Ensemble Evolution

Summer Music 2018
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Program Information


Featuring a faculty of performers drawn from the ranks of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), along with an extraordinary group of composers, improvisers, and scholars, Ensemble Evolution explores a full range of ensemble playing. 

Participants will perform established repertoire—featured in 2018 will be Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoiles and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the Light of Air—along with world premieres by composers George Lewis, Vivian Fung, Sabrina Schroeder, and Peter Evans.  

Over the course of the residency, participants will take over the responsibility for programming, rehearsing, and producing the concerts, resulting in a completely participant-driven day long festival at the culmination of the program. 

What does the program offer?

Ensemble Evolution prepares the 21st century musician by promoting artistic excellence, fostering social consciousness, and exploring community-building through music. Participants will present various public and in-house performances. The residency will produce nearly a concert per day for three weeks—from publicized, ticketed events to participant-driven “throw downs” to simultaneous open studio performances. There will be ample opportunity to perform!

Participants will also convene in a daily meeting for high-level presentations by select faculty about musical aesthetics, interpretative issues, and ensemble management. Practical topics will include music technology, concert production, conducting, education, and community engagement. Performance faculty will offer lessons. Composers will receive instruction and mentorship from the program's internationally distinguished composition faculty, and will have their pieces performed by participants.

Who should apply?

Performers of any instrument or vocal quality along with composers, improvisers, and scholars are encouraged to apply. The successful applicants will be post-secondary students or emerging artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of musical exploration. Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially welcomed.


What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared 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.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

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.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Showcase Your WorkRead MoreClose

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

Recording OpportunitiesRead MoreClose

Demo recordings: you’ll have the option to record up to 30 minutes of music at a reduced rate as part of your program. These recordings are intended to be used for auditions or personal promotion, not for commercial purposes.

Studio recordings: commercial recordings can also be integrated into a music residency at normal rates.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

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.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

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.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (single room)
$3 264.55
Program Fee with Financial Aid (single room)
$1 922.55
Program Fee (shared room)
$2 670.04
Program Fee with Financial Aid (shared room)
$1 328.04

Application Fee: $65

Additional need-based financial aid is available. Please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom to be considered for additional support.

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

How to Apply

Sample of Work

Upload three samples of your artistic work. Examples should provide a portrait of yourself and the breadth and diversity of your creative life.


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

Personal Statement

A 500-word description of why you wish to attend this program, what you hope to learn, and what impact it could have on your artistic practice.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators 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. 

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.

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 the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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