Continuum announces Pivoteen

Mentorship opportunity for high school students

Continuum Contemporary Music is delighted to announce PIVOTEEN – a mentorship program for secondary school composers. Through PIVOTEEN, one student, selected by a jury of contemporary music specialists, will receive professional mentorship and a recording of their work, as performed by Continuum’s internationally-acclaimed ensemble.

During February and March, 2017, the selected student will be mentored by professional composer Christopher Thornborrow, who will serve as a guide for the composition process. Continuum’s Artistic Director and percussionist Ryan Scott will also provide a lesson on writing for percussion.

PIVOTEEN will provide an invaluable and practical compositional experience, one-on-one mentorship, professional development resources and an introduction to the Canadian new music community.

Compositions are to be written for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion; the composition can be conducted. To make a submission, send a .pdf of an existing work, a recording of the work (if possible), and a 250-word statement as to why you are interested in this opportunity to:

The application deadline is January 19, 2017. There is no application fee.

The selected composer’s work will be given a special pre-concert performance on March 25, 2017 at The Music Gallery, as part of PIVOT – a collaboration of Continuum, The Canadian Music Centre and The Canadian League of Composers which features premieres from six emerging composers from the acoustic, electro-acoustic and acousmatic worlds, following their six-month mentorship with some of Canada’s most prominent composers.

PIVOTEEN is a TDSB-wide initiative – students from throughout the city of Toronto are invited to apply.

For more information visit, email or call (416) 924–4945.

Continuum is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.