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Darlene Chepil Reid: Biography

Darlene Chepil Reid
1958 -
Region: Ontario

Darlene Chepil Reid

Darlene Chepil Reid (b. 1958) has been a life-long resident of Thunder Bay, Ontario. She graduated with an BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics from McMaster University in 1981.

Her first study of music took place as a piano student in the early 1990's. She graduated with an AMus diploma in Piano Pedagogy in 2001. She has studied trombone with John Jasavala, John Helmer and Larry Zimmerman; tuba with David Norris. Darlene attended Lakehead University as a part-time student while working as a private piano teacher and free lance musician in Thunder Bay. Her first compositions were written while studying at Lakehead University with Aris Carasthathis. Darlene graduated with a HBMus in 2003, receiving the Chancellor's medal for highest academic standing.

Darlene Chepil Reid received a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2003 to pursue graduate studies in composition and graduated in 2005 with MMus from The University of Western Ontario where she studied orchestral composition with Peter Paul Koprowski and David Myska and electroacoustic composition with David Myska. She has been awarded a PhD Scholarship from UofA, a Killam Scholarship and a SSHRC - CGS Doctoral. She is currently enrolled in DMus in Composition at UofA.

Darlene Chepil Reid has been an active composer since 1997. She writes for both acoustic and electroacoustic media. Her compositional style is eclectic but focuses on dissonance and fragmentation and her compositions are performed across Canada and the United States.

She is a founding member and President of New Music North, an organization that promotes contemporary concert music in Northwestern Ontario. In this capacity she dedicates herself to advocating and creating opportunities for both established and emerging composers. Darlene is a board member and Secretary for the Association of Canadian Women Composers.

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