Biography

D. Geoffrey Bell is an Emeritus Member of the Canadian League of Composers. He has dedicated his professional life to composing and teaching.  His compositions include choral, instrumental and electroacoustic music.  He is best known for his published choral works. His compositions have been performed on stage in Canada and internationally, including the United States, Australia, Japan and England.  His music has also been performed on radio, television and YouTube.  His compositions have been chosen for choral music libraries and music festivals, and he has been commissioned to write new works for specific occasions and performers. Recent performances include choral concerts in Australia, and world premiers by London Pro Musica and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. 

Geoffrey grew up in a musical family.  He sang in the Anglican Cathedral choir, gradually working his way through the treble, alto, tenor and bass sections. As a young man he performed professionally as a keyboard player and vocalist in a variety of rock, jazz and blues bands.  He studied piano performance with Joan Bell, Dr. Gladys Egbert, Mary Fenwick, John Duval and Charles Foreman.  He studied composition with Dr. Richard Johnston, one of the founders of the Canadian Music Centre (Prairie Branch), and co-author of “Folk Songs of Canada”.  He also studied electronic composition with Warren Rowley at the University of Calgary, winning a scholarship for his work.

Apart from his published music, his complete catalogue includes instrumental solos, electronic/electroacoustic music, and works for a variety of chamber ensembles. 

Geoffrey’s current projects include new choral works, instrumental chamber works, a new orchestral work, and electronic/electroacoustic soundscapes. He lives and works in Black Diamond, Alberta, in Canada. 

D. Geoffrey Bell at the piano in 2004
D. Geoffrey Bell at the piano in 2004