Call for RBC Emerging Composer 2016

Date: October 28, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: News / Actualités | Press Release / Communiqué de presse

NYO Canada

Search for RBC Foundation Emerging Composer

NYO Canada is this country’s advanced orchestral training institute for musicians ages 16 to 28. Its mission is to educate and empower Canada’s most gifted young orchestral musicians. Forty percent of Canada’s orchestral musicians are alumni of the NYO Canada. In 2010, the NYO Canada received a JUNO nomination for its 2009 CD/DVD in the category of Classical Album: Large Ensemble or Soloist. The annual summer training takes place at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and runs from mid- June to late July. The national tour runs from late July to mid-August.

The candidate must be a Canadian emerging artist with a demonstrated track record of composing, preferably for orchestra, and have graduated from a recognised post-secondary institution or equivalent. There is no restriction with respect to age however the candidate must be an emerging rather than an established composer. Strong consideration will be given to candidates who have demonstrated strong orchestration skills. Candidates should not be on faculty at a major educational institution, hold a current composer-in-residence position with a major symphony orchestra, have professional status or be recognized as an established composer. The jury may take the above into consideration when determining your eligibility as an emerging composer.

The annual training institute is based in Waterloo, Ontario at Wilfred Laurier University and runs from mid-June to late July each year. The position is for a one-year term.
NYO Canada will commission a work by the Composer to be premiered by the orchestra during the 2016 performance tour. The composer will be invited to attend the training institute for a portion (approximately 1 week) of its annual training institute and will be given an opportunity to work closely with the NYO Canada’s professional faculty of musicians, conductors and music educators.
Adequate rehearsal time, player access, advice from the faculty and conductors, and exposure to the music infrastructure will also be provided. The Composer-in-Residence may also have an opportunity to work with chamber ensembles in various combinations and scale.
Through the generous support of the SOCAN Foundation, the composer will have an opportunity to work with a senior Canadian composer throughout the development of the commissioned work. The mentor will be chosen by mutual agreement by the composer and the NYOC and should be someone who resides in the same geographic area as the composer. The composer is expected to have several meetings with the mentor between November and April and may, if necessary, be consulted on the preparation of parts. Ideally, the mentor should not be a former teacher of the composer in order to broaden the learning experience.
The commissioned work will be between 7 and 8 minutes in length, full score received by April 15, parts by June 1st.
Candidates might be considered to participate in the reading sessions for composers by NYO Canada. Chosen candidates will be provided with the opportunity to have one of their existing works rehearsed, read and recorded by the orchestra during the annual summer training.

Based on the suggested fee schedule of the Canadian League of Composers. Travel to and from the training session, meals and accommodation during the period of the residency (duration to be agreed upon between the composer and NYO Canada). Travel to the premier performance of the composer’s new work.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Hard copies of scores and/or recordings will not be accepted and will not be returned if submitted. Please submit a letter of application, CV, three original scores (with recordings, if available) and three letters of reference by e-mail to:

Barbara Smith
Executive Director/Directrice générale
NYO Canada
59 Adelaide Street East, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

November 9th, 2015

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NYO Canada gratefully acknowledges the RBC Foundation, SOCAN Foundation, the Government of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council.


Barbara Smith, Executive Director
NYO Canada
59 Adelaide Street East, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5C 1K6