Composer-in-Residence Program

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Composer-in-Residence Program

The listing period for this opportunity has passed.

The Composer-in-Residence Program provides an Alberta-based choral composer the opportunity to compose new music for Choir Alberta and its members. One composer will be appointed for an 18-month period (January 2021 to June 2022), and will be asked to write three pieces for mixed choir:

  • A commission for the Alberta Youth Choir, our annual honour choir for singers aged 16 to 22.
  • A short work for the winning team from Run For Music, our annual fundraiser event.
  • A consortium of mixed choirs from across the province, to be coordinated by Choir Alberta.

These pieces will also be added to our lending library and made available to Choir Alberta members after the completion of the residency. The composer-in-residence may also be asked to present one 75-minute choral session at Music Conference Alberta on a topic pertaining to their compositional interests.

The selected composer will receive a fee of $5,000 for their services.

Application Requirements

Applicants must be a resident of the province of Alberta in order to be eligible for this program. There is no application fee.

To apply, please complete the application form below, and include the following:

  • A current CV or artistic resume: This should outline your education (university or private study), a list of works (including information about past performances), any prizes or awards received, any publications or commercial recordings, and other information as applicable.
  • Two sample choral works, including a full score and an audio recording (either live or computer-generated).
    Since the Composer-in-Residence will be writing for youth & amateur mixed choirs, we encourage you to provide works that demonstrate your ability in this area (ie. lower difficulty, less divisi, idiomatic writing, etc.).

​Full details, including the application form, can be found on the Choir Alberta website, visit

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