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  • Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London, 2016-2017
  • Fellow, American Opera Projects’ Composers & the Voice, 2015-2017
  • Listen to the Chorus, immersive video installation at Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 30 Sept. 2017

Madeleine Co. and Nasim Asgari, spoken-word poet
score by Cecilia Livingston
click here for more information, on the Nuit Blanche site

“A Tribute to Glenn Gould”
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Colm Feore, host
23 September 2017, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
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“Canadian Seasons” (Masterworks Series)
Kingston Symphony
Evan Mitchell, conductor
22 October 2017, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Kingston
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  • Kalypso, Penelope, and Parting, for soprano and piano

“Imperfect Art Song”
Lindsay Lalla, soprano; Tanya Paradowski, piano
23 September 2017, Gallery 345, Toronto
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  • “‘salt strange and sweet’: Musical and Dramatic Tensions in Written On Skin.” Conference paper. 54th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association, University of Liverpool, 7-9 Sept. 2017
  • commissioned composer, Canadian Art Song Project (2017)
  • The Dismantled Ship, for tenor and piano (text by Walt Whitman)

Jonathan Russell MacArthur, tenor; Cheryl Duvall, piano
11 August 2017, The Array Space, Toronto

  • “Dazzled By The Stars: Beethoven, Kant, and the Confusions of the Sublime.” Conference paper. 6th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group, King’s College London, 13-14 July 2017
  • “All Aria: Minimalism and Postdramatic Opera.” Conference paper. Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Society for Minimalist Music, University of Tennessee, 21-25 June 2017
  • Kiss Goodnight, for a cappella men’s chorus, is now available through the Pro Coro Canada Choral Series, published by Leading Note. Click here for more information.
  • Kiss Goodnight, for a cappella men’s chorus

Pro Coro Canada, cond. Michael Zaugg
1 June 2017, Edmonton International Choir Festival; Edmonton, Alberta
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  • Kalypso, for soprano and piano (written for American Opera Projects)

Madison Angus, soprano; Helen Becqué, piano
12 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

  • The Dismantled Ship, for tenor and piano (text by Walt Whitman)

Alex Nishibun, tenor; Clare Longendyke, piano
8 April 2017, 9 April 2017, Boston, MA

  • The Yellow Wallpaper, opera scene with librettist Nicolas Billon

Tapestry Opera’s New Opera 101 Workshop and Song Book VII concerts
featuring Krisztina Szabo, Keith Klassen, and Steven Philcox
23 Feb. 2017 at 7:30pm; 24 Feb. 2017 at 7:30pm and 10pm; Ernest Balmer Studio, Toronto

2016

  • Kiss Goodnight (6’) and Dear Illusion (5′), for a cappella men’s chorus

Pro Coro Canada, cond. Michael Zaugg
“Stayin’ Alive” Male Voices Concert, 27 November 2016, All Saints’ Anglican Church, Edmonton - click here for tickets and click here for more information

  • soprano Danielle Buonaiuto and pianist John Wilson record art songs Kalypso (6′) and Penelope (8′) at New World Symphony, Miami, USA, October 2016, for Danielle and Natalie Draper’s new CD o sea-starved, hungry sea. Click here for more information!
  • Part I of chamber-opera-in-progress Freud / Jung, created with librettist Duncan McFarlane, premieres at American Opera Project’s “Six Scenes” in New York City (30 Sept. 2016 and 2 Oct. 2016)
  • Two Dreams (10’), for soprano and string quartet

with soprano Christina Haldane
“What Next” Festival, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, 19 May 2016, Hamilton – click here for more information

  • Penelope (10’)

Meher Pavri, soprano; Paul Moody, piano
“To The Moon And Back”, 12  March 2016, Toronto

Strange Flesh was created with the support of an Ontario Arts Council Music Commissioning Grant – click here for a video intro to the piece! (Youtube)

2015

  • The Masque of the Red Death returns to the stage, for full orchestra. Presented by the Kingston Symphony with the Kingston Choral Society, October 2015
  • Dear Illusion, for a cappella men’s choir recorded as part of Sacrifice and Solace (Toronto Valour Ensemble, cond. Lynn Dalal; CD release November 2015).
  • Penelope (10’)

Rebecca Genge, soprano; Andrea Van Pelt, piano
Vocalis Contemporary English Song Recital, 23 October 2015, Toronto

  • “This Is Not Catharsis: the grotesque, the uncanny, and the problematic ending of Wozzeck” conference paper presentation at the International Conference on Music Since 1900, University of Glasgow, 7-9 September 2015
  • Troy (for vibraphone quartet) wins TorQ Percussion Quartet’s Summer Seminar Composition Competition (with student performances in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; June 2015)
  • Penelope (10’)

Meher Pavri, soprano; Andrea Van Pelt, piano
2015 Nuova Opera and Music Theatre Festival’s Canadian Art Song Soirée, 9 June 2015, Edmonton

2014

  • SeaDream (10’)

Young Voices Toronto, Zimfira Poloz, cond. (presented at the World Choral Games 2014; Riga, Latvia)
with the support of the Ontario Arts Council Music Commissioning Program

  • Two Dreams with soprano Larissa Koniuk, at the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, 25 March 2015
  • The Attendant, from Four Scenes of Loss, was part of Tapestry Opera’s New Opera 101 workshop and Songbook V concert on 24 January 2015. These scenes were originally written for Tapestry’s 2013 LibLab – thank you to Natalya Matyusheva (soprano), Kristina Alexander (mezzo-soprano), and Anastasia Tchernikova (piano) for their new interpretation!
  • Composition Fellow, Bang On a Can’s Summer Music Festival at Mass MoCA,  MA USA; including the world premieres of noyade (for large ensemble, cond. by Brad Lubman), Troy (for vibraphone quartet, inspired by the art of Teresita Fernandez and Anselm Kiefer), and Light (for violin, vibraphone, and piano), and the US premiere by Karl Larson of Three Memories for Piano
  • Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant recipient (in support of 2014 BOAC Fellowship)
  • SOCAN Foundation Awards 2014 recipient (Two Dreams)
  • Masque of the Red Death (30′) receives a Mainstage Award from Boston Metro Opera
  • 2014-2015 Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient
  • Penelope (10’)

Alexandra Smither, soprano; Suzy Smith, piano
Walter Hall, Toronto, 16 April 2014; 7:30pm

  • Two Dreams (10’30)

Adanya Dunn, soprano; artists of FAWN
Emergents III: FAWN Opera and New Music, The Music Gallery, Toronto, 14 March 2014

  • Received an Ontario Arts Council Music Commissioning Grant for SeaDream, my new piece for Young Voices Toronto (Feb. 2014)
  • Two Dreams (10’30)

Alexandra Smither, soprano; The Cecilia String Quartet
Karen Kieser Prize Concert, Walter Hall, Toronto, 31 January 2014