Bekah Simms


All scores available through the composer or through the Canadian Music Centre here.

Bekah Simms is a Toronto-based composer originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland.  With work described as “deliciously disorienting” and possessing “a tremendous ear for foreground, background, blending and instrumental colour” (Nick Storring), Bekah’s music consists of a highly varied output using a wide variety of mediums, including solo works with electronics, chamber music, opera, wind ensemble, and orchestra. Bekah’s music has been performed from coast to coast in Canada, a dozen American states, and in Italy. She is the recipient of over twenty composition awards, prizes, and call-for-scores selections, and was recently chosen as one of six representatives for the ISCM Canadian Section to World Music Days 2016 in Tongyeong, South Korea. She is also featured in the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s 2016 edition of 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30. Bekah is Co-Artistic Director and co-founder of Caution Tape Sound Collective, a performance and composition collective that has commissioned 20 pieces from emerging and mid-career Canadian composers and presented Toronto-area premieres of underserved and rare repertoire from living international composers.
She is currently completing a DMA in Composition at the University of Toronto.


Swallow/Breathe, 11′, string quartet (2016)

The Formula, 6′, wind quintet (2016)

2 Inverse Motions, 13′, violin, Bb clarinet/bass clarinet, piano, percussion (2016)

microlattice, 7′, bass clarinet, double bass, piano, percussion (2016)

L’appel du vide, 7’30”, cello, accordion, piano, and electronics (2016)


amok (as a syndrom), 10′, large wind ensemble (2016)

for pillars, gone, 9′, chamber orchestra (2015)


wild creatures, 8′, amplified soprano saxophone with live-triggered electronics (2016)

impurity chains, 14′, electric guitar with vocoded voice (2015)