Emerging Composer Masterclass with Carmen Braden

For ages 18 to 118
Friday, June 2 2023, 1:00 PM
Quance Theatre, University of Saskatchewan (EDUC 1003)

About this Masterclass

In conjunction with the 2023 Strata New Music Festival held from June 1 – 4 2023, all interested composers are invited to submit original compositions for professional performance and discussion in a Student Masterclass, led by guest composer Carmen Braden. 

The objective of the masterclass is to give Saskatchewan composers a chance to have their music played professionally, discussed, and critiqued by our guest composer, as well as having the opportunity to give them a chance to be exposed to other styles, ideas and repertoire.  This is NOT a competition.  Parents, teachers and friends are invited to attend. 

Music should be notated with music notation software such as Finale or Sibelius.  If the music is hand written, it must be legible.

For the sake of performability, we would prefer piano compositions or arrangements.  Compositions for other instruments would still be accepted, but would not be able to be given a professional performance.  Students would be welcome to bring along a recording or midi file.
Recommended duration no longer than 10 minutes.

Those that are interested please email your name, age, contact information, and a PDF of your piece to sasknewmusic@gmail.com by May 26th 2023

A maximum of 5 may participate and there is no fee.


Friday, June 2 2023, 1:00 PM
Quance Theatre, University of Saskatchewan (EDUC 1003)
28 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X1, Canada

Carmen Braden


Carmen Braden is a versatile, genre-jumping musician from the Canadian sub-Arctic. Winner of the 2019 and 2020 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composer of the Year, Carmen is a composer/performer based in her hometown of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Hailed as “a talented, bold musician” (Up Here Magazine), Carmen is a life-long Northerner whose music has been described as “drop-dead gorgeous” (Ottawa Citizen). Carmen’s second studio album Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars (2019) was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Album of the Year. Her debut studio album Ravens was released in 2017 – both albums are on the Centrediscs label. 

Born in 1985 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Carmen grew up in Yellowknife and learned to love music with Bill Gilday and Ardith Dean. She earned the International Baccalaureate from Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific and continued to study under Michelle Hewitt. In 2009 Carmen received her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Acadia University where she studied with Derek Charke and Stephen Naylor. She received her Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Calgary in 2015, studying under Allan Gordon Bell, Laurie Radford and David Eagle.

Carmen’s creative work has been supported by the NWT Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, and her academic study has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.