Emerging Composers in bloom this Spring

The next generation of Canadian composers and performers are front and centre during the next 6 weeks of Continuum’s activity.

On March 25th at the Music Gallery, PIVOT, a collaboration with the Canadian League of Composers and The Canadian Music Centre, features world premieres from six emerging Canadian composers, following their six-month mentorship with some of Canada’s top composers. Each emerging composer will be in attendance; the concert will explore new technologies and fresh perspectives on Canadian art music. One of the composers – Bekah Simms – was just awarded the Toronto Emerging Composer Award! Get PIVOT tickets and information here.

A new initiative, PIVOTEEN is a mentorship program for secondary school composers in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). We received many qualified applications and are delighted to announce that Cindy Chen, a student from Leaside High School, was selected as our first participant. As part of PIVOTEEN, Cindy will receive mentorship from composer Christopher Thornborrow and have a new work performed by Continuum in a special PIVOT pre-concert presentation.

For the 2017 edition of Continuum in the Classroom (our 5th year!), we head to A.Y. Jackson Secondary School on March 7th to premiere new works written by elementary school students from five TDSB schools. The pieces, conceived using new technologies in composition software under the guidance of Christopher Thornborrow, will be performed for an auditorium full of elementary school students by Continuum’s ensemble along with music students from A.Y. Jackson. It’s a treat each year to hear these young minds at work!

Join us for PIVOT to celebrate outstanding emerging talent, and stay tuned – we’ll have more updates soon (Continuum Karaoke is coming!). Innovative Canadian art music is in bloom!

  • Ryan Scott
  • Artistic Director