Student Composers

Music Research and Composition Department Chair: David Myska

Composition students are part of the Music Research and Composition Department. Student Composer Concerts are organized jointly with Music Performance Studies to provide an opportunity for student composers to realize their creative works in collaboration with performance students and faculty. Repertoire ranges from contemporary classical to electroacoustic.

Electroacoustic Composition & Performance: The objective is to produce musical compositions which use digital techniques of synthesis and data manipulation, and also feature integrated live-performance aspects.

Chamber Music Showcase: Composition students work with chamber groups to create new works for small ensembles.

Prerequisites or Entrance Requirements:

Music 2695A/B, Music 2629 or permission of the instructor.

View course outlines for more information.

Performances and Premieres:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Ensemble Made in Canada premieres new works by student composers and performs Dvořák Piano Quintet (quintet no. 2 in A major, Opus 81) with guest violinist Scott St. John.

Monday, October 23, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Fall Student Composers Concert

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Atrium, International and Graduate Affairs Building
Five six-minute premieres by PhD composers in celebration of Canada 150 and Western’s International Week. Event also includes unveiling of commissioned art piece in celebration of Canada 150.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Electroacoustic Music Compositions Concert
2695B (Electroacoustic Music Compositions)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Concert of MMus Thesis Compositions (five premieres)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Annual Chamber Groups and Student Composers Gala Concert

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Electroacoustic Music Compositions Concert
Compositions produced for Music courses 9533Y and 3695