BMus (Percussion) University of Victoria
MFA (Creative Writing) University of British Columbia
Tobin Stokes composes musical theatre, opera, film scores, concert music and more. He writes scripts and lyrics for musical theatre, opera libretti (text) and plays. His passion for theatre collaboration also includes sound design, incidental music, and musical direction.
His opera, Pauline, with libretto by author Margaret Atwood, premiered in Vancouver in 2014. Fallujah, his opera with libretto by Iraqi/American playwright Heather Raffo premiered with Long Beach Opera and New York City Opera in 2016. His first opera, The Vinedressers, (words and music) has seen three productions, while his latest, Rattenbury, (words and music) premiered with Pacific Opera Victoria in 2017.
Tobin's music for children and adult choirs is performed around the world, and has been published in the US, Canada, and France. His orchestral music has been commissioned and premiered in Canada. His music has been recorded in Prague, Moscow, Bratislava, and other countries. He has composed music for large events such as the 2010 Olympics and the XV Commonwealth Games, and for dozens of international documentary films.
Past residencies include the International Choral Kathaumixw, the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, the EU Urban Youth Choral Festival, Sweden, and the Victoria Symphony, Canada.
Tobin is a recipient of various awards and grants. His libretto, War in the Woods, received the full SSHRC award in 2019.