Valuable lessons and insights on music composition

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019

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The Beaudry Somcynsky Visiting Composer Lecture Series, made possible thanks to the generous support of Micheline Beaudry Somcynsky, is a series of free events that allows students to meet and interact with visiting composers. These lectures and workshops occur a few times during the academic year and are great opportunities for students to ask questions and learn from different composers. Each Composer Talk offers different learning experiences and provides students with valuable lessons and insights on music composition.

On October 10th, composer Stephen Gryc hosted his Composer Talk, "The Band is an Orchestra: Rethinking Orchestration for Wind Ensembles", as the first event in the Beaudry Somcynsky Visiting Composer Lecture Series of 2019-2020. Gryc teaches at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, where he is Professor Emeritus of Music Composition and Theory. Gryc held a presentation in the CreatorSpace, met with a number of composition students, and worked with the University of Ottawa Wind Ensemble. That evening, the Wind Ensemble performed Stephen Gryc’s work Guignol: Concerto for Bassoon, with soloist Richard Hoenich and under the direction of Daniel Gress.

Emilie LeBel held a Composer Talk on November 11th where she presented her lecture, “Composing Imagined Landscapes”. LeBel is currently Assistant Professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton, and an Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. That evening, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra premiered her work “unsheltered” at the National Arts Centre.

Professor John Armstrong, Coordinator of the School of Music Composition Sector, encourages all to attend and participate in the remaining events of the 2019-2020 series. The month of November presents us with the final two events for 2019: a Composer Talk from renowned composer Avner Dorman (November 25th, 10AM in Perez 307), and a joint event with the vocal sector featuring Maria Atallah and Laurence Jobidon (November 30th, 2 PM in the CreatorSpace). The events in 2020 include The Thirteen Strings Workshop (February 9th), where The Thirteen Strings Ensemble rehearses selected works by composition students, and The Shhh! Ensemble Workshop (March 13th). Be sure to check out Arts Live for upcoming event details.

—Nathalee Jacques

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