2021 Ann Southam National Awards – Senior Award

Congratulations to pianists Charlotte Giraudeau of Calgary and Esther Zhu of Saskatoon!  Charlotte and Esther are this year’s co-recipients of the Ann Southam National Award – Senior Award. Below is Charlotte’s winning performance of ‘I Leap Through the Sky with Stars’ by Alexina Louie and Esther’s winning performance of ‘Memories in an Ancient Garden’ by Alexina Louie.

Call-for-Scores: String Works

The Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects announces a Call-for-Scores of works for strings (violin, viola, cello, or double bass, 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: Strings 2021

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 info@acnmp.ca.

Deadline is December 31, 2021.

Submission for Syllabus Evaluation Form

Submission for Syllabus Evaluation Form FILLABLE

*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.

Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects