The Prince George Conservatory of Music is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a composer-in-residence project.
Well-known Canadian composer Christine Donkin has been commissioned to write a piece for the conservatory faculty to perform at their May 26, 2024 chamber concert. She will also be giving a series of free composing workshops to music students in the community.
“Christine Donkin is the perfect composer to write a piece commemorating 40 years of music education because her pieces are beloved by music students across Canada,” says Shoshanna Godber, artistic director of the Prince George Conservatory of Music in a news release. “She also has extensive experience coaching students in their own composing journeys, and we are excited for the students in our community to have the opportunity to work with her. We are thankful to the PG Community Foundation for supporting this project - not only to help the Conservatory celebrate our 40th anniversary, but also to encourage the development of local student composers.”
A further aspect of the project is a collaboration with the Prince George and District Music Festival Association. Local composer Simon Cole will be adjudicating the composition class this year and will be choosing student compositions to be performed at the May 26 concert. Students whose work is chosen will also receive a $100 award.