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« RELEASE — In its first edition, Cantabile’s BIPOC Song Competition drew entries from across the country, with a wide range of talented composers from all walks of life submitting their inspired choral compositions. After a thorough deliberation process by a jury of Canada’s leading BIPOC choral artists, the winners and their compositions have been announced.

A First for Cantabile, A Vital Step for Choral Music

“Cantabile has always been known for its eclectic programming, with an emphasis on world music and works by living composers. But despite a wealth of talented composers, BIPOC composers are still grossly underrepresented in the choral repertory. We wanted to create a platform for new works to be discovered and stimulate a new wave of creation…”

« …Honourable Mention (SATB), $1000 Prize – I Wait by Roydon Tse

Originally from Hong Kong, award-winning Dr. Roydon Tse studied composition at the University of British Columbia and University of Toronto. He seeks to communicate to audiences from all backgrounds with music that reflects our lived experiences. Highlights include four performances of “Unrelenting Sorrow” by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, his “Yellow Crane Tower” for the Suzhou Symphony and China National Orchestra Chorus which was nationally broadcast on Chinese New Year, “Shikata Ga Nai” – a new chamber opera for the Atlanta Opera’s 96-hour project, and performances by the Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and members of the Paris Opera Orchestra. He has received six SOCAN Foundation Awards for composers, the Washington International Composition Prize, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award (2018), and the Johanna Metcalf Protégé Prize (2019)… »