In collaboration with Sheridan College, New Generation composers are engaged in creating original scores for animated shorts and will receive mentoring from experienced film composers

2022-2023 Workshop Leadership

Bruno Degazio: Biography
Bruno Degazio is professor of Digital Tools in the Classical Animation program of Sheridan College, recently voted top animation school worldwide by Animation Career Review magazine. He has extensive experience in cinematic sound design,
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  • Virginia Kilbertus 
  • Aaron Tsang
  • Jim McGrath
  • Charles Finlay 

2022-2023 New Generation Film Composers

Cassie Forzani
Cassie Forzani
As an actor, singer, composer, and dancer/choreographer, Cassie is a well-versed member of the world of the performing arts. Through her work in film scoring and acting, Cassie has had
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Emily Hiemstra
Emily Hiemstra (b.1991) is a real life viola mom. She is a violist, composer and mom to three boys under 5.  A JUNO nominated composer with music that has been
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George Gagnidz
George Gagnidze, born in Moscow, Russia, is an Israeli/Canadian composer. His music has been performed and recorded in Canada, USA, Europe and Israel. He participated in numerous composition workshops and
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Helena Cheu
Helena Cheu is a pianist and composer from Northern Ontario.  She is Chinese-Canadian and often feels side-lined by both sides of her heritage. That being said, she feels at home
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Michael Nunes
Michael Nunes is a Canadian composer and horn player from Sherwood Park, Alberta. He has performed as a soloist with the Hannaford Street Silver Band alongside Jens Lindemann, and at
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Rachel McFarlane
Rachel McFarlane is a Canadian composer who began as a violinist in the Claude Watson Program at Earl Haig Secondary School. She is previously known for her breakout piece “Beyond
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Vira Burmenko 
Vira Burmenko is a Toronto based award-winning performing artist: a composer, a violinist, a passionate instructor, and a podcast host for Musician Today. Vira holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Music
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New Generation Film Composers Video Portfolios

New Generation Film Composers Program 2020-21
Offered in partnership with Sheridan College’s Animation Program, the New Generation Composers’ Program at the SPO pairs emerging composers with a recently completed animated short for an exercise in film
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New Generation Film Composers 2021-22
The New Generation Film composer program is offered annually in collaboration with Sheridan College’s Animation Program. Watch here for application details and deadlines.
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The New Generation Film Composers Program is made possible through the support of: