FORUM 2009

Audience Development, Creative Music and Education: Creating The Future

Feb­ru­ary 27–28, 2009 start­ing at 8:15am in Mon­tre­al. Amaz­ing guests, an amaz­ing fes­ti­val, and a crit­i­cal topic!

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Montreal/New Music Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val (MNM).

*** Update: If you haven’t already sent in your reg­is­tra­tion fee by cheque in the mail, we rec­om­mend you wait and pay in-per­son on the morn­ing of Feb­ru­ary 27th (cheque or cash). If this is the case, let us know so that we can pre­pare for your par­tic­i­pa­tion. Email Emi­ly Hall at

Registration Fees


  • $65 for 2 days
  • $35 for 1 day


  • $110 for 2 days
  • $60 for 1 day

Reg­is­tra­tion includes an onsite buf­fet lunch and tick­ets to the fol­low­ing Montreal/New Music Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val concerts:

Please reserve your tick­ets with the SMCQ by tele­phone at 514–843-9305 x301, or by email at

Conference Location

Salle mul­ti­mé­dia
Con­ser­va­toire de musique de Montréal
4750, avenue Henri-Julien
Mon­tréal (Québec) H2T 2C8


For your con­ve­nience, refer to these loca­tions on the Google map. You will find both the hotel and the Forum loca­tions. Both des­ti­na­tions are with­in close walk­ing dis­tance to a metro sta­tion on the orange line (Forum location/Conservatoire — metro Mont-Roy­al; Hotel Gou­verneur Place Dupuis — metro Berri-UQAM).



  • Schedule

    Friday, February 27

    8:15am — 9:00am Reg­is­tra­tion
    9:00am — 9:30am Open­ing remarks
    Tim Brady, Pres­i­dent, CNMN
    Gaé­tan Bell, Pres­i­dent, FAMEQ
    Allan Bell, Pres­i­dent, CMC
    Pier­rette Gin­gras, Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, SMCQ
    9:30am — 10:00am Keynote Address — Music, Soci­ety and Edu­ca­tion — R Mur­ray Schafer
    10:00am — 10:25am Break
    10:25am — 10:45am Demon­stra­tion #1 — Face Cham­ber Orches­tra — Con­duc­tor, Theodo­ra Stathopou­los (Mon­tréal)
    10:45am — 11:15am Case Study #1 — Learn­ing and Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Con­text of a Con­tem­po­rary Music Ensemble
    Nan­cy Evans — Edu­ca­tion Man­ag­er, BCMG (UK)
    11:15am — 11:45am Por­trait #1 — New Music in the Cana­di­an Choral Landscape
    Patri­cia Abbott — Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­di­an Choral Com­mu­ni­ties (Mon­tréal)
    11:45am — 12:00pm Demon­stra­tion #2 — Con­cer­to Del­la Don­na — Direc­tor, Iwan Edwards
    12:00pm — 1:30pm Lunch — includ­ed in reg­is­tra­tion fee
    1:30pm — 2:30pm Round Table #1 — Cre­ative Music Edu­ca­tion: the Key to the Future
    Mod­er­a­tor: Louise Camp­bell, clar­inetist / edu­ca­tor / mem­ber of the CNMN board of directors
    Mary Dinn — Pres­i­dent, CMEA (St John’s)
    Iwan Edwards — Artis­tic Direc­tor, Con­cer­to Del­la Don­na (Mon­tréal)
    Tawnie Olson — Com­po­si­tion Instruc­tor, ACES Edu­ca­tion­al Cen­ter for the Arts (New Haven, USA)
    Valerie Peters — Pro­fes­sor of Music Edu­ca­tion, Uni­ver­sité Laval (Que­bec City)
    Theodo­ra Stathopou­los — Pres­i­dent, QMEA / Edu­ca­tor, FACE (Mon­tréal)
    2:30pm — 2:45pm Por­trait #2 — Audi­ence Devel­op­ment in Orchestras
    Kather­ine Car­leton — Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Orches­tras Cana­da (Toron­to)
    2:45pm — 3:00pm Por­trait #3 — Com­po­si­tion and Musi­cal Cre­ativ­i­ty in the Que­bec Edu­ca­tion System
    Valerie Peters — Pro­fes­sor of Music Edu­ca­tion, Uni­ver­sité Laval (Que­bec City)
    3:00pm — 3:30pm Break
    3:30pm — 3:45pm Case Study #2 — Hom­mage à Vivier
    Pier­rette Gin­gras — Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, SMCQ (Mon­tréal)
    3:45pm — 4:00pm Case Study #3 — Music From Scratch
    Jer­ry Per­gole­si — Artis­tic Direc­tor, Con­tact Con­tem­po­rary Music (Toron­to)
    4:00pm — 4:30pm Case Study #4 — New Music and Community
    Gilles Mot­tet — Com­pos­er / Direc­tor, Pourquoi pas… co-inci­dence? (Nice)
    4:30pm — 5:30pm Round Table #2 — Audi­ence Devel­op­ment: Cre­ative Music Strategies
    Mod­er­a­tor: Patri­cia Abbott — Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­di­an Choral Com­mu­ni­ties (Mon­tréal)
    René Bosc — Com­pos­er / Head of Music, Radio-France (Paris)
    Coat Cooke — Artis­tic Direc­tor, New Orches­tra Work­shop Soci­ety (Van­cou­ver)
    Nan­cy Evans — Edu­ca­tion Man­ag­er, BCMG (UK)
    Matt Haimovitz — Cel­list / Edu­ca­tor, McGill Uni­ver­si­ty (Mon­tréal)
    Alex Pauk — Com­pos­er / Music Direc­tor and Con­duc­tor, Esprit Orches­tra (Toron­to)

    Saturday, February 28

    8:30am — 9:00am Reg­is­tra­tion
    9:15am — 9:45am Por­trait #4 — Cana­di­an Reper­toire For Young Musicians
    Eliz­a­beth Bihl — Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, nation­al office, Cana­di­an Music Cen­tre (Toron­to)
    Mireille Gag­né — Direc­tor, CMC Que­bec (Mon­tréal)
    9:45am — 10:00am Case Study #5 — Com­pos­ing For Young Musi­cians: Expe­ri­ences with School Bands and Choirs
    Allan Bell — Com­pos­er / Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Calgary
    10:00am — 10:15am Case Study #6 — Com­pos­ing With Young Musicians
    Tawnie Olson — Com­po­si­tion Instruc­tor, ACES Edu­ca­tion­al Cen­ter for the Arts (New Haven, USA)
    10:15am — 10:30am Demon­stra­tion #3 — Ear Clean­ing and Impro­vi­sa­tion Ped­a­gogy in the High School Classroom
    Dou­glas Friesen — Music Instruc­tor, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (Toron­to)
    10:30am — 11:00am Break
    11:15am — 12:00pm Round Table #3 — Cre­ative Music, Edu­ca­tion and Soci­ety: a Crit­i­cal Connection
    Mod­er­a­tor: Nicole Doucet — Direc­tor of Arts Dis­ci­plines, Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts (Ottawa)
    Claude de Grand­pré — Artis­tic Direc­tor, Théâtre Hec­tor-Char­land (L’Assomption)
    Raf­fi Armen­ian — Direc­tor, Con­ser­va­toire de musique de Montréal
    Emmanuel Bigand — Pro­fes­sor Cog­ni­tive Psy­chol­o­gy, Insti­tut Uni­ver­si­taire de France / Direc­tor LEAD (Dijon)
    R Mur­ray Schafer — Com­pos­er & Music Edu­ca­tor (Indi­an River)
    12:00pm — 12:15pm Case Study #7 — The Impor­tance of Music Edu­ca­tion In Our Classroom
    Ann La Plante — Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, Alliance For Cana­di­an New Music Projects
    12:15pm — 1:30pm Lunch — includ­ed in reg­is­tra­tion fee
    1:30pm — 2:00pm Por­trait #5 — New Music and Pre­sen­ters Networks
    Bar­bara Scales — Own­er & Direc­tor, Lat­i­tude 45 Arts Pro­mo­tion Inc (Mon­tréal)
    Angela Drainville-Ashick — Direc­tor, CAPACOA / Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, Clas­sic The­atre (Cobalt)
    2:00pm — 2:30pm Demon­stra­tion #4 — Cre­ative Music Technology
    Blue Yeti — Mag­nolya Roy & Jean-Michel Cou­turi­er (France)
    2:30pm — 2:45pm Demon­stra­tion #5 — Musicolateur
    Félix Boisvert — Com­pos­er (Mon­tréal)
    2:45pm — 3:15pm Break
    3:15pm — 4:15pm Ple­nary Ses­sion — Forum 2009 Sum­ma­ry, Forum 2010 in Vancouver
    4:15pm — 4:45pm CNMN Gen­er­al Assembly
  • Guest Speakers

    Patri­cia Abbott

    Patricia Abbott

    Executive Director, Association of Canadian Choral Communities

    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

    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

    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: | Jean-Michel Cou­turi­er:

    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


    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

    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

    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) |

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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 |

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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)

    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)

    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

    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 | | 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

    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

    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

    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).

  • Round Tables

    Round Table 1

    Creative Music Education: the Key to the Future

    • Mod­er­a­tor: Louise Camp­bell, Clar­inetist / Edu­ca­tor / Mem­ber of the CNMN Board of Directors
    • Mary Dinn: Pres­i­dent, CMEA (St. John’s)
    • Iwan Edwards: Artis­tic Direc­tor, Con­cer­to Del­la Don­na (Mon­tréal)
    • Tawnie Olson: Com­po­si­tion Instruc­tor, ACES Edu­ca­tion­al Cen­ter for the Arts (New Haven, USA)
    • Valerie Peters: Pro­fes­sor of Music Edu­ca­tions, Uni­ver­sité Laval (Québec)
    • Theodo­ra Stathopou­los: Pres­i­dent, QMEA / Music Edu­ca­tor, FACE (Mon­tréal)

    The music lovers of tomor­row begin their jour­ney in today’s class­rooms. If today’s kids get excit­ed about music, they will be more like­ly to make music a part of their adult life, whether as ama­teur musi­cians, con­cert goers, avid lis­ten­ers, music edu­ca­tors or pro­fes­sion­al artists.

    What are the issues involved in mak­ing music in the class­room, and more specif­i­cal­ly, mak­ing the music of today in today’s class­rooms? Teach­ers in the class are faced with many chal­lenges: stu­dents of vary­ing lev­els of knowl­edge, abil­i­ty and apti­tude; lim­it­ed class time, equip­ment and bud­getary con­straints, expec­ta­tions and pres­sures from the school’s admin­is­tra­tion and stu­dents’ par­ents, and cur­ricu­lum require­ments from the provin­cial Min­istries of Edu­ca­tion. The guests of this pan­el present real-life expe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and advice in cre­at­ing sit­u­a­tions that help kids be excit­ed about today’s music.

    Round Table 2

    Audience Development: Creative Music Strategies

    • Mod­er­a­tor: Patri­cia Abbott, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, ACCC (Mon­tréal)
    • René Bosc: Com­pos­er / Head of Music, Radio-France (Paris)
    • Coat Cooke: Artis­tic Direc­tor, New Orches­tra Work­shop Soci­ety (Van­cou­ver)
    • Nan­cy Evans: Edu­ca­tion Man­ag­er, Birm­ing­ham Con­tem­po­rary Music Group (RU | UK)
    • Matt Haimovitz: Cel­list / Edu­ca­tor, Uni­ver­sité McGill (Mon­tre­al)
    • Alex Pauk: Com­pos­er / Music Direc­tor and Con­duc­tor, Esprit Orches­tra (Toron­to)

    Who is lis­ten­ing? The aver­age con­cert hall is filled main­ly with peo­ple who already attend con­certs on a reg­u­lar basis. If this is the case, then live con­tem­po­rary music is get­ting to a very restrict­ed num­ber of peo­ple — so how do we get to every­body else, to all of those peo­ple who don’t usu­al­ly go to con­certs? The mar­ket­ing buzz­word is audi­ence devel­op­ment, and the inter­est is sin­cere; music has the poten­tial to speak to any­one, regard­less of their demo­graph­ic or man­ner of engag­ing with the music. The guests of this pan­el share their inno­v­a­tive think­ing, moti­va­tion, strate­gies and ini­tia­tives in reach­ing out to a larg­er, more diverse public.

    Round Table 3

    Creative Music, Education and Society: a Critical Connection

    • Mod­er­a­tor: Nicole Doucet, Direc­tor of Arts Dis­ci­plines, Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts (Ottawa)
    • Claude de Grand­pré: Artis­tic Direc­tor, Théâtre Hec­tor-Char­land (L’Assomption) Raf­fi Armen­ian: Direc­tor, Con­ser­va­toire de musique de Montréal
    • R. Mur­ray Schafer: Com­pos­er & Music Edu­ca­tor (Indi­an River)

    Present­ly, there is lit­tle con­nec­tion between cre­ative music mak­ing and the cur­rent edu­ca­tion sys­tem. How­ev­er, Forum 2009 brings togeth­er many of those who expe­ri­ence this rare and pow­er­ful con­nec­tion, and there’s a lot to learn from them!

    At every stage of the pub­lic school sys­tem, Cana­di­ans find count­less oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn art by cre­at­ing their own art — when it comes to lit­er­ary and visu­al arts, that is. In music class, they are taught to re-cre­ate the com­po­si­tions of oth­ers, or at best, to impro­vise with­in a pre­con­ceived frame­work (i.e. jazz). For this rea­son, the art of cre­ative music mak­ing remains an alien phe­nom­e­non to the major­i­ty of both ama­teur and seri­ous music stu­dents. Can we real­ly won­der, then, why the aver­age mem­ber of soci­ety has such dif­fi­cul­ty appre­ci­at­ing a work of cre­ative music, com­pared to a new work of lit­er­a­ture or visu­al art?

    This dis­par­i­ty among the arts in the edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem is part­ly due to eco­nom­ic fac­tors: most jobs require strong lan­guage skills, not musi­cal skills. The result is a cycle that works to the detri­ment of musi­cal cul­ture: stu­dents are not giv­en a chance to cre­ate music, they go on to become uncrit­i­cal music con­sumers, and those who pur­sue cre­ative music strug­gle to exist and to con­nect with their poten­tial lis­ten­ers. How can we break this cycle? Is it in the whole of society’s inter­est to invest in the edu­ca­tion of musi­cal cre­ation? What kind of soci­ety would we see if cre­ative music had an impor­tant, crit­i­cal con­nec­tion with it?

  • Portraits

    Portrait 1

    New Music in the Canadian Choral Landscape

    • Patri­cia Abbott: Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­di­an Choral Com­mu­ni­ties (Mon­tre­al)

    The Cana­di­an choral land­scape is teem­ing with choirs eager to per­form new music and espe­cial­ly that of Cana­di­an com­posers. The Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­di­an Choral Com­mu­ni­ties’ Patri­cia Abbott describes the cur­rent choral music scene and offers insight for com­posers keen on writ­ing for this medi­um. She will also offer con­tact infor­ma­tion and ways in which com­posers can make their work known to choral conductors.

    Portrait 2

    Audience Development in Orchestras

    • Kather­ine Car­leton, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Orches­tras Cana­da (Toron­to)

    “Com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment”, “audi­ence devel­op­ment”, and “edu­ca­tion and out­reach” are terms that have been used by orches­tras to describe their efforts to reach and engage less tra­di­tion­al audi­ences. Kather­ine Car­leton, exec­u­tive direc­tor of Orches­tras Cana­da (the nation­al mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion for Cana­di­an orches­tras), will talk about the his­to­ry, evo­lu­tion and future of this work, with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on orches­tras’ efforts to active­ly enlist audi­ence mem­bers as per­form­ers and creators.

    Portrait 3

    Composition and Musical Creativity in the Quebec Education System

    • Valerie Peters, Pro­fes­sor of Music Edu­ca­tion, Uni­ver­sité Laval (Québec)

    This talk will present elec­tron­ic case stud­ies fea­tur­ing stu­dents and teach­ers from pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary schools in the province of Que­bec. These case stud­ies are the result of a ped­a­gog­i­cal project in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Office of Ped­a­gog­i­cal Ser­vices at Uni­ver­sité Laval. The video clips fea­ture stu­dents in the dif­fer­ent stages of the cre­ative process in music class­rooms. Also, there are inter­views with stu­dents as they explain how they compose/create music as well as inter­views with teach­ers, explain­ing the ped­a­gog­i­cal con­text and orga­ni­za­tion of the cre­ative activ­i­ties. I will make links between the case stud­ies and recent lit­er­a­ture about cre­ativ­i­ty and music com­po­si­tion in schools. After the pre­sen­ta­tion, there will be time to dis­cuss the dif­fer­ent chal­lenges in rela­tion to musi­cal cre­ativ­i­ty in the class­room setting.

    Portrait 4

    Canadian repertoire for young musicians

    • Elis­a­beth Bihl, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Cana­di­an Music Cen­tre (Toron­to)
    • Mireille Gag­né, Direc­tor of the CMC-Que­bec (Mon­tréal)

    Over its 50-year his­to­ry, the Cana­di­an Music Cen­tre has always worked in close part­ner­ship with Canada’s music edu­ca­tors and orga­ni­za­tions. CMC’s long­stand­ing out­reach pro­grams such as the Com­pos­er kit, Com­pos­er in the Class­room or Com­posers in Elec­tron­ic Res­i­dence were val­ued and rec­og­nized by stu­dents and teach­ers alike. Upon launch­ing the CMC’s new web­site in 2004, the tra­di­tion was con­tin­ued. Today, CMC offers three online edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams com­plete with down­load­able teach­ers guides. SOUND ADVENTURES is an intro­duc­tion to music and is aimed at chil­dren from 5-—10 years of age. SOUND PROGRESSION pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive overview of the var­i­ous gen­res with­in the con­tem­po­rary music sphere, offer­ing infor­ma­tion to all ages; INFLUENCES OF MANY MUSICS presents a unique look at music from CMC Asso­ciate Com­posers who are new Cana­di­ans, and the reflec­tion of their duel her­itage in their music. The pre­sen­ta­tion will take a clos­er look at these CMC online edu­ca­tion­al tools. — Elis­a­beth Bihl

    Cana­di­an reper­toire for young musi­cians exists, but too often the works are not suf­fi­cient­ly adapt­ed to the con­di­tions of pre­sen­ta­tion and per­for­mance in Que­bec schools. For twen­ty years, CMC Québec has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Fédéra­tion des asso­ci­a­tions de musi­ciens édu­ca­teurs du Québec (FAMEQ) on the annu­al com­mis­sion of a work for school band, which is pre­miered at every annu­al Con­gress of the Fed­er­a­tion. More­over, and very recent­ly, FAMEQ and CMC Québec agreed to a mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing that aims to revi­talise music edu­ca­tion, by pro­vid­ing teach­ers the nec­es­sary tools to help them accom­plish the task of teach­ing and explor­ing this spe­cial reper­toire and, vice-ver­sa, by invit­ing and sus­tain­ing com­posers who are ready to invest in active­ly com­pos­ing for young musi­cians. — Mireille Gagné

    Portrait 5

    New Music and Presenters Networks

    • Angela Drainville-Ashick, Direc­tor, CAPACOA & Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, Clas­sic The­atre (Cobalt)
    • Bar­bara Scales, Own­er and Direc­tor, Lat­i­tude 45 Arts Pro­mo­tion Inc. (Mon­tréal)

    This is an exchange between Bar­bara Scales, artist man­ag­er and agent, and Angela Drainville-Ashick, com­mu­ni­ty pre­sen­ter. The themes dis­cussed will include the roles of the artist, the agent and the pre­sen­ter, their par­tic­u­lar real­i­ties and the expec­ta­tions that each may have of the oth­er. CAPACOA Direc­tor, Angela Drainville-Ashick will review the bar­ri­ers and oppor­tu­ni­ties in pre­sent­ing new music at soft-seat venues across Cana­da. With a unique pre­sent­ing per­spec­tive, Drainville-Ashick will dis­cuss the needs of facil­i­ty pro­gram­mers in under­stand­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing to present new music.

  • Case Studies

    Case Study 1

    Learning and Participation in the Context of a Contemporary Music Ensemble

    • Nan­cy Evans, Edu­ca­tion Man­ag­er, Birm­ing­ham Con­tem­po­rary Music Group (RU / UK)

    This talk will explore BCMG’s learn­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­gramme. The pro­gramme is built around the resources of the group (vir­tu­osic musi­cian­ship and links with com­posers) and reflects BCMG’s core val­ues of excel­lence, inno­va­tion and qual­i­ty rela­tion­ships. The pro­gramme con­sists of: an exten­sive pro­gramme of out-of-school and in-school com­po­si­tion work­shops; ground-break­ing fam­i­ly and schools con­certs; con­certs involv­ing young and non-pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians per­form­ing along­side BCMG musi­cians; play-throughs of works by uni­ver­si­ty and con­ser­va­toire stu­dents; com­mis­sion­ing new works for young lis­ten­ers and young per­form­ers; cre­at­ing learn­ing resources; and, a series of Insight events explor­ing the world of con­tem­po­rary music in more depth. The talk will also touch on BCMG’s pio­neer­ing indi­vid­ual donor and audi­ence devel­op­ment scheme Sound Invest­ment in which audi­ence mem­bers invest in new com­mis­sions. Nan­cy will share how the pro­gramme has evolved, how it works in part­ner­ship with oth­er organ­i­sa­tions, ongo­ing chal­lenges and future devel­op­ments. The talk will be illus­trat­ed by audio and video exam­ples of work.

    Case Study 2

    Série Hommage No 1: Claude Vivier

    • Pier­rette Gin­gras, Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, Société de musique con­tem­po­raine du Québec (Mon­tréal)

    In the 2007–2008 sea­son, the Société de musique con­tem­po­raine du Québec cre­at­ed the new series ’Hom­mage’. This series aims to unite the cul­tur­al milieu around one com­pos­er with the goal of rec­og­niz­ing this com­pos­er with the stat­ue of ’nation­al trea­sure’. The first edi­tion of this series ded­i­cat­ed to Claude Vivi­er proved to be a great suc­cess: around 20 organ­i­sa­tions respond­ed to the call put out by the SMCQ by inte­grat­ing one of Vivier’s works into their artis­tic sea­son. The major accom­plish­ment of this project was Le grand jeu/La grande écoute which gave more than 13000 chil­dren in Que­bec the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cov­er the com­pos­er by lis­ten­ing to and play­ing one of his works in the class­room. The Hom­mage series demon­strates the extent to which diver­si­ty of the par­tic­i­pat­ing organ­i­sa­tions is a key com­po­nent to audi­ence development.

    Case Study 3

    Music From Scratch

    • Jer­ry Per­gole­si, Artis­tic Direc­tor, Con­tact Con­tem­po­rary Music (Toron­to)

    Music From Scratch is a free, week­long sum­mer work­shop for youth pre­sent­ed by CONTACT con­tem­po­rary music in asso­ci­a­tion with Uni­ver­si­ty Set­tle­ment Music & Arts School. Com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers with and with­out musi­cal train­ing are engaged in the process of cre­at­ing music. The work­shop pro­vides a means for par­tic­i­pants to explore alter­na­tive ways to be cre­ative with music, that involves lis­ten­ing to their envi­ron­ment in a dif­fer­ent way, and to orga­nize their thoughts in new ways in order to con­vey their (musi­cal) mes­sage. Togeth­er, par­tic­i­pants in the work­shop, along with artists cre­ate works that explore their envi­ron­ment and per­son­al lives. Par­tic­i­pants are giv­en sev­er­al new tools with which they are now able to think cre­ative­ly in order to express their own realities.

    Case Study 4

    New Music and Community

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

    Thanks to the struc­ture of Pourquoi pas…, an asso­ci­a­tion of com­posers and per­form­ers devot­ed to new music cre­ation which I found­ed in 2001, we could imag­ine and put in prac­tice dif­fer­ent forms of cre­ativ­i­ty and com­mu­ni­ca­tion to enable a large audi­ence to dis­cov­er music cre­ation and new music reper­toire. To reach this goal, we reg­u­lar­ly build part­ner­ships with local insti­tu­tion­al struc­tures such as muse­ums and media libraries. We aim to inte­grate our new music into the pro­gram­ming of nation­al cul­tur­al events that, orig­i­nal­ly, were not designed to accept this kind of work — events such as Journées du pat­ri­moine, Mars aux Musées, Nuit des Musée, among oth­ers. To these spe­cial places, we pro­vide the per­son­nel and tech­ni­cal resources need­ed to cre­ate site-spe­cif­ic com­mis­sioned works that make use of, or are con­nect­ed to, dif­fer­ent artis­tic and sci­en­tif­ic fields. Final­ly, we pro­pose ped­a­gog­i­cal actions such as meet­ings and debates with com­posers and musi­cians, new music res­i­den­cies open to the pub­lic, stu­dent work­shops on musi­cal prac­tices, and inter­ven­tions in schools.

    Case Study 5

    Composing For Young Musicians: Experiences with School Bands and Choirs

    • Allan Bell, Com­pos­er / Pro­fes­sor, Cal­gary Uni­ver­si­ty (Cochrane)

    The ses­sion will focus upon prac­ti­cal approach­es to the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing adven­tur­ous music for per­for­mance by young musicians.

    Case Study 6

    Composing With Young Musicians

    • Tawnie Olson, Com­po­si­tion Instruc­tor, ACES Edu­ca­tion­al Cen­ter for the Arts (New Haven, USA)

    Com­pos­ing With Young Musi­cians offers a win­dow into one approach to con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tion ped­a­gogy by dis­cussing meth­ods used at the Edu­ca­tion­al Cen­ter for the Arts (ECA), an arts mag­net high school in New Haven, Con­necti­cut. The his­to­ry and phi­los­o­phy of ECA and its music depart­ment will be sum­ma­rized briefly, and a pro­file of its stu­dents will be giv­en. Three key ele­ments of the com­po­si­tion cours­es at ECA will be dis­cussed: using con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tions as mod­els, cre­at­ing frame­works that encour­age stu­dents to use new tech­niques while allow­ing them to main­tain styl­is­tic free­dom, and cre­at­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tions, per­for­mances and recog­ni­tion of stu­dent work. Exam­ples of assign­ments, stu­dent com­po­si­tions, and per­for­mances will be provided.

    Case Study 7

    The Importance of Music Education In Our Classroom

    • Ann La Plante, Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, Alliance for Cana­di­an New Music Projects

    Ann La Plante details how the Alliance for Cana­di­an New Music Projects pro­duces their class­room projects, and due to its many years of under­tak­ing such endeav­ours, she can show us the extent to which such projects are impor­tant in the pub­lic school classroom.

  • Demonstrations

    Demonstration 1

    FACE Chamber Orchestra

    • Theodo­ra Stathopou­los, Con­duc­tor (Mon­tréal)

    The pro­gramme con­sists of “Suite du promeneur” (1992) for string orches­tra, by Que­bec com­pos­er Louis Babin, as well as short works com­posed and per­formed by sec­ondary lev­el stu­dents from FACE.

    Demonstration 2

    Concerto Della Donna

    • Iwan Edwards, Con­duc­tor (Mon­tréal)

    Join Con­cer­to Del­la Don­na, under the direc­tion of Mae­stro Iwan Edwards, for a per­for­mance of Mag­ni­fi­cat, a work for soloist and ten singers by Cana­di­an com­pos­er Chris­tine Donkin.

    Demonstration 3

    Ear Cleaning and improvisation pedagogy in the high school classroom

    • Dou­glas Friesen, Music Instruc­tor, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (Toron­to)

    With the help of sev­er­al of his stu­dents, Dou­glas Friesen pro­vides us with a glimpse into the cre­ative and impro­vi­sa­tion­al teach­ing meth­ods hap­pen­ing at a pub­lic arts school in Toron­to, includ­ing ele­ments of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary exper­i­men­ta­tion. Mr. Friesen and his stu­dents have par­tic­i­pat­ed in work­shops with Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Iva Bit­to­va, among oth­ers, and have gone on to present their own work­shops to fel­low stu­dents and immi­nent teach­ers. The infor­ma­tion they present has proven suc­cess­ful and valu­able to edu­ca­tors and stu­dents of all lev­els, from ear­ly years to post sec­ondary, and can often act as a cat­a­lyst to the dis­cov­ery of the best-suit­ed exer­cis­es and games for each class­room situation.

    Demonstration 4

    Creative Music Technology

    • Blue Yeti: Mag­nolya Roy & Jean-Michel Cou­turi­er (France)

    Blue Yeti is a hybrid struc­ture that bridges research activ­i­ties and work­shops in sound, visu­al and ges­tur­al exper­i­ments. It is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in dig­i­tal music instru­ments design and their use for cre­ative and edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es. The heart of this “dig­i­tal lutherie” (or one could call it dig­i­tal instru­ment design) cen­tres on the search for new sounds and the most appro­pri­ate instru­men­tal ges­tures with which to con­trol these sounds. Grapho­line is an exam­ple of an audio­vi­su­al instru­ment that enables the trans­for­ma­tion of draw­ing ges­tures into sounds. Grapho­line has been used to com­pose and play sev­er­al elec­troa­coustic pieces of music, and is also used in an edu­ca­tion­al project with chil­dren and teenagers. The aim of this project is to offer a cre­ative tool that can deal with sub­jects as dif­fer­ent as music and sound art, visu­al art, the rela­tion­ship of the body and the envi­ron­ment, the inter­sec­tions between art and science…

    Demonstration 5


    • Félix Boisvert, Com­pos­er (Mon­tréal)

    Félix Boisvert presents the Musi­co­la­teur, an instru­ment for music cre­ation designed specif­i­cal­ly for chil­dren rang­ing in age from kinder­garten to high school. On the cut­ting edge of dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy, this instru­ment was designed to be usable by all, regard­less of the lev­el of for­mal musi­cal train­ing. The Musi­co­la­teur is the result of Yves Daoust’s forty years of work with chil­dren; this work led to the desire to cre­ate an instru­ment design with a dis­tinct­ly mod­ern con­cep­tion, which allows a play­ful approach to ini­ti­at­ing young ears to the world of con­tem­po­rary music creation.

  • Team

    • Tim Brady
    • Louise Camp­bell
    • Mireille Gag­né
    • Jean-Sébastien Gagnon
    • Pier­rette Gingras
    • Theodo­ra Stathopoulos
    • Emi­ly Hall — RCMN Admin­is­tra­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and pro­duc­tion coordinator

    With the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Fes­ti­val Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques 2009 team.