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(updated August 2020)

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   Graeme Shields is a Canadian-born composer-organist residing in Cincinnati, OH. His music strives to retain complexity and depth of meaning alongside the preservation of accessibility. Graeme believes music that is both mind-expanding and exoteric has the capacity to bring intelligent and meaningful ideas to a wide audience.

     He has had works performed in the United States, Canada, and Russia at events such as Florida State University’s New Music Festival (2019), Greenlight New Music Festival (2018), and Silver Sounds International Chamber Music Competition (2015). He has also secured artist residencies at Warbler’s Roost in South River, ON (2017) and Azule in Hot Springs, NC (2016).

   As a performer, Graeme is a founding member of Vital Organ Project (VOP); a composer-organist duo that facilitates the creation and performance of new music featuring the abilities and distinction of the pipe organ. Through concerts of modern repertoire and ongoing premieres of new works, this Project showcases the true versatility of the organ and its relevancy to the 21st century. Since its inception in 2017, VOP has been the catalyst for over 15 world premieres and 25 concert events across the American Midwest and Canada.

   Currently working as the organ scholar at Calvary Epis-copal, Shields has held numerous organist and accompanist positions across Minnesota, Michigan, and Ohio in both schools and churches of many different denominations. In 2013, he traveled to Istanbul as the accompanist for the Turkish American Musical Theatre Alliance, fostering his love for collaborative work. This has led to his organization of multiple recitals, concert series, and commissions of new music.

  Winner of numerous scholarships from University of Minnesota-Duluth, where Shields earned his Bachelor of Music Theory and Composition, he also received the first Achievement in "Composer for Original Music" from the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival program for his work with the University’s Theatre Department. Graeme also holds a Master of Music in Composition from Western Michigan University where he recently taught upper-level music theory coursework. He has studied composition with Lisa Coons, Christopher Biggs, Richard Adams, and Justin Rubin and organ with Karl Schrock and Justin Rubin.

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   Graeme Shields is a Canadian-born composer-organist residing in Cincinnati, OH. He has had works performed in the United States, Canada, and Russia at events such as Florida State University’s New Music Festival (2019), Greenlight New Music Festival (2018), and Silver Sounds International Chamber Music Competition (2015).

    As a performer, he is a founding member of Vital Organ Project: a composer-organist duo that, since its inception in 2017, has been responsible over 15 world premieres and 25 new music events featuring the abilities and distinction of the pipe organ. He holds degrees from University of Minnesota-Duluth and Western Michigan University.

     

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   Graeme Shields is a Canadian-born composer-organist residing in Cincinnati. His work has been performed across North America and Russia. He is a co-founder of the Vital Organ Project, a composer-organ duo through which he has given new music events across the US and Canada. He holds degrees from University of Minnesota-Duluth and Western Michigan University.

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