Live Performance

The performance and creation of music, music theatre, and drama are important areas of scholarship at the DAN School.

Research themes include: 

  • Instrumental performance 
  • Vocal performance 
  • Acting 
  • Directing/Conducting 
  • Composing 
  • Playwriting 
  • Integration of performance and creation 
  • Integration of art forms and genres  

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Researcher Projects
John Burge

John Burge

Composing music for large ensemble, small ensemble, solo performers, and choir.

Serenade for Strings to be premiered in Fall 2023 by three different Canadian Orchestras.

Solo piano performances of my own music are an ongoing project and will be presented at the University of Alberta, University of Ottawa, and Queen's University in 2022-2023.

Darrell Christie

Darrell Christie

Rethinking choral practices

Music theatre storytelling

Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak

Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak

Solo, chamber music, and orchestral violin and viola performance

Baroque performance practises

Contemporary music

Kaitie Legere

Katie Legere

Bassoon performance, baroque bassoon, recorders, and Dulcian

Historically informed performance practice

Baroque and Renaissance music

Clelia Scala

Clelia Scala

Creating and performing a shadow puppetry play to accompany composer Dean Burry’s chamber setting of Alfred Noyes’ poem The Highwayman. The shadow puppetry piece incorporates overhead projection, traditional shadow puppets, and three-dimensional elements.

Developing a puppetry piece tentatively titled Jars that includes tabletop puppetry, shadow puppetry, and film. Jars operates as a framed narrative and explores the themes of control and consumption.


Michael Wheeler

Michael Wheeler



Virtual reality

Digital theatre


Matt Rogalsky

Matt Rogalsky

Live electronic music

Field recording and environmental sound

Sound synthesis and processing

Improvisation and collaboration with custom software and hardware

Multi-loudspeaker spatialization of sound