We are pleased to announce the results of our 2nd annual Choral Composition Competition. The competition was established by a generous private donor to encourage the creation of new choral music by Canadian composers and to honour the organization’s history of engaging local and national composers.
This year’s winner is Kelowna based composer Nicholas Ryan Kelly for his composition, “Wild Bells.” Mr. Kelly will receive a $2000 cash prize, and the premiere of his piece at Christmas with the Bach Choir on December 1st at the Orpheum Theatre.
Nicholas Ryan Kelly is a composer who draws inspiration from speculative fiction, science, and nature. He has been commended by the Vancouver Sun for his “sophisticated work of such immediate, glittery appeal” and called “a rising star in the constellation of Canadian composers” by Oregon Arts Watch.
Originally drawn to music’s storytelling power by symphonic film scores, he now brings a sense of cinematic drama to music for choirs, orchestras, and wind bands throughout North America.
His choral compositions have been performed or commissioned by some of North America’s best choirs–including Chor Leoni, Pro Coro Canada, the Choral Arts Initiative, and many others–and are featured on recent CDs by the DaCapo Chamber Choir, the Phoenix Chamber Choir, and the Chronos Vocal Ensemble. Since 2015, he has won roughly a dozen competitions for both choral and wind band writing, and has several choral compositions published with Pavane Publishing, Cypress Choral Music, Renforth Music, Alliance Music (forthcoming) and Musicspoke.
Originally a trombonist, Nick hopes to get back to his instrumental roots in the coming years, writing more for orchestra and wind ensemble while continuing to compose for choirs. He has degrees in composition from Ithaca College in New York (B.Mus) and UBC in Vancouver (M.Mus.)