Sonic Boom 2016: Masterclass – Call for Scores

Time: 23:59
Date: 2016 Feb 19

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents

Sonic Boom 2016: Masterclass Call for Scores

Pieces for Violin and Piano

Featuring Marcus Takizawa and Corey Hamm

With Composer-in-Residence Edward Top


As part of our long‐standing commitment to encourage and mentor young composers, Vancouver Pro Musica would like to invite BC composers of all levels of experience to submit a piece for our Masterclass at Sonic Boom 2016, which will be on March 17-20 of next year. The masterclass will be held on Sunday, March 20th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the VSO School of Music. Deadline for submissions is February 19, 2016.

About the Masterclass

The masterclass will be moderated by our Sonic Boom 2016 Composer-in-Residence, Edward Top. Participants will receive a professional reading of their work performed by Marcus Takizawa (Violin) and Corey Hamm (Piano), and receive feedback from Edward Top and the performers regarding their piece. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with the musicians and fellow participants in open discussion. This workshop is a rare and valuable opportunity for all student composers to learn about writing for these instruments and to engage with musicians of a high calibre.

About the Artists

Marcus Takizawa

Marcus Takizawa is one of Vancouver’s finest musicians. He is known for his exceptional skill, artistry and unique versatility which keep him in high demand: he can be seen performing classical music recitals throughout the province of BC, to performing his own improvised compositions using electronics and Ableton Live.

Marcus is the assistant principal viola with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, a core member of the Turning Point Ensemble and performs in the Onyx Trio with Joy Yeh, harp, and Mark Takeshi McGregor, flute.

As a viola and violin teacher, Marcus Takizawa specializes in music lessons for adults and advanced students. His teaching studio is located above Our Town Cafe in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Vancouver.

Corey Hamm

Dr. Corey Hamm has commissioned, premiered and recorded over 200 solo, chamber and concerto works from composers from all over the world.

His CD of Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift Records) was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Rzewski himself said it was “Excellent! Maybe the best recording!”. He also has a new CD, Beyond Shadows (Redshift Records), with his ensemble The Nu:BC Collective, plus a soon-to-be-released CD of solo works written for him by Hamel, Morlock, Nobles, Chang, and Godin, and a CD of the music of Jocelyn Morlock on Naxos.

Corey is also part of an exciting duo with erhu virtuoso Nicole Li, PEP (Piano and Erhu Project), they have three CD volumes of over forty new works for piano and erhu written for them coming out in 2014/15 (Redshift Records). PEP will be touring China in 2015.

Corey was soloist in the World Premiere of Jordan Nobles’ Piano Concerto with Bramwell Tovey and the VSO, and recently performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Faure’s Fantasie, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Hamm is in demand as an adjudicator and teacher in Asia, and North America. He is Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he received the Killam Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. There, he also Co-Directs the Contemporary Players. He is on the Piano Faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His beloved teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma Johannes O’Neill.

Composer-in-Residence: Edward Top

Acknowledged by Dutch newspaper NRC as “The Horror Composer” twenty years ago, Edward Top’s music since is finding a way out-of the pluralism of the postmodernist maze where he has replaced an ironic and contemptuous response to the grand narratives of modernism by a simpler tone of honesty and an economical use of material. Recurring motifs include the grotesque, sentimentality and the sublime. Top’s music is inspired by the symphonic tradition, Baroque forms, postminimalism, film noir, postrock, thrash metal, and the paintings of Hyronymus Bosch, James Ensor and Francisco Goya. His work often oscillates between different concepts using rich textures in detailed orchestrations.

Born in The Netherlands in 1972 Edward Top has lived and worked in London, Bangkok, and Rotterdam. With his wife and baby boy he now lives in Vancouver after recently completing a three-year term as Composer-in-Residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He studied composition with Peter-Jan Wagemans at the Rotterdam Conservatoire in The Netherlands where he also majored in violin. He later studied musicology at King’s College London. He has also worked with composers Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Peter Eötvös and George Benjamin.

Besides his responsibilities as Head of Composition at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Top has received commissions from several ensembles including the Schoenberg Ensemble, Holland SymfoniaCalefax, Vocaal LAB, Doelen Ensemble, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, The Tempest Flute Ensemble and Standing Wave. His works have been performed by the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Netherlands Ballet Orchestra and Peter Rundel, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Ensemble NOISE at San Diego New Music and the Formalist String Quartet in Los Angeles. The Doelen String Quartet has recorded his two quartets on CD.

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 include a score and parts for a short piece (about 3 to 8 minutes) for one or both of the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Piano

Application Guidelines

We welcome all styles/genres and 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. Payment in the form of cash or cheque will need to be mailed separately. 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 19, 2016.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by cash or cheque sent by mail, or payment through Paypal. Fee for submission is $20.
  • The submission of an application implies agreement to attend the masterclass.
  • Submitted pieces must be less than 8 minutes in length.
  • Applicants automatically become members in good standing of Vancouver Pro Musica, exempt from membership dues for one year.


Applications must include:

  • The composer’s name, teacher or academic affiliation, and e-mail address.
  • Application fee of $20. 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
  • One Copy of all performers’ parts.
  • 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 late February 2016 to confirm attendance. Submitted materials will be returned to the recipient if claimed at the Masterclass or if all necessary return packaging (including postage) is provided and pre-addressed.