Indigenous Improvisation: Freedom and Responsibility is an international colloquium that brings together an array of Indigenous musicians and artists from Canada, the US, Norway, and Taiwan. Keynote speakers include Navajo composer Raven Chacon and Tagish art curator Candice Hopkins as well as Hopi lawyer and composer Trevor Reed. The colloquium takes place on July 4 & 5, 2018 at the MMaP Gallery, Arts and Culture Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland.  Keynote talks will be livestreamed from the MMaP Research Centre facebook page. For more information see:

On July 1, 2018, Dr Brian Power assumes the post of Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic at Brock University for a five-year term.  Dr. Power will be known to some MusCan members for his long-time involvement in the Society, including National Treasurer of CUMS (later MusCan) from 2003-2010, Chair of the Standing Committee of Institutional Members from 2011‎-2015, and as an ongoing member of the editorial board of Intersections.   Dr. Power is a scholar of medieval and early renaissance music.  He is the co-editor of the book: The Sounds and Sights of Performance in Early Music (Ashgate, 2009), and is currently preparing a scholarly edition of the introits of Trent Codex 93, a manuscript source of liturgical polyphony dating from the mid fifteenth century (for A-R Editions).


Here is the relevant story from the Brock News:


Dear Members,

The Canadian University Music Society is pleased to announce the online publication of two new issues of Intersections

Volume 35, no.2, dated 2015, features 3 articles in French.  In the article entitled “Cadre pédagogique pour l’enseignement-apprentissage de l’improvisation musicale classique fondé sur la pratique des experts du domaine,” Jean-Phillippe Després (Université Laval) examines aspects of teaching and learning classical music improvisation. The second article in the volume, “Quels sont les paradigmes didactiques présents dans les méthodes de guitare destinées aux débutants: expérimentation d’une méthodologie d’analyse” (Isabelle Héroux, UQAM), provides a survey and analysis of classical guitar methods in use in Québec. The issue also veers into the intersection of musical structures and architecture with an article entitled “De la musique à l’architecture: Le mystère des pans de verre ondulatoires du couvent de la Tourette de le Corbusier et Xenakis” (Elisavet Kiourtsoglou, ENSAS Strasbourg, École d'architecture), which examines the ‘undulatory’ glass pieces created by Iannis Xenakis for the Tourette Convent.  In addition, there are book reviews touching on editorial principles in Early Music, popular music in Russia, jazz marketing, the writings of Wyschnedgradsky, Wagnerian opera and politics, and music halls in Paris.   


Conference Registration is now open!

The Canadian University Music Society (MusCan) will hold its annual conference May 23-25, 2018 at MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta. MacEwan University respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous Peoples. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.

The theme of the 2018 conference is MusEcologies, a theme that reflects the complexities and dynamics of music cultures in their spaces. Special topic areas will include musical communities, culture and identity, music and multiculturalism, the digital transformation and accessibility of music, etc. The CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of perspectives for a vibrant discussion.

Conference Registration Fees:

Regular Members:  $150 before April 30th/$200 after April 30th

Student and Unwaged Members:  $50 before April 30th/$75 after April 30th

Non-members*: $175 before April 30th/$225 after April 30th

Banquet Fee: $50/person

*Please note that all presenters must be members of MusCan.

Current or renewing members, please login to the website using the button below before proceeding to conference registration.  This will match your conference registration to your membership record and allow you to confirm your membership status.


New members and non-members, proceed directly to the registration forms, where you can purchase your membership at the same time as your conference registration if you wish.


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