October 10, 2003
COMPOSER FOR OPENING NIGHT, 2004!
The TSO’s first "New Creations" Competition for Young
Ontario Composers ***
Toronto, Ontario - For a young composer, there is no experience
more valuable than that of hearing your new work performed live by a
symphony orchestra (not to mention the invaluable process of honing one’s
skills during the rehearsal process). The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is
pleased to offer a young composer the chance to do just that:
to create a new work for possible inclusion on its season-opening concerts
in September 2004.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its first New
Creations Competition for Young Composers. This competition is open to
composers up to the age of 35 as of September 2004. Entrants must reside in
Ontario and be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents.
Top entries in the competition will receive an open reading by the TSO in
May of 2004. If a work is selected, it will be performed on the opening
concerts of the 2004-2005 season. The winning composer will be invited to
Toronto for the rehearsals and performance.
The New Creations Competition is part of the TSO’s ongoing initiative in
the creation of new works by Canadian composers. Music Director Designate
Peter Oundjian, who conceived the competition, is pleased to be inviting
young composers to submit a work for possible inclusion on his first concert
as Music Director. "I firmly believe in promoting young Canadian talent, and
here is a fantastic opportunity to do so," said Mr. Oundjian. He added, "I
look forward to reviewing the submissions, meeting the composers, and
collaborating with them."
Candidates should consider the following points:
- The work must be suitable for the overall atmosphere and content of
the concert programme; therefore, the other works on this programme will
be revealed in confidence to the candidates (see contact information
- The work must be approximately five to seven minutes long, and without
- Entrants should note that, depending on the scores received, the TSO
reserves the right not to programme any of the submissions.
Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2004; scores will be judged by Peter
For a complete list of submission rules and guidelines, or for more
detailed information, composers are encouraged to visit the TSO website at