Nicholas Ryan Kelly is a composer who draws inspiration from speculative fiction, science, and nature. He has been commended by the Vancouver Sun for his “sophisticated work of such immediate, glittery appeal” and called “a rising star in the constellation of Canadian composers” by Oregon Arts Watch.

Originally drawn to music’s storytelling power by symphonic film scores, he now brings a sense of cinematic drama to music for choirs, orchestras, and wind bands throughout North America.

His choral compositions have been performed and released on CD by some of Canada’s top choirs, including Chor Leoni, the Da Capo Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, and many others. Since 2015, he has received over a dozen national and international awards for choral writing, including the Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize.

Originally from rural New York State, he is now a Canadian citizen and lives in BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, where he composes, conducts, and teaches private lessons. He completed degrees in music composition at Ithaca College (B.M.) and the University of British Columbia (M.Mus.). His choral scores are published with Alliance Music, Pavane Publishing, Cypress Choral Music, and Renforth Music. He also self-publishes through Lone Moose Music, distributed by Musicspoke.

After the WindVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Piano  Performance Length: 3:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Marjorie Pickthall  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Spring  Descriptive Terms: Acceptance, Change, Peace, Renewal, Transformation  First Performance: Apr 12, 2019: BCCF Seniors’ Chorfest, Combined Choirs, Fiona Blackburn, First Lutheran Church, Kelowna, BC, Canada Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 849/943~2019-Q2)
Celestial DreamVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Piano  Performance Length: 5:30  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Walt Whitman  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Determination, Dreams, Joy, Music, Transcendence  First Performance: Feb 10, 2018: Grand Philharmonic Choir, Mark Vuorinen, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Ontario Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 849/850~2018-Q3)
The Stars Keep WatchVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 5:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: E. Pauline Johnson  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Earth Day, Canada Day  Descriptive Terms: Dreams, Nature, Night, Sleep, Stars  First Performance: Sep 07, 2018: Vox Humana Chamber Choir, Brian Wismath, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Victoria, BC Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 849/892~2018-Q4)
Now BoardingVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Piano  Performance Length: 5:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: James Iwasuk  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Americana, Escape, Restlessness, Travel  First Performance: Jun 14, 2019: Choral Arts Initiative, Brandon Elliott, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 849/1059~2020-Q1)