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Tobin Stokes: Biography

Tobin Stokes
1966 -
Region: British Columbia

Tobin Stokes

Former rock drummer, jazz pianist, and street performer (vibraphone/voice) Tobin Stokes studied percussion and computer music at the University of Victoria, Canada. After a few years of traveling and performing, he settled into freelance composing.

He's written music for the 2010 Olympics and the XV Commonwealth Games, and was composer in residence with the Victoria Symphony (Canada), the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival (Canada), the Urban Youth Choir Festival (Sweden), and the Pacific Region International Music Academy (Canada). His choir music has been performed around the world and he has scored various films for BBC, Eden Channel, CBC, and ABC (Australia).

He was commissioned by the Annenberg Foundation/Explore.org and City Opera Vancouver for his opera Fallujah with libretto by Heather Raffo. His opera, Pauline, was a collaboration with author Margaret Atwood. Tobin is involved in a number of new opera and theatre projects as composer or composer/librettist.

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