The George Proctor Prize of $500 (previously the SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize) is awarded annually for an outstanding paper presented in French or English, by a graduate student, at the annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society (MusCan). The prize-winning paper will demonstrate original research in any recognized branch of musical scholarship and may be presented in either official language.
Previous Winners: (Click on the links to see the award announcements)
2010: Kimberly White (McGill) for “Creating the Ideal Debutante: Cornélie Falcon’s 1832 Debut at the Paris Opéra”.
Colleen Renihan (Toronto) for “’Voices from History’: Postmodern Canadian Historicism in Istvan Anhalt’s Winthrop.”
Dr. George Proctor (1931–85) was a pioneering bibliographer of information concerning music in Canada and a scholar of Canadian music. His fields of expertise included old-time fiddle music, the scope of twentieth-century Canadian music, and trends in contemporary Canadian music. In the course of his career, he held positions in music departments in Canadian universities at both ends of the nation—McMaster, British Columbia, Western Ontario, and Mount Allison—as well as with the National Museum of Canada and the Eastman School of Music. Among his publications are Canadian Music of the Twentieth Century (Toronto: 1980) and articles for the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and The New Grove Dictionary. Source: EMC, 2d ed., s.v. “Proctor, George.”
The Canadian University Music Society gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the SOCAN Foundation in the awarding of this prize.