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Ramona Luengen: Biography

Ramona Luengen
1960 -
Region: British Columbia

Ramona Luengen

Born in Vancouver 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. Her works have been performed in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and broadcast on CBC, BBC and the national radio stations of Denmark, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Luengen’s Piano Concerto was premièred by Jane Coop and the CBC Radio Orchestra in 2006. Her opera for young audiences, based on Joy Kogawa's novel Naomi’s Road, has received over 200 performances in both Canada and the United States. Luengen's Stabat Mater was awarded Outstanding Choral Composition of the Year and Outstanding Choral Event of the Year by the Canadian Association of Choral Conductors.

A former lecturer 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 and contemporary music. She is well-respected for her work with both amateur and semi-professional choirs. Luengen resigned as Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chamber Choir in 2012 after 17 years at the helm. She continues to conduct the Shaughnessy Heights United Church Choir and Amabilis Singers.


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