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

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]