Workshop with Aaron Graham & Julia Chien, Percussion Duo

Time: 10am-1pm
Date: 2018 Sep 29
Location: University of British Columbia, room 113

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents:

Workshop with Aaron Graham & Julia Chien, Percussion Duo

Saturday, September 29  from 10 am–1 pm

University of British Columbia, School of Music- Room 113

Admission by donation at the door

Vancouver Pro Musica invites all composers to attend this workshop, featuring Sonic Boom 2019’s Featured Artists, Aaron Graham & Julia Chien, Percussion Duo.

This event is designed to help prepare composers for writing new works for the Sonic Boom 2019 concert festival in March. There will be the opportunity to have brief sketches (up to 3 minutes of music) read by Aaron Graham and Julia Chien.

For more information on the Sonic Boom Festival or to submit a score, please visit our call for scores.

About the Artists: Aaron Graham and Julia Chien

Aaron Graham is an award-winning percussionist, composer, and educator residing in Vancouver, BC. His extensive and diverse background in the world of percussion has given him the privilege of performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Vancouver Island and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Enigmatic, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, The Sound/Vision Chamber Ensemble, NuBc Collective, Paragon Musical Theatre Co, for which he served as principal percussionist, and alongside Shooter Jennings, and Rachel Brooke. As a touring musician, Aaron has travelled across North and South America playing percussion and singing with critically acclaimed group Fifth On The Floor, whose 2013 LP ‘Ashes and Angels’ received worldwide recognition and reached #63 on the ‘Billboard Top 100’ charts. An active educator, his research and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes magazine, The Instrumentalist, the International Journal of Music and Performing Arts, and presented at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the BC Music Educator’s Conference, and the New Music Gathering. Aaron is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia, where he also teaches percussion courses. Aaron Graham’s Website

Julia Chien Julia Chien is a percussionist from Burnaby, British Columbia. She currently holds the Principal Timpani position with the Kamloops Symphony. Julia performs extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra along with various ensembles within Vancouver, including Turning Point Ensemble and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

An advocate of new music, Julia has participated in the premieres of works including the Four Lands project with Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, as well as the Vancouver premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians as part of the Modulus Festival with Music on Main’s All Star Band. This Fall, Julia has the privilege of being featured as one of the musicians for Music on Main’s Emerge on Main 2019: Spotlight on Rising Musicians series.

As a member of NYO Canada for two years, Julia was able to work with esteemed conductors such as Michael Francis and Emmanuel Villaume. She can also be heard on recordings with the orchestra, performing major works such as Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

Julia earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After spending some time in Toronto studying with Nexus Percussion member, Russell Hartenberger and principal percussionist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, John Rudolph, she continued her master’s degree in percussion performance at UBC under the tutelage of Aaron McDonald and Vern Griffiths.

Percussion Duo Submissions details:

  • Maximum duration: 8 minutes. Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced to allow as many pieces as possible to be programmed.
  • Works must be written for a solo performer or a duo, but may incorporate extended techniques (electronics optional).
  • Instrumentation includes: marimba, vibraphone, 2 bongos (1 set), 2 congas, 2 cymbals (suspended), snare drum, pedal bass drum, tambourine, triangle. If other percussion instruments are requested, please consult with Vancouver Pro Musica prior to the submission deadline and before submitting your score.
  • To submit a score for consideration  please visit our call for scores. 

Important Dates:

  • September 29, 2018, 10 am—1 pm: Open workshop at the University of British Columbia, room 113.
  • December 8, 2018: Score submission deadline.
  • Mid-December 2018: Submitters notified of selection results.
  • December 28, 2018: Parts due.
  • January 5, 2019: Reading session with Aaron and Julia at at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350.
  • February 9, 2019: Revisions due.
  • March 23, 2019: Concert at Pyatt Hall (7:30 pm).

Sonic Boom Festival: March 21-24, 2019