Ramona Luengen

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Ramona Luengen’s compositions have been performed in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand and broadcast on CBC, BBC, WKRP (USA) as well as on the national radio stations of Denmark, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Spain. She is noted in the Cambridge Companion to Choral Music as one of the four most prolific and important women composers in Canada. Ramona’s opera for young audiences, based on Joy Kogawa’s novel Naomi’s Road, has received over 340 performances in Canada and the United States and is being remounted by Toronto’s Tapestry Opera in November 2016. Her Piano Concerto was premiered by Jane Coop and the CBC Radio Orchestra in 2006.

While on the faculty at both UBC and SFU (1996–2007), Ramona taught a variety of courses in theory, choir and composition, as well as contemporary music performance and appreciation. Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chamber Choir from 1995–2012, Ramona joined the Shaughnessy Heights United Church as Choir Director in 2004 and, two years later, became the Artistic Director of the Amabilis Singers. 

Ramona was nominated for the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award in 2015. She is also the recipient of the BC Choral Federation’s Herbert Drost Award for distinguished service and long-term support of choral music in BC (2006) and the inaugural Vancouver Arts Award (2004).