WRCMS: 2017 Edition

“WRCMS expanded my world! I got the opportunity to work on a unique piece written by an adventurous composer and perform outside of my comfort zone. The rehearsals, 1:1 lessons, panels, masterclasses, and workshops all inspired me to push my own boundaries of performance and improvisation. I met incredibly talented and dedicated musicians, and watched and listened to beautiful and heroic performances. I look forward to the collaborations that will follow.” – participant, 2017 edition

Participants: Alex Burtzos, Alexander Smith, Alexandre David^, Alondra Vega-Zaldivar, An-Laurence Higgins*, Bethany Hynes, Bronwen McVeigh, Colin Frank*, Cory Harper-Latkovich, Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer, Isaac Mailach, James Dowbiggin, Juro Kim Feliz^, Justin Greene, Kasia Czarski, Kenny Kwan, Kohen Hammond, Kristian Podlacha, Laura Farré Rozada, Malina Rauschenfels*, Marek Orszulik, Meng Wang^, Nicholas Pauly, Patrick McGraw, Priya Shah, Rose Soenen, Sara Constant*, Stephanie Orlando^, Victoria Gibson

*winner of the 2017 Contemporary Performance Prize
^winner of one of the 2017 Call for Scores

Mentors: Cheryl Duvall, Dobrochna Zubek, Gabriel Dharmoo, Ilana Waniuk, James O’Callaghan, Jason Doell, Jeffrey Stonehouse, Julia Mermelstein, Kathryn Ladano

Guest artists: STEALTH, Hiroki Tusuromoto/Chelsea Shanoff/Kathryn Ladano, James O’Callaghan/Gabriel Dharmoo/Jeffrey Stonehouse, Future States, Thin Edge New Music Collective

“WRCMS had a profoundly positive atmosphere and brought together people of different musical backgrounds in an inspiring way. I was impressed by the ambition and scope of their programming and how much they were able to achieve in their first year of operation.” – guest artist & mentor, 2017 edition

Organizing & founding team: Ivana Jokic, Andrzej Tereszkowski, Colin Labadie, Maria Kouznetsova

Supporters/donors: Amanda Lowry, Brian Knetsch, Dobrila Jokic, Elisabeth Blair, Elisha Denburg, Marko Mikic, Milenko Miodragovic, Nance Id, Nemanja Antunovic, Tijana Matovic, Tyler & Erika Versluis, Anonymous (4)

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Digital Album

The 10 tracks in this album showcase the works created and performed by participants in the 2017 edition of the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions, recorded in-studio and performed live at the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. All sales proceeds will go towards future editions of WRCMS.


Photos by Elisabeth Blair