“His writing questions and challenges the human spirit and exemplifies why Canadian choral music is renowned around the world. His use of musical phrase is exquisite and mature; his use of harmonies decidedly unconventional yet readily understood; his marriage of text and music a testament of his beliefs about how music can support the continued existence of a creative and inspiring world. His music definitively questions the world around us and serves to respond to those questions musically and aesthetically” (Carol Beynon)
Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer who “writes with an honesty which enchants” (Vancouver Sun). His music has been performed across North America (Canada, USA), Europe (England, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland) and Asia (China, New Zealand, South Korea). His works have been heard on national television and radio both in Canada and USA. Matthew is the recipient of the ACDA Raymond W. Brock prize (USA) and the ACCC Diane Loomer award for Choral Writing (Canada), among many other awards from across North America.
Matthew holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia. He is a fellow of Melodious Accord with private study from Alice Parker. Additionally, Emery has participated in masterclasses with Rob Kyr, Chen Yi, Jake Heggie and Craig Hella Johnson. He has also attended a residency at the Banff Centre and has studied independently with Richard Danielpour. Matthew is the Composer-in-Residence for the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada, Exultate Chamber Singers, That Choir, Central Bucks West Choir and the Oriana Women’s Choir of Toronto. Matthew is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (currently the youngest member) and is a member of the Canadian League of Composers. Matthew is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto.
His choral music has been performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canadian Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Elmer Isler Singers, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Winnipeg Singers, music intima, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Ontario and Nova Scotia Youth Choirs as well as the National Youth Choir of Canada. Emery’s vocal works are regularly used for solo recitals across the continent and at renowned festivals: VISI, Songfest, Canadian Art Song Project. Canadian Opera Company, and at Wigmore Hall.
Matthew’s music is published by: Alfred Music (Lawson-Gould), Alliance Music Publications, Boosey & Hawkes, Cypress Choral Music, Dorn Publications, E.C. Schirmer, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing, Plangere Publishing, Sulasol, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
Winner, Canadian Men’s Chorus Competition, O My Love
Winner, Brazos Valley Chorale Composition Competition, A Boy Is Born
Winner, Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, Seasonal Songwriting Competition
A Boy Is Born
Winner, New Works DaCapo Chamber Choir Competition Night On A Starry Hill
Second place, Warren County Summer Music School Good-Night
Third place, Chorus Austin Inaugural Composition Competition Peace, My Heart
Winner, ACCC Diane Loomer Award for Choral Writing The Lover’s Chant
Second place, Atlantic Voices Choral Composition,“O for the Spirit of the Dove”
Honorable Mention, Choirs Ontario Ruth Watson Henderson Composition Competition: for Sweetest Love, I Do Not Go
Winner, Raymond Brock ACDA Student Composition Competition Unto Young Eternity
Finalist, Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition Where Healing Waters Flow
Winner, Phoenix Chamber Choir Competition Agnus Dei
Winner, UBC Student Composition Competition Kyrie
Winner, The Singing City Prize for Young Composers Voice of Song
Winner, Conservatory Canada’s “Creative Composer Competition Paths of Quiet Light
Winner, Nova Scotia Choral Federation Choral Composition Competition Longing
Winner, UBC Choral Composition Competition When the Sun Comes After Rain
Third place, the Choral Project’s Composition Competition Come to Me
Winner, Amadeus Choir’s Seasonal Song Writing Competition
In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord
Second place, Jubilate Chamber Choir’s Composition Competition A Western Shore
Winner, Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers‘ Competition Peace, My Heart
Winner, London Pro Musica Choral Composition Competition The Heart of a Friend
Woodstock Fanshawe Singers, Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, That Choir,Bach Music Festival of Canada, Johnson State College, Calgary Men’s Chorus, Willoghbouy High School, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston Ontario, Pax Christie Chorale,Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble, Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Thomas More Highschool, Festival Chamber Choir, University of Saskatchewan, Bucks West, South and East Choirs, Ally Smither, Vancouver Chamber Choir , Orchestra London and Amabile Choirs, Ontario Music Educator’s Association Honour Choir, ACDA NW Women’s Honour Choir, Erato Chamber Ensemble, Canadian Men’s Chorus, Seycove Highschool, University of British Columbia
Rena Sharon, Julia Nolan, Vancouver Peace Choir, Zing Children’s Choir, University of Western Ontario, H.B. Beal Secondary school
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