Faculty of Music
2012 Canadian University Music Society Conference draws delegates and praise
The annual Canadian University Music Society (CUMS) Conference was held on campus recently; the reviews are coming in and they are glowing.
Part of the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Science which drew more than 7,400 delegates to the campuses of Laurier and the University of Waterloo for the convening of nearly 70 academic conferences, the CUMS conference brought music scholars and musicians from across Canada together for 28 sessions of papers, lecture-recitals, roundtable discussions, and concerts.
The first academic event of the conference saw Dr. James Deaville speak about music and social/political protest (his paper titled “Occupy Music; Collective Protest, Voice, and “Microphonality”) in a plenary session chaired by Dr. Glen Carruthers, Laurier’s Dean of Music. Soundscapes and Memory in Canadian Communities, Music Education and Pedagogy, and the Musical Life in Quebec were some of the topics explored during the four-day conference. The conference also included five concerts, including a gala opening concert which featured the Penderecki String Quartet, resident at Laurier, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet.
As well, CBC Radio and Stratford Summer Music shared archival footage of Maureen Forrester in performance, the video playing in the foyer of the recital hall on campus named after the legendary opera singer—in 2006, the Faculty of Music was given the honour of housing the archives of Maureen Forrester, a former chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. Conference delegates enjoyed the permanent displays in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall that trace her brilliant career.
Program Chair Dr. Kirsten Yri and Local Arrangements Chair Dr. Anna Ferenc, both professors in Laurier’s Faculty of Music, began prepping for the 2012 CUMS conference last year, and many compliments have been received concerning their hard work.
Brian E. Power, Chair of the Standing Committee of the Institutional Members of CUMS, wrote in an email to Dr. Carruthers: “On behalf of the Standing Committee, let me express my profound gratitude for all your hard work at this year's conference. The program, facilities, scheduling and logistics were all ideal and it seemed to me that not a detail was missed; well done to you all and to your team of assistants!”
Former CUMS President Lynn Cavanagh credited the dedication of Music Faculty’s professors, staff, and student assistants. “As a result, delegates were impressed by superb performances at the Thursday and Friday evening concerts, with the quality and substance of daytime sessions and by the excellent facilities of the John Aird Centre and Maureen Forrester Recital Hall provided for their use,” she said.
Mary Ingraham, current President of CUMS, was just as effusive in another email: “I would like to join Brian in thanking you, your colleagues, and your faculty (and, I suppose, also the institution) for your kindness, your generosity, and of course, all your work in assisting CUMS with this year's conference. Everything seemed to run exceptionally smoothly, and everyone—down to the student volunteers in the rooms –was delightful. This truly was the model for how our conference should be run!”