A New Work from John Estacio, Commissioned by Edmonton CS

Now and Then, a new solo piano work by composer John Estacio was commissioned by Contemporary Showcase Edmonton Society with the assistance of an anonymous donor to recognize the incredible contributions of Gladys Odegard.  Odegard was a founding member of Edmonton CS and through her many years of service, has fostered Canadian music and promoted its development and enjoyment.

Gladys’ vision was to have a work written to highlight and honour the extensive efforts of students, parents and teachers to maintain music studies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The work is in 3 movements to show the three stages of pandemic life: before; during; and in better days ahead.

“John Estacio was the first clinician for the Young Composers’ Program which was organized in Edmonton in 1994 and continues to this day.  His ability to create a positive learning environment for young students and his ability to show them how to use the entire keyboard in their compositions was breath-taking.  He was a natural choice to be the composer for this commission.  We owe him our deep gratitude and thanks for accepting the commission request.”                                                        -Gladys Odegard, March 2022

The copyright states that the score of Now and Then may be downloaded for use at this year’s 2022 Contemporary Showcase Festivals.  After that, the work will be available through the Canadian Music Centre.

The level of this multi-movement work is as follows:

– any single movement: Grade 6. (Note that the 3rd movement would need an advanced, motivated Gr. 6 student)

– any two movements: Grade 7
– entire work: Grade 8

ACNMP Job Alert: Office Administrator

The ACNMP seeks an energetic and self-motivated individual to work with the Board of Directors and Contemporary Showcase Coordinators in the capacity of Office Administrator.

About ACNMP

The Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP) is an organization dedicated to the promotion of Canadian contemporary music. Throughout our history, it has been our mission to encourage teachers to teach Canadian contemporary music, to motivate students to study and perform this music, and to encourage Canadian composers to write music for students of all levels from the most junior to the paraprofessional.

ACNMP has centres of operation in 16 cities and towns across Canada. Every year during Canada Music Week, these centres present a Contemporary Showcase Festival, a non- competitive festival set in a master class format adjudicated by knowledgeable musicians. Various workshops are also available.

Job Description

Working directly with the President, the Office Administrator is responsible for providing office administrative and clerical services in order to ensure effective and efficient day-to-day operations of ACNMP.

The position requires approximately 15 hours per month, with peak times of work to support the national Contemporary Showcase Festival during late September through mid-January. The candidate should have experience with grant-writing, possess good communication and current technology skills. The candidate should be able to work independently with sound judgment and an attention to detail.

Wage to be negotiated based on qualifications and experience.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Chua at info@acnmp.ca

Deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 pm EDT, June 1, 2022.

Job Responsibilities

• Funding Development: apply for all available municipal, provincial, and federal funds; research and cultivate relationships with corporate supporters and sponsorships; lead fundraising initiatives

• Administration: manages day-to-day operations of the organization; communication with Contemporary Showcase Centres; work closely with Board Members in assigned tasks; preparation and distribution of quarterly newsletter to membership via MailChimp; updating website via WordPress; responding to emails and voice mails; attend board meetings normally held in September, January, and June

• Promotion & Advocacy: contributing to social media presence (Twitter, Facebook); fostering and building positive relationships with community and arts organizations, supporting Contemporary Showcase Centres

Requirements and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in the following:

  • Experience in the administration of non-profits and/or arts organizations
  • Knowledge of granting and private funding landscape
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Initiative, ability to work independently, and sound time-management skills
  • Computer and social media proficiency (applications include Microsoft Office, WordPress, Mailchimp, Facebook and Twitter)
  • Ability to work with virtual teams

Preferred Skills, Experience, Background, and Interests

  • French is strongly preferred
  • Musical background is an asset
  • Interest in supporting the teaching and the performance of Canadian contemporary music

Tribute to Jean Collins (1922 – 2022)

Jean Collins, a dedicated ACNMP Board Member and member of Contemporary Showcase Toronto’s Festival Committee, passed away on February 3, 2022 at Kelowna General Hospital.

ACNMP President Jill Kelman and the Board Members are very sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. Please visit here for her obituary. 

Jean Collins was one of ACNMP  Contemporary Showcase’s strongest and enthusiastic advocates . I met Jean while we both served on ACNMP’s board and later part of Toronto Centre’s festival committee. I will fondly remember Jean’s boundless energy, warm smile and sparkling eyes. Her sage advice regarding the growth and expansion of our organization was much appreciated by all who were in her presence. Although dear Jean has not actively participated these past few years, her positive impact on ACNMP will remain permanent.  -Janet Fothergill (CSF- Toronto Centre festival committee)

Jean was a warm and steady presence in ACNMP/Contemporary Showcase Toronto Centre for many years.  Reliable and committed, Jean was happy to be in the background doing the important and hard work that comes with volunteerism.  I will remember the many conversations we had as we travelled downtown to 20 St. Joseph Street and the RCM, together.  She was a strong advocate for Canadian music and for creating opportunities for those less advantaged. Her humbleness and dedication to lifelong learning are an inspiration. – Wendy Potter (CSF -Toronto Centre Festival committee)

Staged Works: Call-for-Scores 2022

Calgary Contemporary Showcase is excited to announce a Call-for-Scores: Staged Works.  The call is for vocal works spanning aesthetics of contemporary opera to Musical Theatre.

Selected works will be added to Calgary CS’s Vocal Syllabus and an inaugural class will be created at the Contemporary Showcase 2022 Festival.

CRITERIA:

  • Submissions must be for solo vocal staged works with piano accompaniment.

  • Composer must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

  • Submit scores in PDF format to cscalg.adm@gmail.com

  • Include title of the piece, year work was composed, and difficulty level of each piece submitted (eg. Junior, Intermediate, or Advanced)

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2022

Thank-you to our 2021 National Awards Judges!

Our judges for the 2021 National Performance Awards are David Gordon Duke and Jialiang Zhu.  Read more about the judges below.

David Gordon Duke was born in Vancouver and has degrees in historical musicology from the University of British Columbia, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Victoria. He also studied composition with the pioneer British Columbia composer, Jean Coulthard.  Though he has written music in many genres, he is probably best known for his many published educational works. He currently teaches at the School of Music, Vancouver Community College and contributes essays and reviews to The Vancouver Sun and the journal of the North American Music Critics Association, Classical Voice North America.

Chinese pianist Jialiang Zhu passionately embraces solo performance, vocal collaboration, and chamber music. She is the winner of the 2019 University of Toronto Doctoral of Musical Arts
Recital Competition. She performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy as a featured soloist with York Chamber Ensemble under the baton of Maestro Trevor Dearham. An enthusiastic collaborative pianist, she co-founded the Bedford Trio with violinist Alessia Disimino and cellist Andrew Ascenzo in 2016. They are the inaugural Irene R. Miller Piano Trio in Residency at U of T’s Faculty of Music. The trio is a champion of contemporary music and a keen collaborator with fellow artists. Their 2021-2022 concert season includes a recital that features six brand new pieces by Canadian emerging young composers dedicated to the trio and combines the music with digital/visual art by local artists. Jialiang’s latest vocal collaboration projects include recording Chinese-Canadian composer Alice Ping Yee Ho’s latest album A Woman’s Voice for high voices and piano; presenting a lecture recital at U of T on Chinese art song with both native and non-native Chinese-speaking vocalists; joining forces with soprano Xin Wang in recital at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and giving the Chinese premiere of Tanzer Lieder by Canadian composer Ana Sokolović.