Soundstreams 2018 Emerging Composers Workshop fosters creation of new concert music works

Emerging Composers - Front row, left to right: Tyler Versluis (Hamilton), Lieke van der Voort (Toronto), Joshua Denenberg (Courtlandt Manor, NY), Alexandre David (Montreal), Pierce Gradone (Chicago), Christina Volpini (Hamilton). Ensemble – back rown, left to right: Erika Raum, Violin; Greg Oh, Piano; David Hetherington - Cello; Adanya Dunn - Voice; Parker Clements - Voice. (Photo: Blake Hannahson)
June 28, 2018

The sixth annual edition of the Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop took place from May 30 to June 8, 2018, offering mentorship from two well-established, veteran concert music composers to six emerging ones, via workshops, masterclasses and seminars throughout that period.

The partricipating mentors were David Lang, from the U.S., who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Little Match Girl Passion, and Canadian (and SOCAN member) James Rolfe, best known for The Overcoat and I Think We Are Angels. The emerging composers were Alexandre David (Montreal), Joshua Denenberg (Cortlandt Manor, NY), Pierce Gradone (Chicago), Lieke van der Voort (Toronto), Tyler Versluis (Hamilton), and Christina Volpini (Hamilton).

The 10-day event culminated in a Soundstreams Main Stage presentation of the mentors' works, The Little Match Girl Passion and I Think We Are Angels, followed by a showcase for the ECW participants  at Crow’s Theatre, where each composer presented their piece, as performed by an ensemble scored for voice, piano, cello, violin, and percussion.

For 2019, the 10-day workshop will be starting much earlier in order to accom modate mentor availability, so a new call for applications is expected in mid-July. Visit www.soundstreams.ca for more information.