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Barbara Croall

Native American composer Barbara Croall was commissioned to compose a new work on global climate change, which was developed and performed by the Wesleyan University Orchestra as part of Wesleyan's 2009 Feet to the Fire Program. Croall made two visits to Wesleyan to workshop the piece with the orchestra prior to its premiere. Croall is Odawa and balances her time between work in outdoor education rooted in traditional Anishhinaabe teachings and composing music. She has been actively performing and composing on Anishhinaabe musical instruments and European classical instruments since 1995. Her music for soloists, small and large chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, film, dance, and theatre have premiered internationally and across Canada. She is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany and the University of Toronto where she was the recipient of the Glenn Gould Award in Composition in 1989.

Odawa composer Barbara Croall (Manitoulin Island, Kineu Dodem) is active internationally, with works performed in several European countries, the United States, and Canada over the past several years. Apart from playing, performing, and composing on traditional Native flutes and singing in traditional ceremonies, Croall is also a classically trained musician, having received degrees from Musikhochschule in Munich, Germany and the University of Toronto, where she was the recipient of the Glenn Gould Award in Composition (1989). From 1989 to 2000, she was a Resident Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra where her work was performed under Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Her music has been premiered and featured at many international festivals, including Murten Festival (Switzerland), Festival d'Avignon (France), Avantgarde Festival neuer Musik (Munich, Germany), Aboriginal Music Days 2000 (Toronto, Canada) and the Made in Canada New Music Festival (Massey Hall, Toronto).

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