Stephanie Orlando (b.1993) is a composer based in Toronto. Her work 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.
Her catalogue contains works for standard ensembles to less common performing forces—orchestra, amplified pill bottles, and everything in between. Her current interests include mixed media composition, creative coding, and using technology in combination with classical instruments.
Her music engages with contemporary classical influences, while exploring them through the lens of her own inspiration. One of her current projects is a series of works that explore various types of mental health treatment. Through this long term project she seeks to create honest and vulnerable works and connect with listeners who see themselves in her work and feel represented in bringing such concepts to the concert stage.
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). Upcoming projects include a new work for Megan Thibeault for piano and electronics, and a new work for Duo D'Entre Deux for two tenor saxophones and electronics.