John Bouz

The winner of the 2011 Lilian Forsyth Scholarship is John Bouz.

John was born on a farm near the town of Sundre, Alberta. He started his musical education at the age of six with piano lessons with Dianne Irvine in Sundre but started composing before then. Several years later, he also took violin lessons, and then joined the school band playing the trumpet. More recently, he has received lessons on the pipe organ in Calgary with Terrence Fullerton.

From a very early age he began composing pieces mainly for the piano. By the age of sixteen, he had won the junior, the senior, and the open categories of creative music at the Alberta Provincial Music Festivals, and has won numerous other awards, including first and second place in the Jean Coulthard competition and the Alberta Music Teachers Association competition for young composers. He has also won the Murray Weiss music award. John has composed over thirty pieces mainly for piano solo, organ, and chamber ensembles, in raditional styles and more recently using serial and chance techniques. Some of his piano teachers have been Jamie Syer, Janet Hammock, and Terrence Dawson. He has also studied theory under Roman Toi and Robert Rosen. He was the organist at the Sundre Catholic Church for five years and has performed on the pipe organ at the Jack Singer Hall in Calgary. In 1996 he played the violin and also the piano at the Alberta Premier’s dinner party. In May 2001, the first public performance of his composition, the “Eclipse” from the “Sun Cycle” was premiered by Charles Foreman at the University of Calgary and was played on CBC radio in August. Twice, he has also been commissioned to write music for performance. John has completed his Associate 13 Degree at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in piano performance.

John is currently Assistant Organist at Christ Church Anglican in Calgary, Alberta. As Assistant Organist, he works closely with the Director of Music. He has particular responsibility to accompany the choir and music groups at the 10:30 service, and to enhance the worship of the parish through high calibre organ performance.