ACTOR Timbre & Orchestration Summer School

Deadline: February 15, 2024

The second edition of the ACTOR (Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration) Timbre & Orchestration Summer School will be held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, July 12-15, 2024.


Emily Dolan (Brown University) – Timbre Worlds

Daphne Tan (University of Toronto) – Music Analysis and Timbre

Michael Tenzer (University of British Columbia) – Ethnomusicology of Orchestration

Caroline Traube (Université de Montréal) – Deciphering Timbre Through the Prism of Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

Anthony Tan (University of Victoria) – Sound as Material: Perspectives on a Timbral Discourse


In addition to three days of tutorial sessions (July 12-14), students will have the opportunity to present in a Poster Session, attend the Plenary session of the Y6 ACTOR Workshop, and join tutors in informal discussion sessions.

We welcome graduate, advanced undergraduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers in any field of music-related research with keen interest in timbre and orchestration.

Selected participants will be notified by March 15, 2024 and invited to register. Two pricing options are available:
Option 1: $750 CAD – includes: tuition, accommodation in the Totem Park Residence ( for four nights (check in: July 11, check out: July 15), breakfast and lunch for four days (July 12-15), and one dinner (date TBD).
Option 2: $421.05 CAD – includes: tuition, breakfast and lunch for four days (July 12-15), and one dinner (date TBD)