ECM Orchestration Workshop

Orchestration Workshop:
Join our 5-week intensive Orchestration Workshop learning the art of instrumentation through lectures, score studies, composition and live musician feedback & instrument showcase!
Each week, composers receive lectures and score studies on specific instruments by our Mentor. Composers then go on to write short solo excerpts for those specific instruments which then get read through at the next meeting, with live musicians giving feedback, as well, talking about their instruments in detail. This process is repeated twice a week for 5 weeks, in an intensive and hands-on approach.

Through this group workshop, composers will learn how to use each instrument in both a chamber and orchestral setting. Experience a direct approach to learning, with live guest musicians joining each week to showcase their instruments. Learn idiomatic writing and extended techniques for each instrument, ask questions and hear how certain techniques actually sound. Learn about the warmth or the shrillness of specific instrument registers, and why certain phrases are difficult to play. Learn how long a tuba can sustain a note, how wind players breath, and the technical challenges of various instruments. This workshop is aimed at the emerging and early-career composer interested in further refining and broadening their understanding of orchestral instruments, ultimately helping them develop a deeper knowledge and skillset in their musical writing.

Instruments covered:
Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
Brass: French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Harp and Percussion: Marimba and other instruments
Strings: Violin, Cello and Contrabass

Composers should send a google (or other cloud) link to a shared folder containing 1 pdf resume and 2 pdf sample scores. Please DO NOT send any audio or midi files. Send everything to:
PLEASE DO NOT SEND FILES DIRECTLY AS ATTACHMENTS – only links to pdfs will be accepted.
Scores should showcase the ability to compose for a variety of instruments, solo, small chamber or large ensemble are all acceptable. There is no application fee. Upon acceptance, composers should pay a non-refundable tuition fee of $600 CAD to East Chamber Music Inc.
Submission deadline: February 19, 2022
Send everything to:

Schedule (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom):
Starting on Tuesday March 8, 2022 @12:30pm Eastern Time
Meeting every Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks.
All meetings are from 12:30-2pm Eastern Time (90 minutes)
Week 1 Tuesday: Introduction to Orchestration
Week 1 Thursday: Flute & Oboe
Week 2 Tuesday: Clarinet & Bassoon
Week 2 Thursday: Lecture on string writing & Violin
Week 3 Tuesday: Cello & Contrabass
Week 3 Thursday: Trumpet & Horn
Week 4 Tuesday: Trombone & Tuba
Week 4 Thursday: Lecture on orchestration & Harp
Week 5 Tuesday: Percussion
Week 5 Thursday: Final class

Have questions? Send us an email:


Deadline 19 February 2022



February 19


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