Composers Institute

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra announces the fourth annual WNMF Composers Institute to be held during the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Jan. 25–31, 2020Click here for more details.

About the Composers Institute:

7 PARTICIPANTS FROM ACROSS CANADA | COMPLETE REHEARSAL AND LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH THE FULL WSO | 7 DAYS OF WORKSHOPS, PANELS, MASTERCLASSES, LESSONS

An intense and prestigious experience for Canadian emerging composers including:

  • A world premiere of their orchestral composition performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at WNMF
  • An archival audio recording of their premiere
  • Work closely with mentor composers Sarah Kirkland Snider, Michael Daugherty, Jared Miller and Harry Stafylakis
  • Attend all Winnipeg New Music Festival concerts
  • Attend rehearsals with WNMF guest composers and artists
  • A week of professional development workshops, panel discussions, lessons, and masterclasses

Writing for orchestra is one of the great accomplishments of a composer’s creative life. There are, however, few opportunities for Canadians in the early stages of their careers to engage with the medium in a practical, hands-on environment. The symphony orchestra presents many challenges, including effectively balancing the orchestra’s many instruments and communicating clearly with the conductor, musicians, and audience.

The WNMF Composers Institute provides a unique professional training opportunity for young composers, who will be immersed in the orchestral world through mentorship by some of Canada’s leading orchestral composers and through close integration with the renowned Winnipeg New Music Festival.

In this fourth year of the Composers Institute, emerging composers from across Canada have been selected by juried competition to participate in the 2020 WNMF Composers Institute. These composers, plus the winner of the CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition for Orchestra, will have their orchestral works premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at WNMF3: Orchestral Voice of the Future, led by WSO’s resident conductor Julian Pellicano, and with the guidance of this year’s mentor composers, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Jared Miller and Harry Stafylakis.

All participants will experience the week-long Winnipeg New Music Festival from behind the scenes, attending rehearsals and concerts. In addition, professional development workshops will be held daily throughout the festival. These workshops, lessons, and masterclasses will also feature several of WNMF 2020’s guest composers visiting from throughout Canada and from abroad.