Shelley Marwood

Shelley Marwood




Canadian Music Centre:

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). Her output includes works for orchestra, wind ensemble, opera, choir, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. She has had works 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, Toy Piano Composers, and the UCalgary String Quartet.

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.

Shelley holds degrees from the University of Toronto (DMA – June 2019), 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. She currently runs a piano studio in Toronto, enjoys running (two half-marathons and Around the Bay 30K so far!), knitting, and has been a voracious reader for as long as she can remember.