Sonic Boom workshop notes, with helpful advice for writing for the Turning Point Ensemble and for percussion specifically, prepared by Owen Underhill and Julia Chien.
Pro Musica News
The 2018 Sonic Boom Festival will be held this year from March 22-25, 2018. We are excited to have Owen Underhill joining us this year as Composer in Residence! Owen Underhill is a respected Canadian composer/conductor, an inspirational music educator/mentor, and an influential cultural animator. He has composed over 70 works and conducted 175 premiere performances. He has been a leading force in shaping contemporary music culture on the West Coast. Underhill has a special commitment to Canadian music and innovative interdisciplinary collaboration, and was recently honoured as one of 50 special ambassadors for Canadian music as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s 50th birthday celebrations. He has been the president of the Canadian Music Centre’s British Columbia Board since 2010.
He is also the Co-Artistic Director and Conductor of the Turning Point Ensemble- one of Canada’s most distinctive and accomplished large-size chamber ensembles. He won the Most Outstanding Composition award at the 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to announce that Charmaine will be our Graphic Artist in Residence for the upcoming 2017/18 concert season! We’re really excited to begin working with Charmaine, and we’re look forward to seeing what she’ll create for us. Here’s a bit about her:
Charmaine Cheng is a freelance graphic designer and a current 3rd year student at the IDEA School of Design at Capilano University. Putting her skills in branding, illustration, and (the many facets of) design to use, she has worked with clients such as CAPIC, Cimorelli, and worked as an intern at Hangar 18 Creative Group. When she’s not sweating over her design work, she’s probably spending hours at a thrift store somewhere in the city.
Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to announce that Diana Neave will be our Graphic Artist in Residence for the upcoming 2016/17 concert season! We’re really excited to be working with Diana, and we look forward to seeing what she’ll create for us.
Diana is currently an instructor at the Visual College of Art and Design in Vancouver, and has spent several years working with CBC. Her work has received several awards, including the Promax North American Award Gold in 2007. See some of her work at www.divisionsdesign.ca.
Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to announce a partnership with Composer Gathering.
We are happy to support this new initiative for metro Vancouver-area composers, performers and arts enthusiasts.
The Composer Gathering is a monthly get-together featuring composer presentations on new and existing works, lively discussions on a variety of musical topics, and workshops with guest performers and speakers.
We encourage you to visit the Composer Gathering website to learn more about this exciting new series.
Dear composers and fans of Canadian new music,
As we head towards 2016 and another year of great music, we’d like to ask all of you to consider making a donation to Vancouver Pro Musica to help us continue to put on the best events possible. Vancouver Pro Musica is a non-profit organization of BC composers mandated to sponsor, promote and produce concerts showcasing new music created by BC composers and performed by BC musicians. Your help will provide us achieve goals like:
- Sponsoring, promoting, and performing concerts of new original compositions by BC composers at some of Vancouver’s best venues; (more…)
Congratulations to Vancouver-based graphic designer Anthony Dunlop for his winning Electroacoustic Festival 2015 poster design, and for becoming our new Graphic Artist-in-Residence this concert season! Check out his website to see examples of his past work: www.anthonydunlop.com. We’re looking forward to working with Anthony this year and seeing his designs for our upcoming concerts.
Thank you everyone for sharing a wonderful evening of new music with us at Pyatt Hall on Saturday night. A special thanks for Microcosmos performing beautifully the music of British Columbia composers. It is incredible to see new music come together and be shared by our community. This has been an outstanding addition to the Further Series, and we hope to go even further! Thank you again to everyone in attendance, and involved in making this a fantastic night of music.
-Brent Chauvin / Vice President of Vancouver Pro Musica
CONGRATULATIONS!! to Ka Bo Yuen who has been selected as Vancouver Pro Musica’s graphic-artist-in-residence for the 2014/15 season! She has already designed the graphics to the Electroacoustic Festival, and we look forward to seeing her designs for the upcoming Microcosmos String Quartet (as part of the Further concert series); the Sonic Boom Festival; and the Ethos ensemble concert (as part of the Further concert series).
BIO: Ka Bo Yuen is a Vancouver artist passionate about graphic design, drawing and photography. She graduated from The University of British Columbia in 2013 with a Double Major in Visual Arts and Art History (BA). www.kaboyuen.wix.com/portfolio