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a new mentorship program with professional vocal ensemble musica intima, for pre-professional composers.

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A new mentorship program with professional vocal ensemble musica intima, for pre-professional composers.


A program for pre-professional composers, novum musica is an opportunity for you to create two new works, each workshopped by the ensemble in collaboration with two composer-mentors, Tawnie Olson and Leslie Uyeda.  

You will:

  • Enjoy one-on-one tuition from Canadian composers

  • Receive a world premiere performance & concert recordings of your works from our Composer Showcase event.  

  • Sing your compositions with musica intima; rehearse with and receive immediate input and feedback from ensemble members

  • Collaborate using a model that incorporates flexibility, dialogue, and communication.


On April 30, 2022, your works will be given their world premiere performances, sung by the ensemble in an intimate concert followed by a reception at Pacific Spirit United Church.


  • Completely free for participants!

  • One-on-one lessons with professional Canadian composers Tawnie Olson & Leslie Uyeda

  • Group workshops/rehearsals with professional vocal ensemble musica intima

  • A public performance & professional audio recordings of your two new compositions

  • Opening and closing wine and cheese receptions.


  • Aquire the toolkit necessary to write music specifically for vocal ensemble or choir

  • Gain a clear understanding of the human voice, and how each voice part works

  • Experience your own compositions coming to life in the rehearsal room and on the performance stage

  • Connect with the Vancouver choral arts community, and network with local singers and composers.


The program will run from January to April 2022. 

  • Participants will receive lessons from both Uyeda and Olson in January, February, and March (offered both online and in-person).

  • Your presence will be required for the four workshops with musica intima in February and March, in Vancouver, BC. 

  • An introductory lector with Uyeda, Olson, and musica intima's artistic manager, Jacob Gramit, will take place online in January.

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Tawnie Olson

Described as "especially glorious...ethereal," "mesmerizing," and "a highlight of the concert," the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson draws inspiration from politics, spirituality, the natural world, and the musicians for whom she composes.  She is a winner of the 2019 Copland House Residency Award, the 2018 Barlow Prize, and the 2015 Iron Composer Competition


Apply to novum musica by emailing

  • Be sure to include your name and address, and please also include:

    • a professional bio and CV​

    • a sample of your work (for any instrument or ensemble)

    • two references for us to call; including one from a musical mentor

  • Tuition is FREE for accepted applicants, and there is no cost to apply, thanks to the generous support from the Beech Foundation. 



Applications are now closed.  Successful applicants will be notified by December 1, 2021.

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musica intima exists to create incredible moments—to share the power of music with our audiences, and invite them into our circle of sound. Your financial support of the ensemble’s professional performance, touring, recording, and community outreach initiatives remains invaluable. 

As with most not-for-profit arts organizations, ticket revenue only accounts for a small portion of our total budget. If you have been touched by musica intima’s performances, please consider a tax-deductible gift to the musica intima society. Your continued support of one of Canada’s musical gems is vital, allowing us to continue presenting world-class performances at home and abroad, and supporting generations of professional musicians. 

Thank you!

musica intima is a registered charitable organizaion #872525530RR0001