Toronto, ON – December 7, 2015 – Canada’s leading organization for aspiring young musicians who are serious about pursuing a professional career,  NYO Canada has named Christopher Goddard as its 2016 RBC Foundation Emerging Composer-in-Residence.

Mr. Goddard, a promising young composer, will compose an original piece for NYO Canada’s performance tour.

Barbara Smith, executive director of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, said, “We are delighted to appoint Christopher Goddard as our Emerging Composer.  Rarely do we see such dedication and understanding applied to contemporary orchestral music.   By awarding this residency to Mr. Goddad, the NYO Canada is proud to continue its tradition of fostering the best in young Canadian talent, for composers and performers alike.”  

Christopher Goddard said, “It is a tremendous honour to be given the opportunity to write for NYO Canada for their 2016 performance tour. This is an invaluable tradition that has touched many of the nation's great performers and composers, many of whom I count among my close friends. I'm excited to get to work on this new piece and to share it across Canada this summer!"

About Christopher Goddard

Christopher Goddard is a Canadian composer and pianist based in Montreal.

As a composer, Christopher Goddard has collaborated with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Larkin Singers, TAK Ensemble, and Play duo, Da Camera of Houston, the Guidonian Hand, ‘No Exit’ ensemble, the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Andrew Staupe. 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 Domaine Forget Rencontres de musique nouvelle. His work has been recognized by the SOCAN Young Composer Awards, the Robert Avalon Competition for Young Composers, and the Cooper Prize at Rice University. He has studied with composers Pierre Jalbert, Karim Al-Zand, Chris Paul Harman and Brian Cherney.

As a performer and advocate of contemporary music, Christopher Goddard has appeared 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 2013 Lucerne Festival Academy. 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 Presently 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. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in composition with Professor John Rea at McGill University.

Christopher Goddard is a native of Ottawa, Ontario. For more information, please visit

About The National Youth Orchestra of Canada

Now in its 56th year, the National Youth Orchestra Canada is internationally recognized as one of the best orchestral training institutes in the world. It is this country’s premier advanced orchestral training program for musicians ages 16 to 28. Forty percent of Canada’s professional orchestral musicians are alumni of the NYOC.

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