Fiona Evison

Fiona Evison (b. 1965) lives in the beautiful and inspiring rural Grey-Bruce area of Ontario. She was born into a musical Scottish family who immigrated to Canada when she was a child. Music has always played an important part of her life, and she has, over time, found great satisfaction in improvising, arranging, and composition. She especially enjoys tailoring pieces to the needs of the musicians performing her work and sharing interesting background information and her ideas that led to the composition with musicians and audiences. Throughout her musical career, she has experienced the reward and excitement of directing and accompanying choirs and ensembles of all ages, as well as performing on piano, voice, flute, organ, handbells and percussion. Giving back to the community has always been important to Fiona, and she has become involved with the Leith Summer Festival which features some of the finest artists performing today in Canada, in the unique venue of the Historic Leith Church.

As a composer, she believes her creativity is a divine gift, and she enjoys writing original sacred and secular chamber pieces and arranging existing ones, especially music with a Scottish or Canadian theme. She is developing an exciting musical theatre project that tells the story of the last group of Highlanders exiled to Canada during the Highland Clearances. One selection was premiered in Owen Sound in May 2018 and praised as “exquisite”. She has also started a project involving sacred Gaelic music discovered in the Scottish National Archives. Another project involved setting Jewish poetry to music and was a merger of her lifelong interests in music, history and Jewish culture.

Known for her evocative lyrical style and text painting, her commissions have included choral settings of Canadian traditional music for various choirs, chamber works for piano and various instruments, and settings of traditional Highland tunes for organ and recorder.

Her writing has been called fresh and interesting. “Fiona creates stunning word pictures as she weaves text and music together. Her lines are striking, simple and incorporate some of the old medieval modes with contemporary harmonies and sounds. The vocal lines never detract from the text, but work together perfectly to form beautiful and exquisite results.” – Linda Hawkins, Director, Georgian Bay Children’s Choir; “Very poignant settings with expressive melodic passages and carefully placed harmonic shifts” – Dr. John Burge, Queen’s University

Fiona has a Bachelor of Church Music and will be starting a Master’s degree in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in September 2018. She studies composition privately and is committed to continuing to refine and expand her compositional voice and craft.  She has performed in Canada, the U.S., and Scotland. Her works have been performed by others across Canada, in the U.S. and Asia.

For a full listing of instrumental, choral, vocal and piano works, or to preview a score, please contact the composer at: evison01@yahoo.ca

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