Composition

The Composition program at Toronto Music Alliance is one of the most comprehensive, innovative and enjoyable programs in the GTA. Students who have worked in this program have continued their work in post-secondary education and real-world opportunities such as film and television scoring, videogame scoring and concert performance.

Working in tandem with our Theory program, students are taught the importance of communication in their compositions on top of creative exploration. A focus on idiomatic composition (i.e. using the natural abilities, strengths and weaknesses of an instrument to guide a piece) as scoring techniques ensures that pieces are able to be performed and workshopped. Along with our full recording abilities and scoring stations, students build a real portfolio they can use for any pursuits in the composition field.

Students are taught by teachers with real world experience. Pieces have been premiered by the Mendelssohn Choir, Gryphon Trio and Niagara Brass, to name a few. Their works have been heard on radios and televisions across North America, Europe and Australia.

Our Composition Teachers

David Stone

Milen Petzelt-Sorace

Examples of student works are below. Please respect all copyright laws.

Mackenzie P. - Ghostly Caper, Miniature for String Quartet (download score)

Ghostly Caper

New & notable

What's new

ToMA Children's Choir Starting September 12!

Our ToMA Online Choir - for children ages 6-12 - is gearing up to start rehearsing on Saturday, September 12. The cost for the choir is $270 per term, with two terms during the school year. Rehearsals run from 10-11 Saturday mornings, and rehearse via Google Meet. Feel free to contact us for the link to our rehearsal room, and join in the musical fun! You can join us starting anytime, even partway through the season (we will made adjustments to the fee for later starts).

To see just a small sample of what they do, click Read More to see one of the videos from our Summer Virtual Choir program.

Why Online-Only Lessons?

We've heard from many of you asking both when we will be able to return to in-person lessons, as well as why we are working only online with our students. The first answer is, we don't know. But the second answer is simple: safety. And we have the science to back it up.