Monica Pearce_2015Monica Pearce, ​originally from Prince Edward Island, is a composer of new classical/contemporary music with a particular affinity for solo and chamber music, opera, and musical theatre. After completing her Bachelor of Music at Mount Allison University with a focus on piano and composition, Monica completed her Masters of Music in Composition at the University of Toronto. She currently studies composition independently with Linda Catlin Smith. Monica founded the Toronto­based emerging composer collective the Toy Piano Composers in 2008 with Chris Thornborrow, where they are the Artistic Directors. The Toy Piano Composers are currently in their seventh season and have presented over 120 new works in 20 concerts.

Pearce’s work has been performed by Essential Opera, Bicycle Opera Project, Opera Nova Scotia, Array Ensemble, eklektikos ensemble, TorQ percussion quartet, junctQín keyboard collective, Sneak Peek Orchestra, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Margaret Leng Ten, the Pestova/Meyer Duo, among others. In 2012, she was named winner of the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra’s New Music Competition for her piece You Know Me. She also received the Canadian Music Centre’s Toronto Emerging Composer Award Honourable Mention for her project it plays (because it plays). In 2013, she received the honourable mention for her toy piano work clangor, which was premiered at the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival in New York. Monica Pearce is also the Executive Director of The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music, and sits on the boards of the Canadian Music Centre (National and Ontario Region) and Musicworks Magazine.