Timothy Corlis began studying composition at the age of eleven under the tutelage of his Anglican choir director, Dr. Giles Bryant. These earliest writing assignments were given as punishment for being a tardy chorister, but soon became such a regular occurrence that they fostered Corlis’ keen interest in the craft. He later went on to study composition and choral directing under Dr. Leonard Enns and to develop an early career in the lively choral community of Waterloo (Ontario) and its surroundings. These roots instilled in him a continuing sense of music as an important aspect of community life. He also views music as a strong power for social change.
His compositions have been performed across Canada to critical acclaim – Notes Towards a Poem That Can Never Be Written
, his large-scale choral composition to words by Margaret Atwood, was nominated for a 2009 Juno award for best classical composition of the year. In the media, he has been described as “a composer of great depth and passion, not to mention a pristine polished craft.” (WholeNote Magazine, Toronto). Corlis holds a M.A. in Social and Political Thought (York University) and an M.Mus. in Composition (University of Toronto) where he worked with Chirstos Hatzis and Ka Nin Chan. He currently lives in Winnipeg, where he lectures at Canadian Mennonite University and is completing a DMA in composition at the University of British Columbia.
This work was commissioned by Elektra Women’s Chorus, directed by Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer, for its premier performance as part of Tapestry International Celebration of Women’s Choirs, 2009.