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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
October 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Glenn Buhr

Professor, Composition; Co-Director, Improvisation Concerts Ensemble

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.2808

Office Location: A523

Personal Website:
Academic Background
BMus (Manitoba), MMus (UBC), DMA (Michigan)

Dr. Glenn Buhrís works have been performed by chamber ensembles, soloists, and orchestras all over the world. He became well known in Canada as co-founder with Bramwell Tovey of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestraís New Music Festival. In March 1996, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra created the position of Artist Laureate for Dr. Buhr. He has also toured extensively as a jazz pianist with various ensembles, and his own ensemble has just released its second CD. Buhr has received composition awards, including first prize in the prestigious Italian Pro Loco Corciano Competition for Epigrams, a work for wind orchestra. In 1998, he was named University Research Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, the first time that honour had been given to a creative artist. He has also received a number of commissions from important performers and ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His music has been performed by such diverse ensembles as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. His full length ballet Beauty and The Beast premiered in England in 2003 with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The work continued on tour in 2004 for a total of 50 performances. Dr. Buhrís music is often heard on the CBC and is available on CD on the Marquis Classics and CBC labels.