New Generation Artists & Composers

UPDATED: October 10, 2018.

One of the most appreciated extra programs the SPO offers is our “New Generation” activities for young musical artists and composers.  SPO personnel mentor young people and offer the opportunity for performance. Under the direction, of Ronald Royer, this program has also become a favourite of many in our audience.


UPDATED October 10, 2018:  The SPO, in partnership with the University of Toronto Schools (UTS), is pleased to present another in its series of acclaimed Composer Workshops, designed to support composers developing their writing for winds.

MENTORING: During the writing process, each participating composer will be paired with a mentor composer, who will provide advice on the writing of the piece, orchestration, score and part preparation, as well as aspects of career development. SPO Music Director, Mr. Ronald Royer, will also provide valuable feedback for each composer.

READING SESSION: Completed pieces will be read by Mr. Royer (Conductor) and the Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS (30 Humbert Street, Toronto, ON).

Interested listeners are invited to the UTS to attend the reading session.  Participating composers will receive an archival audio recording. Audience members are welcome to attend.


  1. New Generation composers, including younger students, are invited to apply.

  2. Four composers will be selected. One spot will be dedicated to a student composer from UTS, and the remaining spots are open to any composer who meets eligibility criteria. These will be chosen by a jury consisting of SPO representatives.

  3. The selected composers will be asked to write a short piece (up to 5 minutes) for an instrumentation of: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling english horn), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 1 trumpet, 1 percussion and 1 string bass.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: The competition is focused on Ontario-based composers who are able to travel to Toronto for the Reading Session. The Workshop is open to:

  • early-career and student composers

  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants

  • high school age and up

HOW TO APPLY: For specific information and criteria for this event, click here to download a PDF form.




UPDATED February 12, 2019:  The SPO has a mandate to support Canadian composers and mentor New Generation Artists.  This project will bring together composers from the SPO community to write for the Odin String Quartet.

THE ODIN STRING QUARTET: Since September 2017, the Odin String Quartet has been the ensemble-in-residence for the SPO and is made up of New Generation Artists Alex Toskov (violin), Tanya Charles (violin), Laurence Schaufele (viola) and Samuel Bisson (cell0).  ** The Odin String Quartet has also been engaged to perform the works of Bruno Degazio, Chris Meyer and Kevin Zi-Xiao He at the SPO subscription concert on May 25, 2019 at St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church. One other work from the February concert may be included at this May concert.

THE COMPOSERS: Of the eight composers involved in this project, four are established composers (Ronald Royer, Bruno Degazio, Chris Meyer and Kieren McMillan), and four are New Generation composers (Samuel Bisson, Kevin Zi-Xiao He, Phillip Christoffersen and Shreya Jha).

“DRYING INK” CONCERT: Music by these eight composers will be premiered at: ARRAY SPACE (155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto) on the new date FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019, 8:00 pm.

“DRYING INK” TICKET PRICES:  Adult $20  |  Seniors $15  |  Student (with ID) $10

WORKSHOP: One month prior to the performance, the SPO and the Quartet will invite the composers to three workshop rehearsals of the new compositions. The dates of the workshops and the specific compositions on each session will be announced by our Music Director, Mr. Ronald Royer.  Other members of the SPO community, including New Generation (and younger student) composers will be invited to attend.  Mr. Royer and/or Mr. Degazio will be present at the workshops to support the composers and the ensemble.

WORKSHOP TICKET PRICES:  The three workshops (date and venue TBA) featuring the Odin String Quartet and the new Canadian music are FREE, but observers will need to book their attendance in advance.  Details on how to do so will appear here in the coming days.

RECORDING OF CD: The Odin String Quartet is planning to record a CD of all Canadian music and hopes most (if not all) of the music developed through this project will be included. The recording will be released on the Cambria Master Recordings (Los Angeles) label and distributed worldwide through NAXOS. Mr. Royer has produced five CDs for Cambria (distributed by NAXOS) and will be producing this Odin String Quartet recording.

HOW TO APPLY: We will have more application details available soon. Please check back on this page for more information and links.


Supporting the future of Great Music in Scarborough!