Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Affiliate Composer Application
Sir Andrew Davis, Interim Music Director


The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is inviting applications for the position of Affiliate Composer, to begin during the 2018-19 season. The Affiliate Composer will work closely with Interim Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, the artistic staff, and the musicians of the TSO. This two-year position includes opportunities to write works for the full orchestra, to interact with international visiting composers and to participate in the TSO’s extensive education programs. Critical training in program planning, orchestra operations, marketing, public relations, education, and development activities will be provided to the Affiliate Composer to enhance understanding of a professional orchestra. The Affiliate Composer will also have a role in promoting and representing the work of the TSO. In addition to involvement with the selection and programming of contemporary music, the Affiliate Composer will also have a role in promoting and advocating for the creation and performance of Canadian and contemporary music. While no age requirement is mandated, it is expected that this position will be filled by an emerging composer who has already demonstrated substantial accomplishment in the Canadian orchestral world.

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  • All applicants for the position of TSO Affiliate Composer must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Although full-time residency in Toronto is not required, it is expected that the Affiliate Composer be present inToronto on a regular basis for committee meetings and for all weeks in which contemporary works are performed plus for selected Educational and Community Engagement programs.
  • Candidates should have completed their training.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability and desire to connect with audiences to speak for the music and the orchestra are expected.
  • Candidates should have experience working with professional orchestras; a working knowledge of Canadian and international contemporary orchestral repertoire is essential.


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Applications must include:

  • Letter of interest (maximum one page) addressed to: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Affiliate Composer Search Committee
  • Full curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages) which includes:
    contact information
    educational background
    three professional references with contact information
    a complete list of compositions, including information about past and further performances of works plus any discography or publications (if applicable)
  • 2 scores with recordings
  • Applications can submitted online via the following link: APPLICATIONS CLOSED or mailed to the following address:
    Toronto Symphony Orchestra
    145 Wellington Street, Suite 500,
    Toronto, ON M5J 1H8

*All written application materials must be submitted in one single file. Only PDF documents will be accepted.

NOTE: The search committee will receive all applications for the position in confidence.

Audition process:

  • Applications must be submitted no later than: Monday, April 9, 2018 at 5pm EST
  • The search committee will include Sir Andrew Davis (TSO Interim Artistic Director), Gary Kulesha (TSO Composer Advisor), musician representatives of the TSO and TSO staff.
  • Live interviews for finalists will take place in Toronto on June 4, 2018.
  • The audition process will include an interview with the search committee and a written exercise.


  • September 17, 2018 through June 30, 2020
  • Compensation will be discussed at the time the position is offered
Sanderson Branch Library

Notice of General Meeting

Friday December 13, 2019 General Meeting – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sanderson Library Meeting Room in the lower level of Toronto Public Library
Sanderson Branch, 327 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 1J1 (Bathurst corner of Dundas).

The room is accessible by elevator.

Parking is available nearby at Toronto Western Hospital through the entrance off of Nassau St or at 53 Leonard Ave. Both lots are about a five minute walk to the library.

TTC Dundas Streetcar 505 from St. Patrick, Dundas West or Dundas Station, or Bathurst Streetcar 511 from Bathurst Station.

Refreshments will be served. $20 for attendees for parking or related expenses in attending the meeting.

Internal Revenue Service Building

FTM Arts Law is receiving an increasing number of reports from artists, managers, agents and presenters that the Internal Revenue Service is contacting presenters and venues where non-resident foreign artists are scheduled to perform and directing them to withhold 30% of the artists’ gross fee.

The IRS is sending out letters called Directed Withholding Letters (“DWLs”) and they have serious implications. Unless a foreign artist qualifies for an exemption from tax withholding, or enters into a Central Withholding Agreement (“CWA”) with the IRS, then 30% of the artist’s gross fee must be withheld. (Note that not all exemptions from taxation entitle an artist to an exemption from withholding!) Those who represent or present foreign artists in the U.S. and who continue to choose not to address tax issues are taking an enormous risk.

Why is this happening? How is this happening?

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