New Music Edmonton Outreach

New Music Edmonton’s outreach team is dedicated to developing programming that provides accessible explorations into new music. In recent years, we have collaborated with community partners like Harcourt House, McLuhan House and the Edmonton Public Library to bring new music workshops with teachers and musicians to our community. Stay tuned for up and coming announcements regarding our outreach events and programming in the digital sphere.

2023-24 Season Outreach

Vocal improvisation workshop with Karen Porkka

Sunday, October 22, 2023, 2 PM. Harcourt House 3rd Floor (10215 – 112 Street NW). Free admission.

In this 2 hour session of Vocal Improvisation, we will strengthen the building blocks of music through playful exploration; connecting our voices and bodies to reveal the intuitive knowing which they hold that will allow us to create spontaneous music together. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and an open and curious heart to dive into the world of vocal improvisation. Ages 14 and up. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is encouraged. Donations are welcome to help support our programming!

Woodwind techniques for composers and performers with Allison Balcetis and Chenoa Anderson

Friday, November 24, 11 AM. Room 11-363 Allard Hall (11110 104 Avenue NW, MacEwan University). Free admission.

Join UltraViolet’s Allison Balcetis (saxophones) and Chenoa Anderson (flutes) for a workshop on woodwind techniques for composers and performers.

India Gailey workshop

India Gailey presents a free workshop for composers and performers on Thursday, January 25, 2024. 11-12:30  Room 11-363 of Allard Hall (11110 104 Avenue NW, MacEwan University).

Art and Music workshop

March 2, 2024, 2-4 PM. Art Education Room #1, Harcourt House Annex Building (10211 – 112 Street, Edmonton). Free admission.

Come and make art and/or sound with Asal Andarzipour, visual art facilitator and Michael Reinhardt, sound and music.  Some materials will be provided, or you can bring your own art supplies or instruments. No experience necessary! This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. We gratefully accept donations to help support our programming. Ages 18+

Sound Sculpting Workshop

April 27, 2024, 6-9 PM. Art Education Room #1, Harcourt House Annex Building (10211 – 112 Street, Edmonton). Admission $10.

Join composers Diana Tayler and Mari Alice Conrad as they invite participants to engage with sound and music composition in non-traditional ways where zero musical experience is required. The dynamic team will guide the workshop in a creative and inclusive approach to composition by crafting sound sculptures, or musical maps, from a variety of mediums including plasticine, fabric, paint, yarn, paper, cardboard, pencil crayons, plastic fasteners, wood, metal, and an array of recycled objects that correspond to chosen sound parameters. Through the sculpting of sound elements in their score, the participants will have the opportunity to workshop ideas with the presenters and their instruments. The session will conclude with an open performance of the works.  

Each participant will receive a take-home graphic score and an audio recording of their composition for harp and percussion. Children are welcome, accompanied by an adult. Admission fee of $10 covers materials and recording.

2022-23 Season Outreach

Now Hear This 2023 – River Valley Soundwalk with Steph Patsula

Sunday, June 11, 11 AM. Meet: River Valley, at the foot of the funicular

Following on from their performance the night before, join sound artist Steph Patsula on a magical soundwalk in the amazing River Valley. This is a great chance to be outdoors and to hear what this incredible feature of our landscape sounds like. You’ll be surprised and delighted at how many things there are to listen to! 

Now Hear This 2023 – Peer Support for Marginalized/2SLGBTQ Artists with Cassondra Murray

Wednesday, June 14, 7 PM. Harcourt House, 3rd Floor (10215 – 112 Street NW)

New Music Edmonton is pleased to present this engaging, practical, and highly informative workshop, Cassondra Murray brings to it an experienced voice having worked as both a peer supporter, and as a guide for others. Self-care, boundaries, consent, and honoring the right to self-determination are among the topics to be covered. As we move towards encouraging safe(r) spaces in the arts, this event is highly recommended for anyone involved in the arts: peer supporters, presenters, teachers, or artist-colleagues of marginalized persons. 

Now Hear This 2023 – Vocal X Feral Choir Pop-up, With Cassondra Murray

Thursday, June 15, 7 PM. Harcourt House, 3rd Floor (10215 – 112 Street NW)

Based on philosophies of openness, respect, experimentation, and with a joy that is unique to making sound together with the human voice, come along and be part of the Vocal X experience! This participatory session will include demos, accessible ways to conduct and improvise, and, most importantly, your voice! No experience necessary, just a willingness to enjoy and respect the value and meaning of making vocal sounds together. The workshop will include an amazing explanation and demonstration by Cassondra Murray of Inuit throat singing practices.

Creative Extensions of Classical Persian Music – May 24, 2023 7 PM Harcourt House

In this workshop, Hesam Abedini will introduce you to the repertoire of classical Persian music (Radif). You will learn about the structure of classical Persian music by learning and singing a short song in Persian, for which we will provide you with translations and music during the workshop. This workshop is designed for everyone, regardless of your prior musical experience or interaction with Persian culture and language.

The workshop will conclude with a duo performance by Afarin Nazarijou on Qanun and Hesam Abedini on Vocals. In this performance, Afarin and Hesam will present their polystylistic approach to music-making inspired by Persian music and free improvisation.


Most events are free and open to the public.

Donations are welcome to help support our programming.


Allard Hall, MacEwan Univeristy – accessible building with gendered, multi-stall washrooms.

Harcourt House: Wheelchair access from the building’s underpass via the basement art studios can be arranged with Harcourt’s staff at tel. 780-426-4180. Gender single stall washrooms with handrails. Seating in the art galleries to be arranged with Harcourt’s staff upon request.

Harcourt House Annex Building, 10211 – 112 St. NW, Edmonton: Please ring buzzer upon arrival for art education programs. Art Education Rooms are located at the street level of the building; wheelchair accessible. Gender single stall washrooms (no handrails). Seating provided for all art education programs.