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Rodney Sharman is Composer-in-Residence of Early Music Vancouver’s “New Music for Old Instruments”. He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as Composer-Host of the Calgary Philharmonic’s New Music Festival, Hear and Now. In addition to concert music, Rodney Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Citadel & Compagnie (Toronto). Sharman was awarded First Prize in the 1984 CBC Competition for Young Composers and the 1990 Kranichsteiner Prize in Music, Darmstadt, Germany. His score for From The House Of Mirth won the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding sound design/composition (Toronto). He is the recipient of the 2017 Walter Carsen Prize for excellence in the performing arts.
Rodney Sharman has been mentor for a generation of young composers in Terrace, Smithers, Prince George, Victoria, Vancouver, North Vancouver and Langley through Turning Point Ensemble’s “Creating Composers”, the Canadian Music Centre’s “Composer in the Classroom”, the Victoria Symphony’s “New Explorations Workshop” (vsNEW), St James Academy, Seycove Secondary, and West Point Grey Academy. He has been Mentor-Composer at music courses in Canada, the USA, UK, Netherlands and Germany. His pieces for beginner and intermediate performers are part of the Royal Conservatory of Music and Bavarian Music Schools’ syllabus for harp, published by the Avondale Press. His pieces for low brass are used in beginner brass classes throughout Canada and England. His music for beginner and intermediate piano is published by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (London).