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Call for Proposals: Pentland Centennial Festival of Music in Canada

Pentland Centennial Festival of Music in Canada

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The Canadian Music Centre, BC Region announces a Call for Proposals to participate in a national festival celebrating the centennial of Canadian composer Barbara Pentland (1912-2000), composer, teacher, university professor and musical nationalist. 

Barbara Pentland, a Vancouverite, was a dedicated supporter of the CMC and special friend of the CMC BC Regional office. Upon her death a bequest to the CMC was made to support Canadian composers, her own music and the ongoing work of the CMC. The Canadian Music Centre is proud to celebrate and recognize throughout 2012 this outstanding Canadian composer and her music contribution during this her 100th anniversary year.

Pentlandʼs musical life spanned most of the 20th century and included piano performance, post-secondary education, and teaching in Europe, the United States, and her native Canada. From Winnipeg to Montreal, Darmstadt to Munich to Vancouver, Pentland acquired a musical voice of her own. Her public statements on music, culture, and politics were important and influential in the pivotal 1960s and 1970s.

The festival celebrates Canadaʼs record of musical performance and creation, and Pentlandʼs contribution and legacy. Throughout 2012, the festival will facilitate performances, broadcasts, and new music.

In addition to potentially releasing recordings of Pentlandʼs works on the CMC’S own CENTREDISCS LABEL, the festival calls for proposals for events in these two categories:

A. Chamber/Instrumental/Choral Events

B. Education and Outreach

A single proposal may apply to both A and B, but this is not necessary. The festival will consider subsidies of up to $5,000 for a single proposal, expecting that applicants may seek supplementary or matching funds to increase the total amount available for a festival project. Non-financial participation by educational and cultural institutions would be considered a “matching” contribution.

A. Chamber/Instrumental/Choral Events

Canadian chamber groups, instrumentalists, choral groups, and vocal artists are invited to submit proposals to create and produce works combining music by Pentland with choral/vocal and/or chamber music of the period 1930 to the present day, mainly, but not exclusively, by Canadian composers.

A proposal may include new or existing commissioned works.

B. Education and Outreach

The Festival invites Canadian universities, music schools, composers and teachers to submit proposals for (i) lectures, (ii) exhibitions, (iii) multi-media and social media events, and (iv) public-school events.


Proposals must include a background description, project timeline and complete budget, as well as support materials that should include two example recordings of the applicant’s work for category A,  or work in other media for those proposing in category B.

Deadline for proposals: March 31, 2012

Announcement of results: April 10, 2012

The subsidies made available to successful applications, through this call, are being awarded from the Barbara Pentland Fund, a generous bequest made to the Canadian Music Centre BC Region by Barbara Pentland, in order to support the promotion of performing, recording, and publishing Pentland’s works and promotion of other Canadian contemporary music.

Additional information for potential applicants to the Pentland Festival

When does the festival take place?

The festival begins immediately after competition results have been announced,
and thus on timelines proposed by the successful applicants. Events must take place during calendar year 2012.

Where does the festival take place?

The festival takes place wherever a successful applicant has proposed to present their project. All successful applicants’ projects will be promoted through Canadian Music Centre regional offices and online. Events may occur outside Canada.

Is it nessesary to include matching funds in the application?

No, it is not necessary to include evidence of confirmed supplementary or
matching funds in the application. Applicants are encouraged to seek financial
partners whenever possible.

How do I submit my application & materials?

There is no form to complete for the competition. As stated in APPLICATION PROCESS section of the CALL FOR PROPOSALS, please provide a one-page background description, a project timeline, and complete budget, along with two audio examples on CD for category A, and work in other media (including CD, essays, books, etc.) for category B.

All applications should be mailed by regular post to:

Bob Baker
BC Regional Director
Canadian Music Centre
837 Davie Street,
Vancouver BC V6Z 1B7

How are applications assessed?

Applications are assessed by an independent jury of music professionals. Note that
Canadian Music Centre staff cannot answer questions about the details of your
project proposal. Your proposal should be practicable; that is, it should include
costing to show how your idea can be realized on time and on budget.

About Dr. Barbara Pentland

Born in Winnipeg, Dr. Barbara Pentland studied composition in Paris, at the Juilliard Graduate School in New York, and at the Berkshire Music Centre.  She became an instructor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto during the Second World War and would go on to receive honourary doctorates from Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba and be named a member of the Order of Canada. To learn more about Barbara Pentland and her music, please visit

About the Canadian Music Centre

The Canadian Music Centre holds Canada’s largest collection of Canadian concert music. The CMC exists to promote the works of its Associate Composers in Canada and around the world. The Centre makes available on loan over 22,000 scores and works of Canadian contemporary composers through its lending library. The CMC sells more than 1300 CD titles featuring music of its Associate Composers and other Canadian independent recording producers. The Centre also offers an on-demand publishing service, music repertoire consultations, and is easily accessible through five regional centres across Canada, as well as through its website at


For more detail and to submit proposals, please contact:

Bob Baker
BC Regional Director
Canadian Music Centre
837 Davie Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 1B7
(604) 734-4622

March 31, 2012
4:00 pm
April 10, 2012
4:00 pm

Centrediscs JUNO Award Nominations

Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs Recordings receives three 2012 JUNO Award Nominations in the Classical Composition of the Year category

Centrediscs, the award-winning label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to announce that three (3) of its recent releases have been nominated for 2012 JUNO Awards in the category of “Classical Composition of the Year”: Ann Southam’s Glass Houses #5, Derek Charke’s Sepia Fragments and Heather Schmidt’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Southam, Charke and Schmidt are all Associate Composers of the Canadian Music Centre. Samples of the tracks can be found at the JUNO website.

Ann SouthamGlass Houses #5, Glass Houses Revisited
“Nothing short of miraculous” – John Terauds, Toronto Star

“****” – Elissa Poole, Globe and Mail

Derek CharkeSepia Fragments, Sea to Sea
“Derek Charke’s smeared lines and quivering textures have an immediate appeal.” –Elissa Poole, Globe and Mail”
“Now it was time, through a 20th anniversary commissioning project, to discover a new generation of Canadian composers. To hold in our hands such a body of work from Canadians, coast to coast, was tremendously inspiring.” – Leslie Robertson, St. Lawrence String Quartet

Heather SchmidtPiano Concerto No. 2, Tapestries
“The young pianist and composer Heather Schmidt seduces the listener with her Piano Concerto No. 2; the work offers as much to the neophyte as to the specialist in contemporary music. The instrumentation is interesting throughout and the piano is brilliant in this sparkling work.” – Nomand Babin, La Scena Musicale

Glass Houses Revisited, Sea to Sea, and Tapestries are available online at / and in major classical music retailers.

The Canadian Music Centre would also like to celebrate the compositions of Associate Composers Jacques Hétu and Jeffrey Ryan, which were nominated for 2012 JUNO Awards in the category of “Classical Composition of the Year.” Hétu’s work String Quartet No. 2 was released independently and Ryan’s work Fugitive Colours was released through Naxos.

The JUNO Awards ceremony will take place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa and will be broadcast nationally on CTV television on April 1st, at which time all winners will be announced.

March 26, 2012
4:00 pm

New Music Session 2012 with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) at the Domaine Forget


New Music Session 2012 with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) at the Domaine Forget – August 12 to 25, 2012

Application Deadline: February 15th, 2012

Created in 1995 by Lorraine Vaillancourt (conductor and NEM artistic director) and Denys Bouliane, the New Music Session at the Domaine Forget in St-Irénée (Quebec), one of a kind in Canada, welcomes every year approximately 20 composers and performers from all over the world. During two weeks, participants get to work closely and daily with the musicians of the NEM and attend different workshops given by renown guest composers. At the end of the session, the participants (musicians) join the musicians of the NEM to perform the works written by the composers during three concerts at the Françoys-Bernier concert hall at the Domaine Forget.

Artistic coordinators: Denys Bouliane and Lorraine Vaillancourt
Guest composers in 2012: Lasse Thoresen (Denmark) and John Rea (Canada)

You are a composer or a performer interested in taking part in the New Music Session 2012, download the  application form.

February 15, 2012
4:00 pm
August 12, 2012 4:00 pmtoAugust 25, 2012 4:00 pm

Owen Underhill: ‘Still Image’ CD Launch Concert with Bozzini Quartet

February 26, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Studio T, 2nd Floor
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $25 Adults (includes CD); $40 for Two Adults (includes one CD); $10 Students

The ‘Still Image’ concert features four major inter-related works by Owen Underhill spanning the period 1998 – 2011. The Bozzini Quartet of Montreal, Canada’s foremost interpreters of contemporary string quartet music, are joined by two of Vancouver’s most versatile and brilliant musicians, clarinetist François Houle and trombonist Jeremy Berkman. The String Quartet #3: The Alynne and String Quartet #4: The Night are works of intimate expression and sharp contrast. The Trombone Quintet and clarinet quintet pieces were especially composed for Berkman and Houle, exploring not only special techniques of the instruments but also some of the rare musical qualities of each performer.

“one of the most thoughtful and effective of West Coast composers” – Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

As a composer, Underhill writes for diverse combinations including orchestra, voice and choir, and a wide variety of chamber music ranging from traditional ensembles to groupings of unusual instrumentation. He has a special interest in large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations, having composed a number of works for dance as well as his 1994 opera The Star Catalogues. Among his most recent compositions are String Quartet #4: The Night (2011) commissioned by the Quatuor Bozzini, Three Sitka Songs (2010) commissioned by the Vancouver Bach Choir with poetry of Robert Davis Hoffmann, Slender Gold (2011) for an ensemble comprising Chinese and western instruments and Imprint (2010), a large-scale interdisciplinary work created with choreographer Henry Daniel. His Canzone di Petra (2004), a piece for flute and harp commissioned by Heidi Krutzen and Lorna McGhee, was the winner of the 2007 Western Canadian Music Outstanding Composition Award. His orchestral work Lines of Memory won first prize in the 1994 du Maurier Canadian Composers’ Competition and his Love Songs was nominated for a Juno in 2002. His music has many different expressions and has been described as dense and interesting, colourful, lyrical in inspiration, exuberant and witty, subtle, and thoughtful.

His compositions have been performed by leading music organizations in Canada including Arraymusic, Quatuor Bozzini, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Esprit Orchestra, Vancouver Cantata Singers, musica intima, the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Bach Choir and the Turning Point Ensemble. Recent international performances have included the premiere of two new chamber works by the CrossSound Festival in Alaska, a Boston premiere by the King’s Chapel Choir and Arcadian Winds, and a performance of his One Page Sonata in Bratislava, Slovakia. His music has been included on several recordings including his disc Celestial Machine on the Artifact Music label.

Still Image will be released on the Centrediscs label.

Presented as part of the SFU Contemporary Arts Faculty Research Series.

For further information, please visit the event at the Woodward’s website.

February 26, 2012
8:00 pm

Songs Unsung: An Evening of Music in Honour of Rumana Monzur

Songs UnsungFebruary 9, 2012 @ 6:30pm
GSS Ballroom & Roy Barnett Recital Hall
UBC School of Music
Vancouver, BC
by donation (recommended $15)
Available: at the door, or at the GSS main office. All proceeds will be donated to the Rumana Monzur fund.

An evening of song in honour of Rumana Monzur. Last summer Rumana was attacked and blinded by her former husband, and since then she has been struggling with the challenges of her new life here in Vancouver. ‘Songs Unsung’ commemorates all victims of violence against women, and honours Rumana’s courage in the face of so much adversity.

The event begins with a reception at 6:30pm in the GSS Ballroom at UBC. A special concert will begin at 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm) in the Roy Barnett Hall, UBC School of Music. This concert will feature performances by the Lungs and Limbs Ensemble, with pieces composed especially for the event by the Composers’ Collective.

February 9, 2012
6:30 pm