New Generation Artists & Composers

UPDATED: November 18, 2021

One of the most appreciated educational programs the SPO offers is our “New Generation Program” for young musical artists. SPO personnel mentor new generation and young people offering the opportunity for performance and composition. Under the direction of Ronald Royer, this program has also become a favourite of many in our community.


1. “NEW GENERATION COMPOSER’S PROJECT” 2021/2022 – Composing for the Odin (string) Quartet

UPDATED November 18, 2021: 

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) and the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) are collaborating to issue a call for proposals for early career and student composers wanting to write for a string quartet. Four to six (4-6) composers will be selected to write a short piece for the Odin Quartet. This is the fifth edition of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Generation Composer’s Project. 

During the writing process, each composer will be paired with a mentor composer who will be a support and resource: this will include advice on writing the piece, string and string quartet writing, score and part preparation, and aspects of career development. Composers will also be supported and advised by SPO music director Ronald Royer. 

Completed pieces will be rehearsed and then audio and video recorded by the Odin Quartet. The videos will be posted on the SPO’s YouTube channel.

HOW TO APPLY: For specific information and criteria for this event, download the PDF form available here.

Deadline to send your application is Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

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