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Paul Théberge: Biography

Paul Théberge
1953 -
Region: Ontario

Paul Théberge

PAUL THÉBERGE, born in Brunswick, Maine, in 1953, has lived in Canada since 1971. He received his undergraduate degree in Music from Dalhousie University (Halifax, N.S., 1976) where he studied composition with Steven Tittle. He furthered his studies in Toronto with Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music. An interest in the music of non-Western cultures has led him to study West African drumming and Indian raga.

As a composer, Théberge has received a number of awards from agencies such as The Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts (U.S.A.). His compositions have been performed and broadcast throughout Canada and, also, in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Les Dix-Huit Heures, a work produced for radio, was selected by Radio-Canada as their submission to the Prix Italia competition in 1983. In 1985, an entire concert devoted to works by Paul Théberge was presented in Toronto by the Music Gallery.

In recent years Théberge has complemented his compositional activities with research in the areas of music, technology (especially sound recording) and culture. In 1987 he completed an M.A. degree in Media Studies at Concordia University (thesis entitled "Technological Rationalization and Musical Practice"). That same year he was the recipient of a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and is currently pursuing studies leading to the Ph.D. degree in Communication Studies at Concordia. Théberge has also taught courses on a part-time basis in the undergraduate programme of the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University and in the Faculty of Music at McGill University.




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