Through the generous support of the P.E.I. Council of the Arts, eklektikos, under the leadership of artistic director Dale Sorensen and composer-in-residence Jim O'Leary, held the inaugural Atlantic Canadian Young Composers Workshop in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from July 12-15, 2007.
Four talented young composers from Atlantic Canada were selected by an application process to participate in the intense 4-day workshop. Selected participants were required to write, prior to the workshop, a new 7-10 minute composition for the following instrumentation: flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet, trumpet, trombone and piano. Each participant received daily composition masterclasses from Jim O'Leary, and had their works rehearsed and workshopped by eklektikos. On the final day of the workshop, the completed new works by the young composers, along with compositions by Jim O'Leary, were presented in a public concert at Steel Recital Hall, UPEI.
While young musicians are given many opportunities to perform, young composers rarely have an outlet for their expression. This was a unique opportunity for these young composers to develop their talent by receiving intensive training with a professional composer, and to have their works performed by a professional ensemble. For eklektikos, this was a chance to meet some up-and-coming young composers with whom future collaborations could evolve, and to fulfill our ongoing mandate to encourage the creation of new works for contemporary classical chamber ensemble, and increase the profile of composers from our area. It also provided our group with new material to add to our repertoire for sharing with audiences on future concerts.
Monica Clorey (PEI)
Richard Covey (PEI)
Matthew Lane (NB)
Karri Shea (PEI)