Katerina Gimon (b. 1993 – Burlington, Ontario) is an award-winning Canadian composer, improvisor, and vocalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Named as one of Canada’s “hot 30 classical musicians under 30” by the CBC (2017), Katerina’s uniquely dynamic poignant and eclectic compositional style is rapidly gaining her a reputation as one of the most distinctive emerging voices in contemporary Canadian choral composition. Katerina’s music has been described as “sheer radiance” (Campbell River Mirror) “imbued…with human emotion” (San Diego Story) and capable of taking listeners on a “fascinating journey of textural discovery” (Ludwig Van). Her works have been performed across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia at prominent events such as ACDA Conferences (National and Regional) and Choral Canada’s Podium Conference as well as at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Orpheum Theatre, and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Recent commissions include new music for the Vancouver Youth Choir, the University of Montana, the Canadian Men’s Chorus, the Hamilton Children’s Choir, Sirens, and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. For more information about Katerina and her music please visit: www.katerinagimon.com
All Together We Are Love
by Katerina Gimon
SSA – CP 1614 – duration 3:25
SATB – CP 1893 – duration 3:25
This upbeat work, commissioned by Elektra Women’s Choir for their 2017 Choral Leadership Workshop for Young Women, relays a simple and important message — that all together we make the world more beautiful place. It is suitable for choirs of all ages, and with a short, reflective, aleatoric section it might give some singers their first taste of this technique.
I am a song for all hearts
and when our spirits soar
All together we are love
ELEMENTS: (COMPLETE SET OF FOUR) 1) EARTH 2) AIR 3) FIRE 4) WATER
by Katerina Gimon
SATB a cappella – CP 1498 (COMPLETE SET) – duration 12:10
note that each movement is available separately (below). “Fire” is very popular.
SSAA a cappella – CP 1795 (COMPLETE SET) – duration 12:10
one movement – “Fire” (SSAA) – is available separately (below)
This exciting composition is the first addition to the Vancouver Youth Choir Series.
Elements was composed in 2013 and premiered in March 2014 by Laurier Singers under Lee Willingham. This set of works abstractly depicts the four classical elements and explores the wide range of capabilities of the human voice – from overtone singing, to vocal percussion, to colourful vocal timbres. This set of works is a 2016 SOCAN Young Composers Competition Winner, 2015 Vancouver Chamber Choir’ Young Composers’ Competition winner, and a 2014 IAWM Search For New Music winner.
EARTH - (from Elements - first movement)
SATB – CP 1499 – duration 5:35
Earth is a beautiful, texturally-driven work depicting the simple yet unexplainable beauty of the earth. The work features harmonic overtone singing by a group of soloists; an accessible introduction to overtone singing in a choral setting. Earth is the first piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.
sturdy, still, steady
rock, sand, soil, and terrain
AIR - (from Elements - second movement)
SATB – CP 1500 – duration 1:10
Air traces the movement from calm breath to thick violent winds. Together singers gradually introduce new sounds and pitches, building an intricate texture with ever-shifting emphasis. The second piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.
free, dynamic, transparent
moving, flowing, changing, and fuelling
FIRE - (from Elements - third movement)
SATB – CP 1451 – duration 1:35
SSAA – CP 1635
TTBB – CP 2005
Fire is a fun, lively and energetic work incorporating vocal percussion, body percussion, nasal singing, calls, nonsense syllables, as well as optional percussion. Fire is the third piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.
strength, fuel, drive
burning, melting, evaporating, and transforming
WATER - (Elements - fourth movement)
SATB – CP 1501 – duration 3:50
Water presents powerful soaring textures, and lilting melodies that grow and decay like waves in the water. Water is the fourth and final piece the set SATB works called Elements.
deep, reflective, fluid
flowing, connecting, nourishing, and cleansing
Song for the Searching
SSA – CP 1881 – duration 5:10
SSAB – CP 1882 – duration 5:10
An anthem about the power of singing as part of a collective and building a legacy through song.
Growing up, my home away from home was with the Hamilton Children’s Choir — a remarkable community that taught me the power of the collective voice and ultimately inspired me to pursue music as a career. And so, I was absolutely delighted when approached by the HCC to create a song for their 45th anniversary. Together with Lauren (a fellow HCC alumna), we aimed to create a song that captured the spirit of the organization we once called home — a song about the power of the collective voice and building legacy through song, something anyone who has sung in a choir knows well. We hope in singing our song and including your own reflections (overtop the piano interlude) you can celebrate your own choir family and the beauty you have built together. K.G.
SSAA – CP 1793 – duration 3:30
Inspired by the mystery, beauty, and grandiosity of the night sky, Spellbound tells the story of a group of mischievous young stars. As each star awakes to the universe and discovers the power of their light, they begin to dance and swirl in the sky, drawing in the gazes of those on Earth. Their movement creates patterns in the sky as, together, they form a new constellation. Onlookers become spellbound by their beauty as they illuminate the night.
Spellbound received its staged premiere on July 16, 2019 at the 7th World Youth & Children’s Choir Festival’s in Hong Kong. It was commissioned by the Hamilton Children’s Choir through the support of a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
To the Peak of the Mountain
SATB – CP 1784 – duration 3:25
“To the Peak of the Mountain” combines folk-like melodies, explorative textures, and driving rhythms to create an anthem about growth and perseverance. This work was commissioned by the University of Montana for the 2019 of M All-Star Choir Festival and premiered January 20, 2019 by the 2019 All-Star Choir and U of M Chamber Singers in Dennison Theater (Missoula, Montana).
Come away, away now! To the mountain away.
On a path through a forest of endless green