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❖ This is our music: Exploring an Elementary Rock-Based Music Program

by Julia Brook, Robb Mackay, & Chris Trimmer. Paper presented at the Progressive Popular Music Education Conference at Western University. London, Ontario, 9 June http://www.music.uwo.ca/outreach/symposium-on-progressive-methods.html


❖ Diversity and Inclusion: Towards a Decolonized Music History Curriculum by Margaret Walker.

Paper presented at the Teaching Music History Conference, Terre Haute Indiana, 8 June.


The annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research was organized and hosted by Dan School faculty from 28 May through 1 June at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts. The conference featured presentations, workshops, performances, exhibits, plenaries and keynotes by more than 230 attendees.

Jenn Stephenson and Craig Walker were co-chairs. Other members of the organizing committee included Grahame Renyk, Kelsey Jacobson, and Natalie Rewa. Other Dan School faculty members Julie Salverson, Colleen Renihan, Dylan Robinson, Michael Wheeler, and Greg Wanless were among the panellists and moderators. Matt Rogalsky curated a sound installation exhibit.

Dan School alumni who are now faculty members, emerging scholars, and graduate students elsewhere also participated: Lois Adamson (Stratford Festival), Stephanie Vaillant (Stratford Festival), Sasha Kovacs (University of Victoria), Jacqueline Omstead, Signy Lynch (York University), Kelsey Jacobson (UofT), Kim McLeod (University of Guelph), Samantha Wymes (University of Toronto), Ashley Williamson (University of Toronto), Kirsty Johnston (UBC), Selena Couture (University of Alberta), Mariah Horner (University of Ottawa/Cellar Door Project) and others.


“Music as Temporal Disruption in Assassin’s Creed” by Stephanie Lind. “My Life Has Always Been an Opera; Homelessness and Opera as Therapy” by Colleen Renihan

Papers presented at MusEcologies 2018, Canadian University Music Society Conference, MacEwan University Edmonton, 24 and 25 May.


 Oscillations composed and performed by John Burge in honour of 2015 Nobel Prize winner Professor Arthur McDonald at the May 10 event announcing the naming of the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute. This video of the event begins with the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC0iWs0witE


Timescales, Memory, and Nuclear Geographies: A Conversation with Julie Salverson and Gabrielle Hecht.

Science and Justice Research Centre, University of California, Santa Cruz. May 9, 2018


❖ String Theory by John Burge and L’esprit chantant by Marjan Mozetich.

Performed by violinist Katya Poplyansky on May 6 at the E-Gré National Music Competition for Strings at the University of Brandon. This annual competition specializes in the performance of new music rotating through the performance areas of strings, piano and voice, with particular emphasis on Canadian compositions. String Theory (Burge) was the 2012 E-Gré commissioned test piece.


“Public Mourning, The Nation, and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.” By Kip Pegley

In Helen Dell and Helen Hickey (eds.) Singing Death: Reflections on Music and Mortality. London: Ashgate Press, 61-75.

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“Shameless Acts of Foolish Witness” By Julie Salverson

In Comedy Begins With Our Simplest Gestures: Levinas, Ethics and Humour.

Editor Brian Bergen-Aurand. Duquesne University Press, Spring, 2018. 25 pages.


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