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.
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.
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)
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)