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2012 Composer in Residence: Owen Underhill
2012 Ensemble in Residence: Vancouver Brass Project
2012 Guest Artist: Michael Murray, Organ

Experts Discussion Panel
March 20, 2012 @ 6:00pm
BC Creative Hub
837 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: FREE!

Experts Discussion Panel to kick off Sonic Boom Festival 2012. Philippe Pasquier (multi-disciplinary artist and scientist in artificial intelligence) discussing Musical Metacreation; Dr. Bob Pritchard (electroacoustics at UBC and filmmaker) on the UBC Laptop Orchestra; and John Roston (McGill interdisciplinary research) and Mark Zuberbuhler (Digital Media Centre, UBC) on The Open Orchestra simulator.


Electroacoustic Works Concert
March 21, 2012 @ 7:30pm
The Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $25 general; $15 students, seniors & artists; $60 festival pass
Available: at the door; cash only!

A diverse array of wildly imaginative new electroacoustic compositions. Featuring a new work by electroacoustic curator Yota Kobayashi. Composers: Craig Aalders, John L. Baker, Cameron Catalano, Yota Kobayashi, Ryan Noakes, Aura Pon, Martin Ritte.


Vancouver Brass Project
March 22, 2012 @ 7:30pm
St. Philip’s Anglican Church 
3737 West 27th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $25 general; $15 students, seniors & artists; $60 festival pass
at the door; cash only!

The Vancouver Brass Project: Our 2012 Sonic Boom Ensemble in Residence. A stellar collection of local brass players and percussionists.

Featuring nine bold new compositions, including a new work by Composer in Residence Owen Underhill.

Composers: Craig Aalders, Cameron Catalano, Craig Day, Stefan Hintersteininger, Duncan Maunders, Farshid Samandari, Glenn Sutherland, Owen Underhill, Russell P. Unfreed


Guest Artist Michael Murray (organ)
March 23, 2012 @ 7:30pm
St. Philip’s Anglican Church 
3737 West 27th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $25 general; $15 students, seniors & artists; $60 festival pass
at the door; cash only!

Our 2012 Sonic Boom Guest Artist. Renowned organist Michael Murray will perform nine new works on the beautiful pipe organ at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church. A rare treat that shouldn’t be missed!

Composers: John L. Baker, Andre Cormier, M.T. Douglas, Adam Hill, Christopher Kovarik, Colin MacDonald, Dubravko Pajalic, Jo ë l Tibbits, Michael Trew


Mixed Ensembles
March 24, 2012 @ 7:30pm
The Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue

Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $25 general; $15 students, seniors & artists; $60 festival pass
at the door; cash only!

A wide variety of music for mixed ensembles of one to four players. This evening promises to showcase the talent and creativy of local composers as they combine instruments in new and beautiful ways.

Composers: Diane Berry, Jeremy Hartmann, Sebastian Laskowski, James Maxwell/Claire French, Daniel Simmons, Remy Siu, Roydon Tse, Evan Watkins, William Young


Student Composers’ Master Class
March 25, 2012 @ 10:00am
The Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue

Vancouver, BC
Tickets: FREE!

This free event is a must for all student composers! Moderated by Composer in Residence Owen Underhill, this Master Class features Jeremy Berkman, trombone; and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano; performing new works by intrepid young composers.

Composers: Gene Emerson, Nicole Fu, Nocolas Gonzales Thomas, Kenneth Huang, Sam Kaplan, Megan Yim, Haein Yoo


Mixed Ensembles II
March 25, 2012 @ 7:30pm
The Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue

Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $25 general; $15 students, seniors & artists; $60 festival pass
at the door; cash only!

The second evening of mixed ensemble compositions. A perfect conclusion to five wonderful nights of music!

Composers: Elizabeth Knudson, Rita Ueda, Lan Tung, Glenn James, Ryan Noakes, Drew Redman, Sylvia RickardJeffrey Ryan, Daniel Bellefeuille


Further detail at the Sonic Boom website.

March 20, 2012 8:00 pmtoMarch 25, 2012 8:00 pm

Laudate Singers: Organic Voices

March 10, 2012 @ 8:00pm
St. Andrew’s United Church
1044 Saint Georges Avenue
North Vancouver, BC

March 23, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Holy Rosary Cathedral
646 Richards Street,
Vancouver, BC

Tickets: $25 general; $20 seniors; $10 student; free for children 12 and under
Available via:

  • Phone: (604) 729 – 6814
  • Website

Join Laudate Singers and virtuoso organist Denis Bédard for an evening of glorious music. Savour Bruckner’s majestic Ecce Sacerdos, Britten’s spirited Jubilate Deo in C, Brahms’ lovely Geistliches Lied and more – plus Diaconu and Saba’s intriguing new work, A Place, for choir, organ, and pre-recorded sound.

Bring a friend to enjoy the experience on March 10 at St. Andrew’s United Church, or at the repeat performance at Holy Rosary Cathedral on March 23. This exhilarating program is sure to lift your spirit!

March 10, 2012
8:00 pm
March 23, 2012
8:00 pm

‘UPBEAT’ International Summer Music School: 9th Annual Composition Course

Cello on stepsDEADLINE: Interested composers must send to Professor Hoffman by Friday, 23 March, 2012 (this is a receipt, not postmark deadline)

COURSE: July 14 – 25, 2012 in Milna, Croatia

School website:

The composition course in Milna consists of:

  • A series of daily group meetings with Professor Joel Hoffman
  • Cultural and outdoor activities in Milna and nearby on the island of Brac
  • A final concert of works by course participant

The course this year will focus on writing for the Milna Ensemble, which consists of the composer-performers who are members of the course.

Course Details

Composition Practicum

Writing for the Milna Ensemble

This is the main part of the course, in which students will have composed complete pieces in advance of the course for either the entire ensemble or some part of it. The pieces will be rehearsed and evaluated in a group setting by Professor Hoffman as well as by other professors in residence in terms of compositional craft and idiomatic writing for the ensemble.  There will be ample time for revision and refinement of the compositions, which will then be performed by the ensemble in the final concerts on 24 and 25 July in Milna.

Improvisation Workshop

A few sessions will be devoted to principles of improvisation, which will be demonstrated and discussed by Professor Hoffman. There will be a number of group exercises and activities. This part of the composition course is also open to other music students taking part in the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School.

What to submit?

  1. Curriculum Vitae
    • Please make sure the following information is included:
      • composition experience, including works composed with year of composition
      • list of performances of your works
      • universities/conservatories attended with dates of degrees earned as a composer
      • names of composition teachers
      • performance level on your instrument (eg. beginning, intermediate, advanced)
      • list of repertoire performed on your instrument
      • list of performances and any awards or competitions won
      • names of instrumental/vocal teachers
      • universities/conservatories attended with dates of degrees earned as instrumentalist/vocalist
      • date of birth, citizenship, mailing address, email address and phone number
  2. A score of an original work for a small ensemble scored for anywhere from 2-15 separate parts
    • A live or MIDI recording (on a CD, if by mail) of this ensemble piece is strongly encouraged but not required
  3. A recording of two contrasting pieces you perform
    • The pieces may be either solos or ensemble pieces but in the case of the latter, it should be easy to individuate your playing from among the others in the ensemble (i.e. If you are a violinist, please do not submit a work for three violins!)
    • If sending by mail, please make sure the CD is accurately and completely labeled

You may submit your materials in either of two forms:

  • Mail
    • Joel Hoffman

c/o Copland House, Inc.
P.O. Box 2177
Peekskill, NY  10566

    • IMPORTANT:  when you send your package to the above address, please email Professor Hoffman at to advise that your package will be arriving
  • Electronically
    • Send item 1 to Professor Hoffman by email at
    • DO NOT send items 2 and 3 by email
      • Send them via an internet delivery service such as, and make sure that you advise Professor Hoffman by email where and how your materials are available


In either case, the deadline for receipt of all materials is Friday, 23 March, 2012 (this is a receipt, not postmark deadline).

Participants will be notified of acceptance into the course by email by 1 April.  At that point, they will be informed of the makeup of the complete ensemble available for the composition course, and they will be asked to compose a piece for any combination of instruments/voice available from the ensemble.  At that time, composers will be asked to confirm their participation in the course by mailing the application fee of 20 euros or $30US which should be either in the form of a check drawn in USD (made out to Joel Hoffman) or cash, sent to Professor Hoffman at the address above.  The course tuition is 450 euros, and is payable to the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School before the end of May.

It is required that the participants’ compositions for the Milna Ensemble be completed well before the course begins so that the focus during the course can be on revising and refining.  Scores and parts should be sent to Professor Hoffman via (or a similar service) no later than 10 June, and parts should be either mailed or sent electronically directly to performers at that time to allow sufficient time for individual preparation.  It is hoped that the composers will also work on new pieces for the ensemble during the course, which can be rehearsed and discussed along with the previously completed pieces.

The principal language of the “UPBEAT” International Music Summer School is English. In addition, Professor Hoffman can accommodate students in Italian and French.


Please email Professor Hoffman with any questions at

Photo of concert

March 23, 2012
3:00 pm