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Robert Fleming Prize

Melody McKiver

Melody McKiver

Photo: John Paillé

Current Winner

Melody McKiver

An Anishinaabe violist and composer, Melody McKiver (they/them) is “changing the way we think about the viola” (CBC). Praised for their “unique and captivating world of sound” (Exclaim), Melody is a compelling solo performer based in Sioux Lookout within their homelands of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation. Their work integrates electronics with Western classical music to shape a new genre of Anishinaabe compositions. They were a participant in the Banff Centre for the Arts’ inaugural Indigenous Classical Music Gathering. Melody holds an MA in Ethnomusicology from Memorial University and a BFA in Music from York University.

What is this prize?

The Robert Fleming Prize is awarded to an exceptionally talented young Canadian composer to further their career development. This is one of the only prizes awarded to Canadian composers.

Prize amount

$2,000

How to qualify

You do not apply for this prize. Applicants to some grant programs are eligible and will be considered for prizes. Visit Grants | The Canada Council for the Arts to learn more about our granting programs.

Deadline(s)

Annual

Who created this prize?

This prize was created, and is awarded, in the memory of Robert Fleming, a Canadian composer who was also a pianist, organist, choir director and professor, at Carleton University in particular, to promote the careers of young composers.

For more information

Annual

Prize amount

$2,000

By Grant Application

Cumulative list of winners

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