For Immediate Release – August 10, 2017

THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY AND THE SOCAN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE 2017 SOCAN FOUNDATION/GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE

The Canadian University Music Society and the SOCAN Foundation are pleased to announce that Joseph Siu is the recipient of the 2017 SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize for his presentation entitled "Reexamining the Loosely-Knit Subordinate Theme in the Classical Style:  A Phrase Rhythmic Approach.”

The SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize is awarded for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society.  This award is for original research in any recognized branch of musical scholarship.

Joseph Siu is a PhD candidate in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, and his study is supported by the Doctoral Fellowship Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Prior to his studies at Eastman, Joseph earned his BMus in Piano Performance with distinction from the University of Western Ontario, where he was awarded the UWO Gold Medal upon graduation. Joseph is currently working on his dissertation, which investigates the role of hypermeter and phrase structure in determining the formal sections of sonata movements in the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Besides his dissertation topic, Joseph also has a strong interest in music cognition and perception, as well as in music theory pedagogy. Joseph has presented his research at many international, national, and regional conferences, and he was the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 conference meeting of the South Central Society for Music Theory. In 2015, Joseph was awarded the Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the Eastman School of Music. Joseph will join the faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County's Department of Music this fall.

The Canadian University Music Society gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the SOCAN Foundation in the awarding of this prize.

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