John Bouz (b. 1983) holds a Piano Performer's A.R.C.T. with Distinction, a Bachelor of Music degree in theory and composition. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in June 2011, having been awarded the Willan Scholarship for the highest examination marks in Canada. In 2011, he was also selected to receive the Lilian Forsyth Scholarship, which is awarded to one professional church musician in Canada each year, and the distinguished Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship.
John is currently working towards a Master's degree in musicology at the University of Calgary under the supervision of musicologist Prof. Friedemann Sallis and psychologist Prof. Suzanne Curtin. His research is centered around building a computational model for musical analysis and composition that is based upon the auditory grouping capacities and preferences of a set of arbitrary listeners.
Primarily a composer, John has received numerous honors and awards in composition. Having written his first compositions by the age of five, his first public exposure came when he was twelve with Prof. Charles Foreman's premiere of Eclipse in the Sounds of a Century concert series at the University of Calgary. This piece was subsequently broadcast on national radio with an accompanying interview. Since then, his pieces have been performed by eminent soloists and ensembles in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, Russia, and Singapore. He currently volunteers as publicist for the Calgary Organ Society, as treasurer for the Graduate Music Society (University of Calgary), and is an active member of the Society for Music Theory. John also enjoys chess, racquet sports, and mathematics, and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.