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Call for Scores Brass and Percussion

With the generous support from the SOCAN Foundation The Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects announces a Call-for-Scores of works for brass or percussion (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, euphonium, or percussion, for solo or solo with accompaniment) for inclusion in their Contemporary Showcase Syllabus.

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.

Our Mission is to commission, promote, and preserve Canadian contemporary music as a cornerstone of our national heritage by fostering its performance among students, teachers, and performers through education, festivals, and workshops.

Contemporary Showcase

Presented annually by ACNMP for the past 53 years, Contemporary Showcase is a national non-competitive festival featuring 100% Canadian contemporary works taking place in fourteen centres across five provinces. Contemporary Showcase is wholly educational and inclusive, and aims to develop and disseminate Canadian compositions. 

ACNMP has compiled a wide-ranging and varied syllabus of over 2,200 Canadian works for a variety of solo instruments (from piano to double bass to soprano saxophone) and ensembles (from brass quintet and string quartet to full-sized choirs and wind bands) spanning over 100 years. These works are scrutinized pedagogically by ACNMP’s repertoire reviewers and divided into different levels for students to study, present and perform in a master class format for expert adjudicators.

Call-for-Scores: Brass or Percussion 2023

Submissions to the Contemporary Showcase syllabus should ideally:

  • Have musical, educational, and pedagogical value for both teacher and performer
  • Contain new ideas or techniques introduced or presented in a novel or interesting way
  • Strike an appropriate balance between composition length and difficulty, keeping the skill and ability level of the intended performer in mind
  • Represent and/or contribute to the cultural fabric of Canada

Composers must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Please carefully read submission details from the documents below. Fill out and submit to

Deadline is May 31, 2023.

Submission for Syllabus Evaluation Form

*Please note that an ACNMP Membership is not a requirement to submit to the Call-for-Scores; however, the membership fee does help off-set our administrative costs and there is a new special rate for composers!

National Award Adjudicators

We have two wonderful adjudicators for our 2022 submissions for the National Awards, please check our their bios and websites!

Alex Chen is a collaborative pianist, baritone, and vocal coach whose curiosity brings fresh
perspectives on a diverse body of musical works. In the words of his mentor John Hess, he is
“an immensely musical and sensitive player” with “a deeply inquisitive mind.”
Alex performs regularly in the Victoria music community, exploring genres such as art song,
opera, and choral music. Moreover, as a faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music
he supports a wide variety of students and young professional singers from the piano. He is
dedicated to education and engagement, striving to create lasting impressions with his
performances & foster a desire to learn more with his innovative artistic projects.
Recent professional highlights include performing in solo voice & chorus capacities with Pacific
Opera Victoria in their Civic Engagement Program & mainstage productions, respectively;
producing a visual album of Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées as part of the Gay4Nature Art Song
Collective; and creating the Citizen Soundscape – a crowdsourced, immersive sound installation
– for BC Culture Days & Swan Lake Nature House. He continues to refine his musical skills
through training with acclaimed Baroque soprano Nancy Argenta and pianist Robert Holliston.
In a past life, Alex handled birds of prey for educational programs and contemplated the
physiological factors affecting birdsong during a BSc in Zoology. To keep in touch with his
background in biology, he loves spending time outdoors and spotting local flora and fauna.

Alissa Cheung’s works have been performed at the Winspear Centre (Edmonton) by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, at Salle Bourgie (Montréal) by Quatuor Bozzini, at the University of Michigan by Arx Duo, percussion duo, at New York and Chicago by Instruments of Happiness electric guitar quartet, in Jordan Hall (Boston) by the Boston and Turtle Island String Quartets, in Australia by Duo Myburgh-Feakes, and in Switzerland by Duo Luce. She is regularly featured as composer-in-residence at C’mon Festival in Edmonton. In recent works she experiments with improvisational aspects and open forms, resulting in a co-composed piece that differs from performance to performance. Upcoming projects include a co-composition with Duo d’Entre-Deux saxophone duo, and an outdoor live-installation project based on whale songs with Alain Lefort. 

Alissa Cheung is also a violinist of Quatuor Bozzini, based in Montreal, QC.  Her solo and chamber performances have taken her throughout Canada, USA, Europe and Asia, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian UK, Le Devoir, the Edmonton Journal, and has been broadcast on British Broadcasting Corporation (UK), Österreichischen Rundfunks (Austria), Schweizer Radio und Fernsehn (Switzerland), Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (Netherlands), and CBC Radio (Canada).

National Awards for Contemporary Showcase 2022

Many of our Contemporary Showcase Centres have wrapped up their Festivals for 2022, congratulations to all the participants, festival organizers, adjudicators, volunteers, teachers, and audience members! Some videos and pictures are on our social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so please feel free to check them out!

Each centre is invited to ask their adjudicator to nominate performers for our National Awards.  If you have nominees or are a nominee for your Contempoary Showcase Centre, please have videos submitted with a scan of the sheet music for the adjudicator, the name of the performer, what centre they are representing, and if possible the award they are nominated for by December 16th. 

Please submit them to:

ACNMP is participating in Giving Tuesday

The Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects is taking part in GivingTuesday, an initiative to spread generosity. Over the years ACNMP has helped support new music projects, composers, teachers, and students and you can help continue those projects.

With your help we can continue to support a strong Canadian New music sector. Every little bit helps and you can receive for a tax receipt for donations 20 and above.

2022 ACNMP Annual General Meeting

 Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects

We are holding our Annual General Meeting virtually on Sunday September 18th at 11am (EDT).

You are invited to attend and share your suggestions, opinions, and thoughts!

Please email to RSVP and obtain the meeting link.

Alliance pour les projets canadiens de musique nouvelle

Nous tenons notre assemblée générale annuelle virtuellement le dimanche 18 septembre à 11 h (EDT).

Vous êtes invités à y assister et à partager vos suggestions, opinions et réflexions !

Veuillez envoyer un courriel pour confirmer votre présence et obtenir le lien de la réunion.