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Shelley Elizabeth Marwood: Biography

Shelley Elizabeth Marwood

Region: Ontario

Shelley Elizabeth Marwood

Shelley Marwood is a Canadian composer whose music has been described as "laugh out loud funny" (Selfie, Classic Concerts NS), "charming and wistful" (Merge, CAML), and "full of personality" (Merge, Notations). She writes for all types of ensembles, and her music is frequently narrative, theatrical and comedic, strongly emotional, and visually evocative. Her works have been commissioned and performed across North America and in Europe by ensembles such as the Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Windsor Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Jubilate Singers, Greater Windsor Concert Band, and the Goodchild Grady Duo.

In 2015 Shelley won both the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music (Imaginings) and the UofT Choral Composition Competition (These Fragile Snowflakes). She also received first prize in the 2008 Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composers’ Competition (Illumination), was a finalist in the 2006 Land's End Composers' Competition (Piano Trio No.1), and was one of the featured composers of the 2009 Windsor Canadian Music Festival. Her piece Merge has received excellent reviews since its inclusion on the Rubbing Stone Ensemble's debut CD "The Lethbridge Sessions", released by Centrediscs in May 2014. Her work has received support from grants through the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the University of Toronto, The Banff Centre, and the SOCAN Foundation.

Shelley holds degrees from the University of Toronto (DMA '19), the University of Calgary (MMus ’10), the University of Windsor (BMus '04), and an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.


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