Arts & Culture

Musical Artist in Residence

The 2023 Musical Artist in Residence is Mirabelle Jien

Music to help build, inspire, and support community

The Musical Artist in Residence is a 10-week residency that supports emerging and established musicians working in any genre, with any instrument. This program provides our community with learning experiences, including performing, publishing, and songwriting opportunities.

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Meet Mirabelle Jien

Mirabelle Jien is a self-producing singer, songwriter, flutist, and composer from Alberta. She holds a Masters of Music from the University of Toronto.

Mirabelle’s sound is a unique blend of her flute playing combined with indie acoustic folk with the help of a looping pedal to create harmonies with herself. As a composer, Mirabelle has worked on various indie video games, commercial background music, and many personal projects. Her recent works include a collaboration with Cass. L. Mann on the lo-fi soundtrack for the video game, "The Day The Sky Fell", and "Overcoming", and original piece she composed live on Twitch for a Stop AAPI Hate charity stream that raised over $10,000 in April 2021. She also premiered the "Clarinet Quartet no. 1" at the Calgary Clarinet Choir Charity Concert to raise funds for Philkids, a music education initiative by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mirabelle is the host and creator of "Making It", a podcast where she talks with Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar winners and nominees. 

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The Musical Artist in Residence is pleased to consult with emerging and established musicians of all ages to discuss technique, songwriting, performance, or whatever aspect of the music industry would be most helpful.

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Programs with the Musical Artist in Residence

Attend a program led by Mirabelle Jien. During her residency, she is hosting a variety of sessions on songwriting, discovering new instruments, the reaching impacts of music theory and musical entrepreneurship. Registration is available online. 

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Recommended reads from the 2022 Musical Artist in Residence

These titles have inspired the life, work, and music of our newest resident during a career that has spanned over 20 years in the music industry. Check them out to get some songwriting inspiration of your own.

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