Canadian composers, Veronika Krausas (currently located in Los Angeles, CA) and Amy Brandon (Truro, Nova Scotia) are the recipients of the 2017 Roberta Stephen Composition Award.
The Roberta Stephen Award offers support to a Canadian woman composer aged 36 or older for professional development such as further studies, conferences, or workshops, or composers’ festivals. The prize was established by Calgary composer and publisher Roberta Stephen and is administered by the Association of Canadian Women Composers.
Veronika Krausas’ commissions and performances include the LA Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, musikFabrik, Esprit Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Fort Worth Opera, Motion Music, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Upcoming performances at Tanglewood and a new opera with Calgary Opera in 2019 with novelist André Alexis and the Old Trout Puppet Workshop. She is on faculty at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video.
Holding degrees in jazz guitar performance and composition, guitarist Amy Brandon is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in music cognition at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has performed internationally and received commissions to write for ensembles from Canada, the US and the UK. Awards include the National Sawdust Hildegard Initiative (Honourable Mention), nominations for Music Nova Scotia and ECMA awards for her jazz-electroacoustic album ‘Scavenger’, and the Roberta Stephen Award from the Association of Canadian Women Composers.