Aaron Manswell

Aaron Manswell is a composer of soulful music, painting vivid pictures to contemporary themes using an assorted palette. A native of Toronto, Ontario, his songs have been premiered and recorded across North America by ensembles including the Grand Philharmonic Choir, the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Choral Arts Initiative – a Southern California-based choir who featured his song “Stick with Love” on their 2024 album Tapestry of Becoming which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Albums chart. This song made him the winner of the 2022 Grand Philharmonic Choir Canada-wide Composition Contest and the runner-up for the 2023 American Choral Directors Association Brock Prize for Student Composers. In February 2023, he was a featured artist for the Canadian Opera Company’s Showcase Series, delivering Off-Spring Live: a concert of his works reflective of his simultaneous relationship with Classical, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel music. He is a music producer and keyboardist for multiple award-winning Canadian Pop artists. As a film composer, he has written original scores for films premiered at the Toronto and Montreal Black Film Festivals. As an educator, he is the former Wind Band Conductor at Crawford Adventist Academy, leading the concert bands to top festival prizes and live recordings. Manswell has earned music composition degrees from Oakwood University and the University of Memphis and is currently the composer-in-residence for the MacMillan Singers at the University of Toronto where he is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition.