Rolf Boon

Dr. Rolf Boon

Interim Chair - Music Department, Associate Professor


Composition, Theory, Music Design for Film and Digital Media


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Dr. Rolf Boon is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC), Delegate of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), Member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), Audio Engineering Society (AES) and New Music Edmonton (NME).  His compositions and film work continue to receive national and international exposure including recent performances and/or presentations in London, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Kraków, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Los Angeles, Istanbul, 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, individuals, and multimedia groups.  He is a recipient of the ACIFA Alberta Provincial Teaching Excellence Award and British Columbia Senior Arts Award.

In addition to his composing and teaching music design for film and digital media, music technology, and theory, Rolf 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 commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s (TSO) Mosaic project celebrating Canada’s 150th and has served four times as a jurist for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) Juno Awards, and four times for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT).  He is currently the Vice President on the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) Board of Directors for the Prairie Region and the Region representative to the CMC National Board.  As past-chair of the Music Department at the University of Lethbridge (U of L), Rolf led the development and implementation of the Digital Audio Arts program.  He was also the Interim Chair for New Media at the U. of L. for 2019–2020.

Originally from Kingston Ontario, Rolf studied piano and graduated with an ARCT (1978, RCM) and a B.Mus. (1980) from Queen's in piano performance and composition.  At Queen's he studied piano with Dr. Ireneus Zuk and composition with Dr. Bruce Pennycook and Dr. Clifford Crawley.  Rolf graduated with a M.Mus. (1983) from UBC.  At UBC 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 policy studies and leadership from the University of Alberta.

Recent Research & Publications



New Music Lab (NMLab) performance for International Drone Day, May 29,7pm MST -  Also broadcast at BEAMS on June 12, 8pm.

Hyacinth Caelum:  Sesquie for Canada's 150th (2017) for full orchestra was performed by the Calgary Civic Orchestra on April 7, conducted by Rolf Bertsch.

Wind Shadows (2012) for flute and digital processing was presented at the Music at Noon Concert, March 6th.


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

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