Michael Snelgrove


Michael Snelgrove lives in Grand Falls – Windsor, NL. He was born in Botwood, NL in 1962. Michael has been an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre since 2004. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting, a Bachelor’s Degree in Theory and Composition and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He composed music for Memorial’s Anniversary of Anniversaries. He has composed works for the ISME conference in Edmonton, for the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) in Waterloo, Luxembourg and Dusseldorf. He won the Hannaford Street Silver Band’s Making Overtures contest in 2008. He was asked to write music for Festival 500 and Soiree ’99. He is in demand writing for many groups in Eastern Canada such as Lady Cove, QVE and Cantus Vocum. He is a regular on CBC Radio. Michael has just retired (2016) from teaching, spending 30 years in rural NL as a music specialist.

Alouette   arr. Michael Snelgrove  

SSA with piano    $2.50    CP 1535
    (see the score while you listen) duration - 4:25

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1536

Known the world over, this folksong is all about fun.  Perhaps not so fun for the bird being threatened to have feathers plucked from multiple parts of the anatomy!

J’entends le moulin   arr. Michael Snelgrove  

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1534
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:10

SSA with piano    $2.50    CP 1533

This piece is a real barn burning showstopper for a skilled pianist and a choir that that loves adrenaline pumping music. This Canadian folksong has been around for generations and Michael takes it to a new level of energy and FUN. The text is repetitive and easy for any choir to catch on to.

Squid Jiggin‘ Ground   arr. Michael Snelgrove  

SSA with piano    $2.50    CP 1539

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1540
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:20

Another up tempo and great fun Canadian folk song! “But a squid in the boat squirted right down his throat and he’s swearin’ like mad on the squid jiggin’ ground.”