"Nicholas Ryan Kelly is a composer who draws inspiration from speculative fiction, science, and nature. He has been commended by the Vancouver Sun for his ""sophisticated work of such immediate, glittery appeal"" and called ""a rising star in the constellation of Canadian composers"" by Oregon Arts Watch. First drawn to music's storytelling power by symphonic film scores, he now brings a sense of cinematic drama to music for choirs, orchestras, and wind bands. He has received over a dozen US- or Canada- wide awards for wind ensemble and choral composition, and is also a recipient of the international Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize. His choral music has been performed and recorded by many of Canada's top choirs, and his instrumental music has been featured by the Vancouver Symphony, the Victoria Symphony, and the West Point Band of the US Army. Nick enjoys biking, hiking, and playing in the snow near his home in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley."