Bekah Simms

Region: Ontario
Bekah Simms


Bekah Simms is a Toronto-based composer originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her work consists of a highly varied output using a wide variety of mediums, including solo works with electronics, chamber music, opera, wind ensemble, and orchestra. Propelled by a simultaneous fascination and terror of the universe, Bekah’s works often grapple with both physical and psychological curiosities as understood by human experience. Among her compositional interests is the interaction of acoustic instruments and the human voice, be it through singing, sounding, or somewhere in between.

Bekah's music has been featured from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She is an alumna of several prestigious composer training institutes, including Yale’s Norfolk New Music Workshop. She is a member of the Toy Piano Composers and Co-Artistic Director and co-founder of Caution Tape Sound Collective, an endeavour inspired by her commitment to experimentation and exploration within her practice.

Bekah has received many prizes and call-for-scores selections. She has received honours from organizations including the International Society for Contemporary Music, the Canadian University Music Society, Association of Canadian Women Composers, Sandbox Percussion, New Fangled Opera, North American New Opera Workshop, Newfoundland Arts and Letters, the Lyra Society, the Flute New Music Consortium, and the Zvi Zeitlin Memorial International Composer's Competition.

Bekah holds degrees in Theory/Composition and Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and in Composition from the University of Toronto, where she holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Her teachers include Gary Kulesha, Andrew Staniland, Christos Hatzis, and Norbert Palej.

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