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Tobin Stokes (b. 1966)  is regularly commissioned for choral works from adult and children’s choirs. His choral music has premiered in Australia, Canada, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, and United States. Versatile and prolific, he composes music for whatever comes his way – ballet, opera, orchestra, choirs, large events, television, film, and theatre. His music has been heard on all the major television stations and networks in Canada, with rebroadcasts in many other countries. Past residencies include a three-year position with the Victoria Symphony in Canada, the International Choral Kathaumixw and the Symphony and Opera Academy of the Pacific. Music for large events includes the opening ceremonies of the BC Summer Games, the XV Commonwealth Games, and various music for the 2010 Olympic Bid, 2010 Canada Pavilion in Beijing, the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, and both the 2009 and 2010 Cultural Olympiads.

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Bush Chord

by Tobin Stokes
poem by Margaret Lindsay Holton

SATB a cappella    –    CP 1807   – duration 2:55 
For a commission that would fit into a concert featuring anthems, Tobin turned to a Canadian poem about firewood to create a new idea of a Canadian “anthem”, while pushing conventional word-painting far beyond the ordinary.

Poet, Margaret Lindsay Holton, is a Canadian artist primarily known for her ‘naive-surreal-folk-abstracts’ oil and acrylic paintings, pinhole photography,
short documentary film productions, poetry and literary novel works. Holton is the winner of the K.W. Irmisch ‘Arts Person of the Year’ Award in
2016 from the City of Burlington for her prodigious output of unique Canadian material culture. In 2018, she received the Alumni of Influence
award by University College, University of Toronto and was nominated for the Premier of Ontario Arts Award.


by Tobin Stokes

SATB a cappella – KH 036   –  duration 4:35
When the angels proclaimed good news to the shepherds, it must have been shocking and exciting.  Tobin’s rendition of Gloria  (in Excelsis) does a fantastic job of approaching that miraculous moment in the Christmas story – with multi-metric up-tempo rhythms and dynamics.

Hunker Down

by Tobin Stokes

SATB a cappella    –    CP 1172   – duration 2:55  
TTBB a cappella    –    CP 1181
A storm is coming so batten down the hatches! – tie up those boats and run for cover!
This is a rousing song – guaranteed to be a fun sing and a people pleaser. 


by Tobin Stokes

SSAA a cappella  – CP 1376   – duration 3:20
SATB a cappella  – CP 2186
This unusual composition has been performed around the world. Google the word (if you can spell it) to see wonderful festival performances throughout Europe. Tobin’s song is built on the Basque mythology of witches celebrating the Witches’ Sabbath in the forest, casting spells and brewing magic potions. Halloween fun!

Jai, Jai, Jai

by Tobin Stokes

SSA with keyboard    –    CP 1804   – duration 4:15
This upbeat joyful composition was commissioned by the Kathaumixw International Choral Festival. 


by Tobin Stokes

SSA with keyboard – CP 2255   – duration 4:44

Coast Salish text from the Tla’amin Nation. Used with permission.

translation and pronunciation:
koosen – star – (KOO-sun)
mexalt – bear – (MEK – salt)
xowgus – grizzly bear – (KZOW-gus)
kwelth – blood – (KWELT)
seyjeh – leaf – (SAY-juh)
 The text for Koosen is an interpretation of an Iroquois version of a common story told in many traditions about the origin of “Ursa Major”, or Big Bear – a constellation of seven major stars
(and many minor ones) that annually circles the Northern hemisphere.

Spacious Firmament

by Tobin Stokes

SATB with piano    –    CP 1178    – duration 4:25
SA or TB with piano    –    CP 1034
This work was commissioned for the Kathaumixw International Choral Festival and is performed by a mass choir and symphony each time. Tobin chose beautiful poetry by Joseph Addison.


by Tobin Stokes

SATB with piano    –    CP 1184   – duration 6:15
This rousing gospel style number has been performed with stunning effect by mass choirs at several international choral festivals. Positive, uplifting, hopeful – it is great fun! The audience at Festival 500 jumped to their feet before the song was over!

Vox Cubana

by Tobin Stokes

SATB a cappella    –    CP 1207   – duration 3:20
An upbeat Cha Cha Cha – this piece is full of Latin rhythm and great fun.  Voices become the percussion section and melody. Listen to the sample!

Vox Tronica

by Tobin Stokes

SSAA a cappella – CP 2241   – duration 2:45
SATB a cappella – CP 2242
any combination of voices will work!
This is one of Tobin’s most popular pieces – performed around the world. (do a google search to see all the inventive choreography)