Beatrice Ferreira

Lucy and Jacob Frank Fellow


Beatrice Ferreira is a Montreal-based composer, violist, and music educator.

Whether writing or performing music, Beatrice strives to create work that is honest 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. Recent projects include a Un Gutes Mittel für das Beschrauen, a Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch dialect cycle for soprano and chamber ensemble, and Nightmare Fragments, a programmatic piece for saxophone quartet which considers the tragicomic nature of recurring nightmares. In 2017, her marimba duo Blumme und Schtanne was premiered by Chris Froh and Mayumi Hama at the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University, and in 2018, she is looking forward to collaborations with the Chiara String Quartet and M5 Mexican Brass Ensemble.

Beatrice recently graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music, which she attended on full merit scholarship. Past teachers include Brian Cherney, Melissa Hui, Frederic Lambert, and Choong-Jin Chang. At McGill, was awarded the Elaine Bausher Post Tuition Scholarship by the Reading Music Foundation as well as a Schulich Scholarship and the Gladys Glasco Memorial Bursary. She has participated in masterclasses led by Joan Tower, Gabriela Lena Frank, Derek Bermel, Steve Tenenbom, and Mai Motobuchi, and has spent past summers enjoying supportive artistic communities at the Orford Academy of Music ('17), the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music ('17), Bowdoin International Music Festival (’16), and Meadowmount School of Music (’13,’15).

Outside of composing and performing, Beatrice teaches strings and chamber music for adults at L’Academie de Musique de Montreal, where she encourages her students to develop thorough technique and to learn a rich and varied contemporary repertoire. Beatrice enjoys reading poetry and HIIT in her spare time, and is devoted mother to five Norwegian fancy rats.