2021 Teen Composer Award

Continuum celebrates outstanding compositions by secondary school students from across the GTA. Each year, one student is selected to mentor with a professional composer over several months. The work created is then presented as part of Continuum’s 2020/21 digital concert season.

The Teen Composer Award (TCA) will provide an invaluable and practical composition experience, one-on-one mentorship, professional development resources and an introduction to the Canadian contemporary chamber music community.

TCA Info:

Application deadline: November 25, 2020

During the late fall and winter of 2020 and early 2021, the selected composer will be mentored online by Canadian composer Christina Volpini, who will serve as a guide for the composition process.


The recipient of the award will compose a 5-8 minute work for piano trio (violin, cello, piano: unconducted) The selected composer’s work will be given a pre-concert performance in late March during a digital concert broadcast as part of the 2021 PIVOT national early-career composer program in collaboration with the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre.


The recipient will receive high definition video and audio of the performance; this documentation will also be shared via Continuum’s online platforms.

How to Apply:

Application deadline: November 25, 2020

To make a submission, please fill out this form:


The application deadline is November 25th, 2020. There is no application fee. For more information email jason@continuummusic.ca

The TCA is a GTA-wide initiative — secondary school students from throughout the city of Toronto and the greater Toronto Area are invited to apply.

Previous Winners:

Previous Winners: Cindy Chen (2017), Erik Kreem (2018), Sarah Lu (2019), Zach Payne (2020)