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Current Scholarly Research and Artistic Production at the Dan School

At the Dan School of Drama and Music, research reaches across disciplinary borders and inspires new standards of intellectual and creative activity. Our faculty members are artists and scholars of national and international stature who engage in a wide range of projects, performances, and productions. Whether collaborating or working solo, we write books and articles, compose music, write plays, and edit journals. We direct theatre productions, conduct ensembles, produce sound installations, engage in research creation, and perform everywhere from proscenium halls to community centres and online spaces.

Fuelled by creativity and curiosity, the artist-scholars at the Dan School are always involved in something new.
Together we create a learning environment designed to inspire exploration, engagement, and creative innovation.

Dan School Advisory Board

A distinguished group of leading professionals in music and theatre who advise the Director of the School of Drama and Music on matters of visiting artists and curricular innovation and provide liaison with the profession.

Past Projects, Premieres and Performances

Dr. Stephanie Lind is the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant for “Triggering Our Collective Memory: How Tropes in Video Game Music Create Immersion”.

Video games are played by billions across the globe. Originally seen as merely a means of entertainment, it is now clear that this is a newly-emerged art form integrating sound, visuals, and narrative. The research project will map “game culture” references and how they are perceived by players by examining how common tropes or cultural references in video game music are realized from a music structural/analytical perspective. This research will identify that tropes are an unspoken means of communication within game narratives, impacting player immersion. The connection between games, communication, and embodiment will be of interest to gamers, media, sociologists, and others. The project will support undergraduate student research, and research results will be communicated via popular online media (such as Youtube) in addition to traditional academic platforms.

Using Photo Elicitation to Examine Students’ Perceptions of a Sistema-Inspired Program by Julia Brook and Regina-Veronicka Kalaydina.

A paper presented at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Research Commission at the Canadian University Dubai. Dubai, UAE. 9 July. http://isme.cud.ac.ae/

“Twenty-four Preludes composed by John Burge and presented in lecture-recital; Ten Approaches to Creativity: A Canadian Composers Works with a Snowdrift presentation by Burge; and Preparing Your Students for Careers in Music (panel discussion including Burge). All part of the Royal Conservatory of Music's Summer Summit, Toronto, 11-12 August, 2018.

Dr. John Burge was featured clinician that the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Summer-Summit on the weekend of August 11-12, 2018 in Toronto. His contributions included a lecture/performance of the entire set of Burge’s Twenty-four Preludes for solo piano and a presentation titled, Ten Approaches to Creativity: A Canadian Composers Works with a Snowdrift. He also participated in a panel discussion on, Preparing Your Students for Careers in Music.

"Through the Fictive to the Real(ish): Affective Time and the Representation of ‘Real Newfoundland’ in Rising Tide Theatre’s Trinity Pageant." By Kelsey Jacobson.

2018. Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada, 39:1, 43-58. “Accuracy and Ethics, Feelings and Failures: Youth experimenting with documentary practices of performing reality” By Kathleen Gallagher, Scott Mealey, and Kelsey Jacobson.

“Walking Toward: Writing about Japan” by Julie Salverson and Peter C. van Wyck

Paper presented at the Return to Hiroshima Symposium at University of Toronto, 6 August 2018.

Junior Piano Masterclass. Conducted by Dina Namer.

At the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Annual Convention, University of Ottawa 28 July