Every year, the NYOC commissions an outstanding young Canadian composer to create a major composition for the orchestra which is performed as part of the concert repertoire. The composer-in-residence attends the training session to give repertoire analysis and commentary on his/her new piece. They have an opportunity to work with a full symphony orchestra who performs their work as well as world-renowned conductors and senior faculty. The composer-in-residence program bridges the gap between the academic world of training and a professional career as a composer. 2010


Kati AgócsThis year, highly praised composer  (NFLD) has been engaged to write a 15 minute work which will be premiered in London on July 24th, 2010 and consequently performed in various cities during the national concert tour. Kati Agócs was born 1975 in Windsor, Canada, of Hungarian and American background, and has been on the composition faculty of the New England Conservatory since 2008. Ms. Agócs’ music has been performed by leading musicians and ensembles and hailed as original, daring and from the heart. The Boston Globe recently described it as "music of fluidity and austere beauty" while The New York Times has characterized it as "nimble", "striking" and "filled with attractive ideas”. Appointed in 2008 to the composition faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she is fast gaining international recognition as a significant voice of the younger generation of composers. Kati Agócs earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School, where her principal teacher was Milton Babbitt. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music School, Tanglewood Music Festival, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (one of the United World Colleges), and Sarah Lawrence College, all of which she attended on full scholarship.