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Bekah Simms


Bekah Simms (b. 1990, St. John's, Newfoundland) is a Canadian composer and conductor.

As an educator and conductor, Dr. Simms holds a B.Mus.Ed. (K-12, choral and instrumental) from Memorial University. She spent three months teaching rock and pop-based classroom music, as well as leading the choral program, at Burnt Mill Academy, a performing arts middle school in Harlow, UK. She has a passion for conducting and working with singers which was strengthened by a year leading musical skills tutorials as a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto. Bekah has also served as a TA for a number of other classes, including styles in composition, topics in composition II, and computer applications in music. In her role as outreach coordinator at New Adventures in Sound Art, she has led and assisted in delivering sound art workshops to both children and young adults during public school visits and day camps. She is also a composition mentor for Esprit Orchestra's Ontario Resonance project.

Bekah holds a DMA degree in composition at the University of Toronto, where her studies with Gary Kulesha were twice funded by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. While at the U of T, Bekah has received the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music, numerous grants to fund travel to premieres, including a School of Graduate Studies conference grant and several Faculty of Music travel grants.

Her music consists of a highly varied output using a wide variety of mediums, including works with electronics, chamber music, opera, wind ensemble, and orchestra. Propelled by a simultaneous fascination and terror of the universe, Bekah's works often grapple with both physical and psychological curiosities as understood by human experience, usually filtered through the lens of personal anxiety. Among her current compositional interests is the interaction of quotation, obfuscation, and distorted elements.

Bekah's music has been performed and commissioned by first-class ensembles and soloists, including Continuum Contemporary Music, Esprit Orchestra, the Array Ensemble, the Madawaska Quartet, and Duo Concertante. Her works have been presented at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival, the Royal Conservatory of Music's 21C Festival, and New Adventures in Sound Art's Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, among others.

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  • Bekah Simms website Accessed 29 October 2018
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 474.