Shelley Marwood

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Shelley Marwood


Shelley Elizabeth Marwood (b. 1980, Canada) is a Canadian composer and pianist.

Dr. Marwood holds degrees from the University of Toronto (DMA '19), the University of Calgary (MMus '10), the University of Windsor (BMus '04), and an A.R.C.T. in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Marwood's output includes works for orchestra, wind ensemble, opera, choir, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. Her music is frequently narrative, theatrical and comedic, strongly emotional, and visually evocative. She has had works commissioned and performed across North America and in Europe by ensembles such as the Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Jubilate Singers, Toy Piano Composers, and the UCalgary String Quartet. Recent and notable commissions include works for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Olympic Commissioning Project 2010), the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (Windsor Canadian Music Festival 2009), Toronto's Jubilate Singers (2014), and both the Goodchild Grady Duo and the Greater Windsor Concert Band in 2017.

After an early focus on orchestral music, Dr. Marwood has enjoyed the recent challenge of writing for the voice in various forms: two choral commissions, and participation in VISI's 2014 Art Song Lab with her comedic and theatrical art song Selfie. Most recently, the Regent Park School of Music in Toronto commissioned her for three works for soprano and piano,

In 2015 she won both the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music (Imaginings) and the UofT Choral Composition Competition (These Fragile Snowflakes). She also received first prize in the 2008 Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composers’ Competition (Illumination), was a finalist in the 2006 Land's End Composers' Competition (Piano Trio No.1). Her work has received support from grants through the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the University of Toronto, The Banff Centre, and the SOCAN Foundation.

Dr. Marwood currently runs a piano studio in Toronto.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 408.
  • Shelley Marwood website Accessed 19 February 2021