Sounds Global Composers’ Workshops 2017-18: QUARTET


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 Surrey during the orchestra’s 2017/18 season.

Instrumentation: Intercultural QUARTET

Sarah Kwok, viola
Milan Milosevic, clarinet & tárogatò
Navid Goldrick, oud
Saina Khaledi, santur


Note: we are also offering a TRIO workshop series this year showcasing different instruments; composers are welcome to register for both workshops.


Saturday December 9, 2017  12:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the East Studio in the Post at 750 Hamilton Street
Saturday January 13, 2018     12:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the East Studio in the Post at 750 Hamilton Street
Saturday February 10, 2018    12:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the East Studio in the Post at 750 Hamilton Street


Application Procedure

Participating composers must register by December 8, 2017. Priority will be given to the first 8 applicants.

Please fill out registration form below.

    Phone Number (required)

    Registration fee

    $50, which includes all 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.


    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

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