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Bio

Born in Vancouver, Canada in 1960, Ramona Luengen received both her B.Mus and M.Mus from the University of British Columbia where she studied composition with Cortland Hultberg and piano with Jane Coop. In 1996 she completed her Doctor of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto with Derek Holman and Harry Freedman.

Luengen has composed extensively in the choral genre and has been commissioned and recorded by Canada’s finest choirs as well as the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Her works have been performed in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand by artists and ensembles such as Judith Forst, Jane Coop, Sally Dibblee, CBC Radio Orchestra, Chanticleer, Choeur de femmes Calliope (France), Chor Leoni, Coro El León de Oro (Spain), Elektra Women’s Choir, Elora Festival Singers, musica intima, National Youth Choirs of Canada, Phoenix Chamber Choir, San Francisco Girls’ Chorus and Toronto Children’s Choir.

Her music, published by Avondale Press, Classica, Cypress, Earthsongs and Gordon V. Thompson, has been broadcast on CBC, BBC (UK), WDR (Germany), WKRP (USA) and radio stations in Denmark, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Spain.

Luengen’s Piano Concerto was premièred by Jane Coop and the CBC Radio Orchestra under Alain Trudel in 2006 to critical acclaim. Her opera for young audiences, based on Joy Kogawa’s novel Naomi’s Road, has received over 170 performances in communities and schools in both Canada and Washington State. It was the touring production for Vancouver Opera’s Opera in the Schools Programme throughout 2005-2006 and again for the 2012-2013 season. Luengen’s Stabat Mater, for mezzo-soprano solo, women’s choir and orchestra, was awarded Outstanding Choral Composition of the Year and Outstanding Choral Event of the Year by the Canadian Association of Choral Conductors. A lengthy solo movement of the work, A Mother to her Dead Child, was released on the CBC label with mezzo-soprano Judith Forst and the CBC Radio Orchestra under conductor Mario Bernardi.

A former instructor at both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University for over twelve years, Luengen taught a variety of courses in theory, choir, composition as well as contemporary music performance and appreciation.

Luengen is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.