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Memories of Self-Isolation - Vancouver Bach Choir

New Choir Commission

Very happy to announce that I have been commissioned by the Vancouver Bach Choir to compose a cantata for vocal soloists, chorus and chamber ensemble. This will be a sequel to Music for Self-Isolation. Called Memories of Self-Isolation, this new work will explore perspectives and challenges faced by a cross-section of society as a result […]

Music for the Planet Spotify Playlist (Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash)

Music for the Planet Playlist

In celebration of Earth Month, I need your help…I’m on a mission to compile and curate the biggest and most diverse Spotify playlist dedicated to music which celebrates and/or stands up for the environment. I’m inviting you to provide your suggestions to add to the playlist…it could be songs or instrumentals, pop, classical, any and […]

Peace (photo by Stoica Ionela on Unsplash)

Let’s Stop War

Let’s get the Geneva Convention updated to make any and all war illegal. Let’s make a commitment that improving each human’s mental health is of paramount importance in order to help avoid the irrational and easy tendency to solve problems or disputes through violence. Let’s learn the power of patience and trust. Even when we […]

Chiropractor

A Life Adjustment

For the past 6 months, I have been under the care of Dr. Clarise Chan, an amazing chiropractor who’s clinic is located in the neighbourhood in which I reside here on Toronto’s lakeshore. I became aware of Dr. Clarise after I received a promotional offer to attend her talk, get a free x-ray of my […]

Loonie

Is Money Evil?

I used to think so. But in the past few years, I have grown to think of money in a more positive way. How can processed metal and paper be evil? As humans, I think we like to look at physical inanimate objects as symbols and think of them as being either good or evil. […]

Habits (Photo by Shiromani Kant on Unsplash)

No Shame in Habits

I’m currently reading a fascinating book called The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. The book has effectively compiled many case studies and research from various facets of society showing how having effective and positive habits has the ability to improve our lives. There’s been a few nice nuggets that I’ve learned by reading this […]

Trumpet Etudes Commissioning Project - Richard Stoelzel & Frank Horvat

NEW Commission – Tooting My Own Horn!

I am very pleased to announce that thanks to the generous support of the SOCAN Foundation and anonymous benefactors, I have been commissioned by master trumpeter and McGill University Faculty member, Richard Stoelzel, to compose a suite of trumpet etudes. The title, ‘So Close AND So Far’, is a play on how the collection is […]

Christmas 2021

Holiday Message

As 2021 comes to a close and we celebrate the holidays, I can’t help but reflect on how grateful I am for all the wonderful musical experiences that came my way this past year. When the pandemic started last year and projects were postponed or cancelled, I gave myself the goal to focus on working […]

Collaboration between Gunilla Josephson, Frank Horvat and Thin Edge New Music Collective

BIG Inter-Arts Project Collaboration

I am very happy to announce that production is presently underway on a large-scale interdisciplinary, community-activated, art piece/installation featuring music, film and live performance. This piece, with the working title of MOMENTS (French for memories), is a collaboration between myself, video artist, Gunilla Josephson and Thin Edge New Music Collective. MOMENTS can be described as […]

Mental Health at Christmas

Mental Health at Christmas

I love Christmas! It’s in these weeks leading up to the holiday season that I start to look forward to it a lot. Because I have a small family, I usually spend the holidays very quietly. It’s usually a time for rest and reflection. It’s been a busy year, so it’s something that I will […]

Top Classical Album 2021 - CBC Music

Thank You, CBC Music!

What a blessed year it has been for my creative life! All 3 albums I released this year have a special place in my heart. But the 2nd of those releases, Music for Self-Isolation, has particularly captured the attention of the world which makes sense since it attempts to address the spirit of the pandemic […]

Abundance (photo by Photo by Jordan Madrid on Unsplash)

My Limiting Belief That’s Hard To Shake

I’ve worked a lot over they years to improve my mental health especially when it comes to changing my mindset and that inner voice in my head. In a nutshell, it’s been all about not allowing negative thoughts to overwhelm the messaging in my mind and instead focussing on the positive, even when things are […]

What Worries Me

What Worries Me The Most Right Now…

…is that there are many millions of people across this planet who feel that the way they lead their present lives is void of any fulfillment. There’s a lot of other “big” things one can worry about (climate, COVID, etc.), but if you think about it, a lot of these other issues are not even […]

Project Dovetail album by Frank Horvat (Centrediscs release)

Inspired To Be My Best

Today, I’m doing something for the 14th time in my career…releasing a new album! You might think that with so many albums out there, it must be old hat. Au contraire, it’s always very exciting! From the time an album is conceived to the day you release it, it’s usually a very lengthy process. But […]

Bow River, Banff, Alberta

Banff – Final Week Recap

What an amazing 4 weeks it’s been in Banff! From Week 1’s physical intensity to Week 2 and 3’s beautiful and inspiring views, it’s culminated so nicely in this final week of intense composing…with just a bit more hiking thrown in there… Hike #8 – In Town You actually don’t have to leave the town […]