Robert Fleming Prize
Photo: John Paillé
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.
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.
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.
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