Young Composer Program

Young Composer Program

Applications for the 2021 program are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

NEW for 2021: This year’s highly-competitive Young Composer Program with composer-mentor Andrew Staniland will be offered fully online.

The Tuckamore Festival will feature our 9th annual Young Artist Composer Program in 2021. Up to three emerging young composers (aged 16 and up) will be selected to join the festival by Canadian composer and program mentor Dr. Andrew Staniland.

Between May and August, the festival will offer a significantly expanded three-month program. Successful composers will work with Dr. Staniland in group masterclasses and private lessons by distance, leading to the creation of new works that will be prepared and performed by professionals drawn from Tuckamore faculty artists and alumni.  Their final performances will be recorded in high quality video and audio.

Selected composers will be asked to write a 5 – 10 minute work for a small chamber ensemble to be delivered (score and parts) by July 15, 2021. These works will be premiered during the 2021 Tuckamore Festival, August 9-22, 2021.

To Apply

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, 2021.

Program Fees

Tuition – $1,100 CAD


The festival has a generous bursary program. All successful applicants are eligible for a half-tuition scholarship, awarded on the basis of merit and demonstrated need.

Click here for the festival’s e-brochure

“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

“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, 2017 participant

“I have a new piece, a professional recording, and Tuckamore got my work out to audiences I would not have reached otherwise. I have new peers to connect with in the composition world. And I have learned so much about my own writing.”

– Holly Winter, 2020 participant