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Soundstreams’ 2018 Emerging Composer Workshop (ECW) is now open for submissions. Heading into its sixth season, the Emerging Composer Workshop is a 10-day intensive mentorship program that supports talented young composers and helps them to launch their careers. The ECW will take place May 30 through June 8, 2018 in Toronto.

This year, the ECW international and domestic mentors will be David Lang (U.S.) and James Rolfe (Toronto). There will also be a professional resident ensemble consisting of a soprano, baritone, piano, violin and cello. The Workshop adopts a holistic model, featuring a vibrant array of rehearsals, seminars, networking, professional development activities, and a public showcase of new works created during the Workshop. 


David Lang is one of the most highly esteemed American composers writing today. His works have been performed around the world. His Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion is part of Soundstreams’ 2017-2018 Main Stage season, where it will be performed at Crow’s Theatre in Toronto, on June 6 & 7.   

Canadian James Rolfe is based in Toronto. He is a recipient of the Jules Léger prize for new chamber music and a multi-award winning composer. His work has been commissioned and performed by ensembles, orchestras, choirs, theatres, and opera companies in Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Rolfe will also premiere a new work on Soundstreams’ Little Match Girl Passion program in June 2018. (David Lang and James Rolfe bios available here

This season’s Workshop focus will be music with text: either sung, spoken or implied. Participants will be tasked with writing a piece of music for one singer (either soprano or baritone), with the other singer playing simple percussion only, and ensemble.

ECW welcomes both domestic and international submissions and from those received six composers will be chosen to participate in this year’s Workshops. For full application details, visit

Apply for the 2018 Emerging Composer Workshop - Soundstreams

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