyboard/mallet and non-keyboard instruments
Strings: Violin, Cello and Contrabass
Orchestration Workshop Schedule (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom):
Starting on Monday August 8, 2022 @11am Eastern Time
Meeting every Monday and Thursday for 5 weeks (10 workshops)
All meetings are from 11am-12:30pm Eastern Time (90 minutes)
* Please be available for 2 hours (11am-1pm), as our mentors sometimes like to extend classes to have more time with musicians.
Week 1 lecture 1: Introduction to Orchestration
Week 1 lecture 2: Flute & Oboe (Picc & E Horn)
Week 2 lecture 3: Clarinet & Bassoon
Week 2 lecture 4: Lecture on string writing & Violin
Week 3 lecture 5: Cello & Contrabass
Week 3 lecture 6: Trumpet & Horn
Week 4 lecture 7: Trombone & Tuba
Week 4 lecture 8: Harp + Lecture on orchestration and student feedback
Week 5 lecture 9: Percussion + Score and Part preparation, Notation Standards
Week 5 lecture 10: Final class
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
Composer festival & Orchestration Workshop Tuition: $1,450 CAD
D eadline J une 21, 2022
Composer Festival ONLY: $950 CAD
Deadline J une 21, 2022
Orchestration Workshop ONLY: $750 CAD Deadline July 26, 2022
Submission deadline: J
une 21, 2022 (Orchestration Workshop ONLY deadline July 26, 2022)
Send everything to: email@example.com
Email Subject line should read: SUMMER FESTIVAL (if you are only applying to one festival please indicate which one in the subject line, either COMPOSER FESTIVAL ONLY, or ORCHESTRATION WORKSHOP ONLY)
Have questions? Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Daniel Mehdizadeh
Harmony | Counterpoint | Composition | Orchestration
Composer-in-Residence, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra
D.M.A. - University of TorontoM.A. - University of OttawaB.A. - University of Ottawa