Bekah Simms

Bekah Simms is a Toronto-based composer originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her music deals largely with small shifts of colour, ruminations on timbre, and occasional bursts of intensity. Among her compositional interests is the interaction of acoustic instruments and the human voice, be it through singing, sounding, or somewhere in between.

Bekah's music has been featured coast to coast in Canada, the United States, and in Italy. She is a newly-minted member of the Toy Piano Composers, and is co-producing and composing for two concerts of explorative music with Caution Tape Sound Collective in the 2015-2016 season. Recent awards include the 2014 Canadian University Music Society Student Composition Competition Prize, second prize in the Zvi Zeitlin Memorial International Composer's Competition, one of three winners in New Fangled Opera’s Call for Scores, a 2015 Newfoundland Arts and Letters Award, and first prize in the Costello Competition presented by Philadelphia-based the Lyra Society. Her string quartet “Murmuring Bones” was selected as one of six works in Canada’s official submission to the international jury of the ISCM 2016 World Music Days. Her harp chamber music is published by Fatrock Ink.

Starting in the fall of 2015, she will be pursuing a DMA in Composition at the University of Toronto with the assistance of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.