Curriculum Vitae

canadian composer ryan noakes posing beside a street mural of a clarinet player


2020-2012Master of Music (Composition)
University of British Columbia
2009Short Term Creative Residency
Banff Centre for the Arts
2004-2008Bachelor of Music with Distinction (Composition and Theory)
University of Victoria
2002-2004Diploma in B.Mus Transfer Program
Capilano College


2020-presentMusic Director
Cantabile Singers of Kamloops
Select repertoire, run rehearsals, audition new singers, schedule and publicize concerts, and conduct the choir in performance.
Slow No Tempo A cappella Quartet
Contact person for the quartet booking performances and media, arrange music for the quartet to perform, vocalist in the quartet. Also arrange and publicize the annual Kamloops Singing Valentine Fundraiser.
2010-presentFreelance Audio Recording Engineer
Vancouver and Kamloops, British Columbia
Specializing in producing on-site recordings of classical and new music ensembles; both archival recordings of concerts, and sessions for commercial/film score recordings.
2012Audio Technician
Music Technology Training Resources Project, University of British Columbia
Created a comprehensive user manual for students using the recording studio in the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems at UBC.
Maintained the studio though troubleshooting and resolving equipment problems.
Assisted in the creation of software, videos, templates, audio files, course handouts, and supporting materials for music technology courses at the School of Music at the UBC.
University of British Columbia Laptop OrchestraInvited Performance and Demonstration, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Groups Learning Sciences (SIG-LS), and Advanced Technologies for Learning (SIG-ATL) business meeting, April 15, 2012, Vancouver.
Composers’ Collective/Graduate Art Song Class Collaboration
Curated concert of new art song works.  Organized a workshop on composing for voice, then facilitated pairings of composers with singer/pianist pairs resulting in the writing, rehearsal, and premiere of six new works for solo voice and piano.
2011Teaching Assistant
Introduction to Electroacoustics – University of British Columbia
Lead one tutorial per week, held office hours, assisted marking assignments, marked tests.
2010-2011 | 2002-2004Principal Bass
Laudate Singers
Section leader and soloist with semi-professional chamber choir.
2010-2012Recording Technician
School of Music, University of British Columbia
Responsible for the recording and editing of, and sound re-enforcement for, School of Music concerts and recitals.
2010Music Instructor
Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre
Conducted Beginning Band, taught music theory, and gave private lessons to cadets at the summer camp.
2009-2010Assistant Conductor
Higher Ground Youth Choir
Assisted in selection of repertoire, running of rehearsals, scheduling and promoting concerts, and conducting the choir in performance.
2008-2009Manager/Composer In Residence
Vancouver Island Chamber Choir
Organized rehearsals, recruited members, assisted in selection of repertoire, advertised concerts, and composed music for the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir during the inaugural season of the choir.
2006-2008Recording Technician
School of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria
Responsible for the recording and editing of, and sound re-enforcement for, School of Music concerts and recitals.
Produced audition recordings for students.
UVic Vocal Jazz Singing Valentine Fundraiser
Organized, promoted, scheduled, and performed singing valentine deliveries to benefit the UVic Vocal Jazz Fund.
2001-2004Assistant Faculty
Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music
Worked as an Administrative Assistant, Logistics Coordinator, Equipment Manager, Stage Manager, Recreation Director, Promotions and Public Relations Person, and African Drumming Instructor.
SARV Comedy Quartet
Performed as the Bass vocalist, co-arranged all songs, booked and publicized events for a cappella quartet.


2018-presentBoard of Directors Member
Kamloops Community Band Society
2018-2020Board of Directors Member
British Columbia Choral Federation
2017-2021Board of Directors Member/Vice President
Chamber Musicians of Kamloops
2011-2014Board of Directors Member/Vice President/President
Vancouver Pro Musica Society
2010-2012Board of Directors Member/Vice President
UBC Composers’ Collective
2008-2009Board of Directors Member
Vancouver Island Chamber Choir
Kingstreet Independent Opera
2001Entertainment Coordinator
Kamloops Community Arts Council’s Art Walk
2001-2002Vice President of Chapter Development
High Country Harmony Barbershop Chorus


  • 2014:  Festival Award Recipient for “Appliance Speak” – Art Song/Cycle Category, Boston International Contempo Festival Composers’ Contest
  • 2009:  Full tuition scholarship – Banff Centre for the Arts
  • 2007:  Murray Adaskin Prize in Music Composition – University of Victoria
  • 2006:  Murray Adaskin Prize in Music Composition – University of Victoria
  • 2004:  Christopher Gray Johnson Memorial Award – Capilano College
  • 2003:  Christopher Gray Johnson Memorial Award – Capilano College
  • 2002-2004:  Dean’s List – Capilano College
  • 2001:  First Place Novice Quartet Champion – Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America


  • 2021: PRESENTS (Clarinet, viola, piano) – Commissioned by Triple Clef
  • 2021: The Wild Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra) – Commissioned by the Kamloops Symphony
  • 2014:  Jitters And Joys (Symphony Orchestra) – Commissioned by the Prince George Symphony
  • 2013:  Island Storm (Tenor, alto flute, oboe, bass clarinet, saxophone) – Commissioned by the Erato Ensemble
  • 2012:  Piano Quartet (Violin, viola, cello, piano) – Commissioned by Nina Horvath
  • 2012:  Five Goodbyes (Tenor and piano) – Commissioned by Matt Chittick.
  • 2011:  No Contest (SATB choir, Alto and Tenor Saxophones, and Synthesizer) – Commissioned by the Laudate Singers
  • 2007:  Late Again (music for a film) (Viola, Cello, and Djembe) – Commissioned by Alejandro Valbuena as the soundtrack to his short film “Late Again”