Widening the Circle

Winter 2022: Widening the Circle Composer Mentorship Program

With support from the Canada Council Sector Innovation and Development Fund

Call out for Youth Composers

Are you:
-an aspiring young composer between the ages of 14-19?
-interested in connecting with emerging and professional composers across Canada?
-available January-March 2022 and able to dedicate 1-2 hours a week for composition lessons and workshops?

Do you love to create and write music, notated or improvised?

Apply to the Widening the Circle Program!

Widening the Circle is a cross-Canada, online mentorship program. As a youth composer, you’ll receive lessons in music composition, participate in workshops and discussions, meet composers from across the country, and have a chance to have your work performed and recorded by professional musicians.

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Stipends available for successful participants
Deadline to apply December 1, 2021 12:59pm EST

The Tuckamore Festival is dedicated to providing events and programs that are accessible, inclusive, and free from oppression, harassment, and discrimination. WtC aims to encourage a diversity of creative voices and we welcome applications from a range of gender identities, as well as BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ youth.

Widening the Circle uses a unique mentorship model involving three groups of participants: a Youth cohort, aged 14-19; an Emerging cohort; and, a Professional cohort, recognized Canadian composers and music educators. The program will take place online over a three-month period from January – March and will include lessons, meetings, and group discussions. Youth composers will have up to 10-12 (weekly) one-on-one lessons with their Emerging composer mentors via video conferencing platform. Emerging composers will have bi-weekly videoconferencing check-ins with their Professional composer.

The program’s mission is two-fold: widen support networks in composition for composers from diverse backgrounds and at various stages in their development, and; to encourage community-based learning. In this program, Emerging composers mentor the Youth cohort while at the same time receiving guidance in music composition pedagogy from the Professional cohort. The program will also include moderated discussions available to all past participants of the festival’s Young Artist and Young Composers program. Readings and resources for further exploration will also be compiled and shared with composers and composition educators in our networks.

The Tuckamore Festival is dedicated to providing events and programs that are accessible, inclusive, and free from oppression, harassment, and discrimination. Our Young Artist programs provide a nurturing and collaborative environment where expression, dialogue and intercultural understanding are valued. The Widening the Circle program in particular prioritizes the participation of a diverse range of gender identities, as well as BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ youth, which we hope will encourage and stimulate a diversity of creative voices from the ground up.

Artistic Advisors: Andrew Staniland, Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves
Professional Cohort: Jocelyn Morlock, Alice Ho, Ian Cusson and Rodney Sharman.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Emerging Composers is now closed.

Thank you for your interest!

The festival is looking for Expressions of Interest from emerging-level composers to participate in this unique program. We are defining emerging as early career or pre-professional composers. This may include students pursuing post-secondary studies or recent graduates, however university education in composition is not a requirement. There is no age limit. Successful composers will receive an honorarium of up to $2,000 CAD for up to 40 hours of lessons and online activities. Participants will deliver weekly online lessons with a youth composer, conference bi-weekly with an exceptional professional level Canadian composer, participate in online EDI activities, as well group conversation with Emerging and Youth composers from across Canada. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 8, 2021

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