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Class Axe Guitar Workshop

The Guitar Society of Toronto is working with CMC – Ontario to stimulate more compositions for solo guitar. The Class Axe guitar workshop is an annual initiative that began in 2014. Each year we issue a call for proposals, inviting any Canadian composer to participate. Our priority is to involve composers with limited experience writing for guitar. Check the CMC website regularly for updates on the call for proposals.

Workshop overview: The Class Axe composition workshop, coordinated by guitarist Rob MacDonald, will connect five (5) Canadian composers with an advanced musician to develop a short piece for classical guitar. The workshop will be structured over 5 months (usually running between August and December) to allow time for consultations, reflection, and refinement. The composer will acquire insight into writing for guitar and receive a performance of their piece. The final concert is presented as a live video stream, and composers receive audio recordings of their piece. Composers also benefit from an enhanced professional network. This is a voluntary workshop.

  • Eligibility: Any Canadian composer can apply. Although workshops will be conducted in Toronto, composers can join via video conference. No prior experience in composing for guitar is required.
  • Workshops: Each session of Class Axe includes four workshops that will provide focused time for composers to work with guitarist Rob MacDonald and other guest musicians. Composers joining remotely will coordinate with the CMC to conference with the workshop.
  • Salon Concert: The pieces developed through this workshop will be premiered during a free salon concert at the CMC (Toronto).

If you have any questions regarding the Class Axe workshop you can contact the CMC Ontario office: ontario@musiccentre.ca, 416.961.6601 xt. 207.

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