Mercury in Transit

A recent video of Mercury in Transit conducted by Dr. Mark Hopkins with the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble.

Charke~Cormier Duo Ex Tempore Album Promotional Video

A promotional video for Ex Tempore, the Charke~Cormier Duo's debut album from Leaf-Music, Halifax is now available on YouTube!

Ex Tempore is the debut album from the Nova Scotia-based Charke-Cormier duo. Derek Charke (flute) and Eugene Cormier (guitar) have curated a charming program that includes an original composition by Charke (Ex Tempore), arrangements of Handel and Scarlatti by Cormier paired with works by Peter Maxwell Davies and Brazilian-Canadian composer Celso Machado.

Charke~Cormier Duo Acadia New Music Festival 2018

The Charke~Cormier Duo concert from the 2018 Acadia New Music Festival is available to watch on YouTube, featuring the world-premiere of Prime Empire by Adam Langille.

Charke~Cormier Duo Collection d'Oz Publications

Doberman-Yppan (Les Productions d'Oz) from Québec is now the official publisher of the arrangements and compositions for the Charke~Cormier Duo! The first two works have been released: 4 Sonatas by D. Scarlatti and arranged by Eugene Cormier, and Ex Tempore by myself. To purchase the scores click on the images below:



2 ECMA Nominations for In Sonorous Falling Tones

In Sonorous Falling Tones has been nominated for two East Coast Music Awards!

Congratulations to everyone on the album, including: Mark Hopkins, conductor; Derek Charke, flutes; Eileen Walsh, clarinets; Gillian Smith, violin; Susan Sayle, viola; Norman Adams, cello; Max Kasper, bass; Simon Docking, piano; Mark Adam and Naoko Tsujita, percussion. The CD was produced by John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound for the Centrediscs Label (Toronto).

"JANUARY 29, 2018, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to announce that one of its releases have been nominated for a 2018 East Coast Music Award. In Sonorous Falling Tones (CMCCD 23917), featuring the music of Associate Composer Derek Charke and the WIRED! Ensemble, has been nominated for Classical Recording of the Year. Derek Charke has also been nominated for Classical Composition of the Year for his titular piece 'In Sonorous Falling Tones'. To date, Centrediscs releases have received nine East Coast Music Awards and 18 nominations." The complete press release from the Canadian Music Centre is available here:

Read the announcement from the ECMA's here:

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Cheng2 Duo in Halifax

Excited to announce that the Cheng2 Duo will be performing in Halifax on May 13, 2018. Included in their upcoming program is a work that I composed for them through the generous sponsorship of Gaétan Lang entitled Water Flows Serpentine. This is a special composition that is dedicated to Pat Wyman, a much beloved music teacher from Halifax. For tickets and more information visit:

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10th Acadia New Music Festival Feb. 1-3

Very excited for our 10th Acadia New Music Festival! Join us for 3 days of concerts and events. Featuring Ana Sokolovic, the WIRED! Ensemble, and more… All details can be found here:

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In the Falling Dark 2 – Jennifer King, piano

Thanks to pianist Jennifer King for recording In the Falling Dark 2, which is dedicated to her, on her new album, 'O Mistress Moon'. Check out the article in the Chronicle Herald.

Élan performed by the TSO

Élan, performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra:

The full concert is available as well, with works by Chausson, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, and Danna.


Awesome new recording by Saxophilia. Check it out! Presently available on Band Camp.

Vancouver based saxophone quartet Saxophilia performs Canadian works by Colin MacDonald, Peter Hannan, John Burke, Dorothy Chang, and Derek Charke.

Julia Nolan, soprano saxophone
Kris Covlin, alto saxophone
David Branter, tenor saxophone
Colin MacDonald, baritone saxophone