Vancouver’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Artistic Director Erick Lichte are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Knudson, Allan Bevan, and Kevin J. Pirker are the finalists of Chor Leoni’s 2019 C/4 Canadian Choral Composition Competition.
· Elizabeth Knudson is a Vancouver-based composer and an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master’s degree in Composition from the University of British Columbia.
· London, Ontario composer Allan Bevan is widely recognized for the beauty, intensity, and craftsmanship of his choral music. Over the past decade and more, his work has garnered many awards in Canada, the U.S.A., and European composition competitions, and his music has been performed and commissioned by many noteworthy choruses.
· Kevin J. Pirker is a 21-year-old composer and pianist based in Mississauga, Ontario entering the third year of his Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. He studies composition under Peter-Anthony Togni and classical piano under John Hansen at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.
In addition to financial prizes, the three composers will travel to Vancouver in May to workshop their compositions with the choir and hear them premiered at the C/4 concert on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the ANNEX. Over a relaxed and intimate evening, they will discuss the works with Erick Lichte, take questions, and offer an insider’s look at new music. Each composer will also receive a professional recording and be presented with a Barbara Pentland Award for Outstanding Composition from the Canadian Music Centre. C/4 tickets are available here.
“I am thrilled to get to work with Chor Leoni on these terrific works for male choir. This year’s submissions were the most plentiful and competitive that our C/4 event has known. I am humbled by the many wonderful submissions that we will not get a chance to sing, though I am happy to include all of this year’s submitting composers in my Rolodex of Canadian choral composers,” says Artistic Director Erick Lichte. “I want to thank everyone who submitted such amazing choral works this year. “
Next year’s C/4 competition will be done in a very different format and the choir will be announcing this new program in a few weeks. Emails will be sent to all previous submitting composers and details will be posted on the Chor Leoni website and on numerous composition websites.