Dr. Zane Zalis is a composer/lyricist/writer/producer/educator, having received the PhD Dissertation Award (CSSE ARTS SIG, Canada), Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond and Gold Medals, Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for the Advancement of Inter-Religious Understanding, Opus Klassik (Germany-six nominations), Canon of Culture Prize 2017 (Lodz, Poland), Canada Council for the Arts grant- composer/lyricist/librettist, and an invitation to become a composer-member of the prestigious BMI Musical Theatre Workshops, New York. His compositions have been performed in New York (Lincoln Center), Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall), Lodz (Grand Theatre), Scotland, Mexico, Stuttgart/Wuppertal/Leverkusen (Germany), Murau (Artistic Director of the International Music Festival, Austria), and Winnipeg (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, CBC – Jazz Orch., Queen Elizabeth II gala concert, et al). His oratorio, I Believe, has been recorded by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Bayer Philharmoniker (Ars Produktion-Germany). He has also worked in the commercial music field; radio, television, music theatre, and music production.  He has taught at secondary and post-secondary levels, having founded and created innovative programs and methods that address creative/skill development, performance, and pedagogy.

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