HPO Composer Fellowship Program

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with the Ontario Region of the Canadian Music Centre, announces its inaugural Composer Fellowship Program for the 2018-19 season. This program is funded by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Program. The HPO’s Composer Fellowship program is aimed at connecting early career composers with professionals in the orchestral world to nurture and develop new skills through mentorship and the creation of a new work.

One Ontario-based composer, age 18-28 at time of application, will be chosen to participate in the 2018-19 season. It is highly encouraged that applicants are close enough to travel to Hamilton to take full advantage of the opportunity.

The chosen Composer Fellow will be given a $3000 honorarium for the program and will participate in a number of mentorship activities, working with Music Director Gemma New, Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte, HPO musicians and staff. In addition, the Composer Fellow will write a 5-6 minute work for chamber orchestra to be premiered by the HPO in May 2019 and provided with an archival recording.

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be 18-28 years of age at time of application
  • Must currently reside in Ontario
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada

Due to the HPO concert schedule, the Composer Fellow should be available for most of the following dates (please comment if unavailable) in addition to three flexible days to be determined. These specific dates involve concert and event attendance as well as participation in education, seniors and community programming. Aside from artistic mentorship, the position will also include content on orchestral protocols, library expectations, developing an online presence, audience engagement and public speaking. The final schedule will be determined together by the Composer Fellow and the HPO.

Dates of Program Activities

November 9-10
December 14-15

January 19 and one day in preceding week
March 6, 14, 16
March 11: Draft Score Due
April 26-27
May 11
May 22-23: Rehearsal and premiere of new work

Required Application Materials

  • Completed Application Form with brief CV (PDF)
  • Statement outlining your interest in the program and availability
  • Two 2-minute audio excerpts of previous works
  • Two PDF score excerpts matching audio excerpts, score title page included

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a jury including Music Director Gemma New, Composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, a member of the HPO Artistic Advisory Committee and Executive Director Diana Weir. Our Composer Fellow will be announced publicly in early November.

If you have inquiries, please email communications@hpo.org

Support for the HPO Composer Fellow Program provided by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Program.

1 Oct 2018