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Monday, September 8, 2008

VSO Appoints New Composer In Residence

Vancouver BC Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra are very proud to announce the appointment of Scott Good as VSO Composer-In-Residence. Dr. Good is a Canadian composer of orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been successfully performed in North America, Europe and Asia.

Scott Goods unique pieces will be featured in the Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse series. Scotts piece, Variations for Chamber Orchestra, will be presented on February 9th, in a concert that also features his former teacher, Ka Nin Chans work Par-ci, Par-la. In addition, Babbitt-Concerto for Saxophone(s) and ĶBlood which flowed will be performed on March 20th and May 17th respectively.

In commenting on his appointment, Dr. Good said: "I am very excited to be working with the renowned Vancouver Symphony under the direction of Bramwell Tovey. My family and I are thrilled to be living in this beautiful city! I hope to play an important role in the musical life of Vancouver, and to be a part of bringing the best from the world of contemporary music to the community."

Dr. Good is a prolific and diverse composer whose works have been heard across Canada and internationally. At 36, his 11 orchestral works, 4 string quartets, and numerous chamber pieces have been performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, the Concours International de Montral, and Orchestra London. As an accomplished instrumentalist, he has performed with numerous orchestras and new music ensembles.

Scott studied at the Eastman School of music and the University of Toronto. His teachers have included Samuel Adler, Gary Kulesha, Christos Hatzis, Ka Nin Chan, Joseph Schwantner, David Liptak, Christopher Rousse (orchestration), Robert Gauldin (16th century counterpoint), Edward Laufer (schenkerian analysis), as well as trombonists John Marcellus and Alain Trudel. He has twice attended the Banff summer music festival, the festival of the Sound, Scotia Fest, the Winnipeg Jazz festival, the Guelph jazz festival, and the Schlossfestpiel in Heidelburg. He has received numerous awards for his music, including the Howard Hanson Prize (1995) and First Prize at the Winnipeg New Music Festival Composers Competition (1996); more recently, he has received the John Weinzweig Prize (1999) and three prizes in the SOCAN Competition for Young Composers (2000-01).

A lover of all things musical, Scott also works in genres of jazz, rock, modern dance, and improvisation where he brings his conducting and dynamic performance skills to his own creative compositions. Recent projects include a tribute show to Kurt Vonnegut, a rave setting of techno dance music for jazz band, and a musical theatre setting of "The Bacchae".

Scott lives in New Westminster with his wife Jennifer, and sons Alexander and Nicholas.

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