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!!!

Welcome to Continuum’s 37th season!!

In 2021/2022, we continue to evolve our digital practices while simultaneously returning to the stage for in person concerts beginning in February!!

In the coming days, we will announce exciting details on HATCH, our annual summer music mentor ship project funded by The Azrieli Foundation culminating in multi-platform digital broadcasts in August. And we will introduce you to a huge project we’ve been working on all year – a fully interactive digital archive dating back to our first concert in 1985 and packed with information on all our activity to date! This archive, our new website and our 21/22 graphic design is all created by Mouthoftiger

Starting in September, we continue Press Play, our recurring web series featuring exclusive performances of extraordinary solos and duos recorded in high quality at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto. Each jam-packed episode includes intimate and informative conversation on the how and why behind the music with the artists themselves. This season, we feature many composers and special guests including Ian Cusson, Tyshawn Sorey, Dorothy Chang, Keiko Harada and Mauro Zannoli with Marion Newman (mezzo soprano), Rachael Kerr (piano), Gregory Oh (piano), Rob MacDonald (guitar), Matti Pulkki (accordion) Carol Fujino (violin), Joyce To (percussion) and Sanya Eng (harp) and many others.

On the weekend of February 25th-27th, 2022, we return for a very special in-person event in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre + Arts (our second major project together) titled Grounds for Goodness in Mississauga’s incredible Small Arms Inspection Building.Together we have commissioned two new music-driven works featuring world premieres by Christina Volpini (CA) and Robert Fleitz (US). These works respond to themes from a Jumblies multi-year interdisciplinary project, Grounds for Goodness: a suite of new works artfully exploring and expressing why and how people sometimes behave in good ways towards each other. This collaboration excitingly interweaves Continuum’s contemporary music practice and professional ensemble with Jumblies interdisciplinary and community-arts practices, including many diverse and mixed-ability community participants. 

And we have many other special projects and other surprises planned throughout the season!!!

Stay tuned for more information by subscribing to our newsletter below, and if you like what we’re doing, please make a donation now!

HATCH 2021 Call for Applications!

ATTN: EARLY-CAREER PERFORMERS and COMPOSERS

UPDATED April 23, 2021: With the current lock down situation in Ontario, we have decided to make a decision now on how this program will take place in June – August, rather than waiting until Mid-May as originally planned

We are delighted to announce that with the ongoing support of the Azrieli Foundation, we are able to continue our annual HATCH mentorship program for early-career performers and composers this summer, now in its third year.

For: self-identified EARLY-CAREER COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS 

Free to apply and the program does not have a tuition fee. 

NEW DEADLINE: May 7th, 2021

APPLICATION FORM BELOW

TIMELINE

HATCH runs from June – August, 2021 – schedule TBD.

As most summer music festivals have cancelled activity for this season, our original intention to include 5 chamber works (3 from mentee composers and 2 from mentor composers) in multiple performances on tour is no longer possible. However our intention is still to provide a meaningful, unique and high-quality learning experience for HATCH participants. Most of this year’s activity will take place online (all individual lessons), but we will continue to look for every opportunity to work in person. To get a sense of the 2020 program and how we adapted to condition last year, visit our YouTube playlist.

This year performer participants will be working online with the Continuum core ensemble, and composers with mentors Hope Lee and Martin Arnold.

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 a solo work assigned by their mentor for digital presentation and documentation on Continuum’s Youtube channel;
  3. Work on 3 new remotely assembled works. Each performer will be given their part of an ensemble piece for recording. These parts will be later assembled for video presentation;
  4. Receive a $600 honorarium.

Performers do not need their own recording equipment. Continuum will provide recording equipment and instructions, sanitizing all equipment prior to delivery, and utilizing “leave at door” delivery practices. Acknowledging that every participant will approach our online program with different experiences using audio and video capture equipment, we will also be providing additional specialized support in how to optimize your at-home documentation set-up from audio engineer Dennis Patterson (Big Smoke Audio/ CBC). For performers in the GTA, we have reserved time at the Canadian Music Centre July 24-30 for professional documentation of your works. It may be possible to include in-person recording with strict health protocols in place at that time. 

Final repertoire to be selected by June 1.

Composers

The task of the composer for HATCH 2021 is one that specifically responds to current music making practices that have emerged during safety measures being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Composers should plan the majority of activity to happen between May 15 – July 6 (composition), with interaction with performers July 24-30.

The three selected composers will:

  1. Write a maximum 10 minute remotely assembled piece for Continuum’s HATCH ensemble (fl, cl, pno, perc, vn, vc). Each part should be made to be performed and recorded from the performers’ homes. Each part will have audio and video capture, which will then be assembled into a video with all of the parts;
  2. Receive mentorship from Hope Lee and Martin Arnold; and
  3. receive a $600 honorarium. 

Decisions will be arrived at by juries consisting of selected mentors and Continuum staff. Results will be announced May 15th, 2021.

Sointu Aalto is the 2021 Teen Composer Award winner!

We are absolutely delighted to announce this year’s recipient, Sointu Aalto, based in Edmonton! She will write a string trio for Continuum that will be premiered online with the other 6 world premieres from our national PIVOT program in April.

Sointu has begun her private lessons with Christina Volpini, whom we feature later this season in Grounds for Goodness with a world premiere, and we hope by then, with you and in person, or online as needed.

Described as a delightful musician with flair, Sointu Aalto (b.2004 in Helsinki) is a passionate cellist and composer. Recent winner of the Arcady Ensemble’s 2019 emerging composer competition, CFMTA’s national 2020 student composer competition, and ACNMP’s national 2020 emerging composer competition, her music is characterised by intense sonic atmospheres and disturbing beauty. She studies cello with Josephine van Lier, and composition with Heather Hindman. She is a member of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra and the Jams string quartet, and got an honourable mention in Boulder Bach’s High School World Bach Competition.

You can listen to Sointu’s work on YouTube and Soundcloud.

2021 PIVOT COMPOSERS ANNOUNCED!

We are delighted to announce the 2021 PIVOT participants with their first-choice mentors!

Joseph Chiu with Linda Bouchard
Kim Farris-Manning with Juliet Palmer
Liam Gibson with Matthew Ricketts
Kevin Gironnay with Bekah Simms
Carlie Howell with Emilie LeBel
Coreen Morsink with Andrew Balfour

Joseph Chiu is a Canadian composer based in Ontario, Canada. He composes regularly for a diverse range of ensembles and his music has been presented in several provinces across Canada, as well as the United States. His body of work encompasses music for concert and film.

Joseph is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University as well as the University of Victoria where he earned his BMus in composition and MMus in composition respectively. His past mentors include Linda Catlin Smith, Christopher Mayo, Anna Höstman, and Gabriel Dharmoo.

A fun-loving queer arbor-artist based in Ottawa and Montreal, Kim Farris-Manning creates works across disciplines that engage with the performer and audience in unique ways. Interested in how relationships between objects are manifested through material changes over time, Kim manipulates sounds and materials to create a space in which to contemplate the fragility and contradictory nature of equilibrium. Allowing ideas to grow and change is a central facet of Kim’s work; pieces are often made in versions, through a process of experimentation and collaboration with others. Kim’s work has been experienced in performances worldwide led by organizations such as the Canadian Music Centre, Quatuor Bozzini, and the Ostrava Days Festival.

Possessed of an uncommonly eclectic palette, composer Liam Ross Gibson is emerging as a forward-looking voice in the Canadian music scene. Recent performance highlights include collaborations with Quatuor Bozzini, and the world premiere of Monstera Deliciosa by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as part of their New Music Festival, which went on to win first prize in the large ensemble category of the SOCAN Foundation 2020 Young Composer Awards. Gibson holds a MMus in composition from the University of Manitoba; a BMus in composition and theory from the University of Victoria, and a diploma in jazz piano from Vancouver Island University.

Based in Montreal, Kevin Gironnay creates acousmatic and mixed music, produces music for sound installations, videos and dance, and performs improvised music, in solo or collaborations.

He has been influenced by the teaching of Christine Groult, Nicolas Bernier, Horacio Vaggione, Denis Dufour, Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, Lorenzo Bianchi and Giacomo Platini.
His music has been played in Canada, China, United States and throughout Europe, and has been released on multiple labels.

He is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble ILÉA. He also is a member of the collective Unmapped and of the research center CIRMMT.

Carlie Howell is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and media artist. She has a degree in Jazz Performance on Bass from the University of Toronto, and has spent the last decade studying the music, movement, language, and pedagogy of Brazil. Her passion lies in collaboration, working and performing with composer-collectives, and fusing traditional styles with contemporary contexts. Carlie writes and arranges across genres, complementing timeless melodies with rich harmonies, rhythmic explorations, and autobiographical poetry in English and Portuguese. Her work explores themes of relationships, queerness, depression, redemption and, ultimately, love.

Coreen Morsink, Canadian/Greek composer, bases her compositions on ancient Greek music and unusual microtonal tuning systems. Her works have been premiered by Carla Rees, Chenoa Anderson, Karin de Fleyt, Mizuka Yamamoto, Kevin Komisaruk, 432 Chamber Orchestra (Ivan Yanakiev conducting), Sarah Watts, the invoke Quartet and Peter Sheppard Skaerved in Canada, USA, UK, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece and on the BBC Radio 3. She has a PhD from Goldsmiths (Roger Redgate tutor), teaches at St. Catherine’s British school, Athens and enjoys life in Greece with her husband and their daughters spending her spare time tending her flowers and swimming in the sea.

2021 Teen Composer Award

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

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.

Previous Winners:

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

Welcome to Our New Digital Home!

As we begin our 36th season, we launch our new website to connect better with you!

Our new website designed and developed by Xuan Ye is where you will find up-to-date information on upcoming events like our new PRESS PLAY digital episodes, as well as important announcements about mentorship opportunities. Links to our social media platforms and our YouTube archive of live concerts from the past 10 seasons are below, and if you would like to stay in touch on a more regular basis and with more detailed information, sign up for our project based newsletters.

Importantly, we are also working to create a searchable digital archive that will be accessible through this website. The archive will feature information on every concert, collaborative project and tour dating back to 1985 including programming, personnel, commissioning practices, audio and video recordings as well as graphics and design. This is part of a legacy project detailing Continuum’s rich impact and influence on contemporary art music in Canada. Stay tuned for updates!

Thank you for visiting!