FASS’ School for Studies in Art and Culture is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ellen Waterman as the first Helmut Kallmann Chair for Music in Canada, taking effect on January 1st, 2019. For many years, Dr. Waterman has been a familiar and central figure on the Canadian music scene. She brings to the Chair a distinguished record of research and performance practice, touching on diverse areas such as contemporary composition, creative improvisation, acoustic ecology, and music and disability. In her own words: “The common thread in my research program is the collaborative exploration of difference and inclusion in music; the context for all my research projects is the complex social and cultural matrix that is Canada.”
Building from this emphasis on inclusion and locality, a major initiative of the Kallmann Chair will be the creation of a research centre for music in Canada: one which facilitates multiple forms of scholarship, performance, and community engagement.