B.Mus - Wilfred Laurier University M.A. - University of Toronto
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An award-winning composer and conductor, Stephanie Martin has wide musical interests ranging from Gregorian chant to gamelan; from Froberger to folksong. A guardian of musical heritage and a creative collaborator, she is known for imaginative programming and for creating sustainable musical communities. She is a creative collaborator and a guardian of musical heritage, known for imaginative artistic programming and for creating sustainable musical communities. Her choral and instrumental compositions are currently performed both locally and internationally.
Artistic Director of Pax Christi Chorale since 1996, Martin has conducted many memorable oratorios, and has commissioned several new Canadian compositions. At the end of the 16/17 season, she stepped down as Artistic Director from the choir to spend time to devote herself into her compositions. Martin holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In York University’s School of Arts,Media,Performance and Design she teaches music history, composition, harpsichord and organ, and coaches historical ensembles.
Martin's compositional style takes it's influence from the Renaissance and Baroque ages of choral and motet style four-part writing. With this style, Martin has set both traditional latin texts such as Ave Verum and O Sacrum Convivium, as well as words by poets such as H.W. Longfellow (The Arrow and the Song) and text by the composer herself (Legend of the Bird).
Missa Brevis for Three Voices - SAB, TBB, or SSA a capella. This piece is attractive and accessible because of it's use of only three voice parts and because of it's multiple voicings. Set to text of the Latin mass, this work extracts the best of a three-part choir which makes it equally appropriate for church choir use as well as highschool or university use. (the Gloria from this set is also available separately).
The Arrow and the Song - SATB, a capella. This peace highlights Martin's knack for smooth voice leading and writing within comfortable ranges with choirs, while still making the piece expressive and interesting.
Four Motets - SATB a capella. These four brief motets would be perfectly applicable in a church service setting for a more advanced church choir and if needed, it would also be possible for an accompanist to play along with the choir for extra support. The O Sacrum Convivium and Sicut Cervus are in the styles of polyphony and chant melodies, while the Ave Verum and O Salutaris are more in the style of the more homophonic motet style. With minimal divisi, these pieces are a great way to explore a modern take on these styles.
Martin has been the artistic director of Pax Christi Chorale since 1996, and has been recently named Artistic Director Emeritus after 20 years at the helm; she stepped down from the position in order to now focus herself on composition. Recently in Vancouver, she received an honorary membership in the Elgar Society, and holds the distinction of being the first Canadian woman to conduct a full performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. As a frequent champion of Edward Elgar's works with Pax Christi, she has performed such large scale works of his asThe Apostles (2017),The Kingdom (2012), Dream of Gerontius (2001) and The Music Makers (2007).
Left: An extended interview with the Whole Note from 2012, discussing Elgar's 'The Kingdom' and preparing it with Pax Christi.