Stories from Yugoslavia: Reflections on Canadian Peacekeeping (Solo piano) Composer: Emily Armour
“Heavy arms anticipate
- Lucas McKinnon
Emily Armour, piano
Emily Armour was born and raised on the West Coast, beginning studies in Classical piano at age 15 in the Cowichan Valley after being primarily self-taught. She studied with Bruce Vogt, Michelle Mares, and Arthur Rowe at the University of Victoria School of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music in 2012 and her Masters in Piano Performance in 2017. She is an active performer, accompanist, piano teacher, and composer who has represented the Cowichan Valley at the B.C. Performing Arts Festival and performed with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 she performed as a finalist in the UVic Concerto Competition with mezzo-soprano Kelsey Wheatley and the UVic orchestra.
In 2019 Emily’s original composition Stories from Yugoslavia: Reflections on Canadian Peacekeeping was featured as a segment on CBC radio during Remembrance Day week. The suite for solo piano was inspired by interviews of Canadian peacekeeping veterans who served overseas during the Balkans War. Her other original compositions for students: Vimy Ridge, Peacekeeper, and M4 Sherman, were performed at Canada Music Week as part of the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association’s student concert in 2019.
In 2021 Emily created the Music for Veterans Commemorative Project, giving her piano students the opportunity to dedicate original compositions to Canadian military veterans. The project was a great success and featured on CBC National News during Remembrance Week. Due to the enthusiastic support for the project, more veterans and active military members can expect to receive music in the years to come in honour of their service.
Emily welcomes students of all ages and abilities to discover their own artistic voice through music, performing, and composing.
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contact Emily: emilyarmourmusic(at)live(dot)ca