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TORONTO - The members of TorQ Percussion Quartet, one of Canada’s leading chamber music ensembles, are happy to announce the winners of the sixth annual TPS Composition Competition.
The competition received entries from across North America.  “As in years past, picking a winner was a difficult decision; the quality and creativity of pieces was especially high across the board this year,” said TorQ member Jamie Drake.   

Added TorQ member Adam Campbell, “One of the purposes of this composition is to introduce new and under-recognized percussion chamber music not only to ourselves and our students, but to other percussionists and educators.  We were particularly impressed with the number of great Canadian compositions this year, and we’ll work to perform some of these pieces on future concerts, as well as to introduce them to other performers and educators. When those opportunities arise, we’ll be in touch with composers directly to help promote their music.”

The winners of the 2016 TorQ Percussion Seminar Composition Competition are:

Grand Prize:
Daniel Wright (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
Devitalization for percussion sextet

Runner Up:
Corey Hubbard (Moore, Oklahoma, USA)
Cliffside for percussion quartet

“Both of these pieces are very different stylistically, but both are equally captivating for both listener and performer,” said Drake.  “We’re especially pleased that Danny’s piece was the grand prize winner - he is a past and present TPS participant, and it’s been a joy to watch his compositional voice develop over the years.  We’re looking forward to working with the TPS participants to present both these pieces to the public as part of our finale concert.”

ABOUT TORQ PERCUSSION SEMINAR: Now in its seventh year, TorQ Percussion Seminar is an opportunity for college-level percussionists to come together for an intense but rewarding week of rehearsals, masterclasses, creation and performance, under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet. Operated in association with Stratford Summer Music in beautiful Stratford, Ontario, Canada, TPS2018 will culminate with a series of public performances as part of the festival, including the renowned “Music for an Avon Morning” series on Tom Patterson Island.