Workshop with Sonic Boom Ensemble-in-Residence

Time: 2:00pm
Date: 2019 Sep 21
Location: UBC School of Music (RM: 400C)

Invitation to BC Composers for Workshop with the 2020 Sonic Boom Ensemble in Residence – Pacific Baroque Orchestra – September 21 at UBC

Overview: As part of the Vancouver Pro Musica’s long‐standing commitment to encourage and mentor young composers, on September 21, 2019 between 2pm and 5pm, at the UBC School of Music (RM: 400C), we would like to invite BC composers of all levels of experience to come and meet with some of the musicians from the Pacific Baroque Orchestra who will be the Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2020 Sonic Boom Festival. This workshop is a rare and valuable opportunity for all student composers to learn about writing for these unique instruments and to engage with musicians of a high calibre in open discussion.

The Sonic Boom Festival will be held this year from March 19-22, 2020 at Pyatt Hall and the Orpheum Annex. This year’s festival will feature Jocelyn Morlock as Composer-in-Residence, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra as Ensemble-in-Residence, and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa as Featured Artist.

Following the September 21, 2019 workshop, Vancouver Pro Musica will invite any and all BC composers to submit new works for presentation at the 33rd Annual Sonic Boom Festival in March 2020. Submissions must be submitted via online form at Successful applicants will be asked to compose for the ensemble, participate in a score reading session in January 2020, and then be present for the Sonic Boom Festival performance in March 2020.



 Mid-December 2019: Submitters notified of preliminary selection results.

January 3, 2020: Parts due.

January tbd, 2020: Reading session with Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Details TBC)

February 14, 2020: Revisions due.

March 22, 2020: Concert at the Orpheum Annex (7:30 pm).


Artists and Instruments participating at September 21 workshop:

Chloe Meyers (Baroque Violin)

Violinist Chloe Meyers is a regular guest leader and orchestra member of baroque ensembles all over North America. She has worked with ensembles including Arion Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Tafelmusik, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Les Boréades, the Theatre of Early Music, Les Idées Heureuses and Les Voix Baroques. She is the concertmaster for the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and co-leads the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme at UBC. Most recently she played first violin on a Juno Award winning recording of Handel arias featuring Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin on the Atma Classique label 

Curtis Foster (Baroque Oboe and Recorder)

Curtis Foster, Baroque oboe and recorder, has appeared with some of North America’s most respected early music ensembles, including Pacific MusicWorks, Les Boréades de Montréal, the Seattle and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, the Newberry Consort, Victoria Baroque Players, Indy Baroque, and Chicago Opera Theater. His many festival performances have included the Vancouver, Chicago, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals, Oregon Bach Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the Phoenix Bach Festival. Mr. Foster is also an enthusiastic advocate for music of our own time, and regularly commissions and premiers new works by contemporary composers for old instruments.

Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord and Positif Organ)

Alexander Weimann is one of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation. After traveling the world with ensembles like Tragicomedia, and as frequent guest with Cantus Cölln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Gesualdo Consort and Tafelmusik, he now focuses on his activities as conductor of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver, music director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and regular guest conductor of ensembles including the Victoria Symphony Nova Scotia, Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. Since 1998, Alex has been giving master classes in harpsichord and historical performance practice at institutions such as Lunds University in Malmö and the Bremen Musikhochschule, and at North American universities such as The University of California in Berkeley, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, McGill University, Université de Montréal, and Mount Allison in New Brunswick. Since 2007, he has conducted several acclaimed opera productions at the Amherst Early Music Festival. He now teaches at the University of British Columbia and directs the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme there



Vancouver Pro-Musica (VPM) is a non-profit volunteer-run society dedicated to the presentation and promotion of new works by B.C. composers. Our concerts, workshops, educational initiatives and multicultural partnerships help create a strong, vibrant musical community in British Columbia.


The Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) is recognized as one of Canada’s most exciting and innovative ensembles performing “early music for modern ears”. PBO brings the music of the past up to date by performing with cutting edge style and enthusiasm. Formed in 1990, the orchestra quickly established itself as a force in Vancouver’s burgeoning music scene with the ongoing support of Early Music Vancouver. In 2009 PBO welcomed Alexander Weimann as Artistic Director.. PBO regularly joins forces with internationally celebrated Canadian guest artists, providing performance opportunities for Canadian musicians while exposing West Coast audiences to a spectacular variety of talent. The Orchestra has also toured BC, the northern United States and across Canada as far as the East Coast. The musicians of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra have been at the core of many large-scale productions by Early Music Vancouver in recent years, including many summer festival performances led by Alexander Weimann.