Biography Nicholas Ryan Kelly is a composer who draws inspiration from speculative fiction, science, and nature. He has been commended by the Vancouver Sun for his "sophisticated work of such immediate, glittery appeal" and called "a rising star in the constellation of Canadian composers" by Oregon Arts Watch.
Originally drawn to music's storytelling power by symphonic film scores, he now brings a sense of cinematic drama to music for choirs, orchestras, and wind bands throughout North America.
His choral compositions have been performed and released on CD by some of Canada's top choirs, including Chor Leoni, the Da Capo Chamber Choir, and Pro Coro Canada. Since 2015, he has received nearly 20 national and international awards for choral and wind band writing, including the Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize. His instrumental music has been featured by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, and the West Point band of the U.S. Army, among many others.
Originally from rural New York State, Nick is now a Canadian citizen and lives in BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, where he composes, conducts, and teaches private lessons. He completed degrees in music composition at Ithaca College (B.M.) and the University of British Columbia (M.Mus.)
List of choral works
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Published choral works:
After the Wind (SATB & piano) : Musicspoke (USA) / Lone Moose Music (Canada)
Celestial Dream (SATB & piano) : Cypress Choral Music (Canada)
Children of a Dream (adult SSAA & piano) : Pavane Publishing (USA)
A Flame in the Embers (SATB unaccompanied) : Cypress Choral Music (Canada)
The Immortal (SATB unaccompanied) : Musicspoke (USA) / Lone Moose Music (Canada)
Little Bells (SATB & piano) : Renforth Music (Canada)
The New Moon (SATB & Piano) : Pavane Publishing (USA)
Now Boarding (SATB & Piano) : Musicspoke (USA) / Lone Moose Music (Canada)
Loam (SATB divisi unaccompanied) : Two Bridges Music Press
Birds Lullaby (SATB divisi & piano) : Two Bridges Music Press
Where Once Poe Walked (SATB divisi unaccompanied) : Two Bridges Music Press
The Stars Keep Watch (SATB divisi unaccompanied) : Two Bridges Music Press