Young Composers Clinicians 2022
Senior – Diana Tayler
Diana Tayler is a composer, arranger, musical educator, and harpist. Her travels across the country and abroad have afforded her many opportunities to perform her works both as a soloist and as a member of diverse musical ensembles. Diana studied harp with Caroline Leonardelli, and holds an ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts in Linguistics. She is a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar completing a Master of Music specialising in composition at the University of Alberta, and is the recipient of the Harriet Snowball Winspear Graduate Fellowship, the Violet Archer Graduate Scholarship for Musical Composition, and the Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship. Diana is also an active member of the Edmonton choral scene, singing alto with i Coristi Chamber Choir and participating in other choral projects as they arise. Diana is Co-Vice President of New Music Edmonton, Edmonton’s premier organisation for the promotion and presentation of contemporary music and sound-related arts.
Junior – Mari Alice Conrad
Mari Alice Conrad is an emerging, award-winning composer in Edmonton, Alberta with a Bachelor of Music Degree in composition. She has extensive experience in classical piano pedagogy, accompanying, and community music programming and 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), the East Chamber Music Emerging Composer Festival (Toronto) and has had her music workshopped with Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton).
With her life perspective, authenticity, open mind, and passion for teaching, she brings enthusiasm, variety, and depth to her compositional practice and teaching studio. Mari Alice has studied composition with Emilie LeBel, Kent Sangster, and film composer John McMillan, and has been mentored by Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock, Matthew Emery, Daniel Mehdizadeh, Jennifer Butler, Edward Top, and Vincent Ho. She will be attending graduate studies in composition at the University of Alberta in the fall of 2021.