Young Composer Program

Young Composer Program

We are now accepting applications for our 2018 Young Composer Program!

Interested composers can send their letters of interest to Dr. Staniland at Please include representative scores and accompanying recordings and/or web content, if available. Audio and other large attachments should be sent using a file delivery service such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Yousendit. Do not send large files by e-mail. Deadline is March 31, 2018.

Each August, in historic St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Tuckamore Festival brings together aspiring young artists and renowned faculty and guest artists to present two exciting weeks of music.

The Tuckamore Festival will feature our 6th Young Artists Composers Program in 2018, hosted on the campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music.

Up to three emerging young composers (aged 16 and up) will be selected to join the Festival for a full week of intensive study in composition with Canadian composer Dr. Andrew Staniland. Student compositions will be workshopped, rehearsed and performed by fellow Young Artists (emerging string and piano players) and faculty, and they will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in daily composition masterclasses, score study sessions, and rehearsals. Young composers will also have the opportunity to work with visiting composers.

Selected composers will be asked to write a 5 – 10 minute work for piano trio (piano, violin, cello) to be delivered (score and parts) by July 5, 2018. Young Artists will premiere these works during the 2018 Tuckamore Festival, August 6-19 2018.

Program Fees

  • Tuition – $600 (scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, travel requirements, and demonstrated need)
  • Room and Board (optional) – $400 (accommodation will be provided in the residence facilities on campus at Memorial University, just a few minutes walk from the School of Music)

“This one week program has had a significant impact on my writing. I would recommend this program to any young composer interested in writing chamber music: at the end of the week, you will have better chops, better knowledge of string/piano chamber music, and a stellar recording of your piece.”

– Bekah Simms, 2012 participant