Continuum in the Classroom

Under the guidance of composer Christopher Thornborrow, elementary school students use new technologies, found sounds and sound walks to create original works which are then performed by Continuum's core ensemble alongside members of a secondary school orchestra. Now in its seventh year, Continuum in the Classroom has generated over 75 new works and engaged with over 5000 students.

The 3rd Toronto Teen Composer Award

A composition mentorship for secondary school students in the Greater Toronto Area.


Continuum Contemporary Music is pleased to continue presenting the Toronto Teen Composer Award. Through the TTCA, 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.

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

During the fall of 2018 and early 2019, the selected composer 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.

The recipient of the award will compose a 5-8 minute work for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion and piano; the composition can be conducted. The selected composer's work will be given a special pre-concert performance on March 30, 2019 at 918 Bathurst/The Music Gallery, as part of PIVOT – a main-stage Continuum concert in collaboration with the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre.

The recipient will receive high definition video and audio of the performance; this documentation will also be shared via Continuum’s online portals.

The TTCA is a GTA-wide initiative — students from throughout the city of Toronto and the greater Toronto Area are invited to apply.

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 info@continuummusic.org.

The application deadline is Friday, November 9th, 2018. There is no application fee.

For more information visit www.continuummusic.org, email info@continuummusic.org 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.

Continuum in the Classroom