Soundstreams’ Workshop for Early Career Composers
About RBC Bridges
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 will run from May 1-10. Activities in this year’s workshop will be inspired by the music of the late Claude Vivier. Selected participants’ final works will be showcased in connection with Soundstreams’ Main Stage production of Musik für das Ende
Workshop dates: May 1st – May 10th, 2020 (Toronto, Canada)
With mentor composer: Sarah Kirkland Snider
Resident ensemble: 8 Voices (SATB)
Activities in this year’s workshop will be inspired by the music of the late Claude Vivier. Selected participants’ final works will be showcased alongside works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, and in connection with Soundstreams’ Main Stage production of Musik für das Ende
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, Penelope, Pitchfork‘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
About Claude Vivier (1948-1983)
Many consider Claude Vivier the greatest composer Canada has produced. At the age of 34, his prolific career was cut short when he was the victim of a shocking murder at the hands of a serial killer targeting gay men. In addition to his work in Canada and studies with Gilles Tremblay, Vivier studied electroacoustic composition at Institute of Sonology in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and studied with Hans Ulrich Humpert and Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. Vivier is stylistically known for writing unique works featuring voice and inventing his own language for the expression of these vocal-based works. These works were characterized by complex overtone series in their harmony, modal melodies, intricate timing grids, and shifting tonal centres.
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 Felix Mills, Community Engagement Manager 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