John Oliver, composer

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UNSEEN RAIN now available with guitar accompaniment

I have completed an arrangement for guitar and mezzo of my work originally commissioned for Judith Forst with the CBC Radio Orchestra, UNSEEN RAIN on poetry by Rumi. It was a mammoth undertaking to arrange textural orchestral music for guitar!

You can get a copy of the score at my store.

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Oliver "Eagle Flies to Mountain" now available on CD

Oliver appears as guest conductor for his composition Eagle Flies to Mountain on the recent release by the BC Chinese Music Association of their 10th Anniversary Celebration CD titled Bamboo Shoots in Spring.



Oliver premiere: Gamelan Alligator Joy, June 20, Western Front

Oliver’s “Balonmix”, inspired by 6 bars of Balinese Gamelan music and originally written for a mix of non-gamelan instruments of the world (workshopped by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra a few years ago) comes to Vancouver’s own Javanese gamelan Alligator Joy. The full press release is included below. Read More...

Children of Air India and conducting the BC Chinese Music Ensemble

John Oliver has been busy pursuing two quite different creative interests this past week. “I am creating a new poetic soundscape with BC poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar – a setting of the “Elegy” from her book length poem, Children of Air India (Nightwood Editions, 2013) about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 – and we’ll perform the work this Saturday night as part of the City of New Westminster’s NewWest LitFest. And Sunday night, I will conduct the BC Chinese Music Ensemble – my intercultural piece Eagle Flies to Mountain – at the Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver, a CD launch event.” --- Read More...

John Oliver Composer-in-Residence at Vancouver's SONIC BOOM new music festival

Join me, with special guests Chenoa Anderson, flute, and Jocelyn Morlock, composer, for an evening of stimulating discussion.

7:30 pm
Date: 2014 March 26
Location: Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver

For details, visit the
Vancouver Pro Musica web site or

Composer John Oliver wins Classical Composition of the Year at Western Canadian Music Awards

John Oliver won the “Classical Composition of the Year” Award at the Western Canadian Music Awards this past Sunday night (October 6) for his orchestral composition Forging Utopia, (CD available here). Read More...

Oliver's "Forging Utopia" nominated at the Western Canadian Music Awards

Oliver's "Forging Utopia" orchestral composition has been nominated for "Classical Composition of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards, also known as Breakout West. Read More...

johnolivermusic has a new store!

We’ve finally got a new store! It’s now much easier to scroll through sheet music and purchase your PDFs. Printed scores will still be available by special request through the contact page. Read More...