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John Gordon Armstrong

Born in Toronto in 1952, John Armstrong studied composition at the University of Toronto where he received a Bachelor or Music in Theory and Composition in 1975. After a year of study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, he continued his formal studies at the University of Michigan where he received both a Masters Degree and a Doctorate in Composition.

Dr. Armstrong has won prizes in both the William St. Clair Lowe and Sir Ernest MacMillan competitions sponsored by the Composer's, Author's and Publisher's Association of Canada and has received grants and commissions from the Laidlaw Foundation, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, Alberta Culture and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Performed and broadcast throughout Canada, his music has also been played in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Norway and the United States. He is the author of a number of solo, chamber and orchestral pieces, many of which have received wide exposure. His music has been published by Alberta Keys Music Publishing (Calgary), New Art Music Editions (Winnipeg) and also distributed by the Canadian Music Centre (Toronto). Although primarily a composer of concert music, he has also written for film, dance and theatre. Having taught at a number of universities in Canada and the United States, John Armstrong is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.

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