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

Emerging Composer Workshop

About the Emerging Composer Workshop

Six talented emerging composers converge in Toronto annually for this unique mentorship opportunity. Each year the Emerging Composer Workshop (ECW) hosts a different international visiting mentor and local mentor, as well as a professional resident ensemble. This two-week intensive program includes a vibrant array of rehearsals, seminars, collaborative discussions, performances, and a variety of networking and professional development activities.

Past mentor composers include Jean-Baptiste Barrière (France), Juliet Palmer (Canada), Steve Reich (USA), Kaija Saariaho (Finland), R. Murray Schafer (Canada), Adam Scime (Canada) and Ye Xiaogang (China).

What does the program offer?

2016 participant with visiting mentor Steve Reich

The Emerging Composer Workshop (ECW) focuses on supporting talented contemporary composers from around the world, who have completed their basic graduate studies and are in the process of launching their professions.

Soundstreams recognizes that it is in this critical period that composers can greatly benefit from mentorship and professional development opportunities that directly connect them to active professionals in the performing arts community. The ECW aims to fill this gap by providing a comprehensive support system to help carry promising composers into a successful career.

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.

Workshop Dates

TBD in late May and Early June 2018


Applications for 2018 coming soon!


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, Production and Outreach Manager 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.