There is something incredibly exciting about breathing life into a never-sung-before score, and that really strikes home when Erick says, “I’ll ask Gerda (or Marie-Claire, or Ben) about this detail.” There’s a sense that we are finding, developing, and celebrating Canadian composing talent as we create brand new works of art together.
Our esteemed panel of judges will determine the rankings of 1st place ($2000), 2nd place ($1000), and 3rd place ($500). In addition to the cash awards, each finalist will receive the Barbara Pentland Award for Outstanding Composition from the Canadian Music Centre.
JUNO Award-nominated composer Jocelyn Morlock’s music is hailed as “airy but rhythmic, tuneful but complex” and with “uncanny yet toothsome beauty” (Georgia Straight.) Her music is recorded on 22 CDs including the newly-released “Halcyon”, and “Cobalt”, whose title track won the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for Best Classical Composition.
Jocelyn won the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Music in Vancouver and is currently the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Composer in Residence. Recent premieres include Lucid Dreams, a cello concerto written for Ariel Barnes and the VSO, and Hullabaloo, for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the VSO.
Much of Jocelyn’s music is inspired by birds, insomnia, or a peculiar combination thereof.
Rodney Sharman is Composer-in-Residence of Early Music Vancouver’s “New Music for Old Instruments.” He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as Composer-Host of the Calgary Philharmonic’s New Music Festival, “Hear and Now.” In addition to concert music, Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He also sings, conducts, plays recorders and flutes. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Citadel & Compagnie (Toronto). He is the recipient of the 2017 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.
James Carter has always been active in music. He attended Magee High School in Vancouver and was a highly active member of the music department before studying music education, composition and voice at the University of Victoria where he graduated in 1987. For the last 23 years he has been a member of the internationally renowned Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and recently completed his certificate in Music Conducting from Capilano University.