Mari Alice Conrad is an emerging, award-winning composer currently finishing her BMus in Composition in Edmonton, Alberta. She has experience in classical piano pedagogy, accompanying, and community music programing and has recently devoted time to hone her compositional skills. She has had the honour to create works for Babɛl Choir (Toronto), Standing Wave Chamber Ensemble (Vancouver), pianist Allen Stiles (Vancouver), and is currently working with Allegra Chamber Orchestra (Vancouver), the SHHH!! Ensemble (Ottawa), and the East Chamber Music Emerging Composer Festival (Toronto). Her recent work for string quartet, Northern Sunrise, has recently premiered on a collaborative recording with Bent River Records (Edmonton) featuring the Obsessions String Quartet (Edmonton).
Prior to recent undergraduate studies, she received associateships and diplomas in piano performance, accompanying, and teaching from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Camosun College, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is an Alberta Registered Music Teacher, holds a Level I certification with the Kodály Society of Canada, and is a committee member of the Contemporary Showcase Music Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. Her scope of musical skill and passion for mentoring young musicians has presented opportunities to conduct and develop inclusive and engaging community music programs as well as adjudicate music festivals. With her life perspective, authenticity, open mind, and desire to learn, she brings enthusiasm and depth to her compositional practice. Mari Alice has studied composition with Dr. Emilie LeBel and Kent Sangster and will be attending graduate studies in composition at the University of Alberta in the fall of 2021.