Young Composer Program

Young Composer Program

Applications for the 2020 Program are now closed. Thank you for your interest!

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 8th Young Artists Composers Program in 2020, 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 6, 2020. Young Artists will premiere these works during the 2020 Tuckamore Festival, August 10-23, 2020.

Program Fees

  • Tuition – $600 (scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, travel requirements, and demonstrated need)
  • Room and Board (optional) – $450 (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

“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