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Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw and Margaret Walker: Contemporary Musical Expressions in Canada

Dr Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw and Dr Margaret Walker have chapters in a new book on music in Canada published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Contemporary Musical Expressions in Canada also has a forward by Dr Gordon E. Smith.

Dr Sarah Waisvisz: Solo production at FemFest

Monstrous, a new solo production created and performed by Dr Sarah Waisvisz will be shown virtually as part of FemFest. 

Ireneus Zuk: Chapter in Collected Papers on Ukrainian Life in Western Canada (with Luba Zuk)

Dr Ireneus Zuk and Luba Zuk have had a co-written chapter entitled “Composer George Fiala (1922-2017) – An Important Figure in the Classical Music of Canada” published in Collected Papers on Ukrainian Life in Western Canada (2020).

Colleen Renihan and Julia Brook: Published in The Conversation (with Ben Schnitzer)

Dr. Colleen Renihan, Dr. Julia Brook, and Ben Schnitzer's article "Support for Artists is Key to Returning to Vibrant Cultural Life Post-Coronavirus" was published in The Conversation on June 23, 2020.

Dylan Robinson: Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies

Dr Dylan Robinson’s monograph Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies has been published by University of Minnesota Press. 

Kelsey Jacobson:  Article in The Conversation

Dr Kelsey Jacobson has an article in The Conversation about “Theatre companies pushing storytelling boundaries with online audiences” which address the effect of COVID-19 on what it means to be an audience.

Dean Burry: 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Outstanding New Opera Award

Dr Dean Burry (composer) and Yvette Nolan (librettist) have won the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Outstanding New Opera Award for Shanawdithit (co-commissioned and co-produced by Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon). 

Richard Sanger: Shortlisted Poem and Publications

Richard Sanger has been shortlisted for ARC magazine's Poem of the Year and he has published two new essays. 

Colleen Renihan: The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History

Dr. Colleen Renihan's monograph, The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History, has just been published with Routledge

Craig Walker and Donato Santeramo: Perspectives on Contemporary Theater in Canada I

Dr. Craig Walker and Dr. Donato Santeramo were guest editors of the fifth issue of Arti dello Spettacolo / Performing Arts, entitled “Perspectives on Contemporary Theater in Canada I.”

Golam Rabbani: Advances in Language and Literary Studies

Dan School Teaching Fellow Golam Rabbani was recently published in Australian multidisciplinary journal, Advances in Language and Literary Studies, Volume 10 Issue 05.

Margaret Walker: Journal of Music History Pedagogy

Dr Margaret Walker has just been published in the open access Journal of Music History Pedagogy Vol. 10 No. 1. 

Colleen Renihan: Journal of the Society for American Music

Colleen Renihan's article, "Pitching Opera: Innovating New Music Theatre at the Banff and Stratford, 1970-1990," was recently published in the February 2020 issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music.

Colleen Renihan: Opera and Popular Culture After 1900 Conference

Colleen Renihan presented her research on innovation in music theatre in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s at the international conference, Opera and Popular Culture After 1900 in Fort Worth, TX, on February 7-8, 2020.

Kornel Wolak: Featured Artist on TVO

Dr Kornel Wolak's Bridge & Wolak Duo was featured recently on TVO's annual episode dedicated to the arts and artists.  

Margaret Walker:  Paper presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology's 64th Annual Conference

Dr Margaret Walker presented a paper entitled “The Body in the Archive: Moving Ethnography into the Past” at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s 64th Annual Conference in Bloomington Indiana on November 7th, 2019.

Kornel Wolak: New book published--Embouchure Drills: Clarinet

Dr Kornel Wolak has published a book entitled Embouchure Drills: Clarinet which has already gained a great deal of interest from pedagogues and students around the world.

John Burge: CBC Music list of 20 favourite Canadian classical albums for 2019

CBC Music list of 20 favourite Canadian classical albums for 2019 includes a CD devoted to John Burge’s music 

Julia Brook and Colleen Renihen: SSHRC Insight Grant Awarded

Dr. Julia Brook and Dr. Colleen Renihan have been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Insight Grant for their project "Re-Sounding Difference: Creating Accessible Music Theatre for Children with Exceptionalities and Senior Citizens." 

John Burge: ORMTA Lecture

John Burge gave a lecture/demonstration to the Ottawa branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association titled, Piano Teaching Tricks I Have Learned Over the Years.

Dina Namer: Recital of Diaspora Jewish Composers

Dina Namer, piano, and Nina Gordon, cello, have been researching and preparing a recital program for the 2020 season featuring rarely heard compositions by Diaspora Jewish composers. 

Robb McKay: "Let's Change the 'Girls Play Flute, Boys Bash Drums' Stereotype"

Robb McKay has had the article entitled “Let’s Change the ‘Girls Play Flute, Boys Bash Drums’ Stereotype” published in The Conversation: Canada https://theconversation.com/ca

Margaret Walker: "The 'Nautch', the Veil and the Bayadère: The Indian Nautch as Musical Nexus"

Dr Margaret Walker’s chapter “The ‘Nautch’, the Veil and the Bayadère: The Indian Nautch as Musical Nexus” has just been published in The Music Road: Coherence and Diversity from the Mediterranean to India, a British Academy Proceedings volume and outcome of the Balzan Project “Towards a Global History of Music.”

Matt Rogalsky: Rainforest V (Variation 1) at MOMA

From October 2019, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City will be exhibiting a large-scale sound sculpture work Rainforest V (Variation 1) created by Prof. Matt Rogalsky in collaboration with sound artists John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein.

Golam Rabbani: The Comparative Media Arts Journal 

Dan School Teaching Fellow Golam Rabbani has had an article entitled “Heterogeneity and Baul Spirituality: The Songs of Baul Taskir Ali in Bangladesh” published in The Comparative Media Arts Journal available online through Simon Fraser University.


Matt Rogalsky: New Dance Work

As part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Algonquin Park Wildlife Research Station in September 2019, Dr Matt Rogalsky presented his surround-sound remastering of the classic 1955 environmental LP A Day In Algonquin Park.

Kip Pegley: "Looking for 'Our Song': Canadian Soldiers, Music, and the Remembrance of War"

Dr Kip Pegley’s  article “Looking for ‘Our Song’: Canadian Soldiers, Music, and the Remembrance of War” has just been published in MUSICultures Vol 46 No.1 

Matt Rogalsky: New Dance Work

Dr Matt Rogalsky is currently in rehearsals (May/August 2019) in Vancouver with choreographer and academic Ahalya Satkunaratnam, for a new evening-length dance work supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Vanessa Romao: SOCAN Foundation

Dan School B.Mus. student Vanessa Romao received an Honourable Mention for her submission to the SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music for her paper “Welcome to the Rock! What ‘Come From Away’ Means for Newfoundland (and Canadian) Culture”

Dean Burry: Shanawdithit

On May 16, 2019, Shanawdithit, a new opera by Dan School professor Dr. Dean Burry and librettist Yvette Nolan premiered in Toronto.

Julia Brook: Being and Becoming an Artist

Dr. Julia Brook has co-authored a chapter, Being and Becoming an Artist: Exploring the Life Histories of Five Indigenous Artists from the Northwest Territories, in a book that has just been published. 

Colleen Renihan: Ana Sokolovic

Dr. Colleen Renihan presented some of her new research on vocal materiality and relationality in Serbian-Canadian composer Ana Sokolovic's Sirènes and in her opera Svadba Wedding at the annual meeting of the Canadian University Music Society, held in Vancouver BC at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dylan Robinson and Margaret Walker: Decolonization and Action at COH in Vancouver

As part of the recent conference of the Canadian University Music Society at the Congress of the Humanities in Vancouver, Dylan Robinson and Margaret Walker participated in a Roundtable on Decolonization and Action with Rex Smallboy, Mary Ingraham, and Ellen Waterman on June 8, 2019.

American Musicological Society NYSSL Chapter at the Dan School

The Dan School hosted the American Musicological Society NYSSL Chapter conference on 16-17 April. Convened by Colleen Renihan with further local arrangements by Julia Brook, it included presentations by Robin Attas, Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw, Kip Pegley, and Margaret Walker.

Stephanie Lind: 2019 NACVGM

Stephanie Lind and research assistants Andrew Bennett and Kaitlin Saari presented papers on video game analysis at the 2019 North American Conference on Video Game Music.

Margaret Walker: The Body, The Archive, The Score

On 29-30 March 2019,  Margaret Walker presented a paper entitled The Body, The Archive and The Score: Analysis of “A Gath or Hindostanee Dance” at the Symposium honouring the retirement of Professor James Kippen from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music: The Performing Scholar: History, Theory and Embodied Knowledge in Music and Dance.

Dean Burry's Carnival of the Dinosaurs

From March 21-23 Queen’s professor Dean Burry’s Carnival of the Dinosaurs was performed at the Grand Theatre by the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.

Art NOW Series

Julie Salverson presented her work Friendship as Method: Fieldwork, Writing, Exposure with Peter C. van Wyck as part of the Art NOW Series on March 18, 2019.

Jenn Stephenson: Insecurity

Jenn Stephenson's new book Insecurity: Perils and Products of Theatres of the Real begins with the premise that although the inclusion of real objects and real words on the stage would ostensibly seem to increase the epistemological security and documentary truth-value of the presentation, in fact the opposite is the case.

Kip Pegley in Singing Death

Kip Pegley recently contributed a chapter to an anthology entitled Singing Death: Reflections on Music and Mortality that explores musical responses to human mortality. The chapter is entitled “Public mourning, the nation and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.”

Margaret Walker: Multiple Modernities?

Margaret Walker presented a paper on Multiple Modernities? Music and Dance Documentation in Colonial India at the inaugural conference of the International Network for a Global History of Music in Lisbon on 15 March, 2018.

music theatre makerspace

Julia Brook and Colleen Renihan (Dan School of Drama and Music) received a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Dr. Stephanie Lind on The Sequence

On the March 9th episode of The Sequence, host Michael McLaren spoke with The Dan School’s Dr. Stephanie Lind about music theory’s role in understanding, creating, and performing music.

Colleen Renihan: Haunting Riel

Colleen Renihan's article "Haunting Riel" has just been published in The University of Toronto Quarterly Volume 87 Issue 4, Fall 2018, a special issue on Hearing Riel.

Performing Research

The Second Annual Dan School of Drama and Music Undergraduate Mini-Conference on February 8, 2019 included presentations from several student researchers. Click for details.

Artist Career Research Methods Project

A Hill Strategies Research project related to artists' career paths, work conditions, and incomes - to which Sherri Helwig made a contribution - has been published by the Canada Council.

Gender Research in Music Education Bibliography

Robb MacKay and Robin Moon have updated the Gender Research in Music Education (GRIME) Bibliography.

Unravelling Colonial Narratives

Dr Margaret Walker is the recipient of a SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) for Unravelling Colonial Narratives in University Music History Courses

Music and modernity among first peoples of North America

Music and modernity among first peoples of North America ​ edited by Victoria Lindsay Levine and Dylan Robinson. Wesleyan University Press, 2019

Documentary theatre In the post-truth era

In the post-truth era, documentary theatre searches for common ground” by Jenn Stephenson. Article published in The Conversation 

Music and War in the United States

Kip Pegley recently contributed a chapter to a new undergraduate textbook entitled Music and War in the United States (Routledge, 2019). 

Margaret Walker

Dr Margaret Walker joined Dr Kaley Mason and Professor Emerita Regula Qureshi for a Roundtable entitled Situating Generationality in Musical Ethnography: Perspectives from South Asia at the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Colleen Renihan Time in Opera

Dr. Colleen Renihan co-convened an international seminar on "Time in Opera" at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio TX, November 2, 2018. 

John Burge McGill Visiting Composer

John Burge was at McGill University's Schulich School of Music as a visiting composer on October 25-26, 2018.  

Kim Renders, Limestone Arts Legacy Award

Kim Renders, Mayor's Arts Awards: Limestone Arts Legacy Award. click to watch VIDEO

Michel Szczesniak: Celebration

Premiere of Michel Szczesniak's violin/piano work, Celebration performed by Yolanda Bruno.

Opera's Changing Worlds

Dianne Baird, Darrell Bryan, Dean Burry, and Colleen Renihan represented the Dan School at Opera.ca, Opera McGill, and Opéra de Montréal's first annual Education and Artist Training Summit.

Good Fences's Scripted Truths

"Good Fences's Scripted Truths: Cultivating Dialogue in Post-Real Times." By Kelsey Jacobson.  2018. Canadian Theatre Review Post-Truth edited by Matt Jones and Barry Freeman, 175, 8-12, DOI: 10.3138/ctr.175.002

Kornel Wolak podcast

New Dan School faculty member Kornel Wolak presents a podcast with “Double Duo” member Michael Bridge about rehearsing and arranging music for their unique ensemble. https://www.clarineat.com/92/ Dr Kornel’s 2017 book Articulation Types for Clarinet (Music Mind Inc.) was also favourably reviewed in The Clarinet (September 2018). http://clarinet.org/the-clarinet-journal/

Triggering Our Collective Memory

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”. 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. 

Kelsey Jacobson: Through the Fictive to the Real(ish)

"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.

John Burge: Twenty-four Preludes

“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. All part of the Royal Conservatory of Music's Summer Summit, Toronto, 11-12 August, 2018. 

Julie Salverson: Walking Toward: Writing about Japan

“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.

Dina Namer: Junior Piano Masterclass

Junior Piano Masterclass. Conducted by Dina Namer. At the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Annual Convention, University of Ottawa 28 July

Julia Brook: Using Photo Elicitation

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/