New Generation Artists & Composers

UPDATED: October 15, 2019

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 April 15, 2020

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2019/2020 New Generation Composers Workshop reading session, scheduled for May 4, 2020, has been postponed. The SPO is committed to these young composers and will hold the reading session at a later date, when it is safe. (RR)

1. “NEW GENERATION COMPOSER’S WORKSHOP” 2019/2020 – Composing for a 10 player string and wind ensemble

UPDATED October 15, 2019:  The SPO, in partnership with the University of Toronto Schools (UTS), is pleased to present another in its series of New Generation Composer’s Workshops, designed to support composers developing their writing for strings and 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 feedback for each composer.

READING SESSION: Completed pieces will be read (performed) and recorded by the ODIN STRING QUARTET and other players from the SPO, conducted by Ronald Royer, on Wednesday, May 4, 2020 at THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS (30 Humbert Street, Toronto, ON).

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. Five or six composers will be selected. 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: 1 flute (can double piccolo), 1 oboe (can double English horn), 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 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, a download PDF form is now available here. Deadline to send your application is Monday, November 18, 2019.


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