In 1990-1 there were 24 full-time and 20 part-time members of the teaching staff, and in 2007-8 the School employed 21 full-time and 20 part-time faculty members. These have included Dániel Péter Biró, Benjamin Butterfield, Christopher Butterfield, John Celona, Eugene Dowling, Michelle Fillion, Jonathan Goldman, Kurt Kellan, William Kinderman, Patricia Kostek, Harald M. Krebs, Susan Lewis Hammond, Bruce E. More, Alexandra Pohran Dawkins, Lanny Pollet, Louis Ranger, Arthur Rowe, János Sándor, W. Andrew Schloss, Erich Schwandt, Colin Tilney, Bernard Turgeon, Bruce Vogt, Robin Wood, and Susan Young. Ian (Leonard) Bradley (b New Zealand 1925), the author of several bibliographical and analytical studies of Canadian music, taught 1971-87 at the university's Faculty of Education, where the staff has also included Benjamin Boldon, Frank Churchley (cross-appointed to the School of Music), Mary Kennedy, Gerald King, and R. Dale McIntosh.
Degrees and Programs
Up to the mid-1970s applied music instruction at the University of Victoria was made available through an arrangement with the Victoria Conservatory. This was terminated after the school acquired its own complete performance faculty. By 1990 instruction was offered in all orchestral instruments, piano, harpsichord, organ, saxophone, voice, and classical guitar. The musicology program has expanded over the years to include subjects in ethnomusicology, and beginning in 1986, courses in jazz theory, history, and performance.
Performance, especially of contemporary music, has been emphasized at the University of Victoria. All undergraduate students have taken individual instruction in an instrument or voice. The undergraduate program in music education is administered jointly by the School of Music and the Faculty of Education, which is also responsible for pedagogy and methodology courses. The graduate programs in musicology focus on 18th- and 19th-century topics. Interdisciplinary approaches to musicology have been encouraged through the School's graduate student publication Musicological Explorations (formerly Fermata), begun in 2004.
Music Facilities and Resources
The Music Building at the University of Victoria includes 40 practice rooms; 24 studios and faculty offices; and 3 digital studios that contain professional recording and post-production equipment, sophisticated computer software, vintage analog and digital synthesis hardware, and a large general purpose digital signal processor. The School's large ensembles rehearse and perform in the university's 1300-seat University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, while smaller concerts are held in the 220-seat Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. Teaching and research are both supported by the extensive collection of scores, books, and recordings in the McPherson Library. The School also has a collection of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque replica instruments (some acquired after 1970 from the Manitoba University Consort collection), and an organ, built by Georges Mayer of Alsace and donated by Joyce Clearihue.
Music Performances and Events
The School's student ensembles, all of which give regular public performances, have included the University of Victoria Orchestra (established 1969), the Wind Symphony, Chorus, Chamber Singers, the Jazz Big Band, the Philomela Women's Choir (formed 1994), Opera Workshop, Sonic Lab (new music ensemble), and Collegium Musicum (Victoria). The School of Music at the University of Victoria presents about 130 concerts a year, including the Faculty Chamber Music Series and weekly student recitals. Faculty ensembles at the school have included the Lafayette String Quartet (Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Sharon Stanis, violins; Joanna Hood, viola; and Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello), artists-in-residence beginning September 1991; and the brass quintet Brass West.
The School of Music at the University of Victoria has hosted a number of conferences, including an international Beethoven symposium (1986), "The Adaskin Years" (1988), the International Double-Reed Society's conference (1988), "Alternatives to Monotonality" (1989), "Schubert and the Wanderer" (1993), and "Bartók's String Quartets: Tradition and Legacy" (2008).
Author Terence Bailey, Philip M. Wults, Sarah Church
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Links to Other Sites
School of Music
The website for the School of Music, University of Victoria. Offers profiles of current faculty, event calendar, and more.
Lafayette String Quartet
The website for the acclaimed Lafayette String Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at the University of Victoria's School of Music.
Music Intelligence and Sound Technology
Check out the digitized musical instruments and other electronic devices created by Music Intelligence and Sound Technology at the University of Victoria.