March 2: This Fragile Web (mixed choir with piano and violin); i Coristi; Edmonton AB
March 2: Magnificat (mezzo-soprano soloist with ten treble parts); at a concert featuring several choirs; Tallinn, Estonia
March 8: premiere of careful careful (mixed choir with marimba and harp), commissioned by the Orpheus Choir of Toronto for its Raising Her Voice project. This important concert, which takes place on International Women’s Day, features the work of four Canadian female poets set to music by four Canadian female composers: Katerina Gimon set the poetry of Yaya Yao; Anika-France Forget set the poetry of Shadi Eskandani; Tawnie Olson set the poetry of Phoebe Wang; and I set a poem by the amazing and much loved poet Priscila Uppal, who tragically passed away in September 2018, just as I was beginning to work on this piece. This commission was generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council, and I am able to attend the concert thanks to a grant from the Canada Council of the Arts.
March 9, 10: premiere of Following the Moonroad (mixed choir with cello), commissioned by the DaCapo Chamber Choir, thanks to funding from the Ontario Arts Council, in celebration of DaCapo’s 20th anniversary. This concert marks the centre of DaCapo’s three-year exploration of "the refugee experience”, beginning last year with displacement and continuing this year with resettlement (next year will move on to renewal). To keep the project in line with the topic of the refugee experience, I further commissioned (with generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts) three Canadian poets who all have personal connections to this topic: Lozan Yamolky is a refugee from Iraq; Connie Braun is the daughter of refugees from Poland; and George Elliott Clarke is the descendant of refugees who came to Canada to escape slavery in the United States. I am able to attend these concerts with a travel grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
March 12: Album of Old Photographs (marimba and piano); SHHH!! Ensemble; Ottawa ON
March 18-22: I will be the composer “teaching assistant” in Pacific Opera’s March Break camp, helping students create music for a new opera
March 24: Magnificat; Engelbrekts Discantus; Stockholm, Sweden
April 7: In Paradisum (unaccompanied SSAATTBB); Chronos Vocal Ensemble; Edmonton AB
April 7-8: I will be in Courtney and Comox BC giving composition workshops at Motif Music Studios and at a private studio
April 11: The Grail Bird (on-stage treble choir, off-stage treble choir, speaker); Binghamton University Women’s Chorus; Binghamton NY
April 14: Canoe Legends (collaboration with Unity, Indigenous vocal/percussion ensemble: 2222/4331/timp+1perc/hp/strings with Unity); Orchestra Toronto; Toronto ON
April 20-27: I will be in Sherwood Park AB adjudicating junior piano and giving composition workshops
April 27: The Dawn is Not Distant (SSAA with piano); Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir; Ottawa ON
April 30: Hopewell Cape; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Toronto ON