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In 1986, Canfield won the Jill Sackler Cello Composition Contest, open to any composer anywhere, with his Prisms for Violoncello Quartet and Orchestra of Violoncellos. This work was premiered at the Third American Cello Congress by Laszlo Varga, conductor, and an orchestra comprising some of the world's most distinguished cellists. It was subsequently performed at the Eva Janzer Memorial Concert at Indiana University in October, 2000 under the direction of faculty member, Emilio Colon. In February of 2001, a three day festival featuring Canfield’s music was presented by the faculty and students of the University of Central Oklahoma at Edmond, OK. A number of works were premiered at this festival, including his Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, by the dedicatee, Kenneth Tse, who is on the faculty of the University of Iowa. Tse has performed it widely, most recently at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis. Also premiered at this same festival was his Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, performed by James L. Klages, who is on the faculty of the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2003, The Proclamation, a 90-minute oratorio jointly composed with his father was premiered in Bloomington, Indiana to critical and audience acclaim.
In January, 2005, Canfield’s Symphony No. 2 “Israel” was premiered by the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and his Symphony No. 3, “Retrospective,” was premiered in April of 2005 by Stephen Pratt and the Indiana University Symphonic Band.
Canfield has also received commissions from Diane Bish, internationally known concert organist, the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble, and the Mastersingers of Cookeville, Tennessee for a work to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that group in 1999. He has also received commissions from the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and renowned flutist, James Pellerite. He is also the author of numerous articles for music journals and record review magazines, and has written program notes for several record companies.
He and his wife, Carole, reside in Bloomington, Indiana with their 2 cats and 60,000-record collection specializing in 20th-century music. He is also 2nd violin section leader of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Bloomington Pops Orchestra; his other interests include theology, science, Nero Wolfe mysteries and analog sound reproduction.
Canfield's list of works includes three symphonies, The Garden of Gethsemane (organ and chamber orchestra), several works for solo organ, including a Symphony; a string quartet, a string trio (Maesta for violin, viola and double bass), Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, sonatas for trumpet, piano, bassoon, horn and alto saxophone, Spring Reveries (chorus, flute, oboe, bassoon & harp), 2 violin sonatas, 2 concert overtures and a suite of orchestra pieces for a projected ballet entitled The Cats of Ellettsville. Also in his canon are a number of works for brass ensemble, including Oklahoma Requiem, Intrada on a Hymn Tune of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Microtonal Fanfare and the Bug 'n' Bear Suite and several solo piano pieces. His orchestral music has been performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomington Pops, the Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. In July of 2006, his Martyrs for the Faith: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Symphonic Winds was a featured work at the World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Soloist Kenneth Tse was accompanied by Alain Crepin and the Slovenian Army Orchestra.
A handful of Canfield’s works have been issued on LP and CD, most recently his Sonata for Saxophone and Piano, on Crystal Records, performed by Kenneth Tse and Mami Nagai. His music is published by Enharmonic Press.