National Student Composition Class

ACNMP’s National Student Composition Class invites budding composers to submit a work for adjudication/feedback by JUNO-nominated composer Bekah Simms, associate of the Canadian Music Centre.  The Louise MacPherson Memorial Award (amount of $400) will be given to a promising composer based on the recommendation of the adjudicator.

This class and award is made possible through partnership with the Canadian Music Centre.

Eligibility: Students are in invited to submit their compositions (score and soundfile) online at:

Compositions may be in any medium, including electronic, and have a duration from 2 to 10 minutes. Compositions must be unpublished and must not have been performed before the general public prior to adjudication. Please submit for the age appropriate class:
– Class C1 (16 years and under)
– Class C2 (17-21 years old)

– Class C3 (22-25 years old)

Entry Fee: $20

Deadline for submissions: January 19, 2020

More about the adjudicator:  

JUNO Award-nominated composer Bekah Simms‘ varied output has been heralded as “cacophonous, jarring, oppressive — and totally engrossing!” (CBC Music) and “tough, even gutsy…with a sure sense of original and vibrant colours” (Vancouver Sun). Propelled equally by fascination and terror toward the universe, her work is often filtered through the personal lens of her anxiety, resulting in nervous, messy, and frequently heavy musical landscapes. Foremost among her current compositional interests is quotation and the friction between recognizability and complete obfuscation.

Bekah hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland but is currently Toronto-based. Her music has been widely broadcast in Canada and the United States, performed across Canada, in over a dozen American states, Italy, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, and the UK and interpreted by a diverse range of top-tier performers including Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Continuum Contemporary Music, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Télémaque, Ensemble Paramirabo, TorQ Percussion Quartet, and Duo Concertante. Upcoming commissions include new works for the 21C Festival (Toronto, Canada), the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+), and more.

In addition to commission and recording funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council, Bekah has been the recipient of over 25 awards and prizes, including the 2019 Barlow Prize, the 2017 Toronto Emerging Composer Award and the 2018 Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music. Her work “Granitic” was nominated for the 2019 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year. Her music has twice been included in the Canadian Section’s official submission to World Music Days (2016 & 2019), and in 2016 the CBC included her among their annual 30 hot classical musicians under 30.

Bekah holds a D.M.A. and M.Mus in music composition from the University of Toronto, and a B.Mus.Ed. and B.Mus in theory/composition from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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