Sonic Boom 2017: Masterclass – Call for Scores

Time: 23:59
Date: 2017 Mar 05

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents

Sonic Boom 2017: Composers’ Masterclass

Call for Scores

Featuring Laine Longton and Nicole Linaksita

with Composer-in-Residence Dorothy Chang

Submission Requirements
Submission form


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 held on March 16-19 of 2017. The masterclass will be held on Sunday, March 19th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the VSO School of Music. Deadline for submissions is March 5, 2017.

About the Masterclass

The masterclass will be moderated by our Sonic Boom 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Dorothy Chang. Participants will receive a professional reading of their work performed by Laine Longton (Cello) and Nicole Linaksita (Piano), and receive feedback from Dorothy Chang 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

Laine Longton

Laine Longton is a Doctoral student in her final year at UBC studying with professor Eric Wilson. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria School of Music in Performance and Literature and a Masters of Music degree from the University of Illinois. Ms. Longton has studied extensively in both North America and in Europe, with Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, Dmitry Kouzov, Martin Rummel, Guido Schieffen, and violinist Denes Zsigmondy.

Ms. Longton’s performance experience is vast, including recitals throughout British Columbia with clarinet trio “Trio Dolce” with Clare Yuan, performing with UBC opera for the premiere of Stephen Chatman’s opera “Choir Practice”, performing the premiere of Stephen Taylor’s opera “Paradises Lost” at the University of Illinois, being part of the Jessie nominated pit band for Patrickstreet Production’s “Floyd Collins”, and performing and recording for numerous present-day composers.

Ms. Longton is currently the Chamber Players Teaching Assistant at UBC, teaches across metro Vancouver, and has been a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony since 2014. She is currently working on her thesis titled “The Modern Cellist: A Comprehensive Method for Extended Techniques.” The project is aimed at providing explanations and etudes of extended techniques intended for younger and less-experienced students.

Nicole Linaksita

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 chosen as a semi-finalist for the 2015 OSM Manulife and 2013 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competitions. She was chosen to be the representative for the Vancouver branch of the BCRMTA Provincial Competition, winning Best Performance of a Canadian work for Butterflies and Bobcats by David L. McIntyre. She is also a two time national finalist for the Canadian Music Competition, and was selected to participate as one of 30 finalists in the CMC Stepping Stone Competitions in 2012 and 2016, placing among the top six in 2016.

Nicole has frequently performed the works of contemporary composers such as Carl Vine, John Psathas, Lowell Liebermann, Karen Tanaka, Randolph Peters, Nikolai Kapustin, Henri Dutilleux, Alexina Louie, Jean Coulthard, David Rakowski, Marc-André Hamelin, and William Bolcom. Her interest in new music has also led her to work with a number of composers, including Dorothy Chang and Yota Kobayashi. She premiered Kobayashi’s “Concrescence” for piano and electronics, and more recently, played with the Music on Main All-Star Band for their Vancouver premiere of Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians”. Additionally, she frequently plays concerts in the Müzewest concert series, and performs with the Postmodern Camerata, and Dunbar Heights United Church Choir and Orchestra.

Nicole recently completed undergraduate studies in Piano Performance and Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, studying under Corey Hamm and Ryo Yanagitani, receiving the Director’s Graduation Prize for Outstanding Piano Performance. Prior to UBC, she studied with Diana Marr and David Vandereyk. Nicole also received the Gold Medal prize from the Royal Conservatory of Music for receiving the highest mark in Canada for her LRCM exam in 2011. Further abroad, Nicole has participated in the Chetham’s Piano School, where she has had the opportunity to play for and study with distinguished artists including Catherine Vickers, Eugen Injic, Leslie Howard and Douglas Finch.

Composer-in-Residence: Dorothy Chang

The music of composer Dorothy Chang has been described as “evocative and kaleidoscopic” (Seattle Times) and praised for its colourful scoring and range of dramatic expression. Her music is rooted in the Western art music tradition but often reflects the eclectic mix of musical influences from her youth, ranging from popular and folk music to elements of traditional Chinese music.

Dorothy’s catalog includes works for solo, chamber and large ensembles as well as collaborations involving theatre, dance and video. Her music has been featured in concerts and festivals across North America and abroad, and has won her several awards and honours, including awards from the American Society of Composers, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. She has also served on the music faculty at Indiana State University and since 2003 has been a Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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:

  • Cello
  • 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 Sunday, March 5, 2017.
  • 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 2017 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.