Guest Speakers

Patricia Abbott

Patricia Abbott

Executive Director, Association of Canadian Choral Communities

www.choralcanada.org

Patricia Abbott is the Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (formerly the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors). She is a graduate of McGill University, where she obtained a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy, and conducts several choirs in and around Montreal. She has shared her knowledge and passion of Canadian choral music in workshops, festivals and conferences in Canada, the United States, Europe and Argentina. Ms. Abbott is also a member of the artistic committee of the Polyfollia International Choral Festival in Normandy, France, and a member of the editorial board of The Choral Journal, published by the American Choral Directors Association.

Raffi Armenian

Raffi Armenian

Director, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal

www.conservatoire.gouv.qc.ca

In 1962, twenty-year-old Raffi Armenian graduated from the piano performances class of Bruno Seidlhofer at the Academy of Music, Vienna, Austria. In 1965, he graduated from Imperial College, University of London, England in Metallurgy. Going back to music and Vienna, he completed studies at the Vienna Academy of Music in Orchestral Conducting (Hans Swarowsky 1968), Choral Conducting (Rheinhold Schmid 1969) and Composition (Alfred Uhl 1969). In addition, he took private voice lessons with Ferdinand Grossmann. In 1969 he immigrated to Canada, where he became Artistic Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (1971-1993). The Raffi Armenian Theatre in Kitchener, which he helped to design, is considered one of the best performance spaces in North America, both for its acoustics and its design features. In 1974, as Music director of the Stratford Festival, he founded the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, which achieved international recognition with tours in North and South America, and Europe. Raffi Armenian has guest conducted all of the major orchestras in Canada, as well as in Belgium, Italy, the USA, and the Jeunesses Musicales World Youth Orchestra. Mr. Armenian has long been active as a pedagogue. In 1982 he became a Professor of the Orchestral Conducting Class at the Conservatoire de Musique (Montreal), a position he continues to hold. In 1997 he accepted a two-year post as Visiting Guest Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, in Graz Austria, and since September 1999 Maestro Armenian has been Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Toronto.

Allan Bell

Allan Bell

Composer / Professor, Calgary University

Allan Gordon Bell has created works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, band and electroacoustic media. His works have been performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Orford String Quartet, and the ensembles of Toronto New Music Concerts, Arraymusic and the Societé de musique contemporaine du Quebec. Bell is Professor of Music at the University of Calgary and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. From 1984 to 1988 and from 2007 to the present, he has been the President of the national board of the Canadian Music Centre.

Elizabeth Bihl

Elizabeth Bihl

Executive Director, Canadian Music Centre

www.musiccentre.ca

Elisabeth Bihl is the Executive Director of the Canadian Music Centre and its five regional centers across Canada, representing and serving over 700 Canadian Composers. Since 2000 Ms. Bihl has been leading the CMC in an organizational realignment, updating the entire Centre’s IT infrastructure as well as music digitization. Refocusing the Centre’s services and programs to better promote and market Canada’s composers’ music to orchestras, performers and many other clients internationally. Elisabeth Bihl is a seasoned cultural manager and renewal strategist with over 20 years of experience. Ms. Bihl’s career background includes management positions at the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Gallery of Canada. Elisabeth serves on numerous boards including Vice President of the Association of International Music Information Centres (IAMIC), the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA); the Association of Cultural Executives (ACE), is a founding member of the Senior Artists Research Steering Committee, the Creators Copyright Coalitions, and she is a frequent public speaker on music and cultural issues in Canada and around the world.

Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti

Magnolya Roy & Jean-Michel Couturier

Blue Yeti: www.blueyeti.fr | Jean-Michel Couturier: www.jmc.blueyeti.fr

Jean-Michel Couturier is both scientist and musician: in addition to being an engineer and specialist in the design of interactive systems and digital instruments, he is also a composer of electroacoustic music. His work is related to the pluridisciplinary fields of computer music and human-computer interaction. Magnolya Roy is a visual artist and engineer. Founded in 2007, Blue Yeti designs interactive multimedia systems dedicated to cultural, educative and artistic uses.

Félix Boisvert

Composer

Originally an electroacoustic composer, Félix Boisvert is also a multi-instrumentalist who shows particular interest in rhythmic languages. He has dedicated recent years to developing a project in which physical play, music and video creates a unified language. His creativity takes him further to film, circus, dance and marionnette. Passionate about pedagogy, Boisvert teaches sound art to children through Musicolateur, a program he helped to develop.

René Bosc

Composer / Head of Music, Radio-France

www.radiofrance.fr

Following his 1993 conducting debut in Montpellier, René Bosc was appointed by René Koering to oversee the contemporary music concerts of the Radio France and Montpellier Festival. He has conducted the Ensemble Diagonales, Orchestre National de Montpellier, ECM2, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Moscow Soloists, Orchestre National de Jazz (France), “Tambuco” percussionists from Mexico, the ballet Ocean with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, as well as soloists like Fazil Say, Didier Lockwood and François-René Duchâble. Numerous composers have dedicated their works to him including Philippe Hersant (Concerto de violon) and Hans Werner Henze (Upupa, premiered in Salzburg in 2003). In 2001 he became Director of New Music at Radio France and Artistic Director of Festival Présences. During the 2007-2008 season, delegates of radio stations from around the world joined together to give him the Prix Italia for his work as a producer in Verona in September 2007, following which the International Tribune of Composers awarded him with two prizes in Dublin in June 2008. Never before has a contemporary music producer been honoured with these three awards in the same year.

Katherine Carleton

Executive Director, Orchestras Canada

www.oc.ca

Katherine Carleton has been Executive Director of Orchestras Canada since July 2005. She has more than twenty years’ experience working as a teacher, performer, granting officer, orchestra manager and consultant in Toronto, Kitchener, Mississauga, Kingston and Halifax. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Management from McGill University through the innovative McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders. In June 2006, she completed the first-ever Executive Directors’ Institute, a joint program of the Maytree Foundation and York University’s Schulich School of Business.

Coat Cooke

Coat Cooke

Artistic Director, New Orchestra Workshop Society (Vancouver)

www.coatcooke.com | www.noworchestra.com

Coat Cooke is the founder and leader of the renowned NOW Orchestra, and with them he has toured Canada, Europe and the USA. He is one of Canada’s most lyrical and inventive saxophonists, composers and improvisors, and his projects include collaboration with multi-media, dance, electronics, video and film. His credits include work with international artists George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Marilyn Crispell and with fellow Canadians Paul Plimley, Diane Labrosse, Pierre Tanguay, Martin Tétreault, and John Oswald.

Concerto Della Donna

Concerto Della Donna

www.concertodelladonna.ca

Concerto Della Donna (CDD) is a dynamic group of young singers based in Montreal under the direction of Maestro Iwan Edwards. CDD performs a wide spectrum of traditional, classical and contemporary repertoire, with a strong emphasis on Canadian compositions and works by female composers. The ensemble’s goal is to produce vibrant performances of both serious and light-hearted repertoire, while demonstrating the strength and beauty of young women’s voices through technical precision and emotional depth. Winning numerous awards nationally and internationally and collaborating with such notable names as Kent Nagano and the MSO, the St. Lawrence Choir, the CBC, and the European Broadcasting Union, they have kept busy since their beginnings in 2002. Their second full-length album, “Sisters,” was released in 2006. In addition to their regular concert season in Montreal, CDD has toured Eastern Canada, Ottawa, Wales and, this June, will tour Serbia and Croatia.

Claude de Grandpré

Claude de Grandpré

General Manager and Artistic Director, Corporation Hector-Charland

www.hector-charland.com

Artistic director and general manager of Corporation Hector-Charland since 1996, Claude de Grandpré is one of the orchestral conductors dedicated to building and developing a pluridisciplinary theatre. This 664-seat hall currently produces 350 events a year, including co-productions of summer theatre and a festival dedicated to new theatre, as well as a number of significant initiatives in music, contemporary dance, song and educational outreach. Two Felix awards and a Bourse RIDEAU for “presenter of the year”, 2006, have acknowledged de Grandpré’s outstanding work with Théâtre Hector-Charland. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree in music, de Grandpré is also president of Danse sur les routes du Québec and a member of the administrative council of CAPACOA. His expertise and diverse cultural knowledge contribute to the success of an endeavour that continues to grow and flourish over the years.

Mary Dinn

Mary Dinn

President, Canadian Music Educator’s Association (CMEA)

www.cmea.ca

Mary Dinn, is a veteran music educator who has delivered Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial K-12 music curriculum in classroom, choral, band and strings settings. Spanning the past 20 years, Mary has been actively involved in the music community in multiple capacities on regional and national scales. She has served in multiple executive positions on both regional and provincial NLTA Music Special Interest councils, as well as on the national board of the Canadian Music Educators Association, where she is currently serving as president. Present day, Ms. Dinn works at the Department of Education of Newfoundland and Labrador as a Program Development Specialist for Music/Fine Arts and member/co-chair of the management team for the province’s K-12 Arts and Cultural Strategy.

Nicole Doucet

Director, Arts Disciplines Division — Canada Council for the arts

www.canadacouncil.ca

Nicole Doucet has devoted her entire professional life to the arts. As Director of Arts Disciplines since February 11, 2008, she is responsible for managing the development and operation of the Canada Council’s grant programs, which provide support to Canadian artists and arts organizations. Between 2005 and 2008, she was the Director of Music and Dance at the Conseil des arts et des letter du Québec (CALQ) and between 2002 and 2005, she also served a CALQ post as the Director of Theatre, Multidisciplinary Arts and Circus Arts. Before arriving at the CALQ in 2002, Ms. Doucet, who holds a Bachelor degree in visual arts from the University of Ottawa, was the administrator for several theatre companies, including Théâtre-Action in Ottawa and Théâtre de Quat’Sous in Montreal and spent nearly 10 years managing La Maison Théâtre, a Montreal-based association aimed at presenting and promoting theatre for young audiences.

Angela Drainville-Ashick

Director, CAPACOA / General Manager, Classic Theatre

www.capacoa.ca | www.classictheatre.net

Angela Drainville-Ashick is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Arts Presenting Organization CAPACOA. Actively presenting all genres of music in a rural area since 2000, Drainville-Ashick has a strong interest in furthering Candian Artists and arts activities through the concepts of education and exposure. She is currently the General Manager of the Classic Theatre in Cobalt.

Iwan Edwards

Iwan Edwards

Conductor, Concerto Della Donna

www.concertodelladonna.ca

Iwan Edwards has specialized in choral conducting since he came to Canada from his native Wales in 1965. Since then, he has gained an international reputation as a prestigious conductor, adjudicator, clinician and teacher. Maestro Edwards founded and directed the 110-voice St. Lawrence choir, the F.A.C.E. Treble Choir, Concerto Della Donna, Chœur des enfants de Montréal, and the Canadian Chamber Choir, an internationally reputed professional mixed chorus. Many collaborations with other prestigious Canadian choruses have led him to work with a a great number of renowned orchestras and conductors. The choirs and ensembles that he directs have travelled to Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2001, Maestro Edwards retired from his position at McGill University as an associate professor and Chair of the Choral Department in order to devote himself to his many choral ensembles. After 21 years at the helm, Maestro Edwards retired as director of the Chorus of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Among other awards, Maestro Edwards received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and, most notably, the Order of Canada for outstanding achievements in the arts in 1995. Today he continues his journey, guiding and inspiring future generations of Canadian musicians.

Nancy Evans

Nancy Evans

Education Manager, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

www.bcmg.org.uk

Nancy Evans is Education Manager for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a musician working in early years education. She has an MA in Community Music from the University of York. Nancy was appointed BCMG’s first Education Manager in 2000 and has developed an extensive learning programme designed to engage people of all ages and abilities in the creation and performance of new music. Nancy has conceived and led early years music training programmes across the UK including for The London Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the author of Tuning in to Children, a training handbook published by Youth Music supporting the work of orchestras in Children’s Centres.

Douglas Friesen

Douglas Friesen

Music Instructor, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts

www.creative-ed.ca

After finishing music and education degrees at Brandon University, Doug Friesen moved to Toronto. There, he took a position at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts where he continues to work, employing teaching models inspired by the work of R. Murray Schafer and John Zorn. As a musician, he has played for Dave Bidini and Ron Sexsmith, among others. In 2008, Doug finished a Masters in Music Education at the University of Toronto with study focusing on improvisation, creativity and community. He has led workshops on improvisation pedagogy for secondary, undergraduate and graduate students.

Mireille Gagné

Mireille Gagné

Director, CMC Quebec

www.cmcquebec.ca

Mireille Gagné has a Licence in Law and a Master’s degree in musicology, specializing in Canadian contemporary music. She has been the Director of the Canadian Music Centre, Quebec region, since 1981. The CMC regularly produces special events such as musical discoveries, exhibitions, and thematic/anniversary concerts — both autonomously and in partnership with organisations that are directly or indirectly connected with music — with the main goal of growing the public’s awareness of new music. Also, Mireille Gagné regularly lectures on Canadian music in Canada and abroad. Finally, as a volunteer, she is the President of the International Network for Cultural Diversity, an organisation she helped establish in 2000.

Pierrette Gingras

General Manager, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec

www.smcq.qc.ca

Pierrette Gingras is the general manager of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the chief of contemporary music associations and one of the most powerful non-governmental institutions devoted to new music in North America. The SMCQ has four areas of activity: a Montreal concert series, a young listener’s programme, Série Hommage (Tribute Series), and the International Montreal/New Music Festival. Since 1988, Pierrette Gingras has worked closely with over one hundred festivals and specialized performance organizers from all over the world. Between 1989 and 1999 Gingras served as general manager for Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and is still intimately involved with promoting the group at the international level. While overseeing networking and communications for the Conseil Québécois de la Musique (2000-2002), she also worked with Susan Buirge’s MaToMa dance company, in residence at the Fondation Royaumont in France. Gingras has sat on various juries and has delivered papers on arts management. She holds a master’s degree in music (voice) from the Université de Montréal.

Matt Haimovitz (photo H Thomson)

Matt Haimovitz

Cellist / Professor, McGill University

www.oxingale.com

Through his visionary approach — championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations, commissions and recordings — Matt Haimovitz is redefining what it means to be an artist for the 21st century. He recorded with Deutsche Grammophon for ten years, and on Oxingale Records since 2000, the label he co-founded with composer Luna Pearl Woolf. Haimovitz is Professor of Cello at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Haimovitz studied at the Collegiate School and at Juilliard, in the final class of Leonard Rose, followed by studies with Ronald Leonard and Yo-Yo Ma. In 1996, he received a B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University. Haimovitz made his debut in 1984 at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and has since gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages. Born in Israel, Haimovitz’s numerous honours include the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1986) and the Grand Prix du Disque (1991). He has been featured in such publications as Newsweek, The New Yorker and People, as well as on PBS and ABC’s Nightline. Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.

Hélène Laliberté

Hélène Laliberté

Conseillère à l’exécutif | Executive Advisor, FAMEQ

www.fameq.org

Hélène Laliberté completed her studies in music and pedagogy at the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval and the Université du Québec in Montreal. Her professional activities include:

  • Teaching at Le Plateau
  • Master’s training at UQTR (department of music) and at the Université de Montréal (Education Sciences)
  • Hosting the CEGEP de trios-Rivières radio station
  • Teaching music to primary schools CS de la Riveraine, CS de Saint-Eustache, and CS Marie-Victorin
  • Director for establishing an arts programme (music) at the MEQ, Trois-Rivières (1982)
  • Researcher for the Radio-Canada programme “À l’école de la musique” [at music school] (produced by Michèle Patry and hosted by Françoise Davoine)
  • Music teacher at the international primary school of Greenfield Park

Ann La Plante

General Manager, Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects

www.acnmp.ca

Coming from a background of manufacturing and teaching at College level, I came to the Arts after being the Chair of the Board for the Gryphon Theatre in Barrie, Ontario. Music has been in my background from an early age. Graduating from High School at the age of fifteen and not being able to go on to University until I was eighteen, I obtained a teachers’ certificate in violin as an option. I accepted the administrative position of General Manager for Alliance For Canadian New Music Projects in 1998. ACNMP works diligently to promote the study, performance and composition of Canadian contemporary classical music through its Contemporary Showcase Festivals. This festival takes place the third week of November every year during Canada Music Week. Currently we have grown to nineteen centres across Canada. Our programmes also include Student Composer Workshops, Choral Workshop and Composing in the Classroom, Opera in the Classroom and Composing in the Classroom/Orchestral Workshop. We have a syllabus online at www.acnmp.ca in both English and French that is used as a resource for teachers, students, universities, and schools.

Gilles Mottet

Gilles Mottet

Composer / Director, Pourquoi pas… co-incidence? (Nice)

www.pourquoipascoincidence.com

Winner of a first prize for flute, keen on pedagogy and admitted into the “Centre de Formation de Musiciens Intervenants” at the University of Aix en Provence, where he graduated as a “Musicien Intervenant.” Since 1990, he has been a teacher at the École Départementale de musique des Alpes Maritimes. Gilles Mottet studied composition at the National Conservatory of Marseille, where he was unanimously awarded a first prize in composition. He was the first prize winner of an international composition competition organised by the Canadian Music Center, and he received a special mention in the Valentino Bucchi foundation international composition competition and the SACEM Prize.

Tawnie Olson

Tawnie Olson

Composition Instructor, ACES Educational Center for the Arts (New Haven)

www.aces.org

The music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson has been performed by a wide range of ensembles and individual musicians, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gemini Duo, the Satie Quartet, the Land’s End Ensemble, the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the Yale Camerata and the Yale Pro Musica, bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson, and harpsichordist Katelyn Clark. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary. This spring, Ms. Olson plans to defend her doctoral dissertation in music composition at the University of Toronto, where her principal teacher is Chan Ka Nin. Upcoming performances include her Seven Last Words from the Cross for chorus, soloists and orchestra, to be premièred by the Yale Camerata on April 5, and a new work commissioned by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, to be performed on May 1. As a graduate student, Ms. Olson taught music composition and theory at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Department of Music. For the past four years, she has taught composition classes at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut.

Face Chamber Orchestra

Face Chamber Orchestra

Theodora Stathopoulos, Conductor

www.csdm.qc.ca/osf

Founded in September, 1999 by its conductor, Theodora Stathopoulos, The FACE Chamber Orchestra (FCO) provides the Fine Arts Core Education (FACE) school’s most advanced string players (10-16 year old) the opportunity to further develop their ensemble skills through the study of advanced chamber music repertoire. The students’ experience is enhanced through community concerts, tours and festival participation. In 2003 the Canadian Music Educators’ Association awarded the FACE Chamber Orchestra with the Wilfred Harvey Award for the Best Small Ensemble. In 2004 and 2008 the FCO performed at the ISME Conference in Tenerife and Bologna respectively while in 2005 it was invited by United Nations to give a commemorative concert in memory of the former Executive Secretary at the World Conference on Climate Change. Provincial and National gold medalist the FCO is also the recipient of a congratulatory letter from Canada’s former Prime Minister for their outstanding performance at the inauguration of a new Canadian stamp.

Alex Pauk (photo: Bruce Zinger)

Alex Pauk

Composer / Music Director & Conductor, Esprit Orchestra

Alex Pauk was the 2007 winner of The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize. As composer, conductor, educator and entrepreneur, Alex Pauk had much to do with revitalizing Canadian orchestral musical life for composers by founding Esprit Orchestra in 1983 as Canada’s only orchestra devoted to new music. Esprit, with a core of 50 of Canada’s best new music instrumentalists, and an annual subscription series in Toronto, encourages composers from across Canada to take bold new directions. Through building and sustaining its high calibre performances, commissioning programme, innovative programming (80% Canadian), recordings, performing arts videos and DVDs, Toward a Living Art Education Programme, Creative Sparks mentoring and creative leadership programme, New Wave Composers Festival, outreach initiatives, Canadian and International tours and interdisciplinary arts and multi-media ventures, Pauk has made Esprit a major force for developing and promoting Canadian music at home and abroad. Currently Pauk is composing a work for large ensemble commissioned by La Société de musique contemporaine du Québec.

Jerry Pergolesi

Jerry Pergolesi

Artistic Director, Contact Contemporary Music

www.contactcontemporarymusic.ca | www.myspace.com/contactcontemporarymusic | Facebook: CONTACT contemporary music, Music From Scratch

Jerry Pergolesi is a founding member and artistic director of Contact Contemporary Music. Jerry earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Windsor where he studied composition and advanced theory with Jens Hanson and percussion with Carl Harris. He received a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with Russell Hartenberger. In addition to specializing in contemporary concert music, Jerry has studied Middle Eastern music and theory with George Sawa, African drumming and dance, Javanese Gamelan and performs with various independent recording artists. As Contact’s percussionist, Jerry has commissioned and premiered works by Wende Bartley, John Burke, Allison Cameron, Jeff Herriot, Theo Mathien, Jordan Nobles, Deirdre Piper, Marci Rabe, Ann Southam and Barry Truax..

Valerie Peters

Valerie Peters

Professor of Music Educations, Université Laval

Valerie Peters is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at Université Laval in Quebec City where she is primarily responsible for the secondary pedagogy classes and is a member of the Centre d’excellence en pédagogie musicale (GRePIM). She holds Bachelors degrees in Music and Education from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Ph.D. (2007) from Northwestern University. Valerie taught Band, Choir, Jazz Band, French, and Technology at Rosemount High School in Montreal. Her research interests include intercultural approaches to music education, musical creativity, and identity construction of music teachers.

Barbara Scales

Owner & Director, Latitude 45 Arts Promotion

www.latitude45arts.com

Founder and Director of Latitude 45/Arts Promotion, an artist management and agency that represents artists in all fields of the performing arts. Latitude 45 works globally with one-third of its activities in Canada, one-third in the United States and one third in Europe, Asia-Pacific and South America. Most of the work of Latitude 45 involves art on the leading edge of today’s performing arts practice in music. The market for this work is global rather than local or national and our experience has been in the international marketplace of the new performing arts. Among the artists we have represented and/or managed: Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Arditti Quartet (UK), Les Percussions de Strasbourg (Fr), Alain Trudel, Mark Fewer, Louise Bessette, Lucille Chung, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Boleslav Polivka (Czech) and Pierre Hébert (filmmaker).

R Murray Schafer (photo: André Leduc)

R Murray Schafer

Composer & Music Educator

www.patria.org

Born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1933, R Murray Schafer has gained an international reputation not only for his work as a composer, but also as an educator, researcher, writer, ecologist, and visual artist. A highly prolific composer, R Murray Schafer has produced works in every musical genre, from opera to music theatre, to chamber and orchestral music, by way of pieces for choir and a variety of soloists. The richness and depth of works such as Loving (1965), Lustro (1972), Music for Wilderness Lake (1979), Flute Concerto (1984), the World Soundscape Project, and the twelve-part work for music theatre Patria, illustrate the wide range of Schafer’s artistic interests. His ten string quartets are among his most significant works.

The composer’s celebrated book, The Tuning of the World (1977), documents the results of the World Soundscape Project—research that brings together the social, scientific, and artistic aspects of sound and which introduced the notion of sonic ecology. A number of Schafer’s compositions and writings have become reference points for the evolution of music and musical thought during this and the past century. He has received commissions from countless organizations and has been recognized with a number of prestigious prizes. Schafer was the first recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize, and was also awarded the Molson Prize for his contribution to the arts.

R Murray Schafer holds six honourary doctorates from universities in Canada, France, and Argentina. In September 2003, scholars paid hommage to Schafer with a conference in Rome entitled The Tuning of Italy, L’influenca di R Murray Schafer sulla ricerca musicale in Italia. At the same time, Schafer conducted a major event featuring over one thousand musicians entitled “Coimbra Vibra” to celebrate the city of Coimbra as the cultural capital of Portugal. In May 2004, Schafer was honoured for his contribution to radio at the Quinta Bienal International de Radio in Mexico City.

Theodora Stathopoulos

Theodora Stathopoulos

President, Quebec Music Educators Association (QMEA), Head of String Department, FACE (Fine Arts Core Education) School

www.mels.gouv.qc.ca/sections/artEtCulture5/index.asp?page=portrait

Theodora Stathopoulos is the recipient of the 2006 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Achievement) — one of two Canadian music teachers to receive the award in 2006 and the only music teacher from the province of Quebec. As well, in 2007, she was awarded both the Annual Achievement Award from the Business and Professional Women of Montreal and the Diplome d’Honneur from the Hellenic Community of Montreal. Ms. Stathopoulos has been a music specialist at FACE (Fine Arts Core Education) School in Montreal, Quebec since 1992. An active music educator since 1978, she collaborates regularly with the Music Education Department of the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in their teacher training Program. She has also been a reviewer and arts professional presenter for the Quebec Ministry of Education, serves on various national and provincial music and art education steering committees and is President of the Quebec Music Educators Association. A regular contributor to the Canadian Music Educators’ Journal, she has been an invited presenter for performing student ensembles at the International Society’s for Music Education (ISME) Conference (Tenerife, 2004/Bologna, 2008) and the United Nations’ World Conference on Climate Change (Montreal, 2005) as well as panelist at the Greek Society’s for Music Education Conference (Lamia, 2005 & Thessalonika, 2007), UNESCO’s World Conference on Art Education (Lisbon, 2006), National Arts & Learning Symposium (Ottawa, 2007), Resonant Learning Symposium on Arts, Children & Youth in a Multicultural Setting (Toronto, 2007) and the Canadian Arts and Learning Symposium (Kingston, 2008).