Stella Claire ter Hart was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan. She is an educator, adjudicator, accompanist and an award winning composer and directly descended from the Italian composer, Tomaso Vittali. To date, she is the only individual in Canada to have been awarded all four diplomas from the Toronto Conservatory of Music: performance, composition, pedagogy and theory. Stella specializes in choral works, and educational works for piano, band instruments and chamber ensembles. Her compositions have been performed across North America and as far away as Australia, Hong Kong, China, Spain, Brazil, Peru and the United Kingdom. When she is not creating new music, Stella lives a quiet life in Canada, tending her heritage organic apple orchards with her husband and family.