B i o g r a p h y
D. Geoffrey Bell has dedicated his professional life to composing and teaching. He composes choral, instrumental and electroacoustic music. He is best known for his published choral works. His compositions have been performed in Canada and internationally, including the United States, Australia, Japan and England. His music has 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. He is a professional member of the Canadian League of Composers.
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 was the 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, and co-author of "Folk Songs of Canada". He studied electronic composition with Warren Rowley at the University of Calgary.
Apart from his published music, his complete catalogue of work 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, and electronic/electroacoustic soundscapes. He lives and works in Black Diamond, Alberta, in Canada.