Sounds Global Composers’ Workshops 2017-18: TRIO


The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, is pleased to present the fifth annual edition of this innovative workshop series. Led by VICO Artistic Director Mark Armanini and Composer-in-Residence Farshid Samandari, the series offers composers unique opportunities to learn about and write for traditional instruments from all over the world. Registered participants are encouraged to bring sketches of works in progress for the instruments listed, to be workshopped by VICO musicians over the course of 3 or 4 sessions. All the pieces will receive a workshop performance and A/V documentation. VICO will select a number of the completed works to perform at “Sounds Global in Concert” in North Vancouver during the orchestra’s 2017/18 season.

Instrumentation: Intercultural TRIO

Erhu (Nicole Li)

Santur (Saina Khaledi)

Cello (Finn Manniche)

Schedule & Locations

Saturday November 4, 2017  10:30 am – 1:00 pm at the VSO School of Music in the Arthur Willms Salon Room*Led by instructor Rita Ueda

Saturday December 9, 2017 9:30am – 12:00pm in the East Studio at The Post at 750 Hamilton Street

Saturday January 13, 2018     9:30am – 12:00pm in the East Studio at The Post at 750 Hamilton Street

Saturday February 10, 2018    9:30am – 12:00pm in the East Studio at the Post at 750 Hamilton Street

Application Procedure

Participating composers are required to register by November 3, 2017 if planning to participate in the first session on Nov. 4th. You may also register just for the 3 subsequent Dec/Jan/Feb sessions; for these the submission deadline is November 30, 2017. Priority will be given to the first 8 applicants.

Please complete the online form below.

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Registration Fees

In the drop-down menu there are three different options for payment:

$15 – fee for November 4th workshop only

$35 – second installment if you are taking subsequent workshops after November 4th

$50 – Full registration for ALL workshops

This fee includes all the sessions with the musicians on the dates listed above, and a professional demo recording of the composer’s piece performed by VICO musicians. Note: composers may submit more than one piece to be workshopped; this counts as a second registration, so another $50 payment must be made. There is a maximum of 8 composition slots available in the workshop series; spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration Fees


The compositions brought to the workshop sessions may be works in progress, but must not exceed 8 minutes in length.

Composers are required to provide an electronic copy of the score and parts ONE WEEK in advance of the workshop session at which they are to be performed. Hard copies of all parts and a minimum of two copies of the full score must be provided by the composer at the session. The score and parts need to be legible; the use of digital notation software is recommended but not required (in other words, the electronic copy could be a photograph or a scan of a handwritten score).


For detailed background information about traditional instruments presented in this program, please visit