Soundstreams showcases the work of Canadian and international composers through innovative musical experiences.

Emerging Composer Workshop

About the Emerging Composer Workshop

2016 participant with visiting mentor Steve Reich

Entering its seventh year in 2019, Soundstreams’ annual Emerging Composer Workshop (ECW) is a 10-day intensive mentorship program that supports talented young composers in launching their careers. Each year the Workshop hosts both an international and Canadian mentor composer, as well as a professional resident ensemble. The Workshop adopts a holistic model, featuring a vibrant array of rehearsals, seminars, networking, professional development activities, and a public showcase of new works created during the Workshop.

Workshop Dates

January 25- February 3, 2019.

2019 Mentors

Photo by Benjamin Ealovega

Rolf Wallin is one of the leading contemporary Nordic composers, widely performed and commissioned internationally. His musical background spans from jazz, avant-garde rock and early music to traditional classical training, and this versatility is reflected in an exceptionally many-faceted list of compositions. Wallin’s compositional output covers a wide range of techniques and expressions: from absolute music to music theatre and installations, from elaborate computer-aided composition in his instrumental music to strongly intuitive music for the stage.

2019 Resident Ensemble:

Participants will be tasked with writing a piece of music for string quartet.


Applications are now closed for the 2018 Workshops. You can learn more about this year’s participants here.

Who should apply?

We are looking for contemporary composers with exceptional artistic merit, who have completed their basic graduate studies and are in the process of launching their professions. We welcome applicants from around the world, however classes are conducted in English only.


Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, there are no tuition fees to attend the workshop, and participant accommodations are provided free of charge. Travel to and from the workshop is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Questions or comments?

Please email Emma Fowler, Director of Outreach and Artistic Planning at [email protected].

The Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop is made possible with generous support from The Koerner Foundation, RBC Emerging Artists Project, The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, The Canadian Music Centre, The Hal Jackman Foundation, SOCAN Foundation, The Lloyd-Carr Harris Foundation, and Manulife Financial.

Soundstreams’ Emerging Composer Workshop Showcase is presented in honour of Jim Doherty, and his timeless dedication to investing in young talent.