BMus (Percussion) University of Victoria
MFA (Creative Writing) University of British Columbia

Canadian west coast composer Tobin Stokes creates opera, concert music (from solo and chamber music to full orchestra). and music for theatre, film, television, and dance. He also writes opera libretti, choral texts, song lyrics, and dabbles in play writing.

Tobin's sacred and secular 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.  


Pauline, his opera with libretto by Margaret Atwood, premiered in 2014. Fallujah, his opera with librettist Heather Raffo, premiered with Long Beach Opera and New York City Opera in 2016.


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 music and creates sound design.  


Mar 22, 2021: What's new? I've just finished a project with the Belfry Theatre, creating sound design and music for their latest production, a film! (Strange times demand creative solutions.) I'm working on a new draft of my latest opera libretto, "War in the Woods" for an upcoming (hopefully) table reading.  Finally, just around the corner, is a large orchestral project I'm very excited about.

More on that soon!

Hear My Prayer
O Lux
Koosen (secular)
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