What: 16th Annual Western University Graduate Symposium on Music
When: August 21st and 22nd, 2015
Where: Talbot College, room 141

The 16th Annual Western University Graduate Symposium on Music is coming up on August 21st and 22nd. The symposium features graduate student papers ranging on topics from music theory, musicology, music education, ethnomusicology, composition, and performance. It is going to be a fine conference this year, featuring students from Western and from several other institutions across North America. In addition, Dr. Sherry Lee from the University of Toronto will be delivering a keynote address entitled “Teddie’s Landschaft.” The symposium is free and open to the public. It promises to be an excellent event, one that everyone should consider attending. Please see the attached program for more details. If you have any further questions about the symposium, please direct them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Kristen Wallentinsen
WUGSOM Coordinator

THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE WINNER OF THE 2015 STUDENT COMPOSER COMPETITION

The Canadian University Music Society is pleased to announce that Roydon Tse is the winner of the 2015 STUDENT COMPOSER COMPETITION.

The jury selected Roydon Tse’s outstanding work, Memories, as the First Prize winner. This work was performed by University of Ottawa faculty members and students as part of a concert of contemporary music presented on June 3, 2015 at Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa.

Hailed as a composer “glittering with professionalism” (Vancouver Sun) writing “music mature beyond his years” (Christos Hatzis), Roydon Tse is an award-winning Chinese Canadian composer. Roydon’s music has been presented internationally by a host of ensembles including the Brno Philharmonic; the Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo, and East Carolina University Symphonies; the Nova Scotia, Toronto Symphony, Central Kentucky and Idaho Falls Youth Orchestras; Orchestre Nouvelle Generation, Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, Bozzini Quartet, Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, Trio Anima Mundi, Mississauga Festival Choir and the University of Toronto Opera Company. In May 2015, the Hong Kong Philharmonic under the direction of Bright Sheng performed his “Sinfonia Concertante” as part of a showcase of Hong Kong’s most promising composers.

Roydon is a recipient of several awards, recently winning the grand prize of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Young Composers Competition, the MusCan 2015 Student Composition Competition, the CMC Prairies Emerging Composers’ Prize, NewMusic @ ECU Orchestral Composition Competition, and the Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize among others. Other notable awards include a Wesbrook Scholarship, UBC’s highest student honor; a nomination for the Rhodes Scholarship, and the STANTEC Youth Artist’s Award at the Edmonton Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts gala.

Roydon was born in Hong Kong and began studies on the piano and violin at a young age. He studied music in Hong Kong and England, holds a composition degree from UBC (B.M) and is completing his M.M at the University of Toronto. He has studied with Christos Hatzis, Dorothy Chang, Stephen Chatman, Gary Kulesha, and John Estacio. (www.roydontse.com)

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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THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY AND THE SOCAN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE WINNER OF THE 2015 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 Muriel Smith is the recipient of a 2015 SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award for Writings on Canadian Music (in English) for her paper entitled: “Singing in ‘the Peg: Anglo-Canadian and Mennonite Choral Exchanges in Winnipeg, Manitoba (1920-1960)”

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/.

Muriel Smith is a doctoral candidate at the University of York, UK. Her interests include the development of, and the interconnections between lineages of singing pedagogies, cultures and empires, and the evolution of culturally based repertoires. As an adjunct professor, Muriel has taught courses in ethnomusicology, research techniques, and 19th- and 20th-century music histories. She has presented papers at various international musicology and ethnomusicology conferences and has published an article on Winnipeg’s Polish Folk Ensembles. She maintains a small private voice studio, conducts a community choir, and is involved in the administration of the Evergreen Festival of the Arts.

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 WINNER OF THE 2015 SOCAN FOUNDATION/GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE

The Canadian University Music Society and the SOCAN Foundation are pleased to announce that Margaret Elizabeth Fox is the recipient of the 2015 SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize for her presentation entitled “Perceptual Synthesis in Anton Webern’s Op. 28, Sehr Fließend.”

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.

Margaret Elizabeth Fox obtained her MA in music theory at the University of Ottawa, and her BM in composition at Acadia University. She will begin her PhD in music theory at the University of Toronto in 2015, and continue her research in nineteenth and twentieth-century musical form. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Elizabeth studied piano, pipe organ, voice, and fiddle at a young age. She accompanied church services throughout the Annapolis Valley, and won the 2007 silver medal for the highest Grade

8 RCM pipe organ mark in Atlantic Canada. In 2012, she obtained the Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) diploma in piano performance, which sparked her interest in the formal implications of virtuosity. Elizabeth studied tonal and post-tonal music theory with supervisor Dr. Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers, and received a Joseph- Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to conduct her master’s thesis, “Formal Relationships in Clara Wieck’s Piano Concerto Op. 7.”

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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