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Gary Kulesha – Sonata for horn, tuba & piano

Gary Kulesha’s Sonata for horn, tuba and piano is becoming more popular. It is regularly ordered, and more performers around the world are discovering this piece. Find out for yourself by listening to this YouTube clip.
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Summer, 2016 Highlights-newsletter

Our Summer, 2016 edition of our newsletter features articles on Bramwell Tovey‘s latest work, Time Tracks, a suite from his opera The Inventor, just premiered by the New Zealand Symphony; our new composer Larysa Kuzmenko‘s premiere of her new work Golden Harvest, in celebration of the Immigrant Experience, and specifically about the 125th anniversary of the beginning of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. Also featured are Victor Davies’ Tuba Concerto- Concerto for Tubameister, being performed next January by Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, with young up-and-coming Tuba Soloist, Justin Hickmott.
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Winter 2015 Highlights-newsletter

Our Winter edition of our newsletter Highlights is now available. Features:
Johnny Cowell’s 90th birthday celebration, additions to our catalogue include music by Larysa Kuzmenko and Sid Robinovitch. Learn about our new representation of the Toronto band of Firefighters called Firesound and their orchestra show, new publications and important upcoming performances.

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Happy Birthday Marc Fortier

Fortier-050.OSM 07 Faned with text-adjDecember 7, 2015 is our composer/arranger Marc Fortier’s birthday. Marc is one of Counterpoint’s new composers in 2015. I will let the words of Jeffrey Saultanof, American Historian/Domposer/Arranger/Conductor, expert on many things musical, including composer Robert Farnon, tell you about Marc Fortier, written on his Facebook Page:

Jeffrey Sultanof

Dec 7, 2015

Several years ago, Gene Lees made me aware of an arranger/conductor in Canada named Marc Fortier, who was a big Robert Farnon fan. Marc and I quickly became friends, lost touch for awhile, and reunited on Facebook. He is one of the top arranger/conductors in all of Canada, whose concerts are sell-outs wherever he appears. He one of the youngest men I know, but with worlds of experiences. He also has the biggest heart imaginable. I don’t mind saying that we have a mutual admiration society between us, which makes me extraordinarily proud. Today is his birthday, and I hope he has a wonderful one. His music is represented by an excellent rental company/distributor, and anyone who conducts orchestras should check out what they have: The director has the best of Canadian music, right where Marc belongs.

Marc Fortier has put together a wonderful show called Celebration 2017 for Canada’s 150th Birthday. Your orchestra should present it. Listen to samples through this link

Our Summer Highlights issue has an article about this project. See it here.

Norman Symonds – Pastel Blue, for string orchestra

Norman Symonds – Pastel Blue, for string orchestra  4′

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This is a lovely, short string work, which is mostly unknown, and unjustly so. Read More→

Summer 2015 HighLights

Read our Summer Newsletter issue including: Celebration 2017 – a light orchestra program for Canada’s 150th Birthday + other works you can program for 2017; New edition of Victor Togni’s Five Liturgical Inventions; Pierre Mercure Anniversaries coming up…   Click this link Latest Highlights

Winter issue of our newsletter Highlights

Our Winter 2014 issue of Highlights features articles about Bramwell Tovey, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Victor Davies, Jacob Plachta, Gary Kulesha as well as a list of interesting upcoming performances.
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Bramwell Tovey – Songs of the Paradise Saloon, brass band arrangement

Bramwell Tovey has created a new arrangement of his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, for solo trumpet and brass band. Come here the Hannaford Street Silver Band, Canada’s premiere brass band, perform this work with trumpet soloist Andrew McCandless, principal trumpet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on

Sunday, October 26, 3 p.m. at Jane Mallet Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. Toronto

Check our this YouTube link of Bramwell talking about this piece:

Victor Davies named to the Order of Canada

Congratulations to composer Victor Davies for his appointment to the Order of Canada. For more details, visit his site

New Music Project 2014 Conductors’ Guild Conference

I attended the 2014 Conductors’ Guild Conference in Washington, DC – , as an exhibitor. A regular part of this conference is the New Music Project Sessions where publishers and conductors get 9′ each to feature a work or works that they love and want to share with their colleagues. These works must be no more than 15 years old and can be of any instrumentation from orchestra to band to choral or vocal. The coordination of this New Music Project has been enthusiastically, and very well run by conductor David Bowden, Music Director of the Carmel Symphony of Carmel, IN as well as Music Director of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, for the last 17 years. This is his last doing this Project.

In my segment I presented three works: Jacob Plachta’s Celebration, for brass band ; Christopher Nickel’s Christmas Dreams, for orchestra; and Malcolm Forsyth’s Hesperides, for mixed chorus and 2 harps. They were all well received and I had inquiries about all these pieces from interested conductors. You can hear these works and see perusal scores at:   These pieces are well worth hearing and performing.