Annual Conference 2010
of Regina

Department of Music

June 3–6, 2010

George Proctor Prize

The George Proctor Prize is awarded for the best paper in French or English presented by a graduate student at the annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society. The 2010 CUMS conference will be held at the University of Regina, Department of Music, June 3–6, 2010. All student presenters are eligible for partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, in accordance with CUMS guidelines (receipts are required).

The prize-winning paper will represent original research in any recognized branch of musical scholarship and may be presented in either official language. The jury reserves the right to withhold the award if, in its judgment, there are no suitable submissions.

The amount of the award is $500. The winning paper will also be considered for publication in the society’s journal Intersections and will be sent out to appraisers, as other submissions are.

The competition is open to anyone who, at the time of submission of the abstract, is registered in a graduate degree program, does not yet hold a doctorate, does not hold a full-time teaching position, and is a member of CUMS. Previous winners are ineligible to compete.

For all other conditions of proposal submission and conference participation, please refer to the “Call for Papers,” available in the Fall 2009 electronic newsletter, or at The deadline for submission of proposals is December 18, 2009. Submission of an abstract denotes willingness and ability to attend the 2010 conference.

Students whose proposals are accepted for the conference will be informed by February 12, 2010. In addition to complying with all subsequent deadlines for other presenters, including the requirement for submission of an abridged abstract (250 words) and biography (150 words maximum) no later than March 26, 2010, students who wish to compete for the prize must submit, by April 23, 2010, an electronic copy of their paper (with the scholarly apparatus) and of any handout, exactly as they will be presented at the conference. Attached files may not exceed 1 Mb in size.  A preliminary jury will select the finalists (normally up to four), from which a winner will be chosen at the conference. In determining the winner, the final jury will consider the presentation and the ability to handle questions from the audience, as well as the quality of the paper. The preliminary and final juries will be formed after all Proctor Prize submissions are received, to ensure that all jurors are at arm’s length from the applicants.

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.”


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