East Chamber Music Inc. Emerging Composer Festival – August 2021

About the August 2021 Festival

Our festival is a week-long intensive mentorship and ensemble collaboration program. Six emerging composers will be selected to produce new works for our ensemble-in-residence, this year being works for piano and theremin with an online video streaming premiere by world-renowned theremin player Thorwald Jørgensen and pianist Kamilla Bystrova.

During the week-long festival, masterclasses and mentorship is offered by both the Ensemble-in-Residence and the Composer-in-Residence, preparing each composer’s work for the premiere. Prior to the week-long mentorship program, Dr. Mehdizadeh will be meeting with the composers in preparation of their drafts.

Accepted participants will be excpected to write a 3-4 minute piece for the ensemble. Tuition for the program is $495 CAD per composer and includes a limited promotional use* of the final recording of their music. This festival is intended to further the compositional and collaborative skills of emerging composers as well as to provide them with an opportunity to have their music reach audiences across the globe.

Workshop and world premieres are scheduled for August 2021.


Composers should send a google link to a shared folder containing 1 pdf resume, 2 pdf scores and 2 recordings (MIDI files are acceptable). Youtube and SoundCloud links are also acceptable.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND FILES DIRECTLY AS ATTACHMENTS – only links to pdfs and audios will be accepted.

Scores should showcase the ability to compose for solo or small chamber ensemble. Results will be announced by July 5, 2021. There is no application fee. Upon acceptance, composers should pay a non-refundable fee of $495 CAD to East Chamber Music Inc.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2021.

Application announcements: July 5, 2021.

Send everything to: music@eastchamber.com

Schedule for August 2021 (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom):

July 30: Drafts due

August 1-8: Meeting and Consultation with the Composer-in-Residence – completing drafts of newly composed pieces

Monday August 9 at 11am EDT: Masterclass and Workshop: Meet the Ensemble-in-Residence

Tuesday August 10 at 11am EDT: Lecture by Composer-in-Residence (composition, orchestration, idiomatic writing)

Wednesday August 11 at 11am EDT: Masterclass and Workshop (compositional technique and writing – ensemble will be playing through various sections of musical drafts with feedback and lecture)

Thursday August 12 at 11am EDT: Lecture by Composer-in-residence (final meeting prior to premieres including Notation and Score & Part preparation, the compositional process, career talk, collaboration and working with an ensemble and more)

Sunday August 22: Virtual premiere of newly composed pieces at 12pm EDT (Toronto Time)

Accepting 2021 applications now. For more information on the ensemble and your mentor, see below or contact us through email.

*Use of recordings are limited to promotional use such as sending audio files for competitions and applications. Any public posting or broadcasting of the recordings must first be consulted with the Ensemble-in-Residence – permission may be granted on a case by case basis.