Anthony Domzella is a composer, conductor and pianist based in Elmira, Ontario, where he works as a music teacher and church music director. He is currently completing a BMus at Wilfrid Laurier University. His compositions often incorporate elements of dance forms, process, chance and microtonality. In 2022, Anthony was commissioned by the Conservation Halton to write for the Mounstberg Conservation Area’s WINTERLIT event. He has been accepted as a composer to the 2023 Mostly Modern Festival where he will write for the Neave Piano Trio. His work has been read by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Penderecki String Quartet and the Laurier Singers. In concert, he has conducted the Laurier Symphony Orchestra, the Local Vocals choir, and premieres of his own works. Anthony is also active as a collaborative pianist and serves as president of the Laurier Ancient Music Society. A workshop reading of his first opera, Sandcastles, will take place in April. ome
Curtis Yeung is a Grade 12 student at the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) with an ARCT diploma in Piano and also plays trumpet. He is currently serving as the concertmaster for the UTS Senior Winds ensemble and as the section leader in the school orchestra and jazz band. This December he was a featured soloist performing My Funny Valentine with the jazz band at the UTS Holiday Concert.
As a composer, Curtis started composing in Grade 11. He creates music through a variety of different media, learning to work with Reaper to produce electroacoustic works and also composes for orchestra and ensembles on Musescore. His composition for an art film was featured in UTS’ 2022 Spring Concert and he continues to write and workshop his music in class with his teachers. On February 21st, Curtis will be guest conductor at a school concert for alumni and donors. He will be leading the UTS Orchestra in his own orchestral composition.
Curtis hopes to continue to keep composing and playing in orchestra throughout university and beyond. Outside of music he enjoys reading fiction and ski racing.
Sophia Wang is a Grade 11 student in University of Toronto Schools, who currently holds two ARCT diplomas for violin and piano and also plays cello. She is an orchestra member of both the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) and Kindred Spirits Orchestra (KSO). Sophia’s main focus has been on violin performance, competing in the national CMC finals as well as performing with TSYO and KSO as a violinist.
Sophia has also composed for strings and is a songwriter. Her musical YouTube channel has 500 subscribers and videos have over 50,000 views. She continues to workshop her compositions with her music teachers, extensively honing her skills, particularly in arrangement, and hopes one day to hear one of her pieces performed by an orchestra.
Sophia has developed proficiency in choral and opera performance and also has theatrical experience, notably being cast in the Canadian (and world English language) première of acclaimed playwright Jordan Tannahill’s play, Is My Microphone On? In her spare time, Sophia also enjoys writing fiction, poetry, and making wire trees.
Jimmy Jin (b.1996) is a passionate composer and violinist who works in both Canada and China. He has recently graduated from the Master of music program in composition at University of Ottawa (2022) and is currently working as a RCM music theory teacher and freelance composer. Jimmy enjoys working in a wide variety of musical genres, from popular to contemporary music. Over the past two years, he has composed, conducted and recorded five original contemporary/classical pieces. He has completed 8 commissions on arranging and orchestrating film/game music into chamber/orchestral music styles, including three brass quintets, two orchestral fantasies, two piano & violin duo and a SATB a cappella. On the other hand, Jimmy is active in writing popular music as well; in 2022, he composed six pop songs, two of which (Pumpkin Carriage and Leaving my Hometown) were recognized with the ACE composition competition awards in China. Today, Jimmy’s aim is to work in all concert, film and video game music, which will allow him to combine classical and contemporary styles and approaches.
Learn more at: https://www.composerjinjimmy.com
Stephen Morris is a composer based in Toronto, whose music strives to create musical
experiences which separate the listener’s connection to the world through the expression of
atmospheric and trance inducing works. His music has been published in the SCI Journal of
Music Scores and included in concerts, conferences, short films, theatre productions, and
installations around the world. Stephen’s music has been programmed in places such as Arizona
State University, Carnegie Hall, Chateau De Fontainebleau, Trojhalí Karolina, Yancheng First
Public Retail Market, New York University, and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
He has collaborated with ensembles and artists like the Prague Philharmonia, Imani Winds,
Moscow Contemporary Ensemble, Hanzhi Wang, and the Lincoln Centre Theatre Directors Lab.
Stephen has participated in various music festivals as a composer such as Ostrava Days (Czech
Republic), Écoles d’art américaines de Fontainebleau (France), Impuls (Austria), reMusik
(Russia), Don’t Sleep In Yancheng (China), Imani Winds Chamber Festival (USA), Charlotte
New Music Festival (USA), Music At The Close (USA), and SCI Regional Conference (USA).
Stephen is a graduate of Mannes School of Music where he earned his Masters of Music in
composition. He is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Toronto, studying with Gary
Kulesha. Stephen has previously studied with Reiko Füting, and Huang Ruo. He has taken
lessons and master classes with Tristan Murail, George Lewis, Christian Wolff, Bernhard Lang,
Bright Sheng, Vladimir Tarnopolsky, Kotoka Suzuki, Deqing Wen, and Ana Sokolovic.
Emma Theresa Verdonk is a composer from Brantford, Ontario. She holds her Bachelor of Music in Community Music (’20) from Wilfrid Laurier University and her Masters in Music Composition from Western University (’22). She has written music for the Laurier Symphony Orchestra, the Penderecki String Quartet, Arcady Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. Her catalogue includes over 200 children’s songs that she arranged and composed for the Musical Safari program at Queen Street Music School in Cambridge. As a past Emerging Artist (2021/22) with Arcady, the ensemble frequently debuts her music and has commissioned various works for their 2023 performances. She currently works on staff with Arcady as the assistant to the director and teaches composition and arranging at Heritage College and Seminary. In May 2022, she released an album of piano solos entitled ‘Reflections.’ Shortly after, she self-published these through Amazon as a folio collection. Emma is currently creating her second album ‘This Is Me’ for piano, vocals, and VST.
A Canadian composer, pianist and producer, Katharine Petkovski draws from many genres of music, layering and experimenting with acoustic instruments and synthesized textures to create exciting sonic palettes. Featured on CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” 2022 edition list, Katharine has released a number of recording projects and has composed music for Canadian ensembles like Odin Quartet, Bedford Trio and the Exultate Chamber Singers.
Katharine is especially passionate about scoring music for film and tv, and has written for a variety of films, and numerous forms of visual and commercial media. She has had music featured by the Canadian Olympic Committee leading up to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games and heard her music in festivals such as BFI Flare Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, Inside Out Film Festival, TIFF Next Wave Film Festival and the Reel Asian Film Festival.
Katharine holds a BMus in Composition from the University of Toronto (’19), and a MMus in Composition from the University of Toronto (’21), where she received the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award of $25,000 upon completion. Katharine resides in Toronto and sings as alto in the Toronto Chamber Choir. She is an active member of the Screen Composer’s Guild of Canada and the Alliance for Women Film Composers.