Composition Clubs - Composition Clubs are a hands-on way for music students to learn about composing music. Participants work together to compose pieces of music which are commissioned by music teachers and directors, and then given premiere performances by music students across Canada and beyond. To date, Composition Clubs have composed music for string orchestra, band, choir, chamber ensembles, and soloists.
Christine teaches Composition Clubs in Victoria BC, and gives Composition Club workshops across Canada. There are several ways for music teachers and students to be involved in Composition Club activities - click here for more information!
The Clubs focus on:
process and product in equal measure - as well as learning how to compose music, students cultivate cognate skills such as open-minded listening and creative thinking;
collaboration rather than competition, with an emphasis on teamwork, and all participants contributing as they are able;
education through experience - students’ understanding of the composition process expands through level-appropriate challenges as well as teacher demonstration;
connections and communities - students compose music for their peers to perform, either locally or farther afield.
Piano Trio in D minor
Composed by VCM Composition Club (Victoria BC); premiered by students of the VCM Senior Collegium (directed by Simon MacDonald)
Sarabande and Tambourin
Composed by VCM Composition Club (Victoria BC); Premiered by students of Accademia Filarmonica (Utrecht, the Netherlands; directed by Johannes Lievaart)
Composed by OrKidstra Composition Club (Ottawa ON); Premiered by Sizzlers Fiddle Group (Victoria BC; directed by Amy Florence Paster; choreographed by Samantha Witwicki)
Composed by Yukon Composition Club (Whitehorse YK); Premiered by Fiddleheads Musical Theatre (Chelsea QC; directed by Kyle Burghout and James Stephens)
Black Footed Ferret
Composed by uOSMA Composition Club (Ottawa ON); Premiered by piano student of Carmen Falconer (Nanaimo BC)