Claude Schryer

Claude Schryer (1959) is a sound artist, arts administrator and cultural worker born in Ottawa and raised in the francophone community in North Bay, Ontario. From an early age he developed a passion for art, environment and social action. In the 1980’s he studied music and interdisciplinary arts at Wilfrid Laurier (BMus), McGill (MM) Universities and The Banff Centre and was active in the new music and electroacoustic music scene in Montreal. In the 1990’s, his work focused on acoustic ecology and soundscape composition, notably as a founder and first administrator of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (1993-1998) at the Tuning of the World  Conference in Banff. In 1999, he accepted a management position at the Canada Council for the Arts to lead the Inter-Arts Office, where he developed interdisciplinary arts funding programs. In 2017, he was named the Senior Strategic Advisor of the Arts Granting Programs Division, where he works on various artistic and strategic projects, including leading the Canada Council’s policy on art and environmental issues. His interests outside of the Canada Council include producing www.simplesoundscapes.ca, a daily zen practice and running. He is married to artist Sabrina Mathews and they have two children: Clara and Riel. Twitter: @claude_schryer and @ssoundscapes