COMPOCON is Standing Wave’s annual week-long workshop for student composers held in late August. During the week, composers who are selected for the workshop will have the rare opportunity to work closely with the six members of Standing Wave, as well as with three different mentor composers and an Artist-In-Residence. Our three mentor composers for 2024 are Jeffrey Ryan, Linda Catlin Smith, and Alfredo Santa Ana. We are also excited to announce our first Artist-In-Residence Russell Wallace, an award-winning composer, producer, and traditional singer from the St’at’imc and Lil’Wat Nation.

The workshop week includes private lessons with all of the mentors, one-on-one sessions with each of the Standing Wave musicians, classes devoted to instrument-specific techniques, and presentations on various musical topics. Russell Wallace will also run sessions on finding new way to compose, as well as exploring the Salish ways of song structure. 
Compocon is a wonderful opportunity for composers to hone their ensemble-writing skills, and to learn about style, instrumentation, notation, communication, editing, and the risk-taking that goes into creating thought-provoking new chamber music. At the end of the week, the ensemble will perform sketches written by the participants. 
Following the summer workshop, each participant will be paired with a mentor composer who will continue to provide feedback over the course of the next 2 months. Completed works will be publicly performed during Standing Wave’s season in February. This concert will be video and audio recorded, and students will receive a copy of the performance of their work.
Compocon is an exciting opportunity for participants to work intimately with three established and celebrated composers, as well as the roster of talented musicians that make up the Standing Wave ensemble. Come make new music with us!


Readings, masterclasses, and rehearsals will take place from August 26-31, 2024. 

Standing Wave Ensemble’s instrumentation is:

flute (picc., alto), clarinet (bass cl.), violin, cello, piano, percussion*

*vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba, suspended cymbal, snare drum, tom toms, bass drum, other small percussion instruments can be added

Interested composers should apply by submitting, via email:

A current bio and works list

A 1 page letter outlining your experience, why you’d like to work with Standing Wave

Two scores (PDFs) of previous works

Two recordings (MIDI allowed) as a download or online stream (Google Drive, Dropbox, Soundcloud, WeTransfer, Hightail) that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to compose for chamber ensemble. 

Up to 10 composers will be selected for Compocon, no fee to apply. There are no age or nationality restrictions. 

Participants must be available for all sessions from August 26-31. 

Tuition for the workshop – $750


Successful applicants will be notified on June 15, 2024

Applications should be sent to info[at]

Time Ghost by Mari Alice Conrad from Compocon 2020

CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) excerpt by Michael Ducharme From Compocon 2021