Monica Pearce

Monica Pearce, originally from Prince Edward Island, is a composer of new classical/contemporary music with a particular affinity for solo and chamber music, opera, and musical theatre. After completing her Bachelor of Music at Mount Allison University with a focus on piano and composition, studying with David Rogosin (piano) and Ian Crutchley and James Code (composition), Monica completed her Masters of Music in Composition at the University of Toronto with the mentorship of Alexander Rapoport and Gary Kulesha. She currently studies composition independently with Linda Catlin Smith.

Monica founded the emerging composer collective the Toy Piano Composers in 2008 with Chris Thornborrow, where she is the Artistic Director. The Toy Piano Composers are currently in their fifth season and have presented over 90 new works in 12 concerts, with support from the Toronto Arts Council and the SOCAN Foundation.

Pearce’s work has been performed by the Array Ensemble, eklektikos ensemble, TorQ percussion quartet, junctQín keyboard collective, Sneak Peek Orchestra, Tonus Vivus Ensemble, Avant Guitars, Digital Prowess, and Tandem Percussion. Monica was the composer-in-residence for the 30th Anniversary of Canada Music Week in Prince Edward Island. In 2012, she was named winner of the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra’s New Music Competition for Emerging Female Composers for her piece You Know Me (based on the poem by Gwendolyn MacEwen). Most recently, she received the Canadian Music Centre’s Toronto Emerging Composer Award Honourable Mention for her project it plays (because it plays) for the junctQín keyboard collective.

Monica Pearce is also the General Manager of the Canadian League of Composers which serves the interests of Canada’s art music composers.

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