As a performer, Bird on a Wire is Terri’s ongoing project to commission, perform and record new pieces for recorder and live electronics. The first album was released in 2009 and included works by Peter Swendsen, Laurie Radford, Juan Parra Cancino and Peter Hannan. In 2011, she second installment, Flocking Patterns, involved eight composers writing in multi-channel: Daniel Blake, Jorrit Dijkstra,Jenny Olivia Johnson, Emilie LeBel, Paula Matthusen, Darren Miller, Robert Normandeau and Elliott Sharp.
Terri’s compositions span the range from music for large instrumental ensembles to acousmatic pieces. Her current composition projects include Sharp Splinter, a set of works for instruments and electronics based on her family archive, and she has just completed a passion-length work, BitterSweet, for Spiritus Chamber Choir, Calgary.
Terri performs in a number of groups, including the multi-disciplinary SpaceMelt with clarinetist Sam Davidson and visual artist Michael Markowsky, and the RicTer Scale with Colombian pianist/composer Ricardo Gallo.
Her special interest in working with individuality led Terri to doctoral studies in composition at the Université de Montréal with Philippe Leroux and Isabelle Panneton, focusing on composing collaboratively with what she calls “idiomatic” performers.
Many foundations and artist organizations have awarded Terri scholarships, prizes and residencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Banff Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Czech and Slovak Society for the Arts and Sciences, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music and Media Technologies, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.