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2 & 3 May 2015 premiere

English Montreal School Board Chorale

New commission: Sainte Cécile

Montreal, QC


31 Mar 2012

Going to Yale!

I’ve just accepted my offer to Yale’s School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music for my Masters of Choral Conducting. It has been a dream of mine to study there, and the experience on the audition day only made me fall in love with the programme more than I already had from afar! I can’t wait to dive back into studies and focus my pursuits for the next two years on conducting. It will be great to be on the east coast again too!

10 Nov 2011

Awarded CMC/CLC Emerging Composer Residency

For the next six months, I will be taking part in a residency co-presented by the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers. This is a very exciting opportunity to get to know established Canadian composers, conductors, and performers through a self-directed mentorship programme. I’m delighted to be among the three composers chosen this year, along with Iman Habibi and Daniel BrandesFind more information here.

15 Sep 2011

Featured in the Georgia Straight “Who’s to Watch”

5 May 2012

Two compositions released on CD:
Pure Elektra

The renowned Elektra Women’s Choir has recorded and released my “Early Spring” and “Joy,” the piece they commissioned earlier this year, on their newest album. You can purchase the album here!

6 May 2012

The Al Pittman Suite premiered by Quintessential Vocal Ensemble

QVE premiered the Al Pittman Suite at their beautiful Candlelight Concert at the Basilica in St. John’s on Sunday night. You can hear my interview about the commission on CBC Radio’s website. I can’t wait to hear them perform it again at Podium 2012 in Ottawa!

20 May 2012

Mark Fewer premieres new work for violin and children’s choir


1 Nov


Composer of the month


June 2013 singing

Yale Schola Cantorum & Juilliard415

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Bach B Minor Mass
Japan and Singapore Tour

8 Jun 2013

“Maid on the Shore” released on CD by Lady Cove Women’s Choir

Lady Cove’s new CD, “Heart’s Delight,” features the arrangement they commissioned of one of my favourite Newfoundland folksongs. You can order your copy from Fred’s Records here!

4 Jul 2013

Awarded Conducting Fellowship with Canadian Chamber Choir

I’ll be joining the Canadian Chamber Choir this fall as their 2013 Conducting Fellow! The fellowship involves conducting on their October BC tour, and I’ll also get to join their soprano section!

9 Jul 2013

QVE wins ACCC award for “The Dance of the Mayflies”

The Quintessential Vocal Ensemble was awarded two awards in the prestigious ACCC Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, including thee award for “Best performance of a Canadian work” for the piece they commissioned from me in 2012, “The Dance of the Mayflies.” You can hear their winning entry on CBC’s announcement page here.

16 Jun 2013

Featured in Association of Canadian Women Composers bulletin

29 July - 14 Aug 2013 conducting

International Conducting Institute

Kromeriz, Czech Republich

12-20 October 2013 conducting

Conducting Fellow with the  Canadian Chamber Choir

British Columbia tour

2 Nov 2013 singing

Chorus of All Souls

Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY

20 Oct 2013

Canadian Chamber Choir tours In Paradisum

During my conducting fellowship with the Canadian Chamber Choir, I was given the additional honour of conducting my own work! They performed
In Paradisum on all of their BC concerts, and just when I didn’t think the week of deeply moving musical experiences with this group could get any better, Cypress Choral Publishing approached me after the Vancouver concert about publishing the piece. Keep your eyes out for the published edition in 2014!

1 Dec 2013

Announced as featured composer at 2014

Edge Island Festival

“The Edge Island Festival for Choirs and Composers brings fresh new ideas and compositions to the choral scene! Featuring three of Canada’s brightest and most celebrated composers, Stephen Chatman, Jason Noble and Kathleen Allan, and four of the city’s best ensembles.”

15 Nov 2013 conducting

Yale-Princeton Joint Glee Club Concert

Yale University, New Haven, CT

22 Nov 2013 conducting

Yale-Harvard Joint Glee Club Concert

Yale University, New Haven, CT

8 Dec 2013 conducting

Sing-along Messiah

Yale University, New Haven, CT

19 & 20 Dec 2013 singing

Skylark Vocal Ensemble
Atlanta, GA

15 Dec 2013 conducting

Masters Degree Conducting Recital

Yale University, New Haven, CT

June 2014 singing

Yale Schola Cantorum Tour

Simon Carrington, conductor

Rome, Bologna, Milan, Venice, IT

22 Dec 2013

Featured interview on CBC Radio

Weekend Arts Magazine

Sunday’s episode of WAM featured an interview with host Angela Antle, and an excerpt from the recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 2 from my recent recital in New Haven.

9-12 Jan 2014 conducting

Yale Glee Club Tour

DC and Philadelphia

6 Feb 2014 singing

soprano, New Music New Haven

David Lang’s for love is strong

9 Feb 2014 conducting

Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings - Recital by tenor Kyle Stegall

6 Apr 2014 singing

Benton Roark and guests

Pete’s Candy Store

Brooklyn, NY

13 Apr 2014 conducting

Assistant Conductor, Yale Glee Club

Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass

New Haven, CT

19 June 2014 premiere

New work for Newman Sound to be    

    premiered at Sealer’s Memorial

    Grand Unveil Celebration

Elliston, NL

10 Mar 2014

Tour to Cuba with Yale Glee Club

This week, I will be travelling to Cuba in my position as Assistant Conductor of the Yale Glee Club and conductor of the YGC Chamber Singers. After concerts in Naples and Sarasota, FL this weekend, we will perform in Havana and Matanzas this week on the Glee Club’s first Cuban tour!

23 Mar 2014

Appointed Conductor of Junior Choir at

St. Michael’s Choir School for Fall 2014

I have just accepted a short-term position as conductor of the Junior Choir at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto! I am very much looking forward to making music at this historic institution where I will be leading the boys’ choir in mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral every Sunday, and in their annual Christmas Concert at Massey Hall.

16-22 Mar 2014 premiere

Featured composer at

    Edge Island Festival

St. John’s, NL

7-15 Mar 2014 conducting

Yale Glee Club  - Spring Tour

Florida and Cuba

1 Mar 2014 conducting/singing

Assistant Chorus Master, Soprano

Yale Schola Cantorum, Glee Club and

    Camerata joint concert

David Hill, conductor

New Haven, CT

6 Apr 2014 conducting

Chamber Singers of the Yale Glee Club

caminos - a recital

New Haven, CT

24 May 2014 performance

Quintessential Vocal Ensemble

performing “Searston Beach”

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Dec 2015 conducting

Handel’s Messiah and

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Osaka and Tokyo, Japan

4 July 2014 singing

Sound Symposium XVII

Debut performance of Arkora

Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge

9 July 2014 premiere

Sound Symposium XVII

New work for chamber ensemble

Trade Winds - Redshift New Music

28 Mar 2015 premiere

Univox Choir premieres two new commissions

Toronto, ON

24 Apr 2014 premiere

Vancouver Chamber Choir

new commission

Vancouver, BC

17 Sep


Appointed Composer in Residence of
Univox Choir, Toronto

I'm excited to announce that I am the new composer in residence for Univox Choir, Toronto for their 10th anniversary season! I'll be writing about ten minutes of music for them over the course of this year.

5 Dec


This weekend:

Three premieres and Massey Hall debut!

This weekend will bring three new pieces to life:

  1. Dec. 6 & 7, Massey Hall, Toronto - The Junior Choir of St. Michael’s Choir School will premiere Ring out, ye bells! for a cappella treble choir.

  2. Dec. 6 & 7, Cochrane Street United, St. John’s - Shallaway will premiere my new arrangement of O Holy Night for treble choir and soprano soloist, featuring the amazing Allison Nicholas!

  3. Dec. 7, The Orpheum, Vancouver - The Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir and A Touch of Brass will premiere A Christmas Bell for mixed choir and brass quintet with special guest conductor Bruce Pullan.

6 & 7 Dec 2014 premiere

Shallaway - NL Youth in Chorus

Featuring soprano soloist
    Allison Nicholas

6 & 7 Dec 2014 conducting/premiere

Christmas at Massey Hall

with St. Michael’s Choir School

    more info

7 Dec 2014 premiere

Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus

Christmas with the Bach Choir

Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC

24 Jan 2015 conducting

Vancouver Chamber Choir

8pm, Ryerson United Church

Vancouver, BC

    more info

24 Mar 2015 singing

Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge

with Arkora at Ear Heart Music

Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

2-25 Feb 2015 composing

Leighton Artist Colony

Banff Centre

8 Feb 2015 performance

University of Toronto MacMillan Singers

performing In Paradisum

Toronto, ON

14 Mar 2015 performance

Elektra Women’s Choir & percussionist Beverley Johnston perform
Maid on the Shore

Vancouver, BC

    more info

24 Jun - 29 Aug 2015 orchestration

Orchestrations for Alice Through the Looking Glass, Charlottetown Festival

Charlottetown, PEI