Workshop with Turning Point Ensemble

Time: 10am-2pm
Date: 2018 Oct 06
Location: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents:

Workshop with Ensemble-in-Residence: Turning Point Ensemble

Saturday, October 6  from 10 am–2 pm

Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350

Admission by donation at the door

Vancouver Pro Musica invites all composers to attend this workshop, featuring Sonic Boom 2019’s Ensemble-in-Residence, Turning Point Ensemble.

This event is designed to help prepare composers for writing new works for the Sonic Boom 2019 Ensemble-in-Residence concert in March. There will be the opportunity to have brief sketches (up to 3 minutes of music) read by the Turning Point Ensemble.

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

About the Artists: Turning Point Ensemble

Founded in 2002 by its musician members, Turning Point Ensemble (TPE) is a large chamber ensemble (16 instrumentalists and conductor) with a mandate to increase the understanding and appreciation of music composed during the past hundred years.  The mission and mandate of the Turning Point Ensemble is to present music across genres and time periods for large ensemble in innovative contexts: intersecting with multiple art forms, engaging diverse listening communities and enlivening local, national and international audiences. TPE presentations offer a symphonic palette with a chamber music sensibility.  In addition to its concerts, tours and recordings, the ensemble has regularly mounted innovative interdisciplinary productions including operas, and collaborations with dance, theatre, visual art and moving image.

For this concert TPE will have available the following instruments:

flute (doubling piccolo and alto)
oboe (doubling english horn)
clarinet (doubling bass clarinet)
percussion (1 player)
violins (2)
double bass

Turning Point Ensemble Website


 Turning Point Ensemble Submissions:

  • Turning Point Ensemble features 16 performers + conductor, with the following instrumentation:
    • For this concert TPE will have available the following instruments (also see list above):flute (doubling piccolo and alto), oboe (doubling english horn), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion (1 player), harp, violins (2), viola, cello, double bass.
    • Submissions including other instruments or singers will not be considered.
  • Works must be scored for a minimum of  four (4) performers, up to the full ensemble of sixteen (16).
  • Maximum duration: 8 minutes. Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced to allow as many pieces as possible to be programmed.
  • TPE welcomes questions relating to possible submissions. Please email Owen Underhill at [email protected]

Note: Composers of selected works  should submit parts to Vancouver Pro Musica by December 28, 2018. These works will be played by Turning Point Ensemble at a reading session on January 12, 2019. After the reading session, composers may make revisions based on their experience at the reading session. Revisions are due February 17, 2019.


Important Dates:

  • October 6 2018 10am-2pm: Open workshop at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350 (SFU Harbour Centre campus).
  • December 7, 2018: Score submission deadline.
  • Mid-December 2018: Submitters notified of preliminary selection results.
  • December 28, 2018: Parts due.
  • January 12, 2019, 10 am—2 pm: Reading session with Turning Point at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350.
  • February 17, 2019: Revisions due.
  • March 24, 2019: Concert at the Orpheum Annex (7:30 pm).

Sonic Boom Festival: March 21-24, 2019