Call for scores / sketches

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Call for scores / sketches

May 9 @ 9:00 pm (21:00) - 11:30 pm (23:30)

The Montreal Choral Institute is proud to offer its first annual composers’ workshop. This event is designed to enable early-career Canadian composers to hear their piece(s) or sketch of a piece to be workshopped live with Voces Boreales‘ professional vocal Octet , led by the MCI’s artistic director Andrew Gray. This event is designed to give composers the rare opportunity to experiment with textures, vocal production and techniques, blending or contrasting of sounds, rhythms, dynamics etc. whilst developing a particular piece or their individual style and sound. Only a cappella pieces that can be performed by an SSAATTBB group can be considered.

Four composers, who will be selected from the submissions received, will be invited to attend the workshop session – either in person (if within reach of Montreal) or via videoconferencing.

To learn more about the Montreal Choral Institute and Voces Boreales visit their website at

Submitted works or sketches of pieces in development should:

not have been performed before
be up to 5 minutes in length
be written for a cappella mixed voices (up to 8 part SSAATTBB)
be typeset and in pdf form
The Montreal Choral Institute welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds of age, gender, ethnicity, and ability.

The deadline for submission is Sunday 9 May 2021

To submit please email scores to
Please include your name (unless you wish to remain anonymous), a contact email address, and your piece and/or sketch.

NB: scores that are submitted but not selected for the workshop will not be subsequently used by the ensemble without separate agreement. Of the composers selected for the workshop, two will be commissioned for a future work and/or encouraged to develop and finalize the submitted work for the ensemble to perform. Fees would naturally be offered in line with accepted norms for commissioning.

“My hope for these workshops is that composers, who are perhaps in the initial stages of their composing careers and who wish to experiment with the instrument that is a vocal ensemble (much as they might also wish to learn more about how to write successfully for electric guitar ¬†or saxophone quartet), will submit material that is experimental in nature, unfinished, or simply uncertain, so that together we can find out what works, what improves or diminishes the music, and discuss ways to interpret what has been written on the page.
For me, this is the best way we can help composers develop more ways to write for singers, to embrace the future of Canadian choral composition and provide a learning experience that isn’t widely available.”
Andrew Gray, artistic director, Montreal Choral Institute.


May 9
9:00 pm (21:00) - 11:30 pm (23:30)
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