Amy Brandon

Instructor - Applied Study / Composition


Phone: 902.494.3772
Mailing Address: 
Room 514, Dalhousie Arts Centre 6101 University Avenue PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H4R2
Research Topics:
  • Composition
  • Augmented reality and notation
  • Motor learning and guitar performance


  • BMus - Jazz Guitar Performance - Carleton University
  • MA - Composition - University of Ottawa
  • PhD (completing) - Interdisciplinary - Dalhousie University

Creative Activities

Composer and guitarist Amy Brandon's pieces have been described as “...gut wrenching and horrific” (Critipeg), and "otherworldly, a clashing of bleakness with beauty" (Minor Seventh). Her performances, installations and acoustic works have been presented at the Gaudeamus Festival (Screen Dive), National Sawdust (NYC), Trinity College (Dublin), the mise-en Festival, and the Winnipeg New Music Festival. She has received Canadian and international composition awards including the Leo Brouwer Guitar Composition Competition (Grand Prize 2019) and a JACK Quartet Studio Artist commission. In addition to performance and composition, she is completing an interdisciplinary PhD examining augmented reality, motor learning and guitar performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.