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John Higney

Contract Instructor

Degrees:B.A Music (Acadia University), M.A. (University of Western), Ph.D. (University of Western)
Office:A831 Loeb
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11-12


John Higney holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree from Acadia University and completed his masters and doctoral work at The University of Western Ontario. Shifting from performance to musicology, his masters thesis, “Chromatic Inflections in the Printed Vihuela Intabulations of Vocal Works by Nicholas Gombert”, investigated issues in renaissance performance practice. He completed his doctoral dissertation entitled “Henry Purcell: A Reception/Dissemination History, 1695-1771” in 2008.

He has presented research in Canada, the United States, and England in a wide range of areas including historical performance practice, Purcell reception and dissemination, seventeenth and eighteenth-century musical aesthetics, music and eighteenth-century English “manliness”, music and rhetoric, the “creative music” movement and cultural identity, popular music and Canadian cultural policy, and music and political brand construction in Canada. In addition to his academic life, he is an active performer who has contributed to numerous recordings and has appeared at Hillside Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, Pop Montreal, IMOO Festival, Suoni per Il Popolo, Ottawa Jazz Festival, and on regional and national CBC Radio as both a performer and an interviewee.

Dr. Higney has lectured in both the College of the Humanities and the School for Studies in Art and Culture (Music) in the areas of western classical music history, music of the classic era, opera, popular musics, Canadian music, musicianship, and music industries.