Student Composers' Program

This program provides composition students the opportunity to work with a professional ensemble so that they may gain the skills and experiences that are critical to their artistic and creative growth. It also creates the “scenius” that is needed for long-term cultural growth in all levels of our society.
In partnership with the University of Calgary’s Music Department, each year a select group of students from the Composition Program are asked to create new works for Land’s End Ensemble. We workshop their pieces in November and December at U of C’s Rozsa Centre, with composers Allan Gordon Bell and Vincent Ho as supervisors. From the feedback they receive from musicians, Allan and Vince, the students edit their works throughout the rest of the school year.
In April, Land’s End Ensemble then performs the final versions of their works as a concert that is live-streamed and recorded for participating student composers to have for personal use.


This season, we worked with students Liezel Kruger, Jon Halvorson, Peter Stambene and Katie Levinson. World premieres of new works by these students with a special performance of Vincent Ho’s “Gryphonsong” and “A Sybil Andrews Portrait” by Jocelyn Morlock, Alexina Louie, and Allan Gordon Bell all took place at the University of Calgary on April 6, 2024.

Land’s End Ensemble would like to thank the student composers for their contributions to the program, the University of Calgary’s School of Performing and Creative Arts for their facilitation of this concert, the Glenbow for our Sybil Andrews collaboration, Dr. Jocelyn Anderson and Allan Gordon Bell for the excellent pre-concert chat, and a special thanks to Walt and Irene DeBoni for their generous support of this event and helping Glenbow commission ‘A Sybil Andrews Portrait’.


This season’s Student Composers’ Program had us working with students Ata Ghavidel, Rachel Glessing, Shea Iles and Gloria Mui. World premieres of new works by these students with a special performance of Mary Kouyoumdjian’s Moerae took place at the University of Calgary on April 1, 2023.


In April, 2022 we premiered works written by students of the University of Calgary’s music composition program. During the course of the program, we were able to provide each student an enriching educational experience and creative opportunity that contributed to students’ artistic growth. 
Works performed were:
Connor Beatty – “Not Quite Clockwork”
Saba Bidar – “C’est la vie”
Katarina Bohdan – “Verzerren”
Kayra Caner – “Des Glückes Stummes Schweigen”
Sydney Lehner – “Hope’s Lullaby”


During the 2020/21 season, in collaboration with the University of Calgary and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, we were proud to have held our first student composers’ program in Calgary. A group of seven students of the University of Calgary’s Music Composition program were selected to compose 5- to 8-minute works for our ensemble. The initial sketches of the pieces were workshopped on December 1, 2020, by our ensemble with the supervision of composers Allan Gordon Bell and Vincent Ho. The final versions of the works were presented on April 10, 2021, in a live-stream concert.
Here was the program:
Darren Ancheta – the moon and the stars
Julie Olive – Lashing
Maria Bustos – Juniper and Trial
Mickail Hendi – To Languish
Scott Ross-Molyneux – A Burning Tower at the Sea
[INTERMISSION] – 15 minutes
Matthew Mak – Prairie Winds
Filip Vujanovic – grief
Vincent Ho – Gryphon Realms (mvts II and III)


Jon Halvorson, UofC Graduate Student
Peter Stambene, UofC Undergraduate Student
Katie Levinson, UofC Undergraduate Student