R. Murray Schafer Spatial Music Workshop

R. Murray Schafer Spatial Music Workshop / Call for Submissions
Canadian Music Centre in BC and Redshift Music Society
Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2021

The Canadian Music Centre in BC and Redshift Music Society are pleased to announce the first-ever R. Murray Schafer Spatial Music Workshop, a free online seminar offered to composers across the country with the goal of exploring spatial (or ‘socially-distanced’) acoustic music.

Building on the success of CMC BC’s Jean Coulthard String Quartet Readings and Elliot Weisgarber Workshops, this workshop is named in memory of the late R. Murray Schafer, a long-standing Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre who created some of the world’s most celebrated spatial works and recently passed away.

The workshop will be led by CMC Associate Composer Jordan Nobles as composer-mentor — one of the leading contemporary exponents of spatial music today. Jordan will lead a series of conversations focusing on both the practice and history of spatial music, in the process exploring works from a variety of composers including Schafer, American composer Henry Brant, and others. Participating composers will then be invited to write pieces for a spatialized percussion ensemble.

The workshops will allow composers to gain experience writing for percussion ensemble, along with the invaluable opportunity of having their pieces read and rehearsed under the guidance of percussionist Katie Rife, allowing them to revise and refine their work several times over the course of the seminar, culminating in a spatial concert performance in spring 2022. The workshop will take place once a week via Zoom and begin late Fall.

Canadian emerging or established composers. Anyone can ‘audit’ the course (i.e. not compose a piece but join the online discussions). There is no age limit.

There is no application form
There is no submission fee
Submissions must include the following:

At least 2 relevant scores (and recordings if possible) showcasing the composer’s ability to write for ensembles.
Please submit only digital scans or PDFs (no computer notation software files)
A short biography (200 words maximum), including full contact information.

Submissions must be received online no later than November 1st, 2021 by email to bcregion@cmccanada.org with the subject heading RMS Spatial Music Workshop. Please direct any questions to: jordan.nobles@cmccanada.org


Deadline 1 November 2021

Website musiccentrebc.ca


November 1


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