André Cormier

(b. 1969, Moncton, New Brunswick).

Canadian composer of mostly chamber and vocal works that have been performed in the Americas.

Mr. Cormier studied composition with Christopher Butterfield, John Celona and Michael Longton at the University of Victoria in British Columbia from 1995–99 and there earned his BMus. He then studied composition with Michael Pisaro, Morton Subotnick and James Tenney at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, Santa Clarita from 2000–02, where he earned his MFA.

Among his honours is the Murray Adaskin Prize in Composition from the University of Victoria (1997). His music has been performed in Canada and the USA.

He is also active in other positions. He performed on bass drum with the CalArts Improvisation Ensemble in 2000–01 and worked as a copyist and music engraver from 2001–03. In addition, he co-founded the collective OXO in New York, New York in 2003 and founded the vocal group Ensemble Ordinature in Vancouver in 2004 and has served as its artistic director since 2004.


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Vibes Are...IIV (dance music, choreography by Hector Garcia), vibraphone, 2000

Interpretation of the Moving Body (dance music, animation and choreography by Wan Chin Choong), banjo, piano, 2001

Beyond Time (dance music, choreography by Qi Zhang), 2 vibraphones, 2001

Self-Portrait (dance music, choreography by Yuan Yuan Wang), violin, vibraphone, bass drum, 2002

Annealing China (dance music, choreography by Qi Zhang), 3 percussion, 2002


Idylle sur la Région Sud-Est, 200 cellos, 1999

About Julius, small orchestra (13 players), 2001

Jaune (Burglar March), small orchestra (20 players), 2001

L'Espace est bleu, entre les nuages, bassoon, French horn, small orchestra (21 players), 2002


Scattershot Beethoven, violin, viola, 1996

25 bars for 4 dollars with fugue, 4 players (with 400 pennies, wooden bowl, glass bowl, steel bowl, plastic bowl), 1996

Préludes sans mesures, flute, 1997

À Deux, any 2 identical instruments, 1998

Crépuscule, 4 percussion, 1999, revised 2000

Embusscarné, flute, clarinet, bassoon, guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 1999

Messe Blanche, any 4 players, 1999

Viola Duet1 Movement, 2 violas, 2000

Quatuor pour Flûtes, 4 alto flutes, 2000

A Viola Solo, viola, 2000

Mandala #1, percussion, 2000

Chromium Canon, any number of players, 2001

Ligne #13, any number of players, 2001

Sonata micro #1 en ut majeur, violin, cello, 2001

Sax Quartet, 4 saxophones/any other instruments, 2001

Sault Ste. Marie Concerto, banjo, bass drum, 2002

Coup/Strike, violin, ensemble (3 percussion), 2002

Symposium 15, guitar, piano, 2002

Someille, clarinet, percussion, 2002

Forme uniche di continuità nello spazio, string quartet, 2002

$35 for Mike Robbins, player (with 100 pennies, 80 nickels, 100 dimes, 80 quarters, plastic bowl, metal bowl, glass bowl, wooden bowl), 2002

Beef Penis Princess System, any number of players, fixed media (4 tracks) (music by Shane Hubert), 2002

Une Terre pour deux, oboe, piano, 2003

Sounds for 8 Horns, cello, 2 percussion, 2003

Gucagyu, percussion, 2003

Piling SandPiling Stone, harp, live electronics, 2003

Dans un champs de paille, clarinet, piano, percussion, string quartet, 2004


Pleurs (vocalise), mixed chorus, 2000

Deux Chorales sur des poèmes de Machaut, mixed chorus, 2004


Beefheart Recitative (text by Captain Beefheart), tenor, harpsichord, 1997

Trois Sottises (text by Ponce-Poussé de la Vanille), soprano, piano, 1997

Moncton est triste (text by Martin Pître), soprano, 2 flutes, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, harp, violin, viola, cello, bass drum, 2002

Je maudit l'heure (text by Guillaume de Machaut), soprano, percussion, 2003

Tableau de back yard (text by Guy Arsenault), voice, 4 percussion, 2003


Cinq Morceaux pour piano sur des noms de Saints, 1997

Marie et Pierre de Beaubassin, 2000


Neuvaine, positive organ, 1998


Au dessus des éclats, percussion, sculpture (light bulb), 2003