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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.

Please read it here.

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.

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:

God Bless Us Everyone

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Malcolm Forsyth’s Double Concerto performed by NACO

#MalcolmForsyth‘s Double Concerto for Cello and Viola, was performed by cellist @Amanda.Forsyth and violist #JethroMarks with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by #PinchasZukerman, March 6 & 7/14.
This performance was wonderful. The rapport between the soloists was excellent. There are two cadenzi and the glorious interplay between Amanda and Jethro was exquisite. The middle movement, the Adagio Cantabile was delightful. Very enjoyable. Read More→

Bramwell Tovey honoured by the Order of Canada

We are pleased to offer our congratulations to Bramwell Tovey, composer as well as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, who has been name an honorary member of the Order of Canada.

Counterpoint represents the catalogue of Bramwell Tovey.  You can learn more about him and  his works through this link:


Conductors’ Guild Conference 2013 – St. Louis

Counterpoint was represented at the annual Conductors’ Guild Conference June 15-18/13, this year held in beautiful St. Louis, Missouri, at the historic and beautifully restored Union Station – the former train station and gateway to the West. This conference attracts many conductors in different stages of their careers, from student conductors, to those with many years experience. Highlights of the conference, included sessions by Amy Kaiser, the Director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, speaking about preparing the chorus; David Robertson, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Donald Hunsberger, former conductor of the famous Eastman Wind Ensemble, at the Eastman School of Music, and Jamie Bernstein, who is continuing her father Leonard’s music education efforts. She is a filmmaker and education, who gave a presentation with a film excerpt about El Sistema, an ongoing project in West Philadelphia.  It showed the encouraging and wonderful things happening with children at risk, who are refocusing on music and enthusiastically learning.

The special feature on the last day was a Retrospective on the conductor Walter Susskind, along with a panel discussion after the presentation, which included his son, Peter Susskind, and members of the St. Louis Symphony, who were conducted by him during his tenture in St. Louis.

As part of this conference there are three sessions focusing on new and recent compositions. I presented a segment in the Publishers’ New Music Project session, on Malcolm Forsyth’s violin concerto Trickster Coyote — Lightening Elk, premiered in 2008 by Tara-Louise Montour and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. You can view the one-page handout with all the details,

Trickster Coyote Details
I am pleased to announced that the excellent violinist Stephen Sitarski is looking for engagements to perform this work. You can learn more about him through his website

Click this link for our  Latest Highlights which has an article about the Conference and this work, as well as an article on Malcolm Forsyth’s Atayoskewin which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2014.

Please contact me, Jean-Marie Barker, to learn more.

Glenn Buhr – Our Native Song – new book published

Glenn Buhr loves music so much he questions the unquestionable and reveres the irreverent, and we and music are better for it.

– Tom Allen, trombonist/author/CBC host

The essays explore the idea that music is social, and that it emerges organically in every society through social rituals, such as concerts, festivals, church, and simple singing.  Music is a language, and like verbal language, it’s an essential quality of every culture.
The essays look at many of the world’s various musics – European classical music, American jazz, pop music, Jamaican reggae, East Indian classical music, contemporary music and sound art – from this perspective.  The book looks at countries with successful musical legacies and compares them to countries, like Canada, who are only just emerging with a musical voice of their own.
Some of the writing is analytical.  And some is anecdotal, drawing on the author’s experiences as a composer and conductor of symphonies and ballets, and his various tours of jazz and folk festivals as an improvisational pianist, guitarist and songwriter.  Some essays are more philosophical, exploring the impact of music on our lives and the reason that music is elemental to every culture.
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