Canadian composer and conductor Stephanie Martin is associate professor of music at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. She directs Schola Magdalena a women’s ensemble for chant, medieval and modern polyphony. As artistic director and conductor of Pax Christi Chorale for 20 years, Martin conducted full orchestral performances of rare oratorios, such as Judith by Hubert Parry, and the Canadian premiere of Elgar’s The Apostles and a semi-staged Elijah, all of which can be viewed on Youtube. Under her direction in Spring 2017, the Pax Christi Chamber Choir won first prize in the CBC/Choral Canada national radio competition.
As director of music at the historic church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Toronto (2006-2012) she recorded lost manuscripts of Healey Willan’s music, as well as ‘Alleluia,’ a CD of her own choral compositions. The choir won first prize in the church choir category in the 2008 CBC national radio competition.
Martin has recorded a dozen CDs on her own SJM label. She has toured with choirs throughout Ontario and Quebec, as well as England, Scotland, Eastern Europe and China.
Winner of the Lillian Forsythe Award for Church Music and Leslie Bell Choral Conducting Prize, Stephanie is also an accomplished, award-winning composer of works for both voices and instrument. In 2013 she was commissioned by SICM to write an anthem honouring Ruth Watson Henderson’s induction as a Fellow of the Summer Institute of Church Music. Her ‘Requiem for All Souls’ premiered in November 2017 in San DIego, and her ‘MIssa Chicagoensis’ in Chicago in June 2017. Her choral works are published by Cypress Choral Music, Vancouver; Biretta Books, Chicago; Kelman Hall, Waterloo; and Renforth Music, Halifax.
She is currently collaborating with playwright Paul Ciufo on an opera about the nursing sisters of the First World War.
Martin holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the Royal Canadian College of Organists and Wilfrid Laurier University.