Curriculum Vitae

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


2020-2012Master of Music (Compsition)
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.
2017-presentMarketing and Community Engagement Coordinator
Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
Work with Executive Director, staff, volunteers, and contractors to develop and deliver initiatives to raise the profile, image and public engagement of the Kamloops Symphony Society in the community.
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-presentBoard 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


  • 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”


  • 2018-present: Bass/Baritone/Lead – Slow No Tempo A cappella Quartet
  • 2018-2020: Bass – Cantabile Singers
  • 2018: Bass – Vivace Chorale
  • 2017-present: Trumpet – Kamloops Community Band
  • 2012-2017:  Bass – Pacifica Singers
  • 2011-2012:  ChoirMob Mobile Device Performer – Vox Tactum
  • 2010-2011, 2002-2004:  Principal Bass – Laudate Singers
  • 2009-2010, 2017-2018:  Bass – Serious Options Chamber Choir
  • 2008-2009:  Bass and Founding Member – Vancouver Island Chamber Choir
  • 2008:  Bass and Founding Member – Paragdigme, UVic Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
  • 2008:  Male Chorus/Another Man – Kingstreet Independent Opera production, “Oholiba and Her Lovers”
  • 2005-2008:  Bass and Founding Member – Take Note, UVic Honour Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • 2005-2008:  Bass – University of Victoria Chamber Singers
  • 2004-2008:  Performer – Sonic Lab, University of Victoria New Music Ensemble
  • 1999-2002:  Bass and Founding Member – SARV Comedy A cappella Quartet


  • 2019: “Eulogy” (Wind Band) premiered by the Kamloops Community Band, Kamloops, BC, Canada
  • 2018: “Victoria Miniatures” performed at the University of Victoria’s New Music & Digital Media Festival by Heather Roche, clarinet; and Cuarteto Chroma, string quartet, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2018: “Victorian Progressions” (Symphony Orchestra) performed at the University of Victoria’s New Music & Digital Media Festival by the UVic Orchestra, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2015:  Selections from “Inebriated Refrigeration Magnetics” (SATB choral) premiered by the Pacifica Singers, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2015:  “Appliance Speak” (Voice and chamber ensemble) chamber version premiered by the Erato Ensemble, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2014:  “Jitters And Joys” (Symphony Orchestra) premiered by the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Prince George, BC, Canada
  • 2014:  “Appliance Speak” (Mezzo Soprano and piano) performed at the Boston International Contempo Festival, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2014:  “Os-hyp-ti-no-ti-co” (Solo piano) performed by Daniela O’Fee at Vancouver Pro Musica Society’s Highway 1 concert, Kamloops, BC, Canada
  • 2013:  “Solemnity  …and interruptions” (Alto flute, cello, percussion) premiered by the McGregor-Barnes-Nessleroad Trio at Vancouver Pro Musica’s Further Series concert, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2013:  “Island Storm” (Tenor, alto flute, oboe, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone) premiered by the Erato Ensemble, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2012:  “Confluence” (Soprano and chamber ensemble) premiered by the UBC Contemporary Players, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2012:  “Leezavetah” (Symphonic Wind Ensemble) premiered by the Kamloops Community Concert Band, Kamloops, BC, Canada
  • 2012:  “Appliance Speak” (Mezzo soprano and piano) premiered by Lynne McMurty, mezzo soprano; and Alison d’Amato, piano; as part of the Vancouver International Song Institute’s Art Song Lab, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2012:  “Piano Quartet” (violin, viola, violoncello, piano) performed by La Cafamore String Quartet and Nina Horvath, pianist, on their concert tour through the Kootenays; Silverton, Edgewater, Cranbrook, Nelson, and Trail, BC, Canada.
  • 2012:  “Five Goodbyes” (Tenor and piano) premiered by Matt Chittick, tenor; and Nina Horvath, piano; Vancouver, BC Canada
  • 2012:  “Soliloquy for Flute” (Solo flute with live interactive electronics) performed by Paolo Bartolussi at Vancouver Pro Musica Society’s Sonic Boom festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2011:  “O come o come Emmanuel” (SATB Choral) premiered by the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2011:  “Soliloquy for Flute” (Solo flute) performed by Heather Beaty at the Composers’ Collective Me, Myself, & I concert, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2011:  “rain ruin” (Tenor and piano) premiered by Drake Dantzler, tenor; and Erika Switzer, piano; as part of the Vancouver International Song Institute’s Art Song Lab, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2011:  “No Contest” (SATB Choral with Alto & Tenor Saxophone and Synthesizer) premiered by the Laudate Singers, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2011:  “Four Interludes” (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion) performed by Standing Wave at Vancouver Pro Musica Society’s Sonic Boom festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada