Music History, Harpsichord, Organ
Canadian composer and conductor Stephanie Martin is associate professor of music at York University. She is artistic director of Pax Christi Chorale, director of Schola Magdalena, and past director of music at the historic church of Saint Mary Magdalene.
Recent composition awards include first prize in the Exultate Chamber Singers’ composition competition (2009), and first prize in the Association of Anglican Musicians composer’s competition (2010). She is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and was Composer in Residence for the Barrie Music Festival, 2012. Recent performances include her cantata Winter Nights with the Grand Philharmonic of Kitchener-Waterloo. A choral work commissioned by the British choir Ex Cathedra, The Portinari Nativity on a text by Cori Martin received seven performances in England in December 2012, including a performance at St. John’s Smith Square, London. Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria B.C. commissioned The Legend of the Bird (Dec. 2012) and The Rock Dove (June 2014.) Martin’s string quartet From a distant island received its third performance by Skyros String Quartet, June 2014.
Recent commissions include works for Voces Capituli, Antwerp; the Canadian Men’s Chorus, Toronto Diocesan Choir School for Girls and the Summer Institute of Church Music, Winnipeg Organ Festival, St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque, NUMUS and Wilfrid Laurier University.
Artistic Director of Pax Christi Chorale since 1996, Martin has conducted many memorable oratorios, and has commissioned several new Canadian compositions. Performance highlights include Elgar’s The Kingdom, Dream of Gerontius and The Music Makers; Britten’s Saint Nicolas; Bach’s Saint John Passion, Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio; Mozart’s Requiem; Schubert’s German Mass; Handel’s Solomon, Messiah and Israel in Egypt; Brahms’ German Requiem; Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Saint Paul; Poulenc’s Gloria; and Vaughan Williams’ Hodie and Dona Nobis Pacem.
As harpsichordist and organist, Stephanie can be heard on the Naxos, Marquis and Dorian labels, as well as several self-produced recordings. Her love of historically informed performance was fostered over 15 years of activity with Arbor Oak Trio who performed hundreds of chamber music concerts and several fully staged dramatic works, including Arne’s rarely heard Love in a Village, Locke’s Cupid and Death and Gay’s Beggar’s Opera.
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 Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, she teaches music history and performance, harpsichord, organ and coaches historical ensembles.