Board of directors

CNMN has an elected board of 15 members from across Canada, elected by voting members of the organisation, with each board member having a term of 2 years. The board is representative both regionally and in terms of practice — and includes composers, performers, administrators, and a broad range of new music community representatives.

The board must have representation from each of the 6 defined regions — Atlantic / Québec / Ontario / Prairies / Alberta and the Northern Territories / British Columbia. In addition, two non-regional members represent Canadians abroad.

Board of Directors

  • President

    Juliet Palmer (ON) (President 2019-present, Vice President 2016-2019)

    I attended my first FORUM in January 2016 and was impressed by the depth and range of experiences of the presenters. Meeting and mingling with innovative Canadian delegates alongside innovators from Europe gave me a fresh perspective on music creation and dissemination. It was heartening to encounter the growing number of individuals and organizations working toward making our community more welcoming to those long excluded from it. Collaboration is at the heart of my creative practice and central to my work as educator, facilitator, mentor and composer-in-residence. As a board member, I look forward to fruitful collaborations with my fellow board members and to the continued growth of this invaluable national network. 

    New Zealand-Canadian composer Juliet Palmer is known as a “post-modernist with a conscience” (The Listener) whose work “crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own” (Toronto Star). Her work has been featured around the world, with performances at New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Centre, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bath International Festival, Voix Nouvelles France, Italy’s Angelica Festival, Evenings of New Music Bratislava, Musica Ficta Festival Lithuania, NYYD Festival Estonia, The Istanbul Festival, Soundculture Japan, the Adelaide Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Canada’s Sound Symposium. Juliet is the artistic director of Urbanvessel, a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Vice President

    Norman Adams (Atlantic) (2014-present)

    I have attended CNMN’s FORUM 2010 in Halifax, FORUM 2014 in Calgary and FORUM 2016 in Ottawa. There I have discovered a group of people with the same challenges, worries and goals as I have, with great taste in music! I lend my energy to CNMN and our community in order to help provide our artists and organizations with a strong and clear voice. I believe passionately that we are stronger as a unit, and I would like to play my part as a representative of artists and organizations from the East, and all over Canada.

    I have a unique experience that can provide perspective on a broad range of new music practices. I enjoy a career as a classical musician, playing contemporary and more traditional orchestral and chamber music repertoire, an improviser with an interest in electronic music, and Artistic Director and administrator of an arts organization. As Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, and as frequent member of SNS’s programming committees, I have a clear view of the way “the establishment” works. At the same time, my thirteen years as Artistic Director and Administrator of suddenlyLISTEN Music has given me the opportunity to curate and produce concerts of a wide variety of contemporary musicians from established international improvisers, to locals, all pushing out the very edges of music making. As well I am a founding presenter for The Circuit, a national presenting collective for touring improvisers and exploratory musicians. 

    It is both inspiring and energizing to work for our national community as a CNMN board member.

    Norman Adams is the Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN, and a cellist, improviser and electronic musician exploring music, sound creation and performance. Norm has performed classical, free and new music across Canada, the US, the UK and France, collaborating with many leading artists including Joëlle Léandre, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Gerry Hemingway, Jean Derome and Marilyn Crispell. In addition to CNMN, Norm serves on the boards of Strategic Arts Management, and The Nova Scotia Lt. Governor’s Masterworks Award. He has released several recordings including a solo cello CD. In 2010 he was awarded an Established Artist Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council for his varied work.

  • Secretary

    Sean Clarke (ON) (2016-present)

    When I attended FORUM 2016 in Ottawa I felt an immediate connection to the CNMN’s goals of building a stronger, more collaborative new music community and of giving voice to an important Canadian art form. The inclusive nature of the network is vital to building a rich and relevant artistic community. As an active composer and performer I’m committed to highlighting the importance of new music in Canadian society and recognize the value of having a national organization such as the CNMN to achieve that goal. I have worked in several different settings in the new music community, including as a composer, a performer of new and traditional music in chamber and orchestral settings, a concert producer, a board member of New Works Calgary, and a theorist at academic conferences. I bring my experience and enthusiasm to the CNMN board, to work for this important organization and the new music community at large.

    Sean Clarke is a composer and flutist from Calgary, AB. Before completing a doctorate in instrumental composition at the University of Montréal under the co-direction of Ana Sokolovic and Jonathan Goldman, he studied flute and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, England, and the University of Calgary. His works have been played in the United States, France, and across Canada, including on CBC national radio. Sean has also written several works for young performers, one of which is published by the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).

    Sean has presented his theory research at several national and regional conferences, including those of the Canadian University Music Society where his paper was a finalist for the SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize; the South Central Society for Music Theory where he was the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award; and the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis.

    As a flutist, Sean has performed in new music festivals in Montréal, Calgary and Saskatoon, as an extra musician with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and in concert series including the Société de Musique Contemporaine de Québec’s Série Hommage and McGill University’s Schulich Professional Concert Series.

  • Treasurer

    Po Yeh (Prairies) (2016-present; Board Member 2014-16)

    I was most impressed with the CNMN national forum, both in Calgary (2014) and Ottawa (2016), and greatly value the important role CNMN plays in building relationships and bringing together educators, composers, musicians and organizations in the new music community. I am particularly focused on supporting CNMN in building a long-term vision and strategic director. I enjoy working together with staff, board and members of CNMN building a strong national community and acting as an advocate for its initiatives.

    Po Yeh is Executive Director of Prairie Debut, a touring organization that links Canadian classical and world music artists to over 80 communities that are mostly rural and outside the main centres in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon.  Po also has a keen interest in supporting the performance and creation of contemporary new music, through working with Land’s End Ensemble, New Works Calgary, the Canadian New Music Network, Luminous Voices and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations.

  • Present Board Members

    An-Laurence Higgins (2020- present)

    It gives me great pleasure to get involved on the board of directors of the Canadian New Music Network as the representative of Quebec. I am very happy to be able to contribute to the functioning of an organization that works to bring together new music artists across the country despite the immense distance that separates us. I admire the work CNMN does toprovide a platform for artists, especially during the Forums, to encourage the emergence of the next generation (ConneXions) and to address important issues that have been ignored for too long in our community with the series Conversations on Decolonization.

    An-Laurence Higgins is a Montreal-based new music performer as well as a multimedia artist addressing topics such as transnational identity and relationships.
    As a musician, An-Laurence has performed as a guitar soloist, chamber musician and improviser across Quebec and Ontario since 2016. In 2019, she independently produced and directed the project “Émergences (”, commissioning 5 news works by emerging women composers and culminating in performances in Montreal and Toronto. As a multimedia artist, An-Laurence has explored her transnational identity as an adoptee of Chinese origin through the multimedia installation “Confidences en trois temps” and the interactive performance “Come Closer, I’ll tell you what I forgot”.
    An-Laurence is an avid collaborator and believes the act of creation is one of sharing and caring. A daring performer, she has collaborated with artists from various disciplines (visual arts, cinema, dance) and thrives in settings that stretch the limits of traditional music performance. Committed to her community, An-Laurence has been a co-organizer of the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab peer-mentorship program since 2017, and recently joined the Board of directors of the new music concert series Codes d’accès.
    Photo: Carlos Riobo

  • Robert Thomson (BC) (2020 – present)

    I had the good fortune of attending and contributing to a CNMN Sustainability conversation in 2019. I felt a connection with the organization’s values and left excited with the dialogue and the knowledge exchanged. CNMN is providing innovative and exciting events that enrich our music community. I’m honoured to be asked to join the board and am excited to contribute and learn.

    Robert Thomson is a musician, music curator, and performer of Haida, Tsimshian, and mixed European ancestry. He is the band leader of soul-pop project Sister Says, an artistic producer at Full Circle: First Nations Performance and the music programmer for the Talking Stick Festival and Múyuntstut ta Slúlum Concert Series. In 2019, Robert received the award for “Emerging Performing Arts Leader” presented by the Canadian Association for Presenting Arts. 

    Outside of Full Circle and Sister Says, Robert is currently the electric bass player in the projects SOLA, Logan and Nathan, a sound designer/performer/live looper in the experimental musical Morag, You’re a Long Time Deid (2020), part of the Indigifest (2019) artistic team, and co-curated the concert, Giving Voice (2017). 

  • Helen Pridmore (Prairies) (2019-present)

    I am honoured and excited to be part of the CNMN Board.  This is a strong and vital organization that brings together our new music community across Canada.  Such a vast land, so many projects and opportunities:  CNMN offers a way to connect, to share, to collaborate and to enjoy the depth and breadth of music and sound possibilities in our country.  Laissez les bons temps — et la belle musique — rouler!

    Helen Pridmore is a singer and sound artist, with a focus on contemporary scored music, experimental music and improvisation.  She has performed across Canada and the US, including a solo appearance at Carnegie Hall; Helen has also performed in Europe, Mexico and Japan.  She has three CDs to her name, including …between the shore and the ships…, which won the 2013 East Coast Music Award for Best Classical Recording.

    Helen’s current focus is on the technology of the voice and the body, with explorations into the concepts of aural beauty, space and silence.  She is writing and performing new works for voice that employ both structure and improvisation.  One of her current projects is her solo voice work Sor Juana and the Silences, which will be touring Canada in the 2020-21 season.  Helen also shares her ideas with students and community members via workshops and improvisation sessions:  see for current work and projects.

    With degrees from the Universities of Saskatchewan and Toronto, and the Eastman School of Music, Helen is currently a faculty member in Music and Creative Technologies at the University of Regina.

  • Julie Richard (QC) (2019-present)

    As a member of the francophone community in Quebec, it is of interest to me to open my horizons to more global initiatives whose scope and mandates are just as innovative as the causes they support. I am therefore filled with impatience and curiosity as I join the board of CNMN.

    Committed musician, composer and cultural worker, Julie Richard has been actively involved in Montreal’s artistic and musical scenes for nearly 20 years. Three-time graduate in classical music, she is also versed in vocal interpretation, jazz, pop, experimental music as well as African, Gypsy, Jewish and Creole music.

    Having participated in numerous tours across Canada and the United States, she participated in the SXSW festival and performed internationally in Eastern Europe, France and Colombia. Alongside her musical practice, Julie’s interdisciplinary career led her to work in the areas of artistic management, intervention psychology, and cultural research and animation. She is also known for her involvement in the programming of the Lux Magna festival and the Suoni per il Popolo festival.

    Her latest project, Black Ark Orchestra, inspired her to work with fragments of musical compositions created by black musicians who predominantly came up in the United States in the 1920s. The Black Ark project aims to rehabilitate these marginalized works of classical music produced by African-American women. It is a question of finding, updating and recognizing the value of what remains of these compositions so that they do not remain forgotten, so that they can finally enter into conversation with the history of contemporary music. In composing, she does not seek to accurately reconstruct the contours of these compositions, but aims to draw a living gesture that is non-linear and simultaneously healing, transformative and creative.

  • Müge Büyükçelen (BC) (2019-present)

    I’m very happy and honoured to serve as a board member of the CNMN. As an active performer and huge advocate of contemporary music and specifically Canadian contemporary music, I’m aware of the importance of networking, communicating with wider communities. I’m hoping to be able to share my excitement and joy of working with composers, performers in creating new works. I’m hoping to utilize my experience in the field to assist in promoting new Canadian music.

    Müge Büyükçelen is a passionate violinist known for her multi-genre versatility. Highlights of her recent performances include the premier of Jared Miller’s violin concerto dedicated to Müge, the Beethoven violin concerto, a concert tour through Australia and New Zealand, performances of new works by Jennifer Butler, Paul Frehner, as well as various concerts with the Emily Carr String Quartet.

    She is a current member of the Victoria Symphony, Emily Carr String Quartet and the Aventa Ensemble as well as an active violin teacher at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Müge has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras around the world. In 2009, she premiered “Archimedes’ Codex’ a Canadian work dedicated to her by composer Michael Oesterle. She holds a Masters degree in music performance from Bilkent University, in Ankara Turkey, an associate teaching diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and was a teaching assistant student at the Toulouse National Conservatory.

  • André Cormier (Atlantic) (2018-present)

    André Cormier’s work has been presented in Canada, the US, Europe, and New Zealand. He has written for solo, small and large chamber ensembles, as well as music for opera, dance as well as collaborative work with visual artists. His works have been commissioned from a variety of artists in Canada, the US, and Europe. In 2008, he launched Éditions musique Sisyphe (, a publishing house primarily for experimental music scores; he also directs its performing branch, Ensemble Sisyphe. In 2011, after nearly twenty years on the west coast shared between British Columbia and California, André made his return to eastern Canada, first in Montreal, and then in the summer of 2012, he returned to his native Acadie. Today, André maintains a busy schedule as a composer by fulfilling commissions and presenting work, all in an effort to greater understand what makes sound and silence so irresistible. He also finds the complement of cacao and sugar immensely intriguing.

  • Linda Bouchard (Non Regional) (2018-present)

    I have attended the last CNMN Forum and was truly impressed by the open inquisitive space the Forum created. CNMN creates a dynamic place for a new music scene that is constantly fluctuating, changing and redefining itself.  Because of the sheer size of our country, an organization like CNMN brings people together in a unique way.

    I am honored to serve on the board of the CNMN. I have spent most of my adult life in the USA. I have continued to be very active in Canada and have always felt profoundly connected to the culture. I believe that my experience as an ex-pat might bring a perspective that will contribute to the organization.

    Born in Val d’Or, Québec in 1957, Linda Bouchard lives in San Francisco since 1997. Throughout her career she has been an active composer, orchestrator, conductor, teacher and producer. Her works have received awards in the US and in Canada, including a Prix Opus Composer of the Year in Quebec, Fromm Music Foundation Award, Princeton Composition Contest, SOCAN Composition awards and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, Camargo Foundation and others. Bouchard’s music is recorded on ECM in Germany, CRI in the USA and CBC, Analekta, Marquis Classics, RCI, Centredisks in Canada. Linda was composer-in-residence with the National Arts Center Orchestra (1992-1995). She is the founder of, (a non-profit arts and education organization based in San Francisco), and was the acting director from 2005 to 2015.  In 2015, Bouchard was invited as a visiting artist at The Banff Centre, she also received a Fleck Fellowship at the Leighton artist Colony. During the spring 2016, she was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Music at UC Berkeley.

    For the past ten years Linda has been creating multimedia work while continuing to compose music for the concert hall. Her works Murderous Little World, All Caps No Space and Identity Theft have been performed in North America to critical acclaim.  In the fall 2017, Linda received a multiyear grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to “Explore and Create”. Her project titled “Live Structures” will unfold over the next two years.

  • Emily Doolittle (Non-Regional) (2016-present)

    I’m thrilled to join the board of the CNMN as a Non-Regional Representative. I’ve lived in a number of different countries in my life as a composer – Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, and now Scotland – and while each of these countries has lots of fantastic musicians and amazing musical things to offer, my time outside of Canada has made me aware of just how special the Canadian new music community is. We have such a rich diversity of music being made, so many strong and supportive regional and nationwide networks, and, most importantly, a real sense that we’re all in this together. Anything that helps one of us helps all of us.

    As a Non-Regional Representative, I’m particularly interested in figuring out how to maintain connections between Canadian composers and new music performers abroad and those in Canada, in promoting the work of Canadian composers worldwide, and in facilitating international collaborations. I’m also interested in finding ways to encourage ensembles, concert series, and festivals to program new pieces in a way that represents the true diversity of Canadian composers, in terms of gender, ethnicity, regional, stylistic and other differences. I will work with the CNMN on behalf of all of us in the Canadian new music community.

    Emily Doolittle’s music has been described as “eloquent and effective” (The WholeNote), “masterful” (Musical Toronto), and “the piece…that grabbed me by the heart” (The WholeNote). Doolittle has been commissioned by such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain, Tafelmusik, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, and supported by the Sorel Organization, the Canada Council for the Arts, Opera America, and the Fulbright Foundation, among others. Recent projects include Seal Songs, a 30-minute piece based on Gaelic selkie folklore, commissioned by Paragon and the Voice Factory Youth Choir (Glasgow), a concerto for violinist Calvin Dyck and the Vancouver Island Symphony, and five months as composer-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Doolittle was educated at Dalhousie University, Indiana University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium, and Princeton. From 2008-2015 she was on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She now lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Megumi Masaki (Prairies) (2016-present)

    It is an honour to serve on the board of the CNMN as a Manitoba Representative. Before returning to Canada in 2006, I lived as a Canadian pianist and educator in London England, Boston, Paris and Frankfurt for 21 years. Living abroad, it was a priority for me to represent, champion, perform and collaborate/commission Canadian music and multimedia works. This continues to be my passion and path. However, despite the vibrant and diverse arts community in Brandon Manitoba where I have lived for the past 13 years, it can be more challenging for artists in rural communities to stay connected with the national new music community, often driven by Canada’s larger cities. I therefore feel fortunate to support CNMN’s work to advance access, connections and opportunities for all new music artists and audiences, across regions, cultures and languages in Canada and for Canadians all over the world. I aim to bring my experience as a pianist and multimedia performer, living and working both in Canada and in different countries, as well as teaching, administrative, networking and curatorial background to my contributions with CNMN.


    “Her depth of understanding of narrative is unprecedented and her ability to translate musical composition into something emotionally vivid and alive is quite extraordinary (The Wholenote 2018).”

    Megumi Masaki is active as a pianist, multimedia artist, educator, researcher, conductor and curator. The innovation and breadth of her artistic activity, dynamic temperament and “riveting and mind-expanding” (Fréttablaðið) performances have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of new music and multimedia works. She specializes in exploring how sound, image, text and movement can be integrated and interactive in multimedia works. Megumi frequently collaborates with composers, visual artists, writers and choreographers on interdisciplinary projects involving new technologies to expand and recontextualize how concert works for the piano are created, performed and received. Over 40 piano, multimedia (piano/toy piano/Roli Seaboard + interactive and fixed electronics + video + text + movement + unconventional instruments) and chamber works have been composed especially for Megumi, and she has premiered over 90 works worldwide.

    Megumi is featured at major festivals and venues around the world, including the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Festival, Shanghai New Music Festival, Dark Music Days Festival Reykjavik, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music Paris (IRCAM), Drogheda Arts Festival Ireland, Bangor Music Festival Wales, Winnipeg New Music Festival, JUNOfest Classical Showcase, ISCM World New Music Days Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the National Art Gallery Ottawa.

    Megumi is Professor of piano and director of the New Music Ensemble and New Music Festival at Brandon University. She is also a member of the interdisciplinary Noiseborder Ensemble Windsor ON and Slingshot-Kidõ Hartford CT, the Artistic Director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, on faculty at the Casalmaggiore International Festival Italy, Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival in Manchester UK and at the Banff Centre. She is regularly invited to curate programs for established festivals and concert series, and to give lectures and masterclasses at universities worldwide including Oxford University, Royal Academy, Royal College, Trinity Laban, University of St Andrews, University of York, Mainz University, UBC, Queen’s University, National University of Mexico, Sichuan Conservatory and Beijing Central Conservatory.

  • Past Board Members

    Jennifer Waring (ON) (President 2016-2019, Board Member 2014-2016)
  • Jérôme Blais (Atlantic) (2012-present)
  • Marc-Olivier Lamontagne (QC) (2016-2017)
  • Clemens Merkel (QC) (2017-2020)
  • David Pay (BC) (2012-2019)
  • Jason Cullimore (SK) (2008-10)
  • Patrick Giguère (QC) (2018-2019)
  • Janice Jackson (Atlantic) (Secretary, 2008-12)
  • Brenda Cleniuk (SK) (2017-2019)
  • Jennifer Butler (BC) (2016-2019)
  • Aimé Dontigny (QC) (2006)
  • Brent Lee (ON) (2011-14)
  • Heidi Ouellette (MB) (2012-16)
  • Cléo Palacio-Quintin (QC) (Treasurer, 2010-14)
  • Alain Perron (SK)(2010-2017)
  • Clark Ross (NF) (2006-08)
  • Ellen Waterman (ON) (2006-07)
  • Gayle Young (ON) (2006-08)
  • Jason van Eyk (ON)(2010-2011)
  • Jerry Pergolesi (ON) (2008-13)
  • Jim Hiscott (MB) (Secretary-Treasurer, 2006-08; Board Member, 2009-10)
  • Jim Montgomery (ON) (Secretary, 2012-16)
  • Joe Sorbara (ON) (2006-08)
  • John Gzowski (ON) (2008-12)
  • John Reid (AB and the Northern Territories) (2010-14)
  • Karen Sunabacka (MB) (2010-12)
  • Kathryn Ladano (ON) (2016-2018)
  • Kyle Brenders (ON) (President, 2014-16; Board Member, 2013-14)
  • Lawrence Cherney (ON) (2008-10)
  • Louise Campbell (QC) (Vice-President, 2014-16; Board Member, 2008-12)
  • Marianne Perron (QC) (2006-08)
  • Mireille Gagné (QC) (Vice President, 2005-08; Treasurer, 2009-10)
  • Randy Raine-Reusch (BC) (2010-12)
  • Paul Cram (Atlantic) (2005-14)
  • Pauline Minevich (SK) (2006-07)
  • Pierre-Olivier Roy (QC) (2018-2020)
  • Roger Admiral (AB) (2005-10)
  • Ron Samworth (BC) (2006-08)
  • Sarah Albu (QC) (Board Member, 2016-2018)
  • Stacey Brown (QC) (Treasurer, 2014-16; Vice-President, 2012-14)
  • Therese Costes (MB) (2006-07)
  • Tim Brady (QC) (Board Member, 2014-2017; President, 2005-14)
  • Tina Pearson (BC) (Vice President, 2008-12)