The Canadian University Music Society (MusCan) is a bilingual and scholarly society dedicated to stimulating musical research, performance, composition and pedagogy in Canadian post-secondary institutions. To this end, we support the following activities:
- sponsorship of an annual conference of music scholars, composers and performers, usually held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (FedCan);
- in collaboration with the SOCAN Foundation, sponsorship of awards for students and distinguished scholars of music in Canada, as well as for student presentations at the annual conference;
- sponsorship of cash prizes for students compositions;
- publication of a biannual peer-reviewed journal, Intersections: A Canadian Journal of Music, distributed in print and electronically;
- support for post-secondary music programs across the country through the Standing Committee of Institutional Members (SCIM) ;
- distribution of news of interest via this web site and a biannual electronic bulletin.
MusCan members include institutions―departments, schools and faculties of music in Canada—as well as individual scholars and musicians. From graduate students to senior professors, working and studying in Canada and in the United States, our members include musicologists, ethnomusicologists, music educators, theorists, performers, and composers working in all repertoires. As a result, our annual conference is a vibrant mix of lectures on diverse topics together with lecture-recitals and recitals featuring music written by and/or performed by our members. That the society's professional activities cut across disciplinary boundaries constitutes one sign of our Canadian identity; another sign is our attention to Canadian subject matter alongside subjects of international import represented in both the journal and conference.