Vancouver Pro Musica Presents
Sonic Boom 2022: Composers’ Masterclass
Call for Scores
Composer-in-Residence – Edward Top
Viola – Sarah Kwok
Piano – Nicole Linaksita
As part of our long‐standing commitment to encourage and mentor young & emerging composers, Vancouver Pro Musica again invites BC composers of any level of experience to submit a piece for our Composers’ Masterclass. Composers are invited to write for solo viola, solo piano, or viola/piano duo. This year’s event will be hosted by our Composer-in-Residence, Edward Top. Pieces will receive a read-through by pianist Nicole Linaksita and violist Sarah Kwok, and then composers will receive interactive feedback from our Composer-in-Residence. It is free to attend and to submit pieces to the Masterclass. This is a valuable educational opportunity for student and emerging composers.
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. We will update this page as soon as we have a new date and time. Thank you for your understanding.
Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on Friday, February 11, 2022
About the Artists:
Edward Top (Composer-in-Residence)
“Horror composer Edward Top acted as a kind of snake, hypnotizing listeners as frightened little bunnies” is what Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant wrote 25 years ago. As part of Vancouver’s kaleidoscopic music scene since 2010, Top’s music has been identified by The Vancouver Sun as “earthy neo-primitivism” and “a dreamlike expression of (…) the collective unconscious” by the Georgia Straight.
Edward served as Composer-in-Residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2014, working with conductors Bramwell Tovey and Otto Tausk. Holland Symfonia, Schoenberg Ensemble, Tokyo Sinfonietta, among others, performed his pieces, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra premiered the commissioned work Eruption on tour in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto in 2017. Edward spent five years in Bangkok, where he composed Symphony Golden Dragon and Silk Execution, with influences of Chinese opera. Asian culture remains a large influence in his life.
Nicole Linaksita (piano)
Nicole Linaksita has performed solo and chamber concerts in Canada, USA and Europe. A participant in national and international competitions, she was awarded First Place, Audience and Teacher’s Prizes at the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition and was the third prize winner in the 42nd Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition. She was featured on the CBC 2019 list of 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 for her first prize win at the 2019 CMC Stepping Stone Competition.
Nicole has frequently performed the works of contemporary composers and her interest in new music has also led her to work with a number of composers, including Dorothy Chang and Yota Kobayashi.
Nicole has had the opportunity to debut with various orchestras such as the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nicole completed undergraduate studies in Piano Performance and Computer Science at the University of British Columbia in 2016, studying under Corey Hamm and Ryo Yanagitani, receiving the Director’s Graduation Prize for Outstanding Piano Performance. She recently graduated from her Masters of Music at the University of Texas in Austin under the tutelage of Professor Anton Nel.
Sarah Kwok (viola)
Born and raised in Vancouver, Dr. Sarah Kwok is an active freelancer performing with the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony and the Okanagan Symphony, and has played in concerts presented by the Chutzpah Festival, Sonic Boom Festival, and Music on Main. A founding member of the Elysian Trio, she has also appeared with Turning Point Ensemble, Erato Ensemble, and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. She was part of Duo 101 Collective, the ensemble-in-residence at Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts and has participated in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, the Berwick Academy, and a residency program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Dr. Kwok holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia where she studied with David Harding and previously studied with Steven Dann and Scott St. John at the University of Toronto. She currently teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
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 viola, or
- viola and piano duo (encouraged).
Pieces can (but are not required to) include extended techniques for the pianist and/or violist.
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 Friday, February 11, 2022.
- 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, address, and e-mail address.
- Two copies of the score. One copy of the score should be anonymous, for adjudication of submissions. (Please read How to Prepare an Anonymized Score PDF)
Announcement and Presentation of Works Selected
Vancouver Pro Musica will contact all the submitters by Friday, February 11, 2022. While Vancouver Pro Musica wishes to be as inclusive as possible, time constraints, and other practical concerns may require that not all submitters will have a work selected. Composers selected for performance must be ready to provide all required performance materials including parts. Those whose works are presented will receive a recording of their work for non-commercial purposes.
All composers who submit—regardless of whether or not their piece is selected for performance—automatically become members in good standing of Vancouver Pro Musica, exempt from membership dues for one year.