The WSO’s inaugural WNMF Composers Institute is being held during the 2017 festival.
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 composers and through close integration with the renowned Winnipeg New Music Festival.
In this first year of the Institute, six young Manitoba composers will have their works read by the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the WSO Resident Conductor Julian Pellicano. In collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, the winner of the 14th Annual CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition for Orchestra, Michael Ducharme, will have his work performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
All participants will experience the week-long Winnipeg New Music Festival from behind the scenes by attending rehearsals and concerts. In addition, professional development workshops will be held throughout the festival, led by WSO’s Composer-in-Residence Harry Stafylakis and composition faculty members of Manitoba’s leading universities. Workshops, lessons, and masterclasses will also feature several of WNMF 2017’s guest composers visiting from across Canada and abroad.
The 2017 Composers Institute participants – representing the University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University, Providence University College, and Brandon University and the winner of the CMC competition – are:
- Michael Ducharme, CMC competition winner
- Harley Dyck
- Mark Holmes à Court
- Mark Marinic
- Luis Ramirez
- Morgan Thickson
- Tristan Zaba
The mentor composers from the students’ institutions are:
- Gordon Fitzell & Örjan Sandred – Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba
- Pat Carrabré – Brandon University
- Neil Weisensel – Canadian Mennonite University
- Karen Sunabacka – Providence University College; Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba
WSO Staff involved in and presenting at the Composers Institute include Brent Johnson, Jean-François Phaneuf, Matthew Patton, Julian Pellicano and Harry Stafylakis.
Guest composers participating in Composers Institute activities throughout WNMF 2017 include Eliot Britton, Fjóla Evans, Christos Hatzis, Cassandra Miller, Meredith Monk and Dinuk Wijeratne.
The Composers Institute includes a wide-variety of sessions & topics including:
- Reading Session with University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra – Julian Pellicano, director
- Post-reading session assessment & discussion
- Panel: topics related to the creative process in orchestral composition
Personnel: Meredith Monk, Christos Hatzis, Eliot Britton, Dinuk Wijeratne
- Panel: the business of composition
Personnel: JF Phaneuf, Christos Hatzis, Eliot Britton, Dinuk Wijeratne
- Masterclass with Dinuk Wijeratne
- Session on music technology & electronics with Örjan Sandred & Eliot Britton
- Group Lunch
- Open Panel with Christos Hatzis, Cassandra Miller, Fjóla Evans, Eliot Britton
- Individual composition lessons
Personnel: Christos Hatzis, Cassandra Miller, Fjóla Evans