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Bruce Sled

Bruce Sled graduated from the University of British Columbia of Music in 1998 where he studied music composition with Stephen Chatman. He also studies voice and choral conducting with James Fankhauser and was a member if the University Singers. While at UBC he received The Catherine Cooke Topping Memorial Award for Musical Excellence (1997) and The Nora Black Memorial Award (1996). He received second place in the SOCAN choral composition competition in 1996 (Three Water Pieces) and in 1997 (Orbit). His opera The Nightingale and the Rose was performed by the UBC Opera Ensemble in 1998 in the Chan Center for the Performing Arts.

Sled’s music has been performed by many choirs in Canada and in the United States and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. In 2001, conductor and former King Singer, Simon Carrington performed Sled’s composition Jing-ga-lye-ya at the American Choral Directors Association in San Antonio, Texas. His Music has received international performances in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Egypt. Locally, his music has been performed by the Vancouver Cantata Singers, musica intima, The Canadian Chamber Choir, Laudate, and Chor Leoni.

Bruce’s choral music and songs have been featured each year during Festival Vancouver, and have also been broadcast on CBC. His songs have received performances by Benjamin Butterfield, Tyler Duncan, John Bacon, and Fiona Blackburn with pianists Rena Sharon, Erika Switzer, and Sandra Joy. Tyler Duncan and Erika Switzer performed a cycle of his songs at the 2007 Vancouver International Song Institute.

Sled is an educator, and has taught elementary music in public schools for nine years. He has completed Orff music training and has given workshops in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and the Sunshine Coast. His lesson plans in composing with students using computer technology appear in District 44’s publication entitled Digital Expression. He also helped create a project with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble encouraging elementary school age composers.

Jan. 2009

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