Five Lines for flute quintet

I've just completed a new flute quintet called Five Lines. It will be available from the Canadian Music Centre in the new year.

AEMS 2019 Fall Concert

This weekend!

AEMS 2019 Fall Concert
Sun. Nov. 17, 2019 @ 3 pm
Festival Theatre Stage
Admission: free, donations accepted
Featuring 8-channel EA works by: Amy Brandon, Yvette Janine Jackson, Steven Naylor, Lukas Pearse & Derek Charke.

Nov 17 2019

To soothe a suff'ring heart

Saturday November 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm. St. Andrew's Church, 6036 Coburg Rd. Halifax. I'll be performing a new work with the Halifax Camerata Singers.


To soothe a suff'ring heart

Excited to be a part of this event. Includes my new work for the Halifax Camerata Singers called Sonnet to the Moon.

"To soothe a suff’ring heart with the Halifax Camerata Singers. Saturday, November 9, 2019 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church,Halifax

Find consolation and peace as we perform Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living and Tim Corlis’s Missa Pax and premiere a new work by Nova Scotia composer Derek Charke, Sonnet to the Moon, with text by English poet, Helen Maria Williams (1823).

Join us for this evening of remembrance with a special guest orchestra and four young singers from the Nova Scotia Youth Choir."

2 New Albums

Excited to be part of these two projects:

(1) Kickin’ It 2.0 by Land's End Ensemble. Pre-order available now from the Canadian Music Centre. Release date Oct. 25, 2019. Featuring music by Analia Llugdar, Derek Charke, Omar Daniel and Vincent Chee-Yung Ho, with performers Ben Reimer, Karl Hirzer, and Land's End Ensemble (John Lowry, violin; Beth Root Sandvoss, cello; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano; Vincent Ho, artistic director). The album includes a work I wrote for John Lowry and Dame Evelyn Glennie called Tree Rings.


(2) Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars featuring the music of Carmen Braden and featuring performers Carmen Braden, David Parker, Derek Charke, Gillian Smith, Mark Adam, Nadia Francavilla, Norman Adams, Susan Sayle, and Suzanne Lemieux. It's an amazing album by an amazing composer — check it out here:


Bathymetric Terrains Live Performance

A video from a recent performance of Bathymetric Terrains at the University of PEI is now on YouTube.

Bathymetric Terrains Update

Bathymetric Terrains is finished! We're (The Charke~Cormier Duo) in the final rehearsals in preparation for the premiere on Sun. Aug 25, 2019 (2pm to 3pm) at the 21st Century Guitar conference in Ottawa. We'll be presenting the work in Freiman Hall at the University of Ottawa.

Here's a few pictures of the setup. We're using DPA microphones for the guitar and two flutes; a MIDI mouse foot pedal to forward events; Max/MSP/Jitter to run the processing and playback of sound files and video; and everything is routed through the MOTU 828 Ultralight audio interface.




AEMS – The Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio

AEMS, the Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio, is now complete. Steven Naylor and I sat down for a conversation with Research Nova Scotia recently to discuss the studio. A press release is also available here:

YouTube Videos

Always exciting to see new videos online. Here's a few that I've only just discovered. Some amazing performances! Thanks to everyone for posting your videos.

3x4 and 4x5

Two new flute ensemble works are now available from the Canadian Music Centre:

3x4 for flute octet:

4x5 for flute quartet:

In the Falling Dark 1 performed by Edward Enman

Thanks to pianist/composer Edward Enman for posting his video of In the Falling Dark 1.

ECMA Award

Thrilled to have received a fourth ECMA award! Classical Composition of the Year 2019 for the work Ex Tempore with Eugene Cormier and the Charke~Cormier Duo.

charke cormier duo ECMA

ECMA Classical Showcase 2019

Excited for the Charke~Cormier Duo to be part of the 2019 ECMA Classical Music Showcase in PEI from 3-5 pm Sat. May 4.

For full event details visit:


AEMS, the Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio

AEMS, the Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio is almost complete! It's taken a few years but now the studio is nearly ready for operation. AEMS is the first fully functioning multi-channel spatialized studio of its kind in Nova Scotia. The purpose of AEMS is the exploration of spatialized sound, acousmatic composition and interactive electroacoustic music. AEMS is located in the Festival Theatre on the campus of Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.

For more information visit:


Disturbances of Circadian Rhythm with score on YouTube

Disturbances of Circadian Rhythm (2008) for solo flute and Max/MSP is now available on YouTube with the score! Recording with Derek Charke, flute.

Lumière Immobile with score on YouTube

My first composition for flute and electronics from way back in 2004 is now on YouTube with the score.

Raga Cha with score on YouTube

I don't know why it took so long for me to put this score onto YouTube…! But here's the first in my series of flute ensemble works, Raga Cha!

2 ECMA nominations for Ex Tempore

Exited to announce that the album Ex Tempore by the Charke~Cormier Duo has garnered 2 ECMA nominations for Classical Recording of the Year, and Classical Composition of the Year (for the work Ex Tempore)!


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