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Emerging Composer Workshop


2016 Emerging Composer Workshop

Steve Reich, Visiting Mentor

Steve Reich by Wonge-Bergmann
Steve Reich by Wonge-Bergmann

Soundstreams is excited to announce that Steve Reich will be our visiting guest mentor for the 2016 Emerging Composer Workshop. The Pulitzer Prize-winning father of minimalism, hailed as “our greatest living composer” by The New York Times. We are honoured to host Reich in a comprehensive residency culminating in our April 14 concert at Massey Hall, celebrating his 80th birthday.

Workshop Dates

April 2-14, 2016 in Toronto, Canada


Read about the participants of the 2016 Emerging Composer Workshop.

Final Showcase, April 13

The 2016 Emerging Composer Workshop Showcase takes place at The Spadina Theatre at Alliance Francaise de Toronto and will feature the world premieres of the final works by this year’s participants.



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.

About the Emerging Composer Workshop

Six talented emerging composers converge in Toronto 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. The two week-long intensive program includes a vibrant array of rehearsals, seminars, collaborative discussions, performances, and a variety of networking and professional development activities.

Past international mentor composers: R. Murray Schafer (2013), Ye Xiaogang (2014), and Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière (2015). The 2016 visiting composer is Steve Reich.

What does the program offer?

2015 participant Helga Arias with Jean-Baptiste Barriere

The Emerging Composer Workshop 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 recognized that it is in this critical period, when that composers can benefit greatly from the mentorship and professional development opportunities that connect directly to active professionals in the real world performing arts community. This program attempts to help fill this gap by providing a comprehensive support system to help carry these 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 fluency in speaking English is recommended as classes are conducted in English only.

2017 Applications

The 2017 Emerging Composer Workshop visiting guest mentor will be Unsuk Chin, and the workshop will take place in May 2017. Applications will open in the fall of 2016.

Questions or comments?

Please email Ben Dietschi, Associate Director of External Relations 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.