Young Composer Alumni

Participants of the Tuckamore Festival’s Young Composers Program have gone on to win national prizes, receive commissions and secure spots in top graduate programs across Canada and the USA! Check out our complete list of alumni and their accomplishments here:


Michael Spiroff, Holly Winter, Taylor MacGillivray


Leslie Opatril, Daniel Gardner, Robert Humber


 Leslie Opatril, Michael Maevsky and James Lowrie


 Stephanie Orlando, André McEvenue and Gavin Fraser  

“My experience at Tuckamore was both fun and challenging. It was a very valuable week which pushed me in new directions as a composer.” – Stephanie Orlando

“The Tuckamore Young Composers Program was exactly the kind of experience that is most useful to an early career composer. The daily masterclasses challenged and engaged me in new ways, and I greatly benefitted from the close rehearsal with the young artists—who produced an excellent recording of my piece. In addition, being able to workshop new material with Duo Concertante was just incredible.” – Andre McEvenue


 Angelese Pepper, Gavin Fraser and Aiden Hartery 

“This year’s Young Composers Program at the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival was invaluable to me as a young composer. As a participant, I had the opportunity to work with the Festival’s very talented Young Artists, bringing my new piece to life while composing another a new work throughout the week.”   – Gavin Fraser


 August Murphy-King, Sarah Beth Cormier and Alexander Simon


 Jessica Blenis,  Andrew Noseworthy and Jacquie Walker


 Brad Bonnell and Bekah Simms


 Bekah Simms and Colin Taylor 

“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