Stephanie Orlando (b.1993) is a composer and collaborative pianist based in Toronto. Her music has been performed by ensembles such as Femmeldoy Chamber Music Collective, Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, junctQin Keyboard Collective, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Penderecki String Quartet, and the Arcady Singers. She has also collaborated with choreographers Kylie Thompson and Ming-Bo Lam, playwright Laureen Damarren, and visual artist Diane Eastham.
She is the 1st place recipient of the SOCAN Young Composer Pierre Mercure Award 2019, and runner up for the 2018 Creative Women at the end of the First World War Composition Competition for her work Scatterbrain for soprano and flute. She also held a residency with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in the 2019 season supported by the SOCAN Foundation workshopping her piece phases of the moon for string orchestra.
With experience writing for a variety of styles and instrumentation, Stephanie has a special interest in mixed media composition and using technology in combination with classical instruments. Her catalogue contains works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, voice, and electronics. Stephanie has composed music for a variety of mediums including opera, theatre, dance, and film. Her music is filled with traditional, contemporary, and pop culture influences.
As a musician from mixed musical backgrounds, Stephanie is interested in exploring the boundaries of genres, where they are compatible, and what they can create when blended. By exploring different genres in her music, she creates a more accessible listening experience for audiences of different backgrounds, inspiring a new musical language influenced by popular music of our time. As an advocate for underrepresented voices in new music, she frequently explores socially relevant topics in her work such as mental health, gender identity, and internet culture.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters degree in Music in Composition from the University of Toronto, and an ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Toronto. She is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a board member of the Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC).