Canadian Art Song Project announces 2021 winners of mentorship programme for composers

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Toronto, May 11, 2021 – Canadian Art Song Project (CASP) is pleased to announce Laurence Jobidon and Jesse Plessis as the inaugural mentees in the Chung-Wai Chow and John Wright Art Song Mentorship Programme for Composers—a new CASP initiative designed to support emerging composers working in the field of Canadian Art Song. They will be working with mentors Luna Pearl Woolf and Jocelyn Morlock, respectively.

Generously supported by Chung-Wai Chow and John Wright, the programme was announced by CASP Co-artistic Directors Steven Philcox and Lawrence Wiliford in February 2021 as a way to help enrich and re-imagine the writing of Art Song in Canada by bringing together emerging and established artists within a collaborative and open environment.

Over the course of the next year, Laurence Jobidon will be working with Luna Pearl Woolf on her project that sets the poetry of Blanche Lamontagne, the first French-Canadian woman poet to publish under her own name.

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Jesse Plessis will be working with Jocelyn Morlock on a project entitled ‘Time’s Kiss’ that will interweave texts by Rabindranath Tagore, Anne Carson, and Geneviève Plessis.

CASP is thrilled with the number of highly qualified applicants who applied to be part of this programme. We look forward to receiving more applications next February when the next round will open and another two sets of mentor/mentees will be chosen.

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