Department Research

Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work in the Department of Music encompasses a broad area of faculty activity, intersecting with student opportunities, community engagement and personal academic investigation and artistic growth.

A strong spirit of collaboration is reflected in joint performance projects in the community, such as between the Greystone singers and the Saskatoon Symphony; between the Music Theatre Ensemble, Saskatoon Opera and Tafelmusik; the foundation of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and the Elixir Chamber Ensemble.   Interdisciplinary projects include the Arvo Pärt project, and a cross-disciplinary class in Organology.

The Fine Arts Research Lecture Series in Music features international guest scholars and performers as well as lectures and lecture/recitals by U of S Department of Music faculty. 

Here are some glimpses into the research areas and accomplishments of our full-time faculty, who are also our Graduate faculty.  Refer to the faculty page for detailed profiles.

Canada Council Commissioning Grant for string quartet Quatuor Bozzini, Montreal; Concerto for Viola and a Changing Environment awarded Best Classical Composition of the Year 2009 (Hungarian Society of Authors). Continues an ardent pursuit of research and practice that reveals the ‘natural’ singer, no matter what genre of music they perform.

Invited performer in operatic, Broadway-based, and symphonic literature; pioneered UofS international performance and lecture connections in China with Music Conservatories in Wuhan and Tianjin. Continues an ardent pursuit of research and practice that reveals the ‘natural’ singer, no matter what genre of music they perform.

Invited saxophone performances and lectures at North American Saxophone Alliance National and Regional Conventions; World Saxophone Congresses, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators Conference, CBDNA , and WASBE; CDs: SaxSpectrum and SaxSpectrum 2: New Music for Soprano and Alto Saxophone.

Peer-reviewed books and scholarly articles in international journals, conference proceedings, Festschriften, dictionaries and encyclopedias, with a research focus on musicology, history of theory, bibliography, notation, organology, performance practices, iconography, and Canadian studies
Greystone Singers ACCC/CBC national choral competition: one first, two seconds.
Publications, national and international presentations on Debussy and Schubert.

Performed solo trumpet with New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia on Allan Gilliland’s Western Canadian Music Award-winning composition KallaArt Pepper + 11 CBC recording; W.C.M.A. nomination for Complete rebirth of Cool CD; Artistic Director of Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (click here for a video sample); performs in Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Listen to an interview with Prof. Dean McNeill here.

International Wind Orchestra tours; international profile focusing on RCMP Band research.

Performances in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Serbia;  CD/CBC recording: Kathleen Solose plays Chopin; Saskatchewan Arts Board Grants as pianist and Artistic Director of the Elixir Chamber Ensemble.