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New director for the School of Music


Dr. Ellen Waterman is the new director of the School of Music.


Dr. Ellen Waterman has been appointed director of Memorial’s School of Music, effective July 1. She succeeds Dr. Tom Gordon who is stepping down in June after serving in that role for 10 years.

The Board of Regents approved the appointment at its March meeting. Dr. Waterman is currently associate professor in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Waterman received a bachelor of music from the University of Manitoba, a certificate from the orchestral training program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and a MA and PhD in critical studies and experimental practices in performance from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Waterman’s academic career includes earning tenure at Trent University and serving as visiting scholar at McGill University’s Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.

Since 2007, Dr. Waterman has been involved in a $4.3-million Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice research project, primarily funded by a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiatives grant. For that project she has served as co-investigator, executive committee member and Guelph site co-ordinator and was acting project director from June to September 2008.

A professional flutist specializing in creative improvisation and contemporary music, her recent performances include artist-in-residencies at the Art of Immersive Soundscapes II (University of Regina, 2007) and the Sound Travels festival (Toronto, 2008).

Working at the intersection of performance studies, ethnomusicology and cultural studies, Dr. Waterman’s current research includes a comparative study of experimental music performance in Canada.

Her anthology Sonic Geography Imagined and Remembered provided the first cultural critique of acoustic ecology. She is currently co-editing a book on the art of immersive soundscapes with Pauline Minevich.

Dr. Waterman is founding co-editor of the refereed open access electronic journal Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation.
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