Kate Galloway

Post-doctoral Fellow
Research Centre for Music Media and Place (Ethnomusicology)

B.Mus. (Queen’s)
M.A. (Toronto)
Ph.D. (Toronto)



Kate Galloway is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow and received the prestigious 2012 SSHRC Postdoctoral Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a music scholar. In 2013 she received the Society for American Music’s Cambridge University Press Award for her on-going project into the cultural heritage, history, and performance practice of the St. John’s Sound Symposium’s Harbour Symphony.

Galloway received her PhD, specializing in Musicology and Ethnomusicology, in 2010 from the University of Toronto. She completed her MA at the University of Toronto (2005) and her BMus at Queen’s University (2003). Her doctoral dissertation, “Sounding Nature, Sounding Place”: Alternative Performance Spaces, Participatory Experience, and Ritual Performance in R. Murray Schafer’s Patria Cycle, is an ethnographic exploration of the intersections and confluence of contemporary opera practices, soundscape studies, alternative and experimental performance spaces, levels of audience participation, and ritual observance and performance in contemporary performing arts. From 2003-2007, she conducted fieldwork with Patria Music Theatre Projects as a production assistant, a member of the creative team, and a performer (flute, voice, auxiliary percussion, and canoe) in Patria the Prologue: The Princess of the Stars, Patria 7: Asterion, Patria 9: The Enchanted Forest, and Patria the Epilogue: And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon. While at the University of Toronto, she was an elected Massey College Junior Fellow. From 2010-2012 she taught in the areas of 20th and 21st century music, Canadian music practices, and popular music studies at the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Western University. Her research has been published in various edited volumes, articles in Intersections and MUSICultures, and reviews in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, The University of Toronto Quarterly, and Twentieth-Century Music.

In addition to Galloway’s scholarship on Schafer, her scholarly interests include experimental musics of the 20th and 21st centuries; electroacoustic music and issues of narrative and sonic materiality; participatory performance and performance ethnography of contemporary art music cultures, practices, and communities; sonic geography and soundscape; inter-arts collaborations; sonic representations of the environment and environmentalism; sound and sensory studies; ritual and pilgrimage performance practices; and popular music studies. Her current postdoctoral research concerns “eco-musics” and the dissemination of environmental activism in contemporary Canadian music practices, and contributes to the burgeoning subfield of musicological inquiry, ecomusicology. This research explores how music and its sonic and narrative content has the potency to reveal how people’s attitudes towards the environment have changed, and composers and music communities utilize the cultural markers of music to foster change and express sociocultural environmental perspectives. Kate Galloway is the current chair of the Ecomusicology Special Interest Group of the Society for Ethnomusicology.


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