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June 22, 2022

Indigenous Classical Music Gathering

Hosted by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Building on the groundbreaking work previously established by the Canadian Classical Indigenous Music Gathering, Banff Centre is excited to invite folks to the third iteration of the Indigenous Classical Music Gathering. Led by faculty Cris Derksen and Eliot Britton, Indigenous composers and performers will come together to cultivate their personal crafts through collaboration and personal development. Participants will spend time each day gathering and discussing current classical music issues, unpacking their shared history of being Indigenous within the genre, and shining a light onto where they would like to see classical music go.

Indigenous classical musicians and composers will explore experimental elements of their craft, as well as finalize productions of their work to the best of their capacity in a fully supported environment, without barriers of micro-aggression, racism, or cultural bias.

We invite applications from regional, national, global Indigenous music practitioners including: composers, singers, instrumentalists, scholars, students, provocateurs, disrupters, advocates pushing the boundaries of their artistic practice, artists that serve their community, and artistic leaders in classical music. One does not need a university degree in the field, however should be working or intending to work in the field.

Apply by June 22

*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

Indigenous Arts is committed to supporting Indigenous artists and encourages all to apply for the additional financial aid to receive the full 100% funds for food and accommodations costs conditional to endowment available.


Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, PO Box 1020, Banff, AB, T1L 1H5, Canada

Phone number: (403) 762-6100

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.