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RBC Bridges

Soundstreams’ Workshop for Early Career Composers


Bridges participants at 2018 workshop showcase

About RBC Bridges

2016 participant with visiting mentor Steve Reich

RBC Bridges is an annual tuition-free program that brings together celebrated composer mentors, a professional resident ensemble, and six carefully selected emerging composers to develop and premiere new work in a professional context.

The program enters its 8th year in 2020, and is currently postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. Please check back in for details!

Bridges 2020 – POSTPONED

Workshop dates: TBD (Toronto, Canada)

With mentor composer: Sarah Kirkland Snider
Resident ensemble: 8 Voices (SATB)

Sarah Kirkland Snider
Recently deemed “one of the decade’s more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers” (Pitchfork), “a potentially significant voice on the American music landscape” (David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer), and “an important representative of 21st century trends in composition” (New York Classical Review), composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as “rapturous” (The New York Times), “haunting,” (The Los Angeles Times), and “strikingly beautiful” (Time Out New York). With an ear for the poetic and the architectural, Snider’s music draws upon a variety of influences to render a nuanced command of immersive storytelling. Of her orchestral song cycle, PenelopePitchfork‘s Jayson Greene proclaimed: “Snider’s music lives in…an increasingly populous inter-genre space that, as of yet, has produced only a few clear, confident voices. Snider is perhaps the most sophisticated of them all.”
To learn more about Sarah Kirkland Snider visit: sarahkirklandsnider.com


Who should apply?

We are looking for contemporary composers with exceptional artistic merit, who have completed their basic studies and are in the process of launching their professions. We welcome applicants from around the world, however classes are conducted in English only.


There is a $30 application fee, to be submitted with your application.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, there are no tuition fees to attend the workshop, and participant accommodations are provided free of charge. Travel to and from the workshop is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Questions or comments?

Please email Emma Fowler at [email protected]

RBC Bridges is made possible with generous support from RBC Emerging Artists Project, The Koerner Foundation The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, The Canadian Music Centre, The Hal Jackman Foundation, SOCAN Foundation, The Lloyd-Carr Harris Foundation, and Manulife Financial.

The Bridges Showcase is presented in honour of Jim Doherty, and his timeless dedication to investing in young talent.

Applications are closed for the 2020 workshop