George L.O. Strid was born and raised in Oregon. He graduated from Oregon College of Education, and then went on to obtain master’s degrees in composition and music education from Western Oregon State College.
Having taught for 37 years, George currently teaches vocal music at Washington Middle School in Olympia, Washington's state capital. He is a member of ASCAP, ACDA, NEA and MENC. George has been writing songs and musicals for over 30 years with his writing partner, Mary Donnelly.
When George is not writing or teaching, he does workshops and clinics throughout the USA and Canada. George and his wife, Karla, live in Olympia, Washington with their two cats, Fluffy and Puffy.