2017 Pentland Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award


2017: Owen Underhill

Awarded on March 8, 2017

It is impossible to overstate Owen Underhill’s contribution to the musical life of Vancouver, to the province of BC, and to the cultural fabric of the nation itself. He is a prize-winning, Juno-nominated Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre; a celebrated and highly innovative Artistic Director of Turning Point Ensemble, renowned for deeply-researched and visionary programs; as a conductor he is acclaimed by the musicians he works with, having conducted well over 150 premieres by Canadian composers; and he is a highly respected professor of composition at Simon Fraser University, where he currently serves as Director of the School for the Contemporary Arts, and was recently Dean Pro Tem of the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology.

Award of Excellence


UBC Opera Program

Awarded on November 19, 2017
Presented to Nancy Hermiston, Director of UBC Opera Program (pictured on right)

Stephanie Nakagawa

Awarded on November 19, 2017
Presented to Stephanie Nakagawa, soprano (pictured on left)

Victoria Symphony

Awarded on February 4, 2017
Presented to Tania Miller, Music Director 

“Music Director Tania Miller has been a pioneer nationally in championing Canadian music and composers. Under her leadership, the Victoria Symphony was the first orchestra in BC to launch a New Music Festival, more than a decade ago in 2005.”

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Awarded on January 29, 2017
Presented to Bramwell Tovey, Music Director 

“The Grammy Award-winning VSO has been a world leader in commissioning, performing, and recording Canadian music for decades now. The symphony has commissioned an astounding 77 new works since the year 2000.”

Turning Point Ensemble

Awarded on January 27, 2017
Presented to Owen Underhill, Artistic Director 

“For their many commissions, and the many Canadian works they have championed, for their stellar recordings and signature Creating Composers program, and for their extraordinary contribution to Canadian composition.”

Outstanding Composition


Langley Community Music School

Awarded on January 27, 2017
Ella Yu, Senior Category
Brooklyn Wood, Junior Category