Monthly Composer Mentorship

Why become an ECM member:

  • Monthly 1-hour composer group meetings with a mentor: send in your works in progress. Each month a few pieces will be selected to go through with constructive feedback in a group setting. If your piece is not selected for a month, it will be placed in cue for the next meeting (for example you can check your music and orchestration prior to submitting to an ensemble). This is also an opportunity to learn from other composers' pieces: what works and what does not work. All meetings are done over Zoom.

  • If you have questions for our mentor, you can always reach out to them for their opinions or professional guidance. Applications to Universities, career guidance, getting commissions, getting paid, asking for money, promoting yourself, etc. These topics are also discussed during the monthly meetings.

  • Mentor will try to choose the best day/time for each meeting. If you cannot make it, we'll see you next month. Sometimes mentors schedule more meetings per month.

  • Continued support on social media - sharing your events and achievements

  • This is a growing family and we continue to add more composer benefits each year. We want to support you and create a community in which we can all thrive together. Enjoy many more benefits to come such as music publication and other masterclasses (coming soon)

*Note that if you attended either one of our festivals, art song labs or orchestration workshop, you will automatically become an alumni member, free of charge, for 6 months following the event. Afterwhich you would pay a lowered Alumni Membership fee.

Active Member: 5.99/month
(try it for $1.99 for the first month)

Alumni Member: $2.99/month
(festival composers - first 6 months is free)

Current Mentor:

Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh

Composer & Mentor
Harmony | Counterpoint | Composition | Orchestration
D.M.A. - University of TorontoM.A. - University of OttawaB.A. - University of Ottawa​

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.


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.


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 (SPO). He has been involved in both national and international festival series including the latest commission from the Collingwood Music Festival in collaboration with the Penderecki String Quartet. 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 and Classical Jukebox Radio.


Mehdizadeh is the artistic director of East Chamber Music (ECM), an international festival series, focusing on mentorship and intensive writing skills for early and mid-career composers. Other mentorships include the SPO’s New Generation Composer Project. Together with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Mehdizadeh helped kickstart a new podcast series, SPOGreatMusic, developing 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.


Mehdizadeh’s works receive funding through commissions and private patrons (long-time donor and supporter Nicole Senécal), as well as institutions including the latest Ontario Arts Council studio recording grant. He has collaborated with Orchestre de la Francophonie, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Georgian Bay Symphony, North York Concert Orchestra, the Princeton Singers and the Ewashko Singers amongst many others. Notable world-renowned performers include Belgian flautist Marc Grauwels and Dutch theremin player Thorwald Jørgensen with multiple commissions and performances in festivals around the world.