Karen Sunabacka’s music has been performed in Canada, the USA, Brazil and the United Kingdom. In 2013 the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra commissioned and premiered two works: Never to Return, a piece about Karen’s great-great Grandmother Mathilda who suffered from mental illness and Born by the River, a piece about her Métis Grandmother Lenore Clouston. Some other ensembles and organisations who have premiered Karen’s works include Groundswell, the Empyrean Ensemble (California), the Brandon Chamber Players, the Left Coast Ensemble (San Francisco), Agassiz Chamber Players, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (reading session) conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey. Karen won the Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region, Emerging Composers Competition in February 2009 with her orchestral composition And There Was A Great Calm.

Karen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1975. In March 2008 she graduated from the University of California, Davis with a PhD in Music Theory and Composition. As a composer, ‘cellist, administrator and university professor she is often juggling composition, administration, a university teaching load, chamber music performances, along with a private cello studio. She is the founder of the Providence Performing Arts School, and the Associate Professor in Music Theory and Composition at Providence University College in Otterburne, Manitoba. In Fall 2014 Karen began a Freelance Associate position with Percius, an Artist and Project Management Company based in Cambridge, England. Karen loves traveling and is currently splitting her time between Winnipeg, Canada and Cambridge, England.

April 2015


Photographer: Rebecca Croft