BMus (Percussion) University of Victoria
MFA (Creative Writing) University of British Columbia
Tobin Stokes composes for opera, concerts (from solo and chamber music to full orchestra). theatre, film, television, and dance. He also writes opera libretti, choral texts, song lyrics, and short plays.
Fallujah, his opera with librettist Heather Raffo, premiered at Long Beach Opera and New York City Opera, 2016. Pauline, his opera with libretto by Margaret Atwood, premiered in 2014.
He has composed music for dozens of films. His most recent series, The Wild Canadian Year, was recorded with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. For theatre, he composes and works in sound design.
Tobin's choral music is performed around the world, and his orchestral music and other operas have been commissioned and premiered in Canada. His orchestral music has been recorded in Moscow and Bratislava.
Mar 1, 2021: What's new? Currently I'm working with the Belfry Theatre, creating sound design and music for their upcoming production which will be a film! (Strange times demand creative solutions.) Also, I'm working on a new draft of my latest opera libretto for an upcoming (hopefully) table reading. Finally, just around the corner, is a pretty big orchestral project I'm very excited about. More on that soon!