THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY AND THE SOCAN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE 2016 SOCAN FOUNDATION/MusCan AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF RESEARCH IN CANADIAN MUSIC

The Canadian University Music Society and the SOCAN Foundation are pleased to announce that Gordon E. Smith is the recipient of the 2016 SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music.

The SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award of Excellence recognizes, on an annual basis, a mature scholar who has established a nation-wide profile in the field of research into Canadian music and its composers. The winner’s dissemination of research results demonstrably increases aural and cultural understanding of Canadian music among other musical scholars and among musical performers. It also leads to increased understanding of Canadian music among the general public for music, or among members of a younger generation of future audiences and musicians. More information on the award itself is available on the MusCan website: http://muscan.org/en/.

Gordon E. Smith holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto and is professor of ethnomusicology and musicology in the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. He was Director of the School of Music at Queen’s from 2003-2006, and more recently has served as Associate Dean and Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He is currently the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on historic and current issues of representation in Canadian ethnomusicology. He has published articles and reviews in various journals, including The Canadian University Music Review, World of Music, American Music, Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de la recherch en musique and The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music. He was also the Editor of the Canadian Journal for Traditional Music from 2000-2006, oversaw the journal’s transformation to a fully peer-reviewed publication, MUSICultures, in 2007, and was its Editor until 2011. He is co-editor of the book, Istvan Anhalt: Pathways and Memory (2001), and also of Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology: Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present (2007), Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture (2008), and Musical Traditions, Culture and Contexts (2010). Most recently, Dr. Smith was guest editor of Perspectives, People, and Places: Essays in Honour of Carl Morey, a theme issue of Intersections (Canadian Journal of Music/Revue canadienne de musique), which was published in 2015. His current research is focused on music in Indigenous contexts, with particular emphasis on intergenerational connections around music, resurgence and healing in Mikmaq communities in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 

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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THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY AND THE SOCAN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE 2016 SOCAN FOUNDATION/MusCan AWARD FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC (In English) 

The Canadian University Music Society and the SOCAN Foundation are pleased to announce that Jamie Meyers-Riczu is the recipient of a 2016 SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award for Writings on Canadian Music (in English) for her paper entitled:  “Nature and the Construction of National Identity in Jean Coulthard’s The Pines of Emily Carr.” 

The SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Awards for Writing on Canadian Music are awarded annually to students for research projects on Canadian music, in separate categories for English and French.   The awards are intended to encourage students’ research and writing on music related topics, and music professors’ mentorship of students in these endeavors, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The winning paper will be published on the MusCan website in the coming months: http://muscan.org/en/. 

Jamie Meyers-Riczu is a Doctoral student in Musicology at the University of Alberta. She completed her BA (Music and English) at Ambrose University and her MA in Musicology at the University of Calgary. Jamie's current research interests explore constructions of heroic masculinities in the symphonic poems of Franz Liszt. Along with her research activities, Jamie has served as a student instructor in the University of Alberta Department of Music and she is the current president of the Graduate Music Student Association. 

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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THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY AND THE SOCAN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE 2016 SOCAN FOUNDATION/MusCan AWARD FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC (In French) 

The Canadian University Music Society and the SOCAN Foundation are pleased to announce that Paul Bazin is the recipient of a 2016 SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award for Writings on Canadian Music for his paper entitled: “Serge Garant et le genre mélodique: stylistique d’une première maturité.”

The SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Awards for Writing on Canadian Music are awarded annually to students for research projects on Canadian music, in separate categories for English and French.   The awards are intended to encourage students’ research and writing on music related topics, and music professors’ mentorship of students in these endeavors, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The winning paper will be published on the MusCan website in the coming months: http://muscan.org/fr/.

Paul Bazin is currently pursuing doctoral studies at McGill University, where his research focusses on composer Bruce Mather’s microtonal music and on Ivan Wyschnegradsky’s musical legacy. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the Université de Sherbrooke (2010) and a Master’s Degree in Musicology from the Université de Montréal (2013) for which his research concentrated on the analysis of Serge Garant’s melodies. With funding from both the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and SSHRC, Paul Bazin has authored a number of journal articles (Circuit and Intersections) and papers (OICRM, SQRM, MusCan) that look at the music of Quebec post-war composers, in addition to collaborating regularly with the Canadian Music Centre in Quebec. Beyond his musicological activities, Paul Bazin sings as a member of Ensemble Kô, a Montreal-based vocal ensemble with whom he has participated in the recording of two albums of early and contemporary music, and in the world premiere of the opera The Trials of Patricia Isasa (2016).

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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THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE WINNER OF THE 2016 STUDENT COMPOSER COMPETITION

The Canadian University Music Society is pleased to announce that Naithan Bosse is the winner of the 2016 Student Composer Competition.

The jury selected Naithan Bosse’s outstanding work: Feedforward as the First Prize winner. This chamber work for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and vibraphone was performed by University of Calgary faculty members and students as part of a concert of contemporary music presented on June 2, 2016 at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Calgary. 

Naithan Bosse is a composer, guitarist, and music teacher from Sechelt, British Columbia. He writes music for acoustic, electroacoustic, and interactive electronic media. He has been the recipient of several research awards and scholarships including a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a UBC Arts Graduate Research Award. Bosse holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of British Columbia (BMus composition/guitar, MMus composition) and is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at the University of Calgary where his research focuses on interactive computer music and networked music performance.

The Student Composer Competition is open to any university student who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant or who is studying at a Canadian institution, does not yet hold a doctorate and does not hold a full-time teaching position. The competition takes place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Canadian University Music Society.

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