Jim Montgomery (ON) (Secretary, 2012-16)

Jim Montgomery

I watched with great admiration the vigour and enthusiasm that accompanied the formation and early years of CNMN/RCMN; it is a great pleasure to now be actively involved. I think our collective action is the best way to achieve the goals of free and easeful movement of music and musicians all across the country – and beyond. As a board member, I look forward to expanding the notion of inclusiveness across practices, which I believe is the essential engine driving collective action forward.

Jim Montgomery began his formal studies in music as a horn player, and completed a Bachelor of Music degree with majors in performance and composition at the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. He has been involved with electroacoustic music since 1970 when he came to the University of Toronto as a Graduate student in composition, where he studied with Gustav Ciamaga and John Weinzweig. He is a founding member and continues to be active with the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, the world’s longest-lived electroacoustic group.

In his career as an Arts Administrator, Jim Montgomery has served as Managing Director of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble from 1976 to 1983, Administrative Director of New Music Concerts from 1984 to 1987 and from 1988 to 2005 as Artistic Director of the Music Gallery. Jim Montgomery is a past president of the Canadian League of Composers and currently serves on the Council of the Ontario Region of the Canadian Music Centre. He has been a lecturer in the Faculty of Education of the University of Toronto where he designed the course in electronic media. He is currently a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community.

Among his recent activities: he provided original music, sound design and acted as Chorusmaster for The Women of Troy (2013) and The Crucible (2014) at the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough. He was also a contributing musician and administrator for Bluffers Lookout, a recording project marking the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble in April 2014.

Jim Montgomery is a student and instructor at the Cold Mountain School of Martial and Healing Arts (Toronto) where he teaches Uechi-ryu Karate. He holds the rank of Yondan (black belt, fourth degree).

[Last updated September 10, 2012]