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Winner of the 2019 Howard Cable

Memorial Prize in Composition




Dong In Danny Choi

The winner of the 2019 Canadian Band Association Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition is Remembrance by British Columbia musician & composer Dong In Danny Choi.  Mr. Choi will receive $1,000 for his efforts from the Canadian Band Association.  For more information about Danny and his music, please go to 


Dong-In Danny Choi (b. 1998) is a versatile young composer and performer based in Vancouver. His style reflects a mix of lush Romantic-inspired language, contemporary music, and influences from various other genres that is both accessible and original with a focus on harmony and melody. He has collaborated with various professional ensembles including the Standing Wave, Erato, Nu:BC Ensembles, the Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, and the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He is also the winner of the 2019 Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition. 


Largely self-taught in composition, orchestration, and various instruments (piano/keys, clarinet, guitar, drums, saxophone, and cello) starting at age 10, he is fluent in various different genres. His flexibility in classical, choral, jazz, rock, funk, pop, and contemporary church music genres allow him a wide array and pallet in his work.


Danny also remains as a performer with the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Singers, staying connected to the spirit of performance. He also serves as music director and accompanist at Lynn Valley Korean Methodist Church. 

Class of 2020 at the University of British Columbia for Music Composition, Danny hopes to pursue a career as a composer who can connect emotionally with his audiences in accessible ways in various genres through things such as film scores. 




Now in its 8th year, the CBA’s 2019 Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition received twenty one (21) entries from across the nation.  Entries are reviewed annually by the CBA Consortium Members from across Canada and the United States.


CBA 2019 Consortium Membership​

  • 306 Maple Leaf Wing Concert Band; Brent Besner

  • Acadia Junior High; Darryl Ferguson

  • Acadia University; Mark Hopkins

  • Agincourt Collegiate Institute Music Department; David Lum

  • Alberta Band Association; Junior Honour Band

  • Arizona State University School of Music; Jason Caslor

  • Ashbury College; Simone Gendron

  • Belmont Secondary School Music Director; Mandart Chan

  • Brandon University School of Music; Wendy McCallum

  • California State University, East Bay;  Danielle Gaudry

  • Cochrane Music Society; Adam Mailman

  • Dalhousie University; Jacob Caines

  • Didsbury High School; Kirk Wassmer

  • Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School; Scott Harrison

  • Festival City Winds; Wendy J. Grasdahl

  • Halifax All-City Music; Nathan Beeler

  • Hugh Hodgson School of Music, U. of Georgia; Cynthia Johnston Turner

  • International Music Camp Staff Band; Christine & Tim Baumann

  • Lloydminster Comprehensive High School; Jerraie Oberg

  • Memorial University Wind Ensemble; Bill Brennan

  • McMaster University; Joseph Resendes

  • Oak Park High School; Derek Fraser

  • Prairie Spirit School Division; Will Martin

  • Quebec Youth Wind Ensemble; Andrea Schellenberg

  • Queen Elizabeth High School; Amber Hart

  • Rosemount High School Music Department; Debbie Best

  • Sackville Community Concert Band; Jim Forde

  • Second Chance Community Band; Chris Ward

  • St. John’s Ravenscourt School – Senior School Music Department; Jeff Johnson & Sean Adams

  • Unionville High School Music Department; Jeff Wrigglesworth

  • University of Alberta; Angela Schroeder

  • University of British Columbia School of Music (Vancouver Campus); Rob Taylor

  • University of Lethbridge; Chee Meng Low

  • University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music; Jacquie Dawson

  • University of Saskatchewan; Darrin Oehlerking

  • University of Toronto Faculty of Music; Gillian MacKay

  • Upper Canada College; Tony Gomes

  • Vincent Massey Collegiate; Matthew Abraham & Shannon Little

  • Westgate Mennonite Collegiate; Ross Brownlee

CBA 2019 Consortium Supporters & Partners

  • Long & McQuade Music; Tricia Howe

  • Music Direct; Don Closson

  • Music Mentors International; Kevin Willms

  • Phi Beta Mu - Mu Alpha Chapter; Brian Thorlacius

  • Saskatchewan Music Educators’ Association; Valerie Kuemper



To learn more about the competition, or to become an

active member, please contact competition chair

Jason Caslor at



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