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Monica Pearce: Biography

Monica Pearce
1984 -
Region: Ontario

Monica Pearce

Monica Pearce, originally from Prince Edward Island, is a composer of new classical/contemporary music with a particular affinity for solo and chamber music, opera, and electronics.

Monica co-founded the emerging composer collective the Toy Piano Composers in 2008 with Chris Thornborrow, where they, along with Elisha Denburg, are the Artistic Directors. The Toy Piano Composers have presented over 120 new works.

Pearce’s work has been performed by the Array Ensemble, Talisker Players, Essential Opera, Bicycle Opera Project, New Fangled Opera, TorQ percussion quartet, junctQín keyboard collective, and Thin Edge New Music Collective. She was named winner of the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra’s New Music Competition for Emerging Female Composers for her piece You Know Me. She also received the Canadian Music Centre’s Toronto Emerging Composer Award Honourable Mention for her project it plays (because it plays). She received the honourable mention for her toy piano solo work clangor, which was premiered by Margaret Leng Tan at the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival in New York City. In 2014, she was the composer-in-residence for the O.K. Quoi?! festival in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she created a community soundscape project entitled Sounds of Sackville. Her operas have been performed across Canada and the United States, and toured across Ontario.

Monica Pearce is also the Executive Director of The Music Gallery, Toronto's Centre for Creative Music, and sits on the board of the Canadian Music Centre (National and Ontario Region).


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