Lesley Hinger is a Calgary-based composer, arts administrator, and educator. Her works have been performed across North America and Europe by various ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Arditti String Quartet, Sound Icon, Land’s End Ensemble, Ensemble Resonance, Ensemble l’Arsenale, Strata Vocal Ensemble, the Violet Collective, Caution Tape Sound Collective, and Vertixe Sonora.
Hinger’s works have also been showcased in numerous festivals and events including Third Practice (Virginia), National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute (Ottawa), Composit New Music Festival (Italy), Strata New Music Festival, Toronto Creative Music Lab, New Music Edmonton’s Now Hear This Festival, Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and as the soundtrack to a haunted house at École Westlock Elementary.
From 2011 to 2014, Hinger co-directed the Acoustic Uproar concert series with fellow composer Heather Stebbins in Boston, championing works by emerging composers outside of the concert hall.
She holds a Doctorate of Music in Composition from Boston University, as well as a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary, and Masters of Music from the University of British Columbia.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the New Works Calgary team as Co-Artistic Director with Rebecca Bruton,” said Hinger. “We’re ready to dive into an exciting shift for the organization; one that will embrace our city’s rich history of music making, feature a wide variety of local, national, and international talent, and expand our collective perception of what new music is and can be.”
Rebecca Bruton is a Calgary-based composer, song maker, and vocalist. Her music deals with subjects of land, loss, and desire. Rebecca’s chamber compositions have been performed by Quatuor Bozzini, Quasar Quatuor de saxophones, Momenta Quartet, Arraymusic, Continuum Ensemble, as well as by her own bands. She has completed one feature-length film score, with Katie Streibel, for the critically-acclaimed Circle of Steel (Kino Sum Productions, 2018).
As one half of the vocal performance duo Moss Moss Not Moss (with Canadian-Icelandic poet angela rawlings), Rebecca has also presented original work at Tectonics Festival Glasgow. Along with Australian sound artist Alexandra Spence, Bruton co-founded Tidal ~ Signal, a Vancouver-based festival dedicated to women and trans-identifying artists working in experimental music. From 2017-2020 she worked as a Program Coordinator at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, and a Master of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University.
“We’re looking forward to building on the rich tradition of presenting high quality chamber and experimental music and interdisciplinary collaboration in Calgary,” said Bruton. “We aim to celebrate local Calgary and regional music culture, while challenging our diverse Calgarian audiences with concerts reflective of national and international artistic movements. I’m especially excited to include a wider array of practices within the scope of what we do; we’re actively programming artists who may not fit easily into any one category or tradition, but who are creating exciting sounds that none of us have ever heard before.”
Po Yeh has been actively involved in the arts community for over ten years in Calgary and nationally. She has demonstrated a keen interest in supporting the performance and creation of contemporary Canadian new music – as Executive Director of Prairie Debut and Ensemble Manager for Land’s End Ensemble; board member of the Canadian New Music Network, Luminous Voices and Canada Music Week Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations.
Po holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation, certificates in Arts & Cultural Management and in Public Relations from Grant MacEwan and Mount Royal Universities respectively, and an Associate Diploma in Piano from The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).
Kaely Cormack is a strident feminist with punk rock roots and a penchant for sour beers. After moving to Calgary in 2007, she made roots in the local arts community by writing and editing for BeatRoute Magazine. After years of covering local bands, she decided she wanted to be the subject of music media rather than the author. She started The Shiverettes with Hayley Muir, and has toured across Canada with the band plus released two critically acclaimed albums. Swimming deep in a sea of dude musicians, Cormack and Muir joined forces to start Femme Wave in 2015 as a means to provide safe and supportive spaces to other women and non-binary musicians. Going into their fifth year of the festival, they’ve grown their reach to include comedians, filmmakers, visual arts, workshops and whatever other discipline they can provide space for. Femme Wave is the first multidisciplinary feminist arts festival in Western Canada, and shows no signs of stopping until the patriarchy has been smashed.
Luke Dahlgren is an experienced stage manager and voiceover artist, with over 20 years of planning and executing events including theatre, dance, and live music through event management, lighting, audio, and technical direction. He is currently an Instructor at the UCalgary School of Creative & Performing Arts and Stage Manager at the Rozsa Centre. Luke is also a trained voiceover artist (Vox Hero), lending his voice to animation/ADR, advertising, and narration projects. Luke holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Calgary, where he studied sound design and production.