We are on the hunt for young composers for our 2017-2018 season!

Proud to support young musical talent, we encourage emerging music creators to join in our third annual composing competition. Last year we presented twelve new works over four different concerts and one composer was awarded a 300$ prize by the competition’s jury. In Spring 2018 we will produce a concert entirely devoted to musical creations.

All interested applicants must first register with the required materials. Nine composers will then be selected and attributed one of the following instrumentations :
Eight works for our « Soirée créations » (March 2018):

  • Alto saxophone and marimba (7-8 minutes)
  • Bass clarinet and marimba (7-8 minutes)
  • Viola and marimba (7-8 minutes)
  • E flat clarinet, tenor saxophone, viola and marimba (10-12 minutes)
  • Bass Clarinet solo (4 à 5 minutes)
  • Solo Viola (4 to 5 minutes)
  • Solo saxophone – tenor or alto (4 to 5 minutes)
  • Solo Marimba (4 to 5 minutes)


One work for the SCM choir, our resident ensemble (4 to 5 minutes, concert in Spring 2018).The piece has to be inspired or centered around the city of Montreal (unless you are from Montreal, in which case there is no such requirement)

All candidates must complete the registration form (button below)
The following documents are required by November 20th 2017 :

— CV
— Cover letter (1 page)
— Two contrasting compositions (scores and audio recording (simulations are accepted))
— Your choice of instrumentation in order of preference

Please note all applicants must pay a compulsory 25$ administrative fee.

A committee formed of SCM board members along with concert performers will study the applications and assign the different instrumentations to applicants based on the quality of their applications and their instrument choices. Successful candidates will be notified in November.

The selected composers will have to respect the following deadlines for submission of their works :
> Febuary 1st 2018 for the « Soirée création »
> March 1st 2018 for the SCM Choir



About the performers

The SCM choir

In only three years of existence, the SCM Choir, conducted by Pascal G.-Berardi, has already premiered a dozen of young composers works and tackled demanding repertoire (El Grito by Edvard Munch, Mein Odem Ist Schwach by Max Reger, 4 motets pour un temps de pénitence by Francis Poulenc). The 18 voices choir continues its quest for excellence while providing performance opportunities for young professional singers.

Marimba – David Therrien-Brongo

Among the most active and polyvalent percussionist of his generation, David Therrien-Brongo is a permanent member of Ensemble Paramirabo, Duo AIRS (Saxophone/percussions), SCRAP percussion ensemble and extreme metal band Archɇtype all while freelancing ensemble like Orchetre Métropolitain, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and Sixtrum. He graduated from Universiy of Montreal and Superior School of Catalonia. He was awarded the Guy Soucie price for best performance of a quebec-based piece during Prix d’Europe 2017.

Alto – Juliet Khodabakhshi

Juliet just completed her masters in viola at University of Montreal under Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot and had the chance to participate in multiple masterclasses and musical projects. She plays both classical and pop music in diverse local ensemble and orchestras. Juliet is also a dedicated teacher, teaching both violon and viola at students from various social environments.

Clarinette – Victor Alibert

With a bachelor’s degree in teaching and musicology and master in clarinet, Victor Alibert is now a freelancer and clarinet teacher. A member of multiple ensembles (Montreal University Orchestra, Drummondville Symphonic Orchestra, Ensemble Paramirabo, Orchanik, Orchestre Symphonique de l’Agora) he enjoys a playing number of musical style from folk/indie (Plants and Animals, Guillaume Arsenault) to circus cabaret with Fanfare Carmagnole.

Saxophone -Stéfane Jackson

Trained from Montreal Music Conservatory and McGill University, Stéfane now perfects himself with european soloists and through numerous events such as the World Saxophone Congress (Strasbourgh 2015 and Croatia 2018), Landmark Events Showcase Festival, and International Adolphe Sax contest. Not only is he a passionate soloist, but he also has a reputation as a pedagogue. A jury member and clinician at Quebec Music Conservatory, CÉGEO St-Laurent and Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts. He’s also owner of Wedding Music Planning & Entertainment, a musical agency for Weddings.