J. Douglas Dodd


J. Douglas Dodd’s scores for orchestra, ensemble and electronics have been featured internationally in film, television, recordings, theatre and live performance. As a composer, arranger, pianist and music director, Doug has had the pleasure of composing and arranging for and performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, and members of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.
In 1985, Doug was awarded a Genie nomination for his score for the feature film Walls. That same year he was honored with Yorkton Film Festival ‘s Golden Sheaf Award for Best Original Score for the National Film Board‘s Hoppy: A Portrait of Elizabeth Hopkins. He composed music for numerous other film and video productions, most recently, the scores for the award winning feature film Bowl of Bone, and short subjects Painting with Fire and Spilsbury's Coast.
In 1993, he was commissioned to compose and produce the score for the new Parliament Hill presentation, Reflections of Canada - Symphony of Sound and Light, an outdoor sound and light show presented nightly at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. This massive project features the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Men's Chorus, Elektra Women's Choir, the Vancouver Children's Choir, many ethnic musicians and vocalist Joëlle Rabu. Symphony of Sound and Light premiered in Ottawa on May 17, 1994, and is scheduled to play on Parliament Hill until the millenium.
In 1990 he was commissioned by the Vancouver CBC Orchestra to compose and orchestrate a setting for John Gray's The Fat Princess presented for UNICEF's The Gift of Music .This national broadcast was hosted by Audrey Hepburn and Mavor Moore.
As a performing artist, Doug tours internationally with chanteuse Joëlle Rabu as pianist and music director. As co-writer, composer, pianist and producer, Doug’s association with Joëlle has produced the orchestrated show Magic of the Music Hall, featuring Joëlle Rabu and Symphony Orchestra, four albums, two world tours and hundreds of performances in venues ranging from concert halls to folk festivals.
His theatre credits include being resident music director for Vancouver's City Stage and resident composer and music director for Nanaimo's Shakespeare Plus Festival. In his two seasons in Nanaimo, he wrote woodwind quintet settings for Romeo and Juliet and arranged the music for Irma la Douce and Cabaret. Other theatre music credits include Piaf - Her Songs, Her Loves, John Gray's Rock and Roll national tour, and Ted Galay's epic play Tsymbaly.
In 1984 Doug won a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Music Direction for the musical Piaf- Her Songs, Her Loves. He was nominated in 1986 for another Jessie for Outstanding Music Direction for Tsymbaly, and again in 1989 for his solo cello score for Mona Lisa Toodle-oo.
Doug is currently a member of the faculty of Malaspina University/College, Nanaimo, BC.



Genie Award Nomination,1985 - Best Original Score for the motion picture Walls.

Golden Sheaf Award, 1985 - Best Original Score, Yorkton Film Festival Hoppy - A Portrait of Elizabeth Hopkins.

Jessie Richardson Award-1984- Outstanding Music Direction Piaf- Her Songs, Her Loves

Jessie Richardson Award Nominations: 1986 - Outstanding Music Direction - Tsymbaly

Jessie Richardson Award Nominations: 1986 - Best Soundscape - Mona Lisa Toodle-oo



Bowl of Bone
Terminal City Ricochet
Big Meat Eater
Skip Tracer
Turtle Productions
E-Motion Films
Omni Films
BCD Entertainment
Highlight Productions


The Image Before Us
Hoppy: A Portrait of Elizabeth Hopkins
One of Many: Doctor Nhan
Jack Hodgins' Island
Mary of Mile 18
Jacks or Better
Bamboo, Lions, and Dragons
Out on a Limb
Wild in the City
The Reluctant Deckhand


Hello, Goodbye
Robert Service
The Car Show

Brat Productions
Testar Productions
Highlight Productions
Highlight Productions
Keane Productions


No Vacancy
New Seed
Painting With Fire
Spilsbury's Coast
Community in Action
Aga Khan
Living the Difference
Not Just A Place To Live
The Great Ocean
Matsqui-Inside Out
Rod & Company
African Day
So Where's My Prince Already?

Int'l Rocketship
Cloudfire Productions
Mercury Pictures
Petra Productions
Catherine Hahn
A.R.T. Bookworld Productions
Northern Lights Media
Northern Lights Media
Yellowknife Films
Iris Media
Dream Machine
Peter Smilsky
Pitcairn Pictures
Rob Allen
Reel Feelings


Heart of the Night
Joëlle Rabu
Piaf-Her Songs, Her Loves -Cast Album
Noël with / avec Joëlle
Strange Ritual
Rick Wilton

Joëlle Rabu
Joëlle Rabu
Joëlle Rabu
Joëlle Rabu
Joëlle Rabu
Joëlle Rabu
Karen Melady
Rick Wilton



The Fat Princess
Brass Quintet
Magic of the Music Hall
Symphony of Sound & Light

Vancouver CBC Orchestra
RME Productions
Canadian Red Cross
National Capital Commission

Tonight...Piaf (starring Joëlle Rabu)
John Gray's Rock and Roll
Mona Lisa Toodle-oo
As You Like It
A Christmas Carol
Good Woman of Saskatchewan
One in a Million
Glory Days
Romeo & Juliet
Irma La Douce
Taming of the Shrew
Piaf:Her Songs,Her Loves
Trivial Deceit
Hot Rods and Heavy Water
We Too
Beggars' Opera
Some Kind of Savior
Caucasian Chalk Circle
Red Emma
Net City
Freedom Hotel
Diner at the Edge of the Universe
City Stage/RME Productions
National Arts Centre / V.E.C.C.
New Play Centre
Sudbury Theatre Centre
Malaspina College
Richmond Gateway Theatre
Caravan Farm Theatre
Green Thumb Theatre
Fraser Valley College
Ted Galay
Shakespeare Plus Festival, Nanaimo
Shakespeare Plus Festival, Nanaimo
Shakespeare Plus Festival, Nanaimo
Shakespeare Plus Festival, Nanaimo
City Stage
Malaspina College, Nanaimo
Arts Club / New Play Centre
Touchstone Theatre
Malaspina College, Nanaimo
Malaspina College, Nanaimo
Tamahnous Theatre
Caravan Stage Company
East Side Theatre Front Society
East Side Theatre Front Society
Malaspina College, Nanaimo
Kaleidoscope Theatre, Victoria
Kaleidoscope Theatre, Victoria
Studio 58

Last updated: February 1, 1998