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Oberta Stephen, classical musician

How would you describe your music?

My music is art songs, chamber music with voice and instruments, piano music and songs for children, string music for young players and adults.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I own a publishing company which publishes my music and music by other Canadian classical composers.

Describe your gear.

"I am a classical composer, singing teacher. In my studio I have a grand piano, simple recording equipment, sheet music."

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Yes. My first composition teacher did not treat me as a serious composer, especially when I compared the opportunities given to a colleague and not to me.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes. There are more opportunities for performances of composer's music. I notice in Western Canada that women composer's music is chosen just as often as men's for the limited performances available.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

"No. Net work with performers and presentors. Find out what they need and wnat, offer to write music especially for them. Try for a commission."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I love to sing.

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