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Melody McKiver and Cris Derksen, Indigenous Classical Music Gathering, Banff Centre 2019. Photo by Jessica Wittman

Melody McKiver and Cris Derksen, Indigenous Classical Music Gathering, Banff Centre 2019. Photo by Jessica Wittman


This residency brings together Indigenous musicians working with the Classical genre to cultivate relationships, personal craft and build strong networks that propel careers forward with an opportunity to showcase their works in progress. The program welcomes themes of listening, frequencies of land and connections to one’s culture. 

What Does the Program Offer

This program welcomes Indigenous classical musicians and composers to either explore experimental elements, or accomplish finished productions of their work to the best of their capacity, in a fully supported environment.

Participants will have self-directed study time to work on their projects, and spend time gathering for presentations, workshops and to prepare to share works in progress together in a concert that will be part of the GATHER LISTEN HEAR Four Day Festival.

Who Should Apply

Regional, national, global Indigenous music practitioners including: composers, singers, instrumentalists, scholars, students, provocateurs, disrupters, advocates pushing the boundaries of their artistic practice, artists that serve their community, artistic leaders in Classical music. While a university degree in the field isn't needed, you should be working or intending to work in the field. Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date. 


Program will be structured daily to include:

  • Self-Practice
  • Gathering discussions
  • Guest Faculty professional development sessions
  • Collaborative performance experience. 


What's Included

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Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay. Banff Centre can accommodate most dietary requests. 

The Full Flex meal plan is calculated at $70 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

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Create in one of our specialized studios.


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Join in group seminars/workshops.

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

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The Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives - Current Services

The Library is delighted to support Banff Centre Participants, Artists, and Faculty with the following services:

  • Open hours:  9:30 am to 1 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Access to collections, including program relevant books, scores, artists’ books, recordings, periodicals, and object library.
  • Library accounts for borrowing materials.
  • Digital Library, on campus and remote access.
  • Library research assistance, by appointment.
  • Archives research, by appointment only.

Please email or for more information or assistance.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

You pay (fee after scholarship applied)
Total fee (Tuition, Accommodation and Meal Plan)
$8 148.00
Scholarship amount applied*
$8 148.00

Application fee: $35 

Application Fees are non-refundable.

Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Scholarship of 100% is available and will be applied to cover tuition, meals and accommodation costs.

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.

Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Letter of Intent

What do you hope to achieve with your time here? Share background on the project you are working during your time at Banff Centre.

Resource Request

You will be asked a series of questions please also provide a list of repertoire you would like to perform or workshop. For each piece, please include the title, composer, approximate duration, instrumentation including a detailed list of percussion (if any), along with any technical requirements such as electronics, video, or staging directions. If the piece is in the process of being composed and some aspects are unknown, please provide as many details as you can.

Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.


Up to 5 samples of relevant recent artistic work.

  • Performers can submit a Video – max 5 min.
  • Composers can submit Scores - if you have links online or an MP3, both are acceptable.

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudication on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. 

Please note, application fees are non-refundable and go towards supporting the review of each program application and the adjudication process. All submitted applications are reviewed by a panel of adjudicators, and due to the competitive nature of Banff Centre’s programs, we do not provide feedback on applications or guarantee acceptances into programs. All applicants will be notified of their application status via email following adjudication.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact Admissions

For questions on preparing your application, please contact Admissions:

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