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2017 Roberta Stephen Composition Award Winners

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.

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Veronika Krausas

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.

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Amy Brandon

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.

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Previous Event: Spark to Stone presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the ACWC / Spark to Stone présenté par le Collectif Caution Tape Sound et l’AFCC

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Spark to Stone, presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the ACWC

Saturday, March 24 2018, 8:00 pm
Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave, Toronto, ON.
Featuring music by 7 ACWC composers:
  • Amy Brandon – new work (flute, cello, piano, electronics)
  • Hope Lee – …I, Laika… (flute, cello, piano)
  • Julia Mermelstein – wonted (acousmatic)
  • Sarah Reid – new work (cello, piano, amplifed objects)
  • Ivana Jokic – new work (violin, cello, flute, piano, percussion)
  • Lesley Hinger – from within (violin solo)
  • Bekah Simms – new work (10tet Toronto Emerging Composer Award piece)

Missed the concert? Check out the YouTube playlist here.

Call to All Members for Information for International Catalogue of Women’s Compositions / Appel à contribution auprès de nos adhérentes pour la Revue Internationale des Compositions de Femmes

All women and women-identifying composers/songwriters are invited to submit their information for inclusion in the Online Encyclopedia of Living Women Composers, Songwriters and Creators of Music. Full call and information for submission can be found here.

2016 Roberta Stephen Composition Award Winners

Announcing the first winners of the Roberta Stephen Composition Award:

Canadian composers Emily Doolittle (Scotland) and Rita Ueda (Vancouver) are the first recipients of the 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.

Emily Doolittle was educated at Dalhousie University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague, Indiana University and Princeton University. She has taught composition and theory at Cornish College of the Arts and now lives in Glasgow, UK. Doolittle’s other honours include the 2012 Theodore Front Prize, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and the Bearn’s Prize. Doolittle’s music has been characterized as “organically modern tonal.” The award will assist her with the cost of travel to the UK prèmiere of her orchestral work green/blue, performed in Hereford by the English Symphony Orchestra eso.co.uk.

Rita Ueda studied at Simon Fraser University and California Institute of the Arts, and currently teaches theory at SFU. Ueda was awarded the 2nd prize in the 2010 Mahler International Composition Competition and the first prize in the 2014 Penderecki International Composers’ Competition. Her works have been featured on the 2012 and 2015 ISCM Canadian Selection CD, and her As the Snowflakes Return to the Sky for string orchestra will be performed at the 2016 ISCM World Music Days in Tongyeong, South Korea. She will use the award funds to workshop a new work for Naomi Sato, who plays sho in the Atlas Ensemble http://www.atlasensemble.nl/news.html, and to attend the Atlas Lab at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. For further information contact Janet Danielson jrd@sfu.ca