Call for Scores Sonic Boom 2019

Time: 11:59pm
Date: 2018 Dec 07

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents:

Sonic Boom 2019 Call for Scores


Ensemble-in-Residence: Turning Point Ensemble

Featured Artists: Aaron Graham & Julia Chien, Percussion Duo

Composer-in-Residence: Rodney Sharman

Vancouver Pro Musica invites any and all BC composers to submit new works for presentation at the 32nd Annual Sonic Boom Festival. This event will be held March 21-24, 2019 at two venues in downtown Vancouver.

Deadline for all submissions

Friday, December 7, 2018 (11:59 PDT)

The Sonic Boom Festival comprises four evening concerts. One concert is devoted to the Turning Point Ensemble, our Ensemble in Residence for Sonic Boom 2019. One concert focuses on this year’s Featured Artists, the Aaron Graham & Julia Chien Percussion Duo. Two additional concerts are dedicated to showcasing new works by BC composers writing for solo performers and various small ensembles.

Composers are invited to submit a maximum of two works for consideration across these three categories; however, only one work per composer will be selected for performance.

The Call for Scores for our Student Composers’ Masterclass (March 24, 2019) will be announced separately. Please check our website in the near future to submit for this event.

About the Artists

Ensemble-in-Residence: Turning Point Ensemble

Founded in 2002 by its musician members, Turning Point Ensemble (TPE) is a large chamber ensemble (16 instrumentalists and conductor) with a mandate to increase the understanding and appreciation of music composed during the past hundred years.  The mission and mandate of the Turning Point Ensemble is to present music across genres and time periods for large ensemble in innovative contexts: intersecting with multiple art forms, engaging diverse listening communities and enlivening local, national and international audiences. TPE presentations offer a symphonic palette with a chamber music sensibility.  In addition to its concerts, tours and recordings, the ensemble has regularly mounted innovative interdisciplinary productions including operas, and collaborations with dance, theatre, visual art and moving image.

For this concert TPE will have available the following instruments:

flute (doubling piccolo and alto)
oboe (doubling english horn)
clarinet (doubling bass clarinet)
percussion (1 player)
violins (2)
double bass

Available percussion instruments include:

4.3 Octave Marimba
Bass drum
Tenor drum
Temple Blocks
Wood Blocks
Snare Drum
The above list is final.

Turning Point Ensemble Website

Featured Artists: Aaron Graham & Julia Chien, Percussion Duo

Aaron Graham is an award-winning percussionist, composer, and educator residing in Vancouver, BC. His extensive and diverse background in the world of percussion has given him the privilege of performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Vancouver Island and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Enigmatic, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, The Sound/Vision Chamber Ensemble, NuBc Collective, Paragon Musical Theatre Co, for which he served as principal percussionist, and alongside Shooter Jennings, and Rachel Brooke. As a touring musician, Aaron has travelled across North and South America playing percussion and singing with critically acclaimed group Fifth On The Floor, whose 2013 LP ‘Ashes and Angels’ received worldwide recognition and reached #63 on the ‘Billboard Top 100’ charts. An active educator, his research and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes magazine, The Instrumentalist, the International Journal of Music and Performing Arts, and presented at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the BC Music Educator’s Conference, and the New Music Gathering. Aaron is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia, where he also teaches percussion courses. Aaron Graham’s Website

Julia Chien Julia Chien is a percussionist from Burnaby, British Columbia. She currently holds the Principal Timpani position with the Kamloops Symphony. Julia performs extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra along with various ensembles within Vancouver, including Turning Point Ensemble and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

An advocate of new music, Julia has participated in the premieres of works including the Four Lands project with Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, as well as the Vancouver premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians as part of the Modulus Festival with Music on Main’s All Star Band. This Fall, Julia has the privilege of being featured as one of the musicians for Music on Main’s Emerge on Main 2019: Spotlight on Rising Musicians series.

As a member of NYO Canada for two years, Julia was able to work with esteemed conductors such as Michael Francis and Emmanuel Villaume. She can also be heard on recordings with the orchestra, performing major works such as Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

Julia earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After spending some time in Toronto studying with Nexus Percussion member, Russell Hartenberger and principal percussionist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, John Rudolph, she continued her master’s degree in percussion performance at UBC under the tutelage of Aaron McDonald and Vern Griffiths.

Submissions for the Percussion Duo may include the following instruments:

2 bongos (1 set)
2 congas
2 cymbals (suspended)
snare drum
pedal bass drum

Composer-in-Residence: Rodney Sharman

photo credit: Mark Mushet

Rodney Sharman is Composer-in-Residence of Early Music Vancouver’s “New Music for Old Instruments”. He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as Composer-Host of the Calgary Philharmonic’s New Music Festival, “Hear and Now”. In addition to concert music, Rodney Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He sings, conducts, plays recorders and flutes. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Citadel & Compagnie (Toronto). Sharman was awarded First Prize in the 1984 CBC Competition for Young Composers and the 1990 Kranichsteiner Prize in Music, Darmstadt, Germany. His score for From The House Of Mirth won the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding sound design/composition (choreography by James Kudelka, text by Alex Poch Goldin after Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth). He is the recipient of the 2017 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

Rodney Sharman’s Website

How to Submit

Sonic Boom welcomes all styles/genres and BC composers of all levels of experience. To submit, complete the online form at the bottom of this page and pay the submission fee via PayPal (preferred). Payment in the form of cash or cheque will need to be mailed separately to the address given below.

Only submission forms completed through this website will be considered.

All submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Submitting composers must be residents of BC.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 7, 2018.
  • Payment through PayPal (preferred), or by cash or cheque sent by mail.  Fees for submission are $25 for one piece or $40 for two pieces. Please make cheques payable to:
    • Vancouver Pro Musica Society
      PO Box 78077 RPO Grandview
      Vancouver, BC  V5N 5W1
  • Works must have been composed within the past three years.

In addition to the above general requirements, submissions will also need to follow the guidelines below specific to each category:

1. Turning Point Ensemble Submissions

  • Turning Point Ensemble features 16 performers + conductor, with the following instrumentation:
    • For this concert TPE will have available the following instruments (also see list above):flute (doubling piccolo and alto), oboe (doubling english horn), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion (1 player), harp, violins (2), viola, cello, double bass.
    • Submissions including other instruments or singers will not be considered.
  • Works must be scored for a minimum of  four (4) performers, up to the full ensemble of sixteen (16).
  • Maximum duration: 8 minutes. Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced to allow as many pieces as possible to be programmed.
  • TPE welcomes questions relating to possible submissions. Please email Owen Underhill at [email protected]

Note: Composers of selected works  should submit parts to Vancouver Pro Musica by December 28, 2018. These works will be played by Turning Point Ensemble at a reading session on January 12, 2019. After the reading session, composers may make revisions based on their experience at the reading session. Revisions are due February 17, 2019.

2. Aaron Graham & Julia Chien – Percussion Duo Submissions

  • Maximum duration: 8 minutes. Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced to allow as many pieces as possible to be programmed.
  • Works must be written for a solo performer or a duo, but may incorporate extended techniques.
  • Instrumentation includes: marimba, vibraphone, 2 bongos (1 set), 2 congas, 2 cymbals (choose from 2 suspended, 1 China, 1 splash), snare drum, pedal bass drum, tambourine, triangle. If other percussion instruments are requested, please consult with Vancouver Pro Musica and Aaron Graham prior to the submission deadline and before submitting your score.

For more information, please attend the workshop on September 29, 2018 at the University of British Columbia, room 113 with Aaron Graham and Julia Chien.

3. General Submissions (Solo and Mixed Ensembles)

  • Works must be scored for four or fewer performers.
  • Maximum duration: 8 minutes. Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced to allow as many pieces as possible to be programmed.
  • Video projection will be available upon request.
  • Successful applicants have the option to choose their own professional musicians or allow Vancouver Pro Musica to co-ordinate performers. Once the composer is connected with the performers it is their responsibility to organize a rehearsal.
  • Proposals for mixed media (dancers, theatre, etc.), web-based technologies, public art happenings, sonic installations, or other auditory new media works will be considered, but may be limited due to technical requirements. Please include thoroughly detailed documentation to aid the selection committee in understanding the technical details of the work.

Announcement and Presentation of Works Selected

Vancouver Pro Musica will contact all the submitters by late 2018. While Pro Musica wishes to be as inclusive as possible, production costs, time constraints, and other practical concerns may require that not all submitters will have a work selected. Vancouver Pro Musica will employ a panel of experienced composers to guide the selection of all pieces for performance. Decisions of the panel will be final.

Composers selected for performance must be ready to provide performers all required performance materials including parts as soon as possible after notification of acceptance. Those whose works are presented will receive a recording of their work for non-commercial demo purposes.

All composers who submit pieces, regardless of whether or not their piece is selected for performance, may attend any Sonic Boom event free of charge and will become members in good standing of Vancouver Pro Musica for the remainder of the season.

Important Dates

General Submissions (Solo and Mixed Ensembles)

  • December 7, 2018: Score submission deadline.
  • Late 2018: Applicants notified of selection results.
  • March 21 & 22, 2019: Concerts at Pyatt Hall.

Turning Point Ensemble Submissions

  • October 6 2018 10am-2pm: Open workshop at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350 (SFU Harbour Centre campus).
  • December 7, 2018: Score submission deadline.
  • Mid-December 2018: Submitters notified of preliminary selection results.
  • December 28, 2018: Parts due.
  • January 12, 2019, 10 am—3 pm: Reading session with Turning Point at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350.
  • February 17, 2019: Revisions due.
  • March 24, 2019: Concert at the Orpheum Annex (7:30 pm).

Percussion Duo Submissions

  • September 29, 2018, 10 am—2 pm: Open workshop at the University of British Columbia, room 113.
  • December 8, 2018: Score submission deadline.
  • Mid-December 2018: Submitters notified of selection results.
  • December 28, 2018: Parts due.
  • January 5, 2019: Reading session with Aaron and Julia at at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350.
  • February 9, 2019: Revisions due.
  • March 23, 2019: Concert at Pyatt Hall (7:30 pm).

Sonic Boom Festival: March 21-24, 2019

Mixed Ensemble Concerts March 21 and 22, 2019 at Pyatt Hall at 7:30pm
Featured Artists Concert March 23, 2019 at Pyatt Hall at 7:30pm
Ensemble in Residence Concert March 24, 2019 at the Orpheum Annex at 7:30pm

Submission Form