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.

Details & Schedule

Instruments covered:

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

orchSHOP Schedule (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom):

Starting on Tuesday January 24, 2023 @6pm Eastern Time
Meeting every Tuesday and Friday for 5 weeks  (10 workshops)
All meetings are from 6-7:30pm Eastern Time (90 minutes)

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 and 2 pdf sample scores. Please DO NOT send any audio or midi files. Send everything to: music@eastchamber.com 

PLEASE DO NOT SEND FILES DIRECTLY AS ATTACHMENTS - only  links to pdfs will be accepted.

Scores should showcase the ability to compose for a variety of instruments, solo, small chamber or large ensemble are all acceptable. There is no application fee. Upon acceptance, composers should pay a non-refundable tuition fee of $850 CAD to East Chamber Music Inc. 

Submission deadline: January 18, 2023
Send everything to: music@eastchamber.com
Email Subject line should read: orchSHOP
Payment options: payments can also be made in 2 or 3 installments using a Credit Card

Have questions? Send us an email: music@eastchamber.com

Mentor for our 2022 Orchestration Workshop:

Mentor, Orchestration

Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh

Composer-in-Residence, Scarborough Philharmonic OrchestraDoctor of Musical Arts,  University of Toronto

Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh (DMA, University of Toronto) is currently based in the GTA 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.

To read more, visit https://www.danielmehdizadeh.com