Elizabeth Raum


Elizabeth Raum is active both as an oboist and as a composer. She earned her Bachelor of Music in oboe performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1966 and her Master of Music in composition from the University of Regina in 1985. She played principal oboe in the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for 7 years before coming to Regina in 1975. She now plays principal oboe in the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

An extremely prolific composer, her works include 3 operas, over 40 chamber pieces, 15 vocal works, choral works including an oratorio, several ballets, concerti and major orchestral works. Pieces by Elizabeth Raum have won many prestigious awards, have been heard throughout North America and in Europe, and have been broadcast extensively on the CBC. She enjoys a reputation of being one of Canada's most "accessible" composers, writing for varied mediums and in remarkably diverse styles.

Raum has written for some of the worlds finest artists including Canadian soprano, Tracy Dahl; Swedish trombone virtuoso, Christian Lindberg; American tuba icon, Roger Bobo; Canadian tubist, John Griffiths; New York Philharmonic principal hornist, Phil Meyers; former bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony, Gordon Hallberg; former principal trombonist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ken Shifrin; and her daughter, Canadian violinist, Erika Raum.

She has also written for film and video, and has won awards for the scores to the documentaries, "Saskatchewan River"; "Like Mother, Like Daughter"; and the feature length film, "Sparkle". She produced Canada's first classical video with originally written music entitled, "Evolution: A Theme With Variations", which was premiered at a gala event at the CBC in 1986. Other film collaborations include "Prelude to Parting", "The Green Man Ballet", and "Symphony of Youth", all broadcast on national television. Recently, the Regina Symphony Orchestra released a commercial tape of her music inspired by the popular children's book, "A Prairie Alphabet".

Ms. Raum has been featured in articles in Prairie Sounds, Music Scene, Opera Canada, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, the Tuba Journal, the New Grove's Dictionary of Opera, the New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, and will be included in the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. She has served on juries for the Canada Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Manitoba Arts Council, the CBC, and the Canadian Music Centre. Ms. Raum's music is published by Editions Bim (Switzerland), Virgo, (Great Britain), Warwick, (Great Britain), Southern (U.S.), Alry (U.S.), and the Tuba/Euphonium Press (U.S.)

Raum's most recent works include a horn concerto for Calgary principal hornist, Kurt Kellan, and a major orchestral work, Impulse, premiered by the Regina Symphony Orchestra in May of 1997. Her music for tuba and piano has been recorded by John Griffiths in his recent CD, "Tuba Chops," and Concerto del Garda from that CD has been performed with orchestra by internationally famous tubist, Roger Bobo.

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