notes and voices from the past - inspiring the future

Stella Claire ter Hart is a well known Canadian composer, educator, adjudicator and accompanist. She is directly descended from the Italian composer, Tomaso Vitali and has many other musical family members and ancestors. Stella is the only individual in Canada to have been awarded all four available degrees from the Toronto Conservatory of Music: piano pedagogy, piano performance, composition, and theory.

A first generation Canadian, she is poignantly inspired by her rich European background which includes French Huguenot ancestors on her father's side fleeing to the Netherlands in the 15th century to avoid persecution and the loss of her maternal grandmother's entire Jewish family (over 300 people) in World War 2 concentration camps, among them her 79 year old great grandfather, and a little 7 year old girl, also named Stella.

Qualifications

Professional choral accompanist, opera accompanist, composer, adjudicator, conductor, music educator and examiner. Stella holds ARCT degrees from the Toronto Conservatory of Music. She is a widely sought after adjudicator and has brought her fun and unique interactive adjudicating skills to numerous music festivals in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Stella is a past member of the Toronto Conservatory of Music Board of Examiners.

Accomplishments

Ms ter Hart is the winner of numerous composition competitions including the Diva Complex Composition Contest, the Pacific International Song Writing Competition and the Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Competition. She has accompanied some of Canada's best opera voices including Measha Brueger-Gosman, Stewart Howe, Cicela Mannson, Monette Gould and Cindy Townsend. She has been commissioned by CBC Radio 2 and Symphony New Brunswick. Stella adores playing for choirs and soloists; she has the soul of a singer and as an accompanist instinctively shadows and enhances the singer's every breath and phrase. Ms. ter Hart has conducted choirs and bands as well as maintaining a large, private piano studio.

Compositions

ORCHESTRAL & CHAMBER WORKS

Through the Fog - programmatic symphonic work based on the Newfoundland folk song, Cape St. Mary's
Millenium Shadows - ouverture for orchestra; commissions by Symphony New Brunswick, 2000
Reflections for Orchestra - symphonic tone poem
A Maritime Suite - string orchestra work based on Canadian Maritime tunes
4 Songs of Innocence - hauntingly beautiful and provocative work for soprano, percussion and brass. Commissioned by CBC Radio 2, Halifax, NS.
as the light shimmers - flute and piano work; winner of the Pacific International Song Writing Competition (New Zealand), instrumental category. 

VOCAL WORKS

When a Woman Shops - flirtatious set of 4 short works for soprano/piano
I heard the Voice of Jesus Say - haunting, contemporary arrangement of this beautiful tune for voice and piano
Songs of the Land - delightful arrangements of Canadian folk song for solo voice
3 Songs for Children - educational solos for young voices based on the poetry of R. L. Stevenson

EXCLUSIVE THEORY WORKBOOK SERIES

Beginning BAND Basics - unique theory series for instrumentalists
Beginning VOICE Basics - unique theory series for vocalists
 

PIANO WORKS

My Favourite Things - piano duets; intermediate level
Forgotten Dreams - piano solos; intermediate level
Dust Bunnies - piano solos; junior level
 

CHORAL WORKS

Ode to the Pig - award winning, whimsical SSA/piano choral work full of fun and imagination; co-winner of the 2005 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Competition.
She's Like the Swallow/piano - stunning SSA choral arrangement of this ethereal Newfoundland folk song
in a corner of the stable - SSA/piano choral work; dramatic, inspiring & provocative; Christmas or Easter
God of Light - SATB/accappella uplifting and inspirational Christmas work
The Afterglow of Pain - SATB/piano work based on poetry of black slave women
Where Fancy is Free - Scottish folk song arranged for SSA choir and celtic harp
Lost Lullabyes - SSAA/piano work using WW2 Jewish "holocaust survivor" songs
The Maid on the Shore - SSAA acappella work; newly composed folk tune based on a Nova Scotia text
The Bloody Gardener - Newfoundland text, newly composed folk style; highly effective acappella work for SSAA
We Love Christmas (most of the time) - SSAA Treble Voices or Women's Choir.  Send your audience home grinning with this humorous and entertaining medley of 8 well known Christmas tunes.

Contact

You can reach Stella anytime via EMAIL