Education Programming

On April 17th, 2014, Continuum joined forces with Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Music Instructional Leader Doug Friesen and composer Chris Thornborrow to present a concert of ten world premieres by TDSB students. The students, representing ten different schools from across the TDSB, and the Continuum ensemble were joined by musicians from A.Y. Jackson Secondary School in North York. Each of the composer's schools was bussed to A.Y.Jackson for the concert - an inspiring afternoon of music making in a packed auditorium.

For several months, Doug and Chris worked with the students on their compositions through the use of Hyperscore, music composition software developed at MIT. Some pieces were larger group efforts; some were written by only a few students. Chris was then tasked with taking the Hyperscore renditions of the pieces and creating standard notation, which was then read by the musicians from Continuum and A.Y. Jackson. Each piece was introduced by its composers, and the variety and depth of imagination in the various works was truly remarkable.


School (Teacher) - Title of piece
Ossington Old Orchard (Julie Grierson) - OOOPS
Willowdale (Arlene Lerer) - Fire
Lester B. Pearson (Svetlana Polyanovsky) - Lester B. Pearson
Heritage Park (Brenda Power) - Earthlook
John Ross Roberts (Kate Osbourne) - Blue Skies and Sunshine
Rose Avenue (Ursala Starzec) - West to East and North to South
Don Valley (Kirsten Hambleton) - Fireflies
North Bendale (Stephen Yamada) - North Bendale
General Brock (Kathleen Robson) - 1. Man-made 2. Water 3. Birds 4. People

Continuum would like to the thank the TDSB and SOCAN for funding this project; Doug Friesen and Chris Thornborrow for their work on the project; and Dawn Hanley from A.Y. Jackson for preparing her students so well. What a terrific way to spend an afternoon!

Watch the short video below, created by the TDSB:

The combined ensemble