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Memorial Music Commission

An annual commission for a Canadian music composition for the Whispering River Orchestra that is inspired by artwork from a northern artist.

Painting Credit: Bert Weir 1995


Bert Weir created art to music throughout his entire career. Inspired by northern landscapes and music improvised and composed, his paintings portray a musical line that haunts the soul. Bert especially appreciated music that echoed his deep and passionate connection with nature. 

The commission will be given to composers who display these qualities in their work and who innovatively explore the interface between music and art.

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The Bert Weir Memorial Commission Award

$500, to be awarded annually to a Canadian Composer and a further $500 will be dedicated to workshop by the composer for the public and the orchestra.  Works will be recorded for the composer's use by Whispering River Orchestra and premiered on Bert Weir Day in the Greater Parry Sound area, in Ontario.  

  • The Award is a commission for a composition by a Canadian composer that explores the interface between music and the work of a Northern Ontario Artist.

  • Length: 7- 15 minutes

  • Scored for Community String Orchestra, (violin I and II, viola, cello, bass) with optional additional winds upon arrangement with the Artistic Director. Works may also be for orchestra plus SATB choir or soloist plus orchestra and/or choir. Works should be of easy to medium difficulty and may contain solo sections.

 How To Apply

Please include a

  • letter of proposal

  • scores for 2 previous works

  • an up-to-date resume

  • audio material for chosen works (YouTube links acceptable)​​


Ardeleana Chamber Music Society, 267 McDougall Rd., McDougall, ON, P2A 0B3 

or email


We will help you find an art inspiration for your commission if you need suggestions.

Please call Brenda Margaret Muller, Artistic Director, at 905 960 9281 for more information

or email

Bert Weir’s art may be seen at

Background Painting Credit: Bert Weir - October Blaze

Past Commissions

  • Clare Pellerin - Journey (2023)*

  • Patricia Morehead - Landscape (2021)*

  • Alan Torok - Morning at the Bushwall (2020)*

  • Sman Shahi- Suspended Doorways (2020)

  • Janet Danielson - Frontlines (2020)

  • Diane Berry - October Blaze (2019)*


*Past winners

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