Contemporary Showcase Edmonton 2018

25th Anniversary Celebrations!

Showcase Festival

A non-competitive festival of Canadian music for all ages, levels and disciplines.

November 23-25, 2018

University of Alberta, Fine Arts Building

Registration Deadline
October 22, 2018

Gala concert: 
Friday, November 30, 2018
Muttart Hall, Alberta College

Special Anniversary Events

New student works by 8 Alberta Composers
Special guest clinicians
Special scholarship class
Other surprises during the festival

Featured Composers

Dr. John Burge
Martha Hill Duncan


Donations are gratefully accepted to help run our programs. Your donation can help us keep registration fees low while helping to bring in highly qualified and experienced clinicians and composers. Donations also help to create scholarships for students receiving recognition awards. 

Donations can be 
- an ongoing monetary donation of any amount
- a one-time donation of any amount
- class sponsorship - $50
Bottle Drive Fundraiser
- advertising in our program 
click here for sizes and rates

Donations should be sent to
Treasurer, 50 Olivier Close,
St. Albert, AB, T8N 8Z8

E-transfer donations to:

Please specify which of the above options you’re donating.

Thank you for your support!

2018 Festival Clinicians: 

Intermediate & Senior Piano
- Dr. John Burge
Junior Piano - Martha Hill Duncan
Beginner Piano - Margaret King
Creative Music - Dr. John Burge
Voice - Martha Hill Duncan
Strings: Colin Ryan
Winds: Dr. Andriy Talpash

Eligible Repertoire:

Any Canadian music may be entered though we encourage exploration of music including contemporary idioms. 
Repertoire suggestions are available on the ACNMP syllabus.


This year's festival is not the same weekend as Alberta College’s
Fall Festival.

The following classes will be the evening of November 24, 2018
String & Wind Classes
Creative Music Classes
Anniversary Commissions Scholarship Class


Volunteers are always needed to help run our festival, mostly as secretaries and hall monitors. If you would consider assisting Contemporary Showcase Edmonton, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

Teachers are welcome to be secretaries during their students' performances with the understanding they will not indicate to the adjudicator any connection with the student. We thank you in advance for your assistance!!


Membership in our non-profit society is open and free to anyone age 18 or over. If you would like to be included on our membership list, please forward your contact information to
Marlaine Osgood at

Members receive occasional information and special news about our organization throughout the year.

About Contemporary Showcase Edmonton

-supportive atmosphere                    
-generous time with clinicians
-encouraging critiques

-no marks given
-no ranking
-recognition awards given at clinicians' discretion

-small classes
-scheduling flexibility

-perform Canadian music
-promote Edmonton and Alberta composers
-teach students about Canadian music
-students can meet and work with composers brought in as clinicians
-foster pride in Canadian talent!

-harmonic structure beyond tonal writing
-uncommon meters and/or changing meters
-polyrhythms and polytonality
-extended techniques for the instrument/voice
-addition of sound effects
-chance music and performer input into performance structure