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.
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.
Performed solo trumpet with New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia on Allan Gilliland’s Western Canadian Music Award-winning composition Kalla; Art 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. Listen to a new trumpet piece by Dean McNeill and friends.