We are a non-profit volunteer-run society dedicated to the presentation and promotion of new works by B.C. composers. Our concerts, workshops, educational initiatives and multicultural partnerships help create a strong, vibrant musical community in British Columbia.
Since its inception in 1986, Vancouver Pro Musica has proudly presented hundreds of premiers by talented emerging and established local composers. Our concert series include the Further Series, exploring unions of musical styles and genres; the Electroacoustic Festival, exploring various ways technology can be applied to music; and our flagship Sonic Boom Festival, a multi-day extravaganza of new music by B.C. composers.
Current Board of Directors
President: Cameron Catalano
Vice-President: Brent Chauvin
Treasurer: John Baker
Secretary: David Storen
Members at large: Melissa Frenken, Angelique Po, Glenn Sutherland
Administrator: Fleur Sweetman
Vancouver Pro Musica was originally formed in 1984 as a group of local composers with a chamber ensemble-in-residence. After two years as a performing ensemble, the organization took a new direction and became mainly a presenter of contemporary BC music. By 1987, the first “Festival of Composers”, now known as Sonic Boom, was initiated. Over the years, this annual festival has become not only the centrepiece of Pro Musica season, but also a fundamental catalyst for the development of emerging and experimental composers in British Columbia. In consideration of the rich cultural mosaic of BC, Pro Musica has developed the Further Concert Series, (formerly Further East/Further West), which includes the fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles, interdisciplinary explorations, and diverse programming ranging from electroacoustic music to big band jazz. Pro Musica’s newest initiative is the Electroacoustic Festival, a multi-day event that explores various ways technology can be applied to music.