DECEMBER 10, 2015, TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Music Centre is pleased to share the news that Glenn Sutherland, is the winner of the 13th annual CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition, 2016. The jury was Alexander Mickelthwate, Music Director, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Meredith Johnson, Principal Bass, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; and Sid Robinovitch, Associate Composer, Canadian Music Centre who adjudicated submissions anonymously. Sutherland will have his orchestral work, To See Again with Spirit Eyes, performed at “Back to the Future: World Premieres from Canada” on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Gary Kulesha as part of the 25th anniversary of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. In addition to the performance, Sutherland will receive a cheque for $1,500, residency at the Festival, and mentorship from visiting guest composers of the Festival.
Glenn Sutherland, a composer of vocal, choral, and instrumental works, has studied with Michael Trew, Lane Price, and Jocelyn Morlock. His vocal and instrumental chamber works have been performed by soloists and ensembles in Canada and in Europe. These include Melanie Adams (soprano), Heidi Krutzen (harp), the Grand River Chorus, Erato Ensemble, the McGregor-Nesselroad-Barnes Trio, and the Vancouver Brass Project. Recently, two commissioned pieces were performed by Winnipeg’s award-winning Esprit de Choeur, as part of the 2015 Tapestry International Festival for Women’s Voices. He has been published by Mayfair Music and Avondale Press. When not composing, he is a conservation biologist.
2015 - Nova Pon
2014 - Roydon Tse
2013 - Daniel Belland
2012 - Jesse Plessis
2011 - Luke Nickel
2010 - Darren Miller
2009 - Karen Sunabacka
2008 - Shelley Marwood and Andrew Staniland
2007 - Boriša Sabljić
2006 - Vincent Ho
2005 - Abigail Richardson
2004 - Jocelyn Morlock
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