Featured Artists Dory Hayley / Michael Park: Call for Scores – Sonic Boom 2023

Time: 11:59pm
Date: 2022 Nov 30

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents

Sonic Boom 2023

Featured Artists – Dory Hayley (soprano) and Michael Park (piano)

About the Artists

Dory Hayley

Soprano Dory Hayley is recognized as a leading voice in Canada’s contemporary and experimental music scene. Praised for her “very personal creative power” (Badener Zeitung) and her “amazing coloratura skills” (Opera Canada), she has worked with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, Cassandra Miller, and Diógenes Rivas, created roles in Mark Haney’s Omnis Temporalis and Michael James Park’s Diagnosis Diabetes, and commissioned and premiered an expanding catalogue of new works.

Dr. Hayley has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Island Symphony, the Allegra Chamber Orchestra, the Turning Point Ensemble, and Capriccio Basel, and has appeared in recital across four continents. She has performed in festivals such as Sonic Boom, the Happening Festival, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Gulangyu Autumn Festival (China), Performer’s Voice Symposium (Singapore), and Festival Atempo (Venezuela), and with organizations like the SMCQ, Chants Libres, CIRMMT, Codes d’accès, Vancouver New Music, Little Chamber Music, and the Land’s End Ensemble.

An avid and adventurous collaborator, her performances have ranged from early music to free improvisation. She is a member of the Erato Ensemble, the Broadwood Duo, and the Hayley-Laufer Duo, and has recorded with Postcommodity, Sun Belt, and the Negative Zed ensemble. She is the Artistic Co-Director of the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival.

Dory Hayley is an enthusiastic and sought-after adjudicator, clinician, and teacher, and a former visiting artist at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative, and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and a frequent Musician in Residence at the Banff Centre. On faculty at Vancouver Community College since 2015, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at Mount Allison University in 2021-22. She holds performance degrees from the University of British Columbia, McGill University, and Université de Montréal.


Michael Park

Michael Park (he/they) is a composer and pianist with a keen interest in speech, humour, and collaboration. His music aims to give audiences an experience beyond the realm of traditional concert-going. Heralded for his innovative projects, his Ted Talk Experiencing Disease Through Music has been described as “moving, haunting, and an amazing translation of the disease”. He is the creative mind behind Diagnosis: Diabetes (the interactive chamber opera) and the Bouncy Castle Organ Extravaganza.

Michael’s own compositions have been presented in Vancouver by Music on Main, Vancouver Pro Musica, Redshift Music, Songfire Festival of Song, and Queer Arts Festival. His music has also been performed across North America, with notable premieres in Winnipeg, Boston, and New York. A “wildly talented pianist” (Opera Canada), Michael regularly performs with Erato Ensemble, has been the featured artist at Sonic Boom Music Festival, and continues to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, including dancers, poets, visual artists, and musicians.

Michael is a passionate champion of new music. He’s performed dozens of B.C. premieres as resident pianist with Vancouver’s Erato Ensemble, supported the creation of more than 100 world premieres as founder and co-director of Art Song Lab, and is actively building new repertoire for the genre of speaking pianist through his ongoing solo recital series, Story Time with Michael Park.

Michael completed his DMA at The University of British Columbia (2015), graduate studies at The University of Western Ontario (2009), and undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba (2007). His principal composition teachers include Dorothy Chang, Omar Daniel, Peter Paul Koprowski, Gordon Fitzell, and Orjan Sandred.



Application Guidelines

We welcome submissions from BC composers of all styles and genres. To submit a piece, complete the online form at the bottom of this page. Payment may be made through Paypal, or by cheque mailed separately. Only submission forms completed through this website will be considered.

Your submission should include a score for a piece no more than 8 minutes in length for soprano and piano.

Pieces may include live electronics. Available equipment – two microphones (one for piano, one for soprano), two loudspeakers in a stereo configuration or four loudspeakers in a quadraphonic configuration for the audience, and one monitoring loudspeaker for the performers. Please ensure that your work will still be suitable with a stereo configuration as venue limitations may prohibit a quadraphonic performance. Performers must supply their own computer and audio interface for the performance.

All submissions must also meet the following requirements:

  • Submitting composers must be residents of BC.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Accompanied by cash or cheque sent by mail. Fee for submission is $25.
  • Works must have been composed within the past three years.
  • Works must not have been previously performed at a Vancouver Pro Musica concert.
  • For works that include lyrics/text: Acceptable texts for works include those written by the composer or those in the public domain. Text written by others is also acceptable on the condition that the composer obtains written permission from the author or publisher.
  • Composers will be expected to organize and attend rehearsals with the performers prior to the concert.
  • Composers will be expected to attend the soundchecks and concert of their work. Soundchecks occur in the hours before the evening concert (schedule will be provided a few weeks prior to the concert);
  • Submitted pieces can be up to 8 minutes in length (suggested 6-8 mins). Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced.

Applications must include:

  • The composer’s name, address, and e-mail address.
  • Application fee of $25. Payment can be made via Paypal or cheque by mail. Please make cheques payable to:
    • Vancouver Pro Musica Society
      PO Box 78077 RPO Grandview
      Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1
  • 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 Monday, December 19, 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. Vancouver Pro Musica aims to produce a concert of between 60-65 mins of music in total. These considerations may not permit the performance of all submissions.

Composers 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.

Important Dates

  • Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 2:00pm: Featured Artists Workshop at Vancouver Academy of Music – Yeung Ensemble Room (1270 Chestnut St)
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 11:59pm: Score submission deadline
  • Monday, December 19, 2022: Submitters notified of selection results.
  • Concert date: 7:30pm on Friday, March 17th at VSO School of Music – Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St).

Submission Form

Sonic Boom 2023: Submission Form - Featured Artists Dory Hayley (soprano) and Michael Park (piano)

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Must not exceed 8 minutes in length
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