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.
Ramona 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, Japan and Korea and broadcast on CBC, BBC, WDR (Germany) and the national radio stations of Denmark, Norway and Hungary.
Ramona has recently been commissioned by the CBC to compose a piano concerto for Jane Coop and the CBC Radio Orchestra for the 2005-2006 season. She has also been commissioned by Vancouver Opera to write a work for young audiences based on Joy Kogawa’s novel, Naomi’s Road. The 45-minute opera is scheduled for completion in 2005 and will then tour B.C. schools.
A sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia’s School of Music for the past eight years, Ramona has taught theory, composition, counterpoint and 20th century music appreciation. She was also an instructor of 20th century music at Simon Fraser University from 1995-2000.
Ramona has been Artistic Director of the highly respected, award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir (of Vancouver, Canada) since 1995.