Mari Alice Conrad is an emerging, award-winning composer in Edmonton, Alberta with a Bachelor of Music Degree in composition. She has composed works for Babɛl Choir (Toronto), Standing Wave Chamber Ensemble (Vancouver), Exultate Chamber Singers (Toronto), pianist Allen Stiles (Vancouver), the Allegra Chamber Orchestra (Vancouver), the SHHH!! Ensemble (Ottawa), Edmonton Winds (Edmonton), East Chamber Music Emerging Composer Festival (Toronto), and was selected to participate in the 2021-2022 Canadian League of Composer’s PIVOT program for emerging composers working with Pro Coro Canada. Her award-winning work for string quartet, Northern Sunrise, has recently premiered on a collaborative recording with Bent River Records (Edmonton) featuring the Obsessions String Quartet (Edmonton).
Recent performances of her works were featured at Ottawa Chamberfest, Babɛl Choir Choral Composer Mentorship Program in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre, Vancouver’s Allegra Chamber Orchestra FestivELLE, Toronto’s East Chamber Music Emerging Composer Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the New Music Edmonton Summer Solstice Festival. 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. Her creative research focuses on the potential and multifaceted benefits of chamber music for young musicians ages 14-19. With her life perspective, authenticity, and open mind, she brings enthusiasm, variety, and depth to her compositional practice.
Mari Alice is the recipient of the prestigious President's Medal from MacEwan University for high academic achievement and community leadership, the Alberta Excellence Graduate Scholarship, the David Erdmann Memorial Scholarship with the Edmonton Winds, the Allard Family Scholarship, and two Wind Energy Commission Awards. Mari Alice has studied composition and orchestration with Dr. Emilie LeBel, jazz composition with Kent Sangster, and composition for media with John McMillan and has held mentorships with Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock, Matthew Emery, Daniel Mehdizadeh, Jennifer Butler, Edward Top, Vince Ho, and Rebecca Bruton. Mari Alice is currently working with Dr. Scott Smallwood in graduate studies in composition at the University of Alberta.