2022 - Olivia Shortt 




In partnership with Olivia Shortt  and with funding from the _____ The Elise Hall Competition will offer a consortium for alto saxophone and electronics in effort to support and advocate for early-career composers, to create opportunities for composers from historically marginalized groups, and to cultivate a sense of community and support.  

IBPOC statement

Olivia Shortt (They/She): Anishinaabe, Nipissing First Nation) is a Tkarón:to-based artist. They work as an artist manager for Clifton Joseph Guidry III, as well as a performer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, improviser, composer, sound designer, theatre artist, teacher, activist, curator, and producer.

They are currently working with the JACK Quartet as a commissioned composer in the inaugural JACK Studio. The premiere was intended to be performed on May 2, 2020 at the Kaufman Center, NYC as part of the Ecstatic Music festival but has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.

They have performed in a variety of places and venues all over the world. They made their Australian debut in 2017, performing new Canadian and Australian works for saxophone and Ondes Martinot, in Melbourne, with keyboardist Jacob Abela; They made their Lincoln Center debut in New York City, performing Michael Pisaro’s A Wave and Waves, with the International Contemporary Ensemble; they made their film debut, acting and playing saxophone, in acclaimed filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s 2019 film Guest of Honour; and recorded an album with their duo Stereoscope, consisting of Robert Lemay’s composition Fragments Noirs two kilometres underground in the SnoLAB (an underground laboratory specializing in Neutrinos and dark matter physics in Northern Ontario, Canada). Their own performance-art-storytelling-work has been featured at Native Earth's Performing Arts' Weesageechak Festival, Upintheair Theatre’s e-Volver Festival, Paprika Festival and the Vector Festival.



Applications are now open for this consortium and are free for all saxophonists. Applications by Indigenous, Black, and Saxophonists of Color will be prioritized and saxophonists from equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply.  Selected consortium members will receive Olivia's new work, have the opportunity to collaborate with Olivia in workshops for the piece, and to premiere the work. Olivia and the EHC will review and select applicants for the consortium based on application materials and work samples. There is no limit to the number of applications that will be selected and there are no age or eligibility restrictions to apply. 

Applications will close on September, 2021 at 11:59pm EST and applicants will be notified by December 1, 2021 if their application has been selected. Use the following form to apply:

Administrative team members of the Elise Hall Competition live, work, and teach on Jumanos, Tonkawa, Kónitsąąíí gokíyaa (Cúelcahén Ndé - Lipan Apache), and Coahuiltecan land.

Consortium FAQs

Q: Are there any eligibility restrictions for application? 

A: Nope! Anyone can apply and there is no limit to the number of duos we select.

Q: Do I have to live in the United States to apply? 

A: Nope! Anyone from anywhere is welcome and encouraged to apply! Workshops with the composer will be virtual.


Q: When is the piece delivered and when can we premiere it?

A: The piece will be delivered to all consortium members at the start of January, 2022 and premieres can begin as early as March, 2022. 

Q: Does anyone have exclusivity over the first premiere?

A: No. Each person in the premiere consortium can premiere as soon as March, 1 2022 and scheduled performances of the work will be promoted by EHC and Olivia Shortt on our websites and through social media. 

Still have a question? Ask away: elisehallsaxophonecompetition@gmail.com