All posts by Melissa Goodchild

Composer Spotlight: Michael Nunes

As part of our project to update our syllabus we are adding new works for brass and percussion. We would like to feature some of the composers that we are adding and help promote their hard work. Meet Michael Nunes:

Michael Nunes is a Canadian composer and horn player from Sherwood Park, Alberta. He has performed as a soloist with the Hannaford Street Silver Band alongside Jens Lindemann, and at summer festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Brott Music Festival. Previous commissions include the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. He is a current substitute musician with the New World Symphony. Michael holds a BMus from the University of Toronto, and is pursuing an MMus degree at The Juilliard School studying with Erik Ralske.

His works Quixotic Fantasy (for solo horn), Vast (for horn and electronics), and Sonata (for Tuba and Piano) are being added to our syllabus. You can also follow Michael on instagram: @michaelnunesmusic

Thank you for your work Michael!

Meet Our Board of Directors: Saman Shahi

Saman Shahi is JUNO-nominated composer, pianist, conductor and educator based in Toronto.
His compositions have been performed, and broadcast around the world and include orchestral
works, operas, ballets, and many works for choral, vocal and chamber ensembles.
Saman holds a master’s degree in composition from the University of Toronto, is an affiliate
Member of the Canadian League of Composers, Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre as
well as a SOCAN member. He is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director at ICOT, Music Director at
the Peterborough Concert band, and a composer and teaching artist with the Canadian Opera Company.
In 2020 Saman’s debut composition album “Breathing in the Shadows” was recorded and released
by Leaf Music. All song cycles in this album have won awards both in Canada and the United States
including a 2022 JUNO Awards nomination. His second album, “Microlocking” was released by
People|Places|Records in 2021.

Congratulations to Our National Contemporary Showcase Award Recipients!

Thank you to all the performers, to the Contemporary Showcase Festival Organizers, and to our adjudicators for all their hard work. We are proud to share the recipients for the National Awards for 2022!

The Mary Gardiner Award of Performance Excellence -Junior : Olivia Karsli (Toronto)

The Mary Gardiner Award of Performance Excellence – Senior: Jerry Hu (Saskatoon)

The Mary Hildebrand Memorial Award for Performance Excellence: Esther Zhu (Saskatoon)

The Ann Southam National Award – Junior: Michael Lee (Calgary)

The Ann Southam National Award – Senior: Sophie Huang (Mississauga)

John Weinzweig Centenary Scholarship – Junior: Elijah Mok (Edmonton)

John Weinzweig Centenary Scholarship – Senior: Eric Davidson (Edmonton)

With permission from the performers we will be sharing performances on our social media channels so please stay tuned!