Laura Pettigrew

Laura Pettigrew
2461 Winnipeg Street


Laura Pettigrew is a Canadian contemporary classical, romantic composer of vocal, instrumental and film music. Her catalogue is comprised of works for orchestra, chamber works, wind ensemble, band, vocal, choral, piano, solo instrumental, film score, orchestral arrangements and film production. She was born February 21, 194 in Regina, Saskatchewan.  She studied composition with Dr. Thomas Schudel (M.Mus. Composition; B.Mus. Composition, University of Regina) and (B. Mus. Flute performance with Sandra Hoffman, University of Regina). Prior to receiving her M.Mus. and B.Mus. she received diplomas in Nursing; CNA and ORT at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Ms. Pettigrew’s compositions have been premiered and performed by renowned soloists, ensembles and orchestras in Canada, Europe and United States. Her work “Freya for solo Flute and orchestra” was premiered before a full house March 8, 2015, International Women’s Day by “I Solisti Veneti” world renowned award winning orchestra conducted by Maestro Claudio Scimone in Padova Italy receiving great reviews from the media and public prompting the orchestra to invite her to write a new work for the orchestra. Her film (first film) “The Sky Came Down” an art film which she produced and wrote the film score received Two international awards, Winner Best Overall Production – Reel Rave International Film Festival – Short Films, September 2013; Award of Merit – Best Shorts Competition La Jolla, CA, USA April 2013 and Nominee at Golden Sheaf Awards, May 2013

Laura is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, member of the Canadian League Composers, SOCAN, and member/Prairie representative of Association Canadian Women Composers and member of International Women’s Brass Conference.

Ms. Pettigrew believes we are all born with a gift and driven by her passion she derives great joy sharing her knowledge and talent.  Inspired by historical events, people, landscape, mythology and literature it is the emotional melodic expression that resonates throughout her works.

Tying music events into a wide range of philanthropic endeavours she has also become a voice for those enduring difficult times.  Growing up grounded in community she understands the intrinsic value of being one part of a sum stating “without community we are but one alone in the world”.

For more information see Compositions by Laura Pettigrew are available from the Canadian Music Centre at  Laura Pettigrew
ALRY publications  Kendor Music  Sillabe  (Natale in Musica)


Choral Compositions:

A Christmas Hymn 2014, SATB a cappella (6.00) Based on the poem by John Charles McNeill  1874 -1907. Available from Laura Pettigrew

Sisterhood  2007, SSA & piano (5:00) Commissioned by the Regina Ladies Choir to commemorate their 75th Anniversary, premiere May 2008. Available from Laura Pettigrew

Saskatchewan 2004, SSA & piano (6.00) Poem Beti Randall. Commissioned by the Regina Ladies Choir for Saskatchewan’s Centennial Premiere May 28, 2005 cond. Wilma Bell Wessel.  Available from Laura Pettigrew.
Saskatchewan Our Home  SATB & piano (4:00) 2004 In writing this work I wanted to depict the physical aspects of the land and pay great homage to First Nations  with whom we share this land As such I chose to use words from the Nakota and Soto languages which I felt represent the strength of the work, those being: Land – Makotchey; Earth – manka; Bison – Ta tonga: Eagle – wamni, Wolf – shunktogja ( the “u” is pronounced more nasal) and “Makaw” which means Bear in Soto. Saskatchewan stems from the Cree word “Ki Saskatchewan”, which means speedy creek.  I also incorporated the use of the drum which is optional to represent the heartbeat of the people and the land. One can use a native drum, bass drum, or tom-tom, however, it must be played with a beater.

Hodie Christus Natus Est  a cappella  SATB (3.00)  1999 Sacred, Motet for Christmas. Available from Laura Pettigrew.
10 representative works:

Legend of Draco  2014  (13:25 min)
Orchestral – Based on a Celtic Legend – Premiere: Regina Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Boguslaw Dawidow, Regina SK (October 25, 2014) – Conexus Arts Centre. CMC

Freya for Solo Flute and Orchestra  2011 (5:30 min)
Solo Flute and orchestra – Premiere: I Solisti Veneti conducted by Maestro Claudio Scimone, Padua, Italy (March 8, 2015) – l’Auditorium Pollini, Padua, Italy. CMC

The Sky Came Down  2012 (6:19)
Short film – Producer, Executive Producer and composer of film score. An art film to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tornado that devastated the city of Regina June 30, 1912. Winner Best Overall Production – Reel Rave International Film Festival, September 2013; Award of Merit – Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, CA, USA and Nominee Golden Sheaf Awards, Performing Arts and Entertainment. – Premiere: Tondela, Portugal. CMC

Tranquillitas Animi  2012 (9:50)
Brass Quintet – Commissioned by Dr. Karen Gustafson – World Premiere December 19, 2012 Chiesa del Gesu, Rome Italy on the Natale in Musica Concert Series December 19 -23, 2012 presented by Fondazione Adkins Chiti, Donne in Musica. CMC

A Terra  2012  (5:30 min.)  Brass ensemble and percussion – Premiere: Massive Brass Attack cond. Sérgio Carolino, Porto, Portugal, March 18, 2013, Porto Superior Conservatory of Music and Arts Festival at the Helena Sá e Costa Theater: February 25, 2014 recorded live to DVD and broadcast worldwide 9:30 p.m. WET via Internet YouTube MASSIVE BRASS ATTACK cond. Sérgio Carolino.

Tunnels of Moose Jaw 2009 (22:10 min.)
Chamber orchestra with percussion and additional brass. Written to commemorate the lives of the thousands of Chinese immigrants who immigrated to Canada between 1881 and 1884 to build the railroad in Canada and to shed light on their treatment as slaves including the Head Tax imposed on Chinese immigrants in 1885.  In addition the work also draw attention to the era of prohibition in Saskatchewan between 1918 and 1925 and the “Tunnels in Moose Jaw” that were used for “rum running” wherein it is stated the infamous “Al Capone” was said to have played a great part in the manufacture and distribution of alcohol during this period. Premiere: RSO Chamber Ensemble conducted by Victor Sawa Mae Wilson (October 16, 2009) Mae Wilson Theatre, Moose Jaw SK. Recorded live by CBC and broadcast January 16th, 2010 CBC Radio 1 CMC.

Mei Li de Hua 2013 (4:40 min)
Erhu and piano -Premiere – Dr. Corey Hamm, piano and Nicole Gi Li, Erhu (May 24, 2014) Roy Barnet Hall University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. CMC

Sereniteit (Serenity) 2014 (1:25 min)
Solo piano work – Premiere February 27, 2015 Week-End Contemporain, Brussels Belgium, pianist Mariano Ferrandez, CMC

The Snow White Suite 2009 (16:00 min) 2
Trio – Flute, Cello and piano  – Premiere: Concert New Music in New Places, Marie Noelle Berthelet, Cameron Lowe Judi Levesque; (January 18, 2009) Fieldstone Inn, Lumsden SK.  CMC

Winter Solstice 2007 (5:00 min) Publisher ALRY Publications  Alto or C Flute and piano  NFA Flute Choir Competition piece 2008