The Canadian Experimental Choir

New music, in new ways!

What is the Canadian Experimental Choir?

A new collective of singers, composers and choir directors passionate about new Canadian choral music, with the aim of promoting, mentoring and supporting emerging composers. 

Inspired by the C4 choir from New York, the CEC represents a new way of functioning as a choir, with a focus on collaboration and the utilization of every member’s area(s) of expertise.

Instead of a single artistic director, the CEC is led by several conductors, expert singers, at the service of Canadian composers.

What is the mission?

To support emerging and existing composers by organizing readings, workshops, recording and performing new works. 

Bring together passionate musicians in a context of democratization of choral music, to concentrate on the creation of new works, and share this music with the public.

Why?

Emerging composers rarely have the opportunity to hear their works performed. To improve, the composer must hear his piece sung by real voices. Current notation and rendering software is still incapable of accurately enough imitate choral singing of words.  This puts choral composers at a huge disadvantage over instrumental composers, for whom live performances are not necessary to hear what works and what doesn’t in their composition.  

To improve, the composer must hear his piece sung by real voices. Current notation and rendering software is still incapable of accurately enough imitate choral singing of words.  This puts choral composers at a huge disadvantage over instrumental composers, for whom live performances are not necessary to hear what works and what doesn’t in their composition. 

Additionally, publishing houses do not accept submissions unless they are accompanied by an excellent live recording.

The CEC therefore proposes to respond to these difficulties by offering recorded reading sessions, workshops and concerts, organized by a group of musicians passionate about new music.