Renata Van Vliet

Renata is an emerging composer, living in Kingston, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University (2021), where she studied organ with Michael Capon and composition with Dean Burry and John Burge, and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Ottawa (2023) where she studied under the guidance of John Armstrong. Her awards include the George N. Maybee Memorial Scholarship, the Maurice Dubin Prize in Composition, the Graham George Memorial Scholarship in Composition, and the Beaudry Somcynsky Prize in Classical Music Composition.

Renata’s music is often inspired by the mystery and vastness of nature. She likes to explore texture and timbre in her compositions and is especially drawn to harmony and layers of melody and counterpoint. Her compositions include choral music, organ and piano music, music for string quartet, percussion, orchestra and various chamber ensembles. She also enjoys electroacoustic composition and has recently started composing for visual media.

Renata’s compositions have been performed at Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa, and her organ piece, Cantilène, has been performed in churches in both Kingston and Montreal. Renata was also a composer-participant at the 2021 Toronto Strings Composition Workshop where her composition, Air and Dance, was recorded by the Grenadier String Quartet. In 2023, she was a composer/performer with the sound installation, Rainforest IV, at the Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston. Her orchestral work, Cathedral of Trees, was recently chosen as an alternate for the 2024 Toronto Symphony Orchestra Explore the Score program.

Kevin Hayward

KEVIN HAYWARD is a Canadian composer and trumpet player from Toronto, Ontario, currently studying trumpet performance and composition at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, where he is privileged to study with Anita McAlister and Yuhan Zhou. He has collaborated as a composer with the Weston Silver band and was the winner of the 2020 Hannaford Youth Band young composers’ competition. 

His fanfare ‘New Beginnings’ was recently performed at the 2024 University of Toronto New Music Festival by the U of T Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Gillian Mackay. 

Kevin has performed with the Weston Silver Band, the Etobicoke Philharmonic, Mississauga Symphony, and North York Concert Orchestras, and was a finalist in the 2021 Hannaford Youth Band Rising Stars solo competition. 

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