Dr. Rolf Boon

Associate Professor


Composition, Theory, Film music


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Dr. Rolf Boon is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), a Member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and New Music Edmonton (NME), as well as a Delegate of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). His compositions continue to receive national and international exposure including recent performances in London, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Kraków, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Beijing. Furthermore, his work has had repeat broadcasts on CJSR Edmonton, CKUA Access Radio and CBC radio/television.

He has received commissions and grants from the SSHRC, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Music Centre, University of Lethbridge, and various individuals and multimedia groups. He is a recipient of the ACIFA Alberta Provincial Teaching Excellence Award, and the British Columbia Senior Arts Award.

In addition to his composing and teaching film composition, music technology, and theory, Rolf has worked as music editor on several films and documentaries for the CBC, Disney, Expo '86, Lauron Productions and Independents, as well as being the principal composer for the 1995 Canada Winter Games. He was one of 40 composers commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) for Canada’s 150th Mosaic Project.

He has served three times as a jurist for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) Juno Awards, and once for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT). He is currently the treasurer on the Canadian Music Centre Board of Directors. As past Chair of the Music Department at the University of Lethbridge, Rolf led the development and implementation of the Digital Audio Arts (DAA) program.

Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Rolf studied piano and graduated with an ARCT (1978, RCM) and a B.Mus. (1980) from Queen's University in piano performance and composition. At Queen's he studied piano with Dr. Ireneus Zuk, and composition with Dr.s Bruce Pennycook and Clifford Crawley. Rolf graduated with a M.Mus. (1983) from the University of British Columbia. There, he studied composition with Dr. Steven Chatman and orchestration with Dr. Eliot Wiesgarber. He also holds a B.Ed. (1988) degree in secondary music education from UBC and a Ph. D. (2002) in educational administration and leadership from the University of Alberta.

Recent Research & Publications


Wind Shadows (2012) for flue and digital processing was presented at the University of Lethbridge Music at Noon concert series on March 6, 2018.


Metro (2006) was performed by the University of Lethbridge Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Josh Davidson, for their all Canadian program celebrating both the U of L's 50th and Canada’s 150th Anniversaries. The concert took place on November 24, 2017.

Hyacinth Caelum: Sesquie for Canada's 150th (2017) for full orchestra was premiered by the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra conducted by Glenn Klassen on May 8, 2017, and was performed on September 27, 2017 by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian. This work was commissioned by the TSO for the Canada Mosaic Project.

Voices Fall (1985) was presented at the University of Lethbridge’s Music at Noon concert series on February 14, 2017.

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