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August 7-20, 2023

Young Composers Alumni

Meet Our 2021 Young Artist Composers!

Congratulations to the 2021 Tuckamore young composers! We received many high-quality applications from around the world.  Following on from our successful COVID-19 pivot, the Tuckamore Young Artist Composers Program (YAC) will continue to be delivered online in 2021.

Between May and August, Composers will participate 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 online dissemination.

Kirsten L. Ewart

Kirsten L. Ewart is an emerging Canadian composer from Moose Jaw, SK and currently resides in Vancouver, BC. Her most recent works include “How are you handling this?” a solo percussion piece written for Matt Evans, as well as works for the NYU Contemporary Ensemble, Two Way Street and Bearthoven. Kirsten’s music is often a dreamy or surreal reflection of the world. She enjoys engaging her audience in aural adventures that trigger the imagination and memory. In 2020 she had a work premiered by the Jack Quartet, and completed pieces for Hypercube Ensemble and the Piano Erhu Project. Her first orchestral work “Cueva de Villa Luz” was premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at their New Music Festival in January of 2019. The piece was well received by the audience and was described as “iridescent and earthy” (Critipeg). Kirsten’s 2018 string quartet “Warmth” is her most popular piece, having been performed most recently by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. An advocate for collaboration with her peers, Kirsten has written solo works for Lindsey Rosenberg, Yaz Lancaster and Mikyla Jensen. Kirsten has recently completed her Masters Degree at NYU Steinhardt where she studied with Michael Gordon, Julie Wolfe and Shelley Washington.

Athena Loredo

Athena Loredo is a composer based in Vancouver, BC. Her compositional style is influenced by the manipulation of musical fragments. These fragments can be original material or quoted from pre-existing works. From quoting fragments of Bach, Prokofiev, and Dvorak in a symphonic poem to creating variations on a Mexican folk song, Athena enjoys exploring combinations of timbres and melodic fragments, reworking music to create something new. Her wind band piece, Variaciones sobre la Llorona, was the first-place winner of the 2018 GCB Terra Nova Competition in the Arrangements Category. In 2020, Athena’s musical interpretation of Olivia Whetung’s beaded score, Strata, was featured in the UBC Belkin Art Gallery event, Soundings: Olivia Whetung and the Ladner Clock Tower Carillon. Athena graduated in 2021 with a MMus in composition from the University of British Columbia. She grew up in St. John’s, NL, and obtained a B. Mus from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu

As an award-winning composer, Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu is constantly searching for new sounds to include into his musical language; his music ranges from the style of neo-romanticism to avant-garde soundscapes, fusing theatrical elements and improvisational techniques. Patrick enjoys composing orchestral works, chamber music, and improvisation. In 2016, he wrote, directed, and scored his first short film Voyages, during the Nocturne: Art at Night Festival in Canada, accompanied with a live orchestral improvising the film score during the performance. Patrick’s pieces has also been premiered at Open Waters Festival in Canada, highSCORE Composition Festival in Italy, Zodiac Music Festival & Academy in France, Uzmah Upbeat Composition Program in Croatia, and Atlantic Music Festival in the United States. Patrick has worked with renowned composers such as Jérôme Blais, Dinuk Wijeratne, David Ludwig, Andrew List, Joel Hoffman, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Vivian Fung. His most recent ensemble collaborations included: Symphony Nova Scotia, Hypercube Ensemble, The Julius Quartet, and the Loadbang Ensemble.

In addition to composing, Patrick performs actively on the violin from solo performances, to chamber music and orchestral repertoire. Patrick has studied the violin with I-Ching Li, Philippe Djokic, Mark Lee, and Leonardo Perez; his repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary premieres.

Past 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

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