Mari Alice Conrad
c o m p o s e r
Mari Alice Conrad is an award-winning composer and arranger based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is in high demand as a composer featuring performances with various ensembles across Canada, USA, and Europe most notably at Ottawa Chamberfest, Vancouver’s Allegra Chamber Orchestra FestivELLE, Été musical de Barachois in New Brunswick, in the Žofín Palace for the World Wind Music Festival and WASBE Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, the Banff Centre for the Arts, New Music Edmonton, Manitoba GroundSwell New Music Series, Vancouver Modulus Festival, the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in Newfoundland, the Toronto New Music Concert Series, and the Sweetwater and NUMUS Festivals (Ontario).
Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in 2022, Mari Alice travelled to the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland in the creation of a large-scale composition project for musical youth exploring the effects of climate change. Other areas of research include interpreting and integrating historic objects and elements into musical contexts. She currently teaches at MacEwan University in the Department of Music and is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Alberta while she completes her doctorate in music composition.
Mari Alice's most recent and current projects include an artist residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Evolution String Quartet Chamber Program and working with ensembles and directors from the University of McGill Schulich Singers (Québec), Ensemble ArtChoral (formerly Ensemble Vocal Arts-Québec), Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton), Luminous Voices (Calgary), Babɛl Choir (Toronto), Exultate Chamber Singers (Toronto), The University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, Allegra Chamber Orchestra (Vancouver), SHHH!! Ensemble (Ottawa), Edmonton Winds, the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, The University of Lethbridge Wind Ensemble, Standing Wave Ensemble (Vancouver), and the Vancouver (Art) Song Lab. Her choral music is published by Hinshaw Music (USA) and Cypress Choral Music (Canada) with upcoming recording projects with MacEwan University Generations Big Band, Exultate Chamber Singers and Ensemble ArtChoral (formerly Ensemble Vocal Arts-Québec).
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Photo: Rita Taylor, Banff Centre 2023
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