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.