Young Composers Workshop and Concert

Started in 1987, Arraymusic’s Young Composers Workshop is one of the oldest programs of its kind in Canada. It is singular in what it offers: Led by Array’s Artistic Director/Workshop Leader and Array’s Ensemble members, each season Arraymusic puts out a call for scores to be submitted (international composers are welcome to submit) and selects (by a professional jury) at least four emerging composers to participate. These four are given the rare opportunity to gain professional training and performances by members of The Array Ensemble. Participants work directly with Arraymusic’s Artistic Director/Workshop Leader to compose a new work over the course of a month, which is then performed in concert.

Young Composers Workshop

Arraymusic is accepting submissions for its 2017/18 YOUNG COMPOSERS WORKSHOP. Now in its 31st year, Array’s workshop is designed to benefit composers who have completed their basic studies in composition. There is no age restriction.

This year, the Young Composers’ Workshop is dedicated to the creation of 4 new works — instrumentation TBA.

The Young Composers Workshop jury selects four participants to each create a work for a prescribed instrumentation. Over a four-week period in the month of May, each composer is given one session per week to work directly with the musicians, conductor and mentor. Composers are encouraged to attend each other’s sessions to derive as much benefit as possible.

The completed pieces of music, or works-in-progress, will be performed in a public concert at The Array Space in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, May 26th, 2017 at 3pm.

Participants must be willing to be in Toronto during their workshop sessions and to pay for their own travel and accommodation. There is no application form. Interested composers should apply by submitting through email:

  1. A curriculum vitae

2. Two scores (PDFs) of previous works.

3. Two recordings as a download or online stream (Soundcloud, WeTransfer, dropbox, Hightail) to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to compose for chamber ensemble.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 16th, 2018. Applications should be sent to and will be accepted anytime after December 1, 2018

Successful applicants will be notified by March 9, 2017.

If you have any questions write to or phone (416) 532-3019

2017 Participants

Patrick Arteaga – Toronto, Ontario 

Mert Moralı – Berlin, Germany 

Jeremy O’Neill – Vancouver, British Columbia 

Christina Volpini – Toronto, Ontario 

Arraymusic’s YOUNG COMPOSERS WORKSHOP & CONCERT is supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, and receives special support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project.