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Faculty Retirement: Dr. Walter Kreyszig

Dear Department of Music Community,

I am writing to let you know that after more than 31 years of service to the Department of Music, and the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Walter Kreyszig is retiring. Dr. Kreyszig’s last day with the University is December 31, 2016.

A graduate of Yale (PhD and MPhil in Historical Musicology), Professor Kreyszig joined the Department of Music in 1985. In the intervening three decades, he has published widely, and has given countless conference papers quite literally around the globe. His scholarship carries an extensive breadth, extending from Gaffurio through Schoenberg, palaeography through organology, musical humanism through performance practices. He has: taught the gamut of musicology courses (survey classes, topical classes, seminars, music bibliography); has directed the Collegium musicum in our department; and is nearly a fixture in our music library, where throughout the years he has given hundreds of one-on-one sessions to a cross-section of students ranging from first-year through graduate levels. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Kreyszig also taught musicology at the master and doctoral levels at the University of Vienna. Committed to the principles of lifelong learning, in 2001 Dr. Kreyszig was appointed by the Vice-President Academic of the University of Saskatchewan as an associate member of the Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education. In 2002 and 2006 Dr. Kreyszig was the recipient of the Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award of the Department of Music. And in recognition of his mentorship at both undergraduate and graduate levels, he was named an Honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society in October 2006.

Long-time steward of the Fine Arts Research Lecture Series in Music (1992-2008, 2011-2013), Professor Kreyszig was responsible for bringing several distinguished scholars to our campus, and organized themed celebrations such as a Hugo Wolf symposium, a Giuseppe Verdi symposium, a Murray Adaskin symposium (coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the University of Saskatchewan) and an anniversary tribute to Dieterich Buxtehude and Samuel Scheidt. Dr. Kreyszig was also an active contributor to the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Program (CMRS) of the History Department, serving on the executive of CMRS and as liaison to the Department of Music. In 2013, Dr. Kreyszig was invited to offer a seminar on Gaffurio’s Theorica musice, marking the twentieth anniversary of Dr. Kreyszig’s translation of this treatise published at Yale University with a publication grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (Washington, D.C.).

I know that you will all join me in wishing Dr Kreyszig the very best as he enters into this next phase of his life. I have no doubt but that his research, scholarly, and artistic endeavours will continue unabated, and especially in international settings.

Gregory Marion
Head, Department of Music
College of Arts & Science
1045 Education BuildingUniversity of Saskatchewan
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