FALL 2023-24 Student Composer Concert: THURS Dec 14 

 | 7:30PM | Convocation Hall

Composition Area Concert: music composed by undergraduate and graduate composition students

With guests, UltraViolet (Chenoa Anderson, flutes; Allison Balcetis, saxophones; Mark Segger, percussion; Roger Admiral, piano)

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XiME: Dec 4 | 7:30PM | Convocation Hall

XiME Fall 2023 Concert: Improvisations, Conductions, and Audio Scores

XiME 2023/24 is Benedek Gaal, Tatiana Gorchynski, Vinay Joshi, Kitt McKenney, Yuanyuan Que, Kurt Stenner, Jacob Tran, Mingchen Xiong, and is led by Mark Segger.


The Experimental Improvisation Ensemble (XiME) is a performing group of musicians, sound artists and other artists focusing on group improvisation, as well as works utilizing alternative scoring techniques, conceptual ideas, and mixed media creations. The ensemble focuses on improvisation and alternate modes of musical creation, and it serves as a vehicle for student composers to explore new ways of creating sound compositions.

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Welcome Back 2023-24

Composition students: apologies for the lateness in updating this site for the year. This is an ongoing project.

Check back here for information on fora and concerts this year.

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Winter Concert, 2023

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Winter 2022 students concerts!

Join us on two evening of new music recently composed by our students, find more information at the UofA Music Arts Shows page. and our Facebook events:

Thank you to our fantastic performers!

– Shelley Younge, Flute

– Don Ross, Clarinet

– James Cockell , Violin

– Conrad Sobieraj, Cello

– Maria Protodykonova, Piano

– Andriy Talpash, Conductor

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New Music by Student Composers and Improvisors


If you missed our student end-term concerts, they are available online (see below).

Undergraduate Composition Student Concert – works by students enrolled in MUS 270

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in Convocation Hall

Works for duets: tenor and violoncello, and trumpet and percussion

Performers are: John Tessier (tenor), Conrad Sobieraj (violoncello), Russell Whitehead (trumpet), Mark Segger (percussion)

If you want to attend in person (free admission), register here: https://submissionsonline.artsrn.ualberta.ca/portals/58

You can also watch virtually online here: https://youtu.be/T7jrjfRUxeY

Senior Undergraduate and Graduate – works by students enrolled in 471, 571, 671

Thursday, April 14th, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in Convocation Hall

Works for quartet and electronics: tenor, violoncello, trumpet, percussion

Performers are: John Tessier (tenor), Conrad Sobieraj (violoncello), Russell Whitehead (trumpet), Mark Segger (percussion), Andriy Talpash (conductor)

If you want to attend in person (free admission), register here: https://submissionsonline.artsrn.ualberta.ca/portals/58

You can also watch online here: https://youtu.be/0HOgfroDpnk

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New Music by Student Composers – Monday and Tuesday Night – Streaming FREE!

Tonight and tomorrow night, back for the first time since COVID, the University of Alberta’s music department composition area presents two concerts of new music by student composers, performed live and streamed for FREE!


Note:  University of Alberta students and faculty are welcome to attend the concert in person.  Both are in Convocation Hall on the University of Alberta’s North Campus.


Monday, December 13, 7:00 p.m.Compositions for saxophone & piano, composed by students in MUS 270Performers: William Street, soprano & alto saxophones; Andriy Talpash, tenor saxophone; Heather McGuire, piano


Live-Stream link: https://youtu.be/xydD2aNX0s4

Tuesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m.Six pieces for saxophone quartet, and one piece for saxophone + electronics, composed by senior undergraduate and graduate composition studentsPerformers: Edmonton Saxophone Quartet: Allison Balcetis, Kendra Heslip, Charles Stolte, and Ben Whittier

Live-Stream link: https://youtu.be/nr426uoWeLU

Untitled (2021), by Anonymous.  Chalk and leaves on sidewalk.  Photo by Scott Smallwood

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Living Sound Better with Digital Music Instruments – Sound Studies Institute Lecture Series, with D. Andrew Stewart


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

7:00 – 8:00pm MST

D. Andrew Stewart explores the concept of a Digital Sound Performer – a performer of sounds on digital musical instruments, also known as gestural controllers. Stewart suggests that the Sound Performer’s essential duty is to Live Sound Better; that is to say, the Sound Performer promotes respect for sound and all of its features and as a consequence, promotes respect for the recipients of sound: all hearing creatures on the Earth. Similar to society’s Keepers of the Peace, Sound Performers are the keepers and conveyors of healthy listening practices, creating an aural fascination in the world’s soundscapes which we all share. In addition, D. Andrew Stewart illustrates how digital lutherie offers unique opportunities to enhance the Sound Performer’s practice with sensor technology that captures and sonifies – gives sonic form to – movements (gestures and postures). In this way, the use of digital musical instruments makes the aural experience for the audience more palpable and visible – making the living sound better.

D. Andrew Stewart is a composer, pianist and digital musical instrumentalist. A convergence of acoustic and electroacoustic instrumental praxis is at the centre of Stewart’s oeuvre. His music is dedicated to exploring composition and performance for new interfaces for musical expression by adapting and evolving traditional praxis. Stewart’s work asks whether musical idea – concept, theory, material, technique and means – has kept pace with developments in digital lutherie; furthermore, what are the essential constituents for creating a viable digital instrument for the twenty-first century performer? 

Stewart has contributed to the field of music technology through his demonstrations at: the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, International Computer Music Conference / International Computer Music Association, Electroacoustic Music Studies Network, Electronic Music Foundation, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Society for Music Theory, and the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. Andrew Stewart’s music has been featured in countries such as: The UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, USA, Germany, France, Mexico, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Korea Republic and his home country of Canada.

https://soundstudies.ca/livestream/

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SHHH!! Ensemble performs Spirits

March 4, 7:30 PM
Convocation Hall
University of Alberta

FREE (Donations Welcome)

SHHH! Ensemble, with Edana Higham, piano; Zac Pulak, percussion.

Featuring several newly commissioned works, structured improvisation, and creative instrumentation SHHH!! Ensemble’s innovative “Spirits” programme takes the listener on a journey through composer’s reflections on the nature of creativity, meditation, inspiration, whiskey, and the beyond.

SHHH!! Ensemble performs Spirits

Andy Akiho – Karakurenai
John Beckwith – Meanwhile +*
Kelly-Marie Murphy – Dr. Blue’s Incredible Boneshaking Drill Engine +*
John Gordon Armstrong – The Angel’s Share +*
Kevin Hanlon – SHHHuffle / Bach – O How Fleeting, O How Hollow *
Micheline Roi – Grieving the Doubts of Angels +

  • = Canadian Composer
  • = Commissioned by SHHH!! Ensemble

SHHH!! Ensemble Bio:

SHHH!!… a powerful utterance designed to draw attention forward… creating space and awareness… opening ears to something important.

SHHH!! Ensemble is a piano/percussion duo dedicated to the creation and dissemination of new and rarefied sounds. The Ottawa based duo of pianist Edana Higham and percussionist Zac Pulak pride themselves in the presentation of programmes that are as accessible as they are groundbreaking.

The ensemble is committed to creating and exploring works for piano and percussion through commissioning and arranging. Recent highlights include residencies at the Canadian Music Centre and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, commissions from iconic Canadian composers such as John Beckwith, Jocelyn Morlock, and a forthcoming double-concerto from Kelly-Marie Murphy.

To stay up-to-date with all of SHHH!! Ensemble’s activities them on social media using the @shhhensemble handle.

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U of A Composer Concerts, Fall 2019/20

Please join us for two exciting concerts of brand new music, composed by University of Alberta undergraduate and graduate composers.

On Monday, Dec. 9, the Ultraviolet Ensemble, featuring Chenoa Anderson (flutes), Allison Balcetis (saxes), Amy Nicholson (cello), and Roger Admiral (piano) will perform new compositions by Cole Dorchester, Isaac Earl, Chuck Hanson, Sarah Hubert, Rio Houle, Catherine Labbe, Alex McNaughton, Ryan Miralles, Diana Tayler, and Ashley Weckesser.

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 7:30 PM
Convocation Hall
Free Admission (donations accepted)

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, organist Marnie Giebrecht-Segger and percussionist Mark Segger will perform new works for the organ and percussion by graduate composers Brendan Bevan, Derek Horemans, and Justin Sullivan. Not to be missed!

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 7:30 PM
Convocation Hall
Free Admission (donations accepted)

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