Call for Scores: Sonic Boom 2020 Composers’ Masterclass

Time: 11:59pm
Date: 2020 Mar 01
Location: online

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents

Sonic Boom 2020: Composers’ Masterclass

Call for Scores



           Composer – Rita Ueda

Piano – Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

Flute – Mark Takeshi McGregor


As part of our long‐standing commitment to encourage and mentor young composers, Vancouver Pro Musica again invites BC composers of any level of experience to submit a piece for our Masterclass during Sonic Boom 2020. The masterclass will be held on Sunday, March 22nd, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Martha Lou Henley Classroom at the VSO School of Music. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

About the Artists:

Rita Ueda (composition)

As a composer whose “poetic is often very delicate and introspective…” (Guido Barbieri, Warner Classics), Rita Ueda creates experimental orchestral, operatic and choral music based on cross-traditional collaboration and cooperation. Her recent engagements include premieres by Vienna Radio Symphony, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Prague Modern, SYC Ensemble Singers (Singapore), Little Giant Chinese Orchestra (Taipei) and Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble. Winner of the 2014 Penderecki International Composition Competition, Rita holds degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and Simon Fraser University.

Rita is currently Term Lecturer at SFU, and she serves as the Composer-in-Residence of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo in Italy. Her latest recording in the album Octet with I Solisti della Scala is now available through Warner Classics. She is currently finishing her next world premiere chamber orchestra piece with the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rita Ueda’s Website

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (piano)

Hailed in the press as a “keyboard virtuoso and avant-garde muse” (Georgia Straight) and for her ability to take a piece “from notes on a page to a stunning work of art” (Victoria Times Colonist), pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States and Germany. Known for bold and innovative concerts, Rachel combines her warmth and curiosity to touch the hearts and minds of audiences, whether she is playing Beethoven and Schumann or Ligeti and Saariaho.

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa’s Website

Mark Takeshi McGregor (flute)

Described as a “mind-blowing” musician of “huge physical energy” (Victoria Times Colonist), flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor is widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading interpreters of classical and contemporary music. An outspoken advocate of new music, Mark is the principal flute of the Aventa Ensemble in Victoria as well as a member of the Vancouver-based Tiresias Duo with pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa and the McGregor-Verdejo Duo with guitarist Adrian Verdejo. He has worked with some of the world’s leading composers, including Heiner Goebbels, Philippe Leroux, Natalia Solomonoff, Simon Steen-Andersen, Gilles Tremblay, Barry Truax, and Rolf Wallin. The commissioning of new works by contemporary composers is an important cornerstone of Mark’s work as a musician.

Mark McGregor’s Website

Who can submit a score?

We welcome submissions from composers of all levels of experience. Although typically applicants are from the secondary school to university level, we encourage any and all interested composers to apply!


Your submission should be a score for a short piece (less than 8 minutes) for:

  • solo piano
  • solo flute, or
  • flute and piano duo (encouraged).

Pieces can (but are not required to) include extended techniques for the pianist and/or flutist.

Application Guidelines

We welcome all styles/genres in either standard musical notation or graphic scores. BC composers of all levels of experience to submit a piece for our Sonic Boom Masterclass.

To submit, complete the online form at the bottom of this page. It is free to submit pieces to the Masterclass!

Only submission forms completed through this website will be considered.

  • Applicants must be residents of British Columbia.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
  • The submission of an application implies agreement to attend the masterclass.
  • Submitted pieces must be less than 8 minutes in length.


Applications must include:

  • The composer’s name and e-mail address.
  • Two copies of the score and any desired supporting material. One copy of the score should be anonymous, in the event that a jury is required to adjudicate submissions.

Masterclass participants will be contacted by mid March 2020 to confirm attendance.