Beatrice Ferreira

Arnold and Babette Salamon Fellow


Beatrice is a Montreal-based composer and violist. Whether writing or performing music, Beatrice strives to create work that is thoughtful and personal. Born on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, she grew up competing in fiddle festivals across the state. Her interest in composition began while working as a songwriter for the Philadelphia neo-soul band, Bibi and the Bull, and her background in popular music has led her to explore and prioritize music-as-activism. Upcoming projects include a Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch song cycle for baritone and chamber orchestra, and a programmatic piece for saxophone quartet and mime which considers the tragicomic nature of recurring nightmares.

Beatrice is currently a Schulich Scholar at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, where she studies composition with Melissa Hui. Past teachers include Choong-Jin Chang, principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Kurt Nikannen, Concertmaster of the New York Ballet. Outside of school, Beatrice teaches strings for adults at L’Academie de Musique de Montreal, where she encourages her students to develop thorough technique, to learn a rich and varied repertoire, and to deeply explore theoretical concepts. Beatrice enjoys reading poetry and running in her spare time, and is devoted mother to five Norwegian fancy rats.


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