Announcements

June 16, 2015 Iwona Glinka, flute

Iwona Glinka, Principal flute of the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, will be performing works for flute by composers from Canada, Greece, Poland and the USA in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall at Lakehead University on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm. The concert will include works by Zbigniew Baginski, Marian Borkowski, Dinos Constantinides, Michail Travlos and Thunder Bay composers Darlene Chepil Reid and Aris Carastathis. Advance tickets for $10 are available by sending an email message to newmusicnorth2001@gmail.com or pay $15 at he door.


March 6, 2015 Duo Concertante

Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, Canada's foremost violin and piano duo, will be performing works by Canadian composers in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall at Lakehead University on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm. The concert will feature recent works by Chan Ka Nin, Denis Gougeon, Andrew Staniland, Jocelyn Morlock and Aris Carastathis. Advance tickets for $10 are available by sending an email message to newmusicnorth2001@gmail.com or pay $15 at he door.


November 28, 2014 Aleks Tengesdal, cello - Angela Tengesdal, piano

New Music North will present a concert of new music for violoncello, featuring visiting cellist Aleksander Tengesdal and pianist Angela Tengesdal. Aleks and Angela will perform music by Amsel, Christiansen, George, Keebaugh, Perrault, Sauter, Tengesdal, and the premiere of a new work for solo cello by Aris Carastathis. Jean McNulty Recital Hall, 8:00 pm Friday, November 28, 2014. Advance tickets $10 or $15 at the door. To reserve advance tickets send an email message to newmusicnorth2001@gmail.com


April 17, 2014 Music for violin, cello, piano and percussion

Anthony Bacon, cello, TImothy Borton, percussion, Derek Oger, piano, Katie Stevens, violin, Evgueni Tchougounov, piano in works by Chan Ka Nin, Darlene Chepil Reid, Graeme Cockell, John Psathas, Elizabeth Raum, Matt Sellick, and James Tenney. Jean McNulty Recital Hall, 8:00 pm. Advance tickets $10 or $15 at the door. To reserve advance tickets send an email message to newmusicnorth2001@gmail.com


November 15, 2013 Eve Egoyan, piano

Canada's celebrated new music pianist, Eve Egoyan, in works by Michael Finnissy, Linda Catlin Smith, Piers Hellawell, and James Tenney. 8:00 pm at the Jean McNulty Recital Hall at Lakehead University. To reserve advance tickets send an email message to newmusicnorth2001@gmail.com


March 15, 2013 New Board

New Music North has a newly elected Board as follows: Matt Sellick, president; Graeme Cockell, vice-president; Darlene Chepil Reid, past president; Derek Oger, secretary, Terry Reid, interim treasurer. The new Board's goal will be to build on NMN's past successes, while exploring future directions in contemporary concert music. Plans for the 2013-14 season are under way and will be announced as soon as funding is in place.


December 16, 17, 2012 Professional Reading Project

Professional Reading Project for works by emerging Northern Ontario composer. This two-day event will take place December 16 and 17 and will involve 6 professional musicians and about an equal number of composers with their brand new compositions. The professional musicians are Penelope Clarke, flute; E-Chen Hsu, clarinet; Karine Breton, bassoon; Catherine Jillings, viola; Anthony Bacon, violoncello; Jean-François Breton, percussion. Supported by an Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts Program grant. Hosted by the Lakehead University Department of Music in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall. Reading sessions and a final showcase of works are free and open to the public.


May 1, 2012 May Day Concert

May Day Concert will feature a number of Thunder Bay performers to celebrate New music North's eleven years in operation. Highlight of the concert will be the premiere of Three Levels of Existence (2012) for amplified piano, CD and visuals by Darlene Chepil Reid. This piece was commissioned through a Northern Arts Program of the Ontario Arts Council grant and will be premiered by Thunder Bay's own, pianist Derek Oger. Other musicians who will paricipate in this concert are Penelope Clarke, flute; Doris Dungan, flute; Joy Fahrenbruck, piano; Catherine Jillings, viola; Dean Jobin-Bevans, baritone; George Holborn, baritone; Patrick Horn, viola; Madonna Lee, violin and Damian Rivers-Moore, horn. Reserve advance tickets for $5 by emailing newmusicnorth@shaw.ca or get them for $10 at the door. Free admission for children 12 and under.


March 8, 2012 Diana McIntosh, composer, pianist, performance artist

Celebrated Canadian composer Diana McIntosh will fascinate audiences in a concert of music for piano, extended vocal techniques, live electronics and percussion on Thursday, March 8, 2012. The concert takes place in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, Lakehead University and starts at 8:00 p.m. In selected works, she will be joined by TBSO musicians, principal timpanist Jean-Francois Breton, and Anthony Bacon, cello. Reserve advance tickets for $5 by emailing newmusicnorth@shaw.ca or get them for $10 at the door. Free admission for children 12 and under.


November 3, 2011 Joseph Petric, accordion

Renown Canadian accordionist Joseph Petric will present a concert of New Music for accordion on Thursday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, Lakehead University. On selected works, he will be joined by Thunder Bay's own Colleen Kennedy, oboe, Jean-Francois Breton, marimba and Anthony Bacon, cello. The concert will include music for accordion and electronics. Reserve advance tickets for $5 by emailing newmusicnorth@shaw.ca or get them for $10 at the door. Free admission for children 12 and under.


May 5, 2011 Tamarack Woodwind Quintet

Thunder Bay's Tamarack Woodwind Quintet will conclude the New Music North 2010-11 Tenth Year Anniversary Concert Series. The concert will start at 8:00 p.m. in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, Lakehead University. Reserve advance tickets for $5 by emailing newmusicnorth@shaw.ca or get them for $10 at the door. Free admission for children 12 and under.


April 19, 2011 Trio Fibonacci

Catch Canada's renowned contemporary ensemble Trio Fibonacci on tour as they visit Thunder Bay for a concert that will feature the premiere of a new work by Darlene Chepil Reid, written especially for the ensemble. The concert takes place in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, Lakehead University. Request advance tickets for $5 by emailing newmusicnorth@shaw.ca or get them for $10 at the door. Free admission for children 12 and under.


February 11, 2011 Athanasios Zervas, saxophone

A saxophone lecture-recital by visiting artist Athanasios Zervas, a professor of composition and saxophone at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. This event is sponsored by the Lakehead University Department of Music and will take place at 8:00 pm in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.


January 14, 2011 Sbot N Wo

A concert of music for voice and extended vocal technique with live electronics and improvisation performed by Helen Pridmore, voice and composer WL Altman as part of their Canadian Tour on Friday January 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall. Request advance tickets for $5 by emailing newmusicnorth@shaw.ca or get them for $10 at the door. Free admission for children 12 and under.


October 13, 2010 Ensemble Mujirushi

Experience an evening of improvisation, live electronics and dance by the Edmonton based Ensemble Mujirushi. As part of their Canadian Tour the ensemble will be performing in Thunder Bay at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance tickets are only $5 and can be reserved by emailing newmusicnorth@shaw.ca with "pick-up and pay" at the door. Free admission for children under 12.


April 2010 Thunder Bay Composers

The next New Music North concert will be on Wednesday May 5, 2010. It will present Nancy Hennen - flute, Anthony Bacon - cello, Derek Oger - piano and Jean-François Breton - percussion and will feature works by Thunder Bay composers. The concert starts at 8:00 pm in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, Lakehead University. Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance tickets are only $5 and can be reserved by emailing newmusicnorth@shaw.ca with "pick-up and pay" at the door. Free admission for children under 12.


January 2010 Yoko Hirota

Miniature piano pieces is the theme of the next concert with Yoko Hirota, piano on Friday, February 12, 2010. The concert will feature works from Yoko's newly released CD Small is Beautiful: Miniature Piano Pieces. The concert will be preceded by a lecture titled "The Role of the Performer in the Compositional Process" by Canadian composer Robert Lemay. Hosted by the Lakehead University Department of Music, the lecture will take place at 2:00 pm in MV 1006 and will be open to the public free of charge. The concert will start at 8:00 pm in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall.


October 2009 Music for Violin and Piano

Vienna based musicians Elena Denisova, violin and Alexei Kornienko, piano, will be performing music by Canadian, Bulgarian and Austrian composers as part of their Canadian tour on Tuesday October 27, 2009. Concert at 8:00 pm Jean McNulty Recital Hall.


March 2009 Experimental Music for Flute and Interactive Electronics

On April 16, 2009 foremost new music flautist Chenoa Anderson is teaming up with Canadian composer Ian Crutchley in a concert of flute and interactive electroacoustic music. Chenoa will be performing on various size flutes while Ian will be presenting the latest in computer assisted electroacoustic music. The concert will take place in the intimate setting of the Jean McNulty Recital Hall in the William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts.


January 2009/ New Music for Saxophone, Piano and Live Electronics

The next concert will take place on Thursday, February 12, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Brodie Street. It will feature guests Greek saxophonist Stathis Mavrommatis, Toronto composer Mark Nerenberg, live electronics, and Thunder Bay pianist Derek Oger. This diverse concert is a collaborative venture of three very talented musicians from different parts of the world and is bound to please a variety of musical tastes. Tickets are selling in advance for $5 and will be available at the door for $10.


August 2008/ NEW MUSIC NORTH - first recording CD launch

The concert will feature works from the CD tracks performed by musicians Penelope Clarke, flute; Colleen Gibson, oboe; Joy Fahrenbruck, piano; Patrick Horn, viola, E-Chen Hsu, clarinet; Colin Matthews, cello; Derek Oger, piano; Harold Wevers, bassoon. Ticket prices are $15 and $20 and include CD copies. Additional CDs may be purchased at a special price the night of the concert. Musicians and composers will be available to autograph CDs.


May 2008/ Music from the Shores of Big Water

This concert will feature chamber music performed by Penelope Clarke, flute; Catherine Jillings, viola and Derek Oger, piano. It will take place Thursday, May 29, 2008 in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.


March 2008/ Kanteletar Chamber Choir

Directed by Dean Jobin-Bevans, with mezzo-soprano Kim Erickson, this is the inaugural concert by this Thunder Bay based choir. The concert will also include chamber music by Canadian composers and will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2008, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church.


January 2008/ New Music North Concerts approaching!

Two concerts of contemporary music are scheduled for February 22, 2008 and April 19 , 2008. The first will feature the Group of Seven directed by Jason Caslor and the second is a combination of choral and chamber instrumental music. The Kanteletar Chamber Choir will be directed by Dean Jobin-Bevans and the instrumental portion of the program will feature New Music North resident musicians.


March 2007/ New Music North resuming activities!

A CD recording and a new concert series are in the works for New Music North in the coming months. A "call for scores" will be issued soon for compositions to be included (and premiered) during the 2007-2008 New Music North Concert Series. Stay tuned!!


April 2005/ New Music North 2005 in coming soon!

Please visit the New Music North 2005 page for information on this year's concerts. The series features Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves), piano, ten Thunder Bay musicians and the Thunder Bay Children's Chorus-Camerata Singers. Nineteen compositions, including two commissions, by composers from all across Canada (Victoria to Newfoundland) and the United States will be presented in the three day event, May 12, 13 and 14, 2005.


January 2005 / Get ready for the 2005 Activities

Stay tuned for announcements about New Music North 2005 which will be held on May 12, 13 and 14. For a sneak preview see the "Events" page.


September 2004 / New Music North Annual General Meeting

The New Music North Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday, September 17, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at Room MV 1007, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, Lakehead University. This meeting is especially important as a new Board of Directors will be elected. All members and anyone with an interest in new concert music are encouraged to attend, participate in the discussion and perhaps become involved in the running of the organization. For questions please send email to newmusicnorth@shaw.ca or call 343-8652.


New Music North March 2004 / New Music North 2004 works announced

Works selected for New Music North 2004 can now be viewed by following the links:

The many excellent works submitted made the selection a very difficult task, and it is unfortunate that more works could not be programmed at this time. New Music North will make every effort to feature additional works in future activities. Many thanks to all who submitted scores. Further concert details will be posted on this web site as preparations continue for New Music North 2004.


March 2004 / New Music North 2004 Program will be announced shortly

The New Music North 2004 Program will be announced in a few days. Initially it was hoped that all decisions would have been made by March 1, and, in fact most of the program is already in place. However, the organizers would prefer to wait until the complete program has been decided before they make any announcements. We thank all interested parties for their patience.


February 2004 / Motion Ensemble Concert coming soon

A special new music concert is planned for Tuesday, March 30, 2004. The concert features Motion Ensemble in a program of works by pioneer composers John Cage and James Tenney, as well as Canadian composers W. L. Altman, Richard Gibson, and Michael R. Miller. Concert takes place at 8:00 pm at the Jean McNulty Recital Hall, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, Lakehead University.


November 2003 / Festival 2004

The New Music North Festival 2004 dates have been set for June 3, 4 and 5. Three concerts will be presented and they will feature guest ensembles such as the Madawaska String Quartet and Das Chicas (flute, mezzo soprano and piano), as well as Thunder Bay musicians. The program will be announced once the programming committee has fully considered all submissions to the call for scores after the December 1 deadline. More details about the Festival will be announced at a later time. Please stay in touch.


November 2003 / Special Spring Concert

New Music North is proud to present Motion Ensemble in a special concert on Tuesday, March 30, 2004. The concert is the first one in the ensemble's 2004 Western Canada Tour. Concert details will be made available at a later time. Please check back to find out more about this exciting event. Motion Ensemble specializes in the music of contemporary composers.


August 2003

Preparations have already started for the fourth New Music North Festival to be held in early June 2004. A call for scores is currently in effect. In addition to the scores that will be selected from the current call for scores, the program will include some compositions that were submitted in previous years but did not get the chance to be presented. New Music North is committed to make use of as many scores as possible from its growing library.


June 2003

The New Music North Festival 2003 has come to a close. Thanks to all who participated. For a brief festival report please click here.