Applications Open: 2023 Teen Composer Award

The 7th Annual Teen Composer Award

The Teen Composer Award (TCA) provides an invaluable and practical composition experience for one high-school aged composer through one-on-one composition mentorship, professional development and an introduction to the Canadian contemporary music community. The program includes participation in the workshop and rehearsal process and culminates in a live performance by the Continuum Ensemble on our main stage concert series.

Application deadline: October 24, 2022

During the late fall and winter of 2022 and early 2023, the selected composer will be mentored online by professional Canadian composer Lieke van der Voort, who will serve as a guide for the composition process. Lessons may be in person or via Zoom.


The recipient of the award will compose a 5-8 minute work for string quartet to be performed by Continuum musicians: Aaron Schwebel, violin, Carol Fujino, violin, Keith Hamm, viola, and Paul Widner, cello.

The selected composer’s work will receive a live performance on June 9, 2023 at our concert Spore Wind co-presented by The Music Gallery (918 Bathurst, Toronto). The recipient will receive high quality video and audio of the performance; this documentation will also be shared via Continuum’s online platforms.

To Apply

Please send an email to christina@continuummusic.ca with the subject “Teen Composer Award” by Monday, October 24, 2022 which includes:

  • one or two links (Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Bandcamp etc.) for audio or video of your music
  • a PDF of one score
  • a paragraph in the body of the email about your interest in the program.
Lieke van der Voort, Composer Mentor

Teen composers residing in Canada are invited to apply. Continuum does not cover travel or accommodation expenses to attend the premiere performance.

Previous Recipients

Cindy Chen (2017), Erik Kreem (2018), Sarah Lu (2019), Zack Payne (2020), Sointu Aalto (2021), Britney Dawn Do (2022)

Call for Applications: Mentorship in Artistic Production (MAP)

Deadline to Apply: October 3rd, 2022 at 5pm EST

Continuum is seeking two passionate, imaginative, and collaborative early-career artists to join our team as Artistic Producers through the 22-23 and 23-24 Seasons as part of our inaugural Mentorship in Artistic Production (MAP) project.

The Artistic Producers will develop a concert program to be presented in Continuum’s 23-24 Season. The project will explore a collaborative approach to curation; over two seasons, the producers will learn about Continuum’s processes and engage in ongoing conversations informed by each artists’ interests, questions, and perspectives on the evolving practice of contemporary chamber music today. Through this exchange of ideas, the producers will work toward the shared goal of developing a co-curated program informed by each artists’ vision.

The selected applicants will each receive a fee of $2000 ($1000 per season), access to a concert budget, and ongoing support from Continuum’s Artistic Director and Operations Manager.

Goals

The Artistic Producer positions aim to provide leadership opportunities within the Toronto contemporary chamber music community, offering both professional programming and arts management experience within a supportive environment. Designed with a collaborative approach in mind, the goal is also to create a space for an exchange of ideas and expand artistic perspectives.

What to Expect

The Artistic Producers will:

  • Develop a concert program to be presented in the 23-24 Season;
  • Engage in regular Zoom meetings to discuss ongoing program development and gain familiarity with Continuum’s processes. These meetings will be adapted to address the questions and areas of interest of the successful candidates; 
  • Work with Continuum’s Artistic Director on artistic elements of the concert, including contracting musicians and scheduling;
  • Work with Continuum’s Operations Manager on production elements of the concert, including budgeting, logistics, and marketing;
  • Attend Continuum rehearsals and concerts as available;
  • Interview artists programmed through this project for Continuum’s Press Play online series.

The Artistic Producers can expect to work approximately 40 hours over the course of each season. While this time is flexible, an approximate breakdown of work would be:

  • 20 hrs: Artistic planning
  • 10 hrs: Team meetings, knowledge sharing and discussion of topics of interest
  • 5 hrs: Attendance at Continuum rehearsals
  • 5 hrs: Email communication with artists and stakeholders

The first season will be oriented towards planning and gaining a deeper knowledge of our organization and practices, while the second season will have greater focus on event planning and logistics.

Eligibility

The Artistic Producer positions are designed for early-career artists residing in Canada through 2024 who are seeking leadership opportunities within the context of contemporary chamber music. This role is ideal for those who:

  • wish to gain experience in concert programming, production, and project management in support of their artistic practice and/or professional development;
  • are currently considering or developing an approach to artistic programming;
  • would benefit from working directly with Continuum’s Artistic Director and Operations Manager to gain a deeper understanding of the day-to-day work of an arts organization;
  • have a strong interest in contemporary chamber music.

We seek two candidates with varied practices and perspectives who also demonstrate an openness to working with and learning from others. 

Selection Process and Timeline

A jury will review the submitted applications and determine a shortlist of candidates to be contacted for a Zoom interview. Members of the jury are Sanjeet Takhar, Artistic Director of The Music Gallery; Juliet Palmer, Artistic Director of Urbanvessel; Ryan Scott, Artistic Director of Continuum; and Christina Volpini, Continuum’s Operations Manager.

October 3: Applications Close

October 17-21: Interviews with short-listed candidates via Zoom

November 1: Notification of Results

Application Guidelines

As program development will be a part of the role, we ask that candidates do not submit completed programming proposals. Instead, candidates will be asked to submit a C.V. and a statement of interest.

Curriculum Vitae: 2 page maximum, PDF

Highlight your leadership roles within the arts (professional or volunteer experience in concert/event production, arts administration, curation, etc.) as well as your artistic practice.

Statement of Interest: 2500 character/500 word max.

Please address the following:

  • What interests you musically, particularly in the area of contemporary chamber music? What informs your curatorial practices or themes?
  • Tell us about your experience in programming or project management (This can include your own artistic practice and projects). What skills, knowledge, or lived experience would you wish to share in the Artistic Producer role?
  • What aspects of programming, production, or arts administration would you be most interested in learning more about? Speak to any specific personal, artistic, and professional goals that you would like to work towards in this role.
  • What are the questions, conversations, and launching off-points you wish to further explore through this program? In what ways do these play a role in the practice of contemporary chamber music today?

Applicants may explore Continuum’s Online Archive or YouTube channel to gain greater familiarity with Continuum’s past concert programs.


Continuum shares responsibility in fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive contemporary music community. We encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity. Please be in touch if you wish to discuss adaptations that would remove barriers to applying or participating in this opportunity.

Should you have questions related to the program, please email Operations Manager Christina Volpini at christina@continuummusic.ca

Welcome to Continuum’s 38th season!!

After launching our current season with three concerts in our annual HATCH summer music festival tour, we are excited to announce plans for the rest of our season! 

MAINSTAGE CONCERTS

In March, we present two performances of Show Room, a world premiere one-act opera by Rodney Sharman and librettist Atom Egoyan. Soprano Carla Huhtanen, mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig and baritone Nicholas Higgs join a ten-piece Continuum ensemble in one of our biggest and boldest productions to date. Over five years in the making, this opera’s strange and colourful tonalities created by instruments both early and modern reflect the twisted relationships of a mother, her son and a boutique shopkeeper all driven together by mysterious forces. This is a not-to-miss event!

And in June, we present Spore Wind, a multimedia concert featuring a world premiere by Bekah Simms, who is also the concert co-curator! The amazing jaw harp soloist chik white and digital artist Dan Tapper join an extended Continuum ensemble to present works by composers from around the world and here in Canada accompanied by cutting edge visuals in digital media.

MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

This fall we will accept applications for:

  • 7th annual Teen Composer Award with mentorship by composer Lieke van der Voort;
  • Composer, conductor and performer applications for HATCH 2023, and
  • Our new biennial project MAP: Mentorship in Artistic Production.  

In the coming days applications for MAP will be launched as we seek two passionate, imaginative, and collaborative early-career artists to join our team as Artistic Producers through the 22-23 and 23-24 Seasons. The producers will curate a shared concert program to be presented in our 23-24 Season with Continuum’s full ensemble. Our goal of this recurring new program is to provide agency and administrative skills to new voices and chart new directions in music. 

Now in its 10th year, Continuum in the Classroom returns to Earl Haig Secondary School where 15 new works by students will be workshopped and premiered by members of the Continuum core ensemble. 

ONLINE ENGAGEMENT

Throughout the season, we continue our Press Play web series with 11 new episodes. Beginning with composer introductions, each episode presents works from our most recent concerts Grounds for Goodness, Brush Line, and HATCH 2022

Join us for another exciting season of new chamber music masterfully performed and shared in mentorship with the next generation. And if you like what we’re doing, please consider joining our Continuum family by making a donation now!

Announcing HATCH 2022 Participants!

For our fourth consecutive season, we are excited to present HATCH, Continuum’s annual summer music mentorship project for performers, composers and conductors made possible with the generous support of The Azrieli Foundation.

From this year’s pool of applications, our jury selected the following participants:

Composers: Carly Splett, Paolo Griffin, Yon Chekhanovich

Performers: Arlan Vriens (violin), Emma Schmiedecke (cello), Amanda Lowry (flute), Anjali Covill (clarinet), Ricardo Ferro (piano), Randall Chaves Camacho (percussion)

We are also proud to continue our partnership with Tapestry Opera and other partner organizations across Canada for the Women in Musical Leadership program. We welcome conductor Kelly Lin, who will lead the HATCH ensemble in rehearsal and performance.

Arlan Vriens, violin
Arlan Vriens, violin. Photo by Bo Huang
Emma Schmiedecke, cello
Emma Schmiedecke, cello
Amanda Lowry, flute
Amanda Lowry, flute
Anjali Covill, clarinet
Anjali Covill, clarinet
Ricardo Ferro, piano
Ricardo Ferro, piano
Randall Chaves Camacho, percussion
Randall Chaves Camacho, percussion
Carly Splett, composer
Carly Splett, composer
Paolo Griffin, composer
Paolo Griffin, composer
Yon Chekhanovich, composer
Yon Chekhanovich, composer
Kelly Lin, conductor
Kelly Lin, conductor

Mentors: Linda Catlin Smith (composer), Anthony Tan (composer), Carol Fujino (violin), Paul Widner (cello), Leslie Newman (flute), Anthony Thompson (clarinet), Gregory Oh (piano), Ryan Scott (percussion), Brian Current (conductor). 

After presenting two online editions of the program, we’re excited to return in-person with a rehearsal period in Toronto followed by performances at the Toronto Summer Music Festival, BIGLAKE Festival, and Ottawa Chamberfest! Stay tuned for more information on tickets. We look forward to sharing recordings of the works by our participating composers and mentors as part of our Press Play series in Fall 2022. 

Lessons are just getting underway – we look forward to sharing more information on our upcoming performances and this phenomenal next generation of contemporary music artists!

HATCH 2022 Call for Applications!

ATTN: EARLY-CAREER PERFORMERS and COMPOSERS

Continuum is excited to announce a call for applications for the fourth edition of HATCH, our annual summer mentorship program for early-career performers and composers supported by the Azrieli Foundation.

This program is designed for self-identified EARLY-CAREER COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS

Free to apply. The program does not have a tuition fee.

DEADLINE: May 16th, 2022 at 5pm EST

APPLICATION FORM BELOW

HATCH returns in-person, bringing together early-career performers and composers for artistic and professional development with a focus on contemporary chamber music. This summer, performer participants will work with the Continuum core ensemble, and composers with mentors Linda Catlin Smith and Anthony Tan. Rehearsals at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto will be followed by a tour of of Toronto Summer Music, BIGLAKE Festival and Ottawa CHAMBERFEST.

The conductor position for the HATCH ensemble will be filled by a participant of the Women In Musical Leadership program (WIML).

Applicants should be based in the Toronto area or able to provide their own transportation to and accommodation in Toronto for the duration of the program.

While we plan for the program to be held in person, the program may need to be delivered online or with a combination of in-person and online engagement, depending on public health conditions. Selected participants will receive details on the format of the program prior to acceptance. 

TIMELINE

Participants must be available for all rehearsal and tour dates.

May 20:     Notification of acceptance

May 30:     Composer mentorship begins

July 2:        Performer mentorship begins

July 10:     Deadline for completed works

July 21-26:     Rehearsals and meetings at the Canadian Music Centre 

July 27-Aug.1:    Tour to Toronto Summer Music, BIGLAKE Festival, Ottawa CHAMBERFEST

Transportation to and from Wellington, ON in Prince Edward County on July 29 will be provided by private chartered bus, plus per diem.

Transportation to and from Ottawa, ON on July 31 and August 1 will be provided by Via Rail Train along with overnight hotel accommodation and per diem.

Performers

The six selected performers will:

  1. Receive mentorship in their instrument from Continuum’s core ensemble throughout the process. Mentors: Leslie Newman (fl), Anthony Thompson (cl), Carol Fujino (vn), Paul Widner (vcl), Gregory Oh (pno), and Ryan Scott (perc);
  2. Prepare and rehearse 3 new ensemble works by the participating composers and a work by each of the two composer mentors;
  3. Perform the works listed above on the HATCH Ontario tour;
  4. Receive a $750 honorarium.

Composers

Composers should plan the majority of activity to happen between May 30 – July 6 (composition), with interaction with performers July 21 – August 1.

The three selected composers will:

  1. Write a maximum 8-minute piece for Continuum’s HATCH ensemble  (fl, cl, pno, perc, vn, vc, conductor)
  2. Receive mentorship from Linda Catlin Smith and Anthony Tan
  3. Participate in rehearsals and the HATCH Ontario tour; and
  4. receive a $750 honorarium. 

Decisions will be arrived at by juries consisting of selected mentors and Continuum staff.

COVID Protocols

Continuum staff continue to monitor public health conditions and will adapt the program as necessary. Participating artists agree to abide by the policies and procedures set forth by Continuum and the rehearsal/performance venues throughout the program.

A condition of engagement is proof of vaccination, unless documentation of a medical exemption is provided. Participating artists should expect to wear a mask when possible and participate in regular COVID testing (KF94 masks and rapid tests to be provided by Continuum). 


Continuum shares responsibility in fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive contemporary music community. We encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity. Please be in touch if you wish to discuss possible program adaptations that would remove barriers to participation.

All participants must agree to a Code of Conduct that requires all participants and mentors to work respectfully and constructively.
Should you have questions related to the program, please email Operations Manager Christina Volpini at christina@continuummusic.ca


PROGRAM PARTNERS

Funding Partner: The Azrieli Foundation

Project Partner: The Canadian Music Centre, Tapestry Opera (WIML)

Festival Partners:

Toronto Summer Music

    Jonathan Crow, Artistic Director

    Vanessa J Goymour, Executive Director

BIGLAKE Festival

    Johannes Debus, Artistic Director

    Elissa Lee, Executive Director

Ottawa Chamberfest

    Carissa Klopoushak, Artistic Director

    Mhiran Faraday, Executive Director

    Jenna Richards, Director, Artistic Planning & Community Engagement


Britney Dawn Do is the 2022 Teen Composer Award winner!

We are absolutely delighted to announce this year’s recipient, Britney Dawn Do, based in Vancouver! She will write a piece for the Continuum ensemble to be premiered in the 21/22 Season.

Britney begins her private lessons with composer Lieke van der Voort in 2022.

Britney Dawn Do (she/her) currently resides in the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations – otherwise known as Vancouver, Canada. She has had her works performed by Peridot Duo, Trio Pyörä, and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. She is currently studying music composition with Rodney Sharman, violin with Yuri Zaidenberg and piano with Keiko Alexander. Britney is the assistant concertmaster of the VSO School of Music’s “Sinfonietta” string ensemble.

Announcing Continuum’s New Operations Manager

The Board of Directors of Continuum Contemporary Music announces the departure of Jason Doell, who will be stepping down from the position of Operations Manager at Continuum in mid November. We are excited to welcome Christina Volpini as the incoming Operations Manager, effective October 18, 2021. Christina enters this role at a time of financial stability in the organization, which positions us well to move boldly into our next phase of growth.

Jason joined us as Continuum’s Operation Manager in January 2018. During his tenure, Jason worked closely with Artistic Director Ryan Scott to expand the organization’s mentorship programming, contributing to PIVOT, Teen Composer Award, and Continuum in the Classroom programs, as well as implementing our summer mentorship program HATCH. Following three seasons of nearly all sold-out concerts, Jason played an important role in the organization’s response to the global pandemic, including working closely with Ryan Scott on the development of our regular web series, PRESS PLAY. Jason was also the project manager for the development of our new fully accessible website and our new searchable archive which includes every Continuum concert and project since July 21st, 1985. Ryan and the Board are incredibly grateful for Jason’s contributions to the organization, which have allowed Continuum to eliminate our deficit and establish a Creative Projects Fund for future large scale productions.

“I am very proud of everything Ryan and I have accomplished at Continuum. It has been an incredible period of growth and development for me and the organization, and I am thankful to Ryan, the Board of Directors, and all the incredible artists and organizations that I have worked with over the past four years for making my experience at Continuum such a meaningful one. I will miss being part of the team but I am also very excited to see what Christina and Ryan do in the future…It will be amazing!” — Jason Doell, outgoing Operations Manager.

Jason Doell, outgoing Operations Manager
Christina Volpini, incoming Operations Manager

Christina Volpini brings experience from her previous role as Marketing and Communications Manager at the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. During her time with the organization, Christina made key contributions to the HPO’s sustained growth which saw increased ticket sales and over 100 small ensemble performances in the community, followed by a pivot to online talks and performances due to COVID-19.

An avid capacity builder in music spaces, Christina has demonstrated commitment to collaboration and social responsibility in the Arts and the contemporary chamber music sector. She was an organizer of the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab for two years and a core organizer of the Toronto Creative Music Lab for four years, both of which have been important community-led workshops for early-career musicians and composers. Christina also holds a diploma in Arts Administration and Cultural Management at Humber College. In addition to her work as an arts manager, Christina is also an accomplished composer. Her music has been performed at organizations such as Array Music, the Banff Centre, Esprit Orchestra, Soundstreams, and The Music Gallery, and she received first prize in the Chamber Ensemble category of the 2020 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers.

She has worked previously with Continuum in the capacity of Composer Mentor for the Teen Composer Award program and was co-commissioned by Continuum and Jumblies Theatre in 2019; this work will be premiered at the Grounds for Goodness culminating event in February 2022.

“Though there is still much ahead as the arts sector rebuilds, I believe Continuum has proven to be nimble and adaptive. It is an honour to join this organization, I truly look forward to working with Ryan and the board as we unlock new areas of potential and growth for the organization.” — Christina Volpini, incoming Operations Manager

Continuum looks forward to the future vision of the organization that Artistic Director Ryan Scott and incoming Operations Manager Christina Volpini build.

2022 Teen Composer Award

The 6th Annual Teen Composer Award

The Teen Composer Award (TCA) provides an invaluable and practical composition experience for one high-school aged composer through one-on-one composition mentorship, professional development and an introduction to the Canadian contemporary music community. The program includes participation in the workshop and rehearsal process and culminates in a live performance by the Continuum Ensemble on our main stage concert series.

Application deadline: November 1, 2021

During the late fall and winter of 2021 and early 2022, the selected composer will be mentored online by professional Canadian composer Lieke van der Voort, who will serve as a guide for the composition process. The recipient of the award will compose a 5-8 minute work for Continuum’s ensemble (violin, cello, accordion, percussion – unconducted). The selected composer’s work will receive a live performance February 25-27, 2022 during our Grounds for Goodness concert in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre at the Small Arms Building in Mississauga.


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

To Apply

Please send one or two links (Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Bandcamp etc.) for audio or video of your music and a .pdf of one score to jason@continuummusic.ca with the subject “Teen Composer Award” by November 1st, 2021. Please also include a paragraph in the body of the email about your interest in the program.

Previous Recipients

Cindy Chen (2017), Erik Kreem (2018), Sarah Lu (2019), Zack Payne (2020), Sointu Aalto (2021)

Welcome to Continuum’s Online Archive!

Recently, we have created an easily searchable (and mobile friendly) online archive that includes every concert and project Continuum has created since July 21st, 1985. Whether you are an academic researcher trying to gain a macro perspective of Canadian contemporary music presentation or an audience member looking to remember a piece name or composer from a past concert, the archive makes it easy for you to answer all questions related to Continuum’s concert presentations – it is also really fun to just dig through everything that is there! The archive includes every composer presented, every performer, each piece, each concert poster, plus support material where possible and more.

You can access our archive directly at archive.continuummusic.ca

Here are two videos that quickly walk you through the process of using the archive:

This massive project was made possible by MOUTHOFTIGER Studios who worked closely with our Operations Manager, Jason Doell, who was the project manager for this extensive website build. We also hired our former University of Toronto intern, Joyce To, who spent countless hours of digitizing, uploading, and organizing Continuum materials. We greatly thank Xuan Ye from MOT, Jason and Joyce for all their work in making this substantial contribution to Continuum’s ongoing transition to a fully digital environment.

Announcing HATCH 2021!!!!

For our third consecutive season, we are so excited to present HATCH, Continuum’s annual summer music mentorship project for performers, composers and conductors made possible with the generous support of The Azrieli Foundation

This year, we received over one hundred applications and our jury selected the following participants:

Composers: Alissa Cheung, Jesse Plessis, Megan Harton

Performers: Danielle Green (violin), Evan Lamberton (cello), Joey (Xiaoying) Zhuang (flute), Noah Stone (clarinet), Megan Thibeault (piano), Tyler Cunningham (percussion)

Additionally, this season we are proud to partner with Tapestry Opera and other partner organizations across Canada for the Women in Musical Leadership program, designed to dramatically increase the Conductors’ practical experience, relationships, and skills. As a result, we welcome conductors Jennifer Tung and Juliane Gallant who will mentor with Brian Current

Mentors: Hope Lee (composer), Martin Arnold (composer), Carol Fujino (violin), Paul Widner (cello), Leslie Newman (flute), Anthony Thompson (clarinet), Gregory Oh (piano), Ryan Scott (percussion)

In 2019, we toured HATCH to several summer music festivals after an intense rehearsal period in Toronto and last year, amidst the pandemic, we were able to continue HATCH with home capture recordings and digital mentorship.

This year we present a hybrid version of HATCH, in digital broadcast format, with professional studio recordings of our participants. We are also delighted to continue our relationship with summer music festivals and are so pleased to announce that HATCH 2021 will be presented by Ottawa Chamberfest! Stay tuned for broadcast links on August 6th. And if you miss that window, we’ll rebroadcast the episodes on Continuum channels August 27th-29th.

The culmination of these efforts will result in three short broadcasts each including solo works and one world premiere chamber composition assembled digitally and introduced by HATCH composers. Solo works include composers Nicole Lizée, Hope Lee, Ana Sokolovic, Christopher Cerrone, John Corigliano and Andrew Staniland.

Lessons and learning sessions began in May and the results so far have been incredible and inspiring! Stay tuned for more information on our broadcasts of these phenomenal up-and-coming next generation of contemporary music artists!!!