Founded in 2008 by composers Evan Ware, James Wright, Colin Mack, Gary Hayes, and Joanna Estelle, Ottawa New Music Creators is a non-profit concert presenter of contemporary music and a resource for contemporary musicians.
ONMC is lead by an Artistic Director and an Executive Director, under the guidance of a Board of Directors.
Incoming Artistic Director, Mika Posen (2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons)
Mika Posen is an Ottawa-based violinist, violist, teacher, string arranger, and music creator. She studied classical, contemporary, and popular music at the University of Guelph, obtained a Masters in Ethnomusicology from York University, and toured the world as a performer with avant-blues group Timber Timbre (2008-2012) and chamber-pop group Agnes Obel (2013-2014).
Though she is best known for her work in the popular music scene, Mika was also heavily involved in Toronto’s experimental and contemporary music communities for nearly a decade. She has performed both her own music and the music of others at a number of creative music festivals, including X-Avant, Tone, and Wavelength. She was a member of the Euphonia avant-indie chamber ensemble, a member of the AIM Toronto Orchestra, and acted as guest curator for the Music Gallery’s “Emergents Series” in 2013.
Mika currently teaches violin with Orkidstra and the Teaching Artist Music Collective, instructs occasional music courses at Carleton University, and writes music of her own under the moniker “Merganzer.”
Artistic Director, Christopher Goddard (2017-19)
Christopher Goddard is a Canadian composer and pianist based in Montreal. As a composer, Christopher Goddard has collaborated with NYO Canada, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, andPlay duo, No Exit New Music Ensemble, NOISE-BRIDGE and the Larkin Singers. Recent commissions have come from the Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall for the 21C Festival and from the City of Reutlingen. He was selected for the 11th International Forum for Young Composers with the NEM, and has participated in the Wellesley Composers Conference, the National Arts Centre Young Composers Program, and the Rencontres de Musique Nouvelle at Domaine Forget. His work has been recognized by the SOCAN Young Composer Awards, the Prix Collégien de Musique Contemporaine, and the Robert Avalon Competition for Young Composers. The Canadian League of Composers presented him with the 2015 Friends of Canadian Music Award to share with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, who would later select him as their 2016 RBC Foundation Emerging Composer-in-Residence. The resulting work received its premiere in Lisbon and was broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.
As a performer and advocate of contemporary music, Christopher Goddard has presented dozens of premieres by his colleagues, appearing with new music groups such as Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Columbia Composers, Penn Composers Guild, the Wet Ink Ensemble and others. He has participated in the Samos Young Artist Festival, the Avant Music Festival in New York and was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2013. He performed with TACTUS, the contemporary music ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, while studying with pianists Christopher Oldfather and Anthony de Mare. Previous piano studies took place with Nicole Presentey in Ottawa and Kyoko Hashimoto in Montreal.
Christopher Goddard holds a Master’s degree in contemporary performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master’s degree in composition from Rice University, and a Bachelor’s degree in composition and theory from McGill University. Principal past composition mentors have included Pierre Jalbert, Karim Al-Zand, Chris Paul Harman and Brian Cherney. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in composition with Professor John Rea at McGill University.
Executive Director, Curtis Perry
Curtis Perry is a Canadian composer and teacher based in Ottawa. As a composer, he has collaborated with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and various professional musicians in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region. He has composed for CBC Television and continues to hold regular composing activity alongside a career as a teacher for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
Besides various activities as a composer, Curtis Perry has written extensively about contemporary music for publications such as CBC Music, CBC Arts, Ludvig Van Toronto, Wolfgang's Tonic, and I Care if You Listen. He currently writes on a regular basis for Trailaurality, an academic research team focused on music in trailers.
Curtis Perry holds Bachelor's degrees in music and English from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Arts in Music and Culture from Carleton University with a specialization in Digital Humanities. Past composition mentors have included James Wright and Jesse Stewart.