Call for Contributions

Edited Collection on Popular and Folk Music on the Prairies
Working Title: Grassland Sounds: Popular and Folk Musics of the Canadian Prairies
Editors: Gordon Ross, Gillian Turnbull, and Geoff Whittall

Scholarship on popular music in Canada often tends toward issues of national identity and the role of national policy in promotion and dissemination, and has contributed to and analyzed the effects of canon formulation. While this body of literature is invaluable in establishing a foundation for Canadian music scholarship, there is a need for current research to investigate regional scenes and diversity across provinces and rural and urban areas. In particular, popular music in the western provinces would benefit from a critical interrogation of issues relevant to the region.

This collection will further the field of prairie music research by examining how regional and western identities are enacted through musical practices such as performance, composition, recording, production, and promotion in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

We welcome submissions from all methodological and disciplinary perspectives. Some possible themes include:

  • Independent/Local music scenes
  • The Festival
  • Landscape/Place and Western identity
  • Western Canadian popular music history
  • Indigenous popular/folk musics
  • Traditional folk music
  • Media, technology, and social evolution
  • Regional manifestations of genres: folk, country, punk, metal, rap/hip hop (etc.)
  • The music industry on the prairies

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2010

Please send proposals of 500 words or less to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Identifying details should be removed from proposals and may be provided in the email or a separate document. Questions may be directed to any of the editors at the email addresses listed below:

Gordon Ross: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gillian Turnbull: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Geoff Whittall: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dalhousie University

Full-Time Limited Term Appointment in Composition and Music Theory (Lecturer or Assistant Professor)

Applications are invited for a 10-month limited term appointment in Composition and Music Theory at the Lecturer/Assistant Professor level, effective August 1, 2010. This position is subject to budgetary approval. Candidates will have completed a Ph.D. in Composition by the time of appointment and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and in composition/research. The successful candidate will teach individual composition lessons, core classes in composition and music theory (including contemporary writing techniques, harmony, counterpoint and analysis), and participate in administrative duties within the department (including the administration of the Composition Program).

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the candidate’s creative work, research and teaching interests and philosophies, a curriculum vitae, and three confidential letters of reference forwarded under separate cover by the referees, sent to Dr. Jérôme Blais, Chair, Appointments Committee, Department of Music, Dalhousie University, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2.  Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2010. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to send musical scores and recordings of personal compositions.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visibly persons and women.


American Musicological Society

for a graduate student at a North American university who is a member of a group underrepresented in musicology (broadly defined)

New application deadline:  15 December 2009

Students may apply who have completed at least one year of graduate work, intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree, and are in good standing at their home institution. The Fellowship is not limited to dissertation work. Awards are based on merit, with no restrictions as to research area, age, or sex. Intended for full-time study, the Fellowship carries a non-renewable twelve-month stipend currently set at US$19,000.

Consult for eligibility, application procedures, and award stipulations.

Application forms will be available on-line by mid November 2009 and are due by 5 p.m. EST, 15 December 2009.
The winner will be announced in Spring 2010. Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Margaret Murata <mkmurata at>.

For brief profiles of all previous Howard Mayer Brown Fellows, go to

Margaret Murata, chair
HMB Fellowship Committee
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2775

CUMS Non-Board Position for Advocacy

The CUMS Board is looking for an individual to fill a non-board, volunteer position for advocacy on issues of interest to our society and its membership. The individual would advise and report to the Board on new and existing situations of national or international interest in order for CUMS to be able to respond in a timely fashion and/or disseminate information to members, as appropriate. Over the last few years, a number of issues affecting our lives as music scholars/performers/educators have emerged (the CBC crisis, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada eviction, proposed changes to copyright legislation, to name a few). An individual specifically interested in keeping up to date on such issues would ensure that, as a society, we are not ignorant of circumstances that directly affect us.

Please direct expressions of interest in this position by September 8, 2009 to Deanna Oye at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MusCan Office

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