McMaster Music Analysis Colloquium


Antonella Bilich is currently enrolled in the second year of the M.A. in Music Criticism programme at McMaster University.  She also received her B.Mus. from McMaster in 1998.  Her thesis and specific research interests focus on the role, function and power of participatory sacred song within contemporary Catholic liturgy.  In conducting her research, she draws from her experience in the parishes in which she is involved as music minister.

Jennifer Caines graduated in May 1999 from Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB with a Bachelor of Music.  She is currently enrolled in the first year of the Master of Music Critisicm Degree at McMaster University.  Her research interests involve women composers of the Nineteenth Century, with a focus of the relationship between Clara and Robert Schumann.

Ruth Cumberbatch graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Music and Germanic Studies).  In September, 1999, she entered the Graduate programme at McMaster University where she is pursuing an M.A. degree in Music Criticism.  Ruth is specifically interested in studying the contributions of African-American women to music-making in the twentieth century.

Nicholas Greco is a student in the second year of the M.A. Music Criticism programme at McMaster University. In 1998, he received a B.A. in Music from the University of Ottawa.  His thesis will discuss the relationship between culturally sanctioned self-mutilation (in the form of piercings, tattoos, and scarification) and music.  The paper will focus on David Bowie's album 1. Outside (1995).  Nicholas lives alone in a cave with no pets (except for mice who don't count).

Megan Paterson received a B.A. Honours in Music from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Québec (1997) and an M.A. Musicology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario (1999). Her recently completed M.A. thesis focuses on the critical reception of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia at the King's Theatre in London, England between 1818 and
1830. She is currently in her first year of the M.A. Music Criticism programme at McMaster University exploring current trends in music criticism, particularly in the Canadian musical press, in the pursuit of becoming a music critic herself. Please visit her personal website.

Shaninun Pittman is a 1996 graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson Mississippi. He is currently in his second year of the M.A. programme in Music Criticism at McMaster University. He specializes in nineteenth-century French and English criticism and takes particular interest in the performance and research of the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869).

Dr. William Renwick received his education at the University of British Columbia and The City University of New York.  He is Associate Professor of Music Theory at McMaster University.  His publications include Analyzing Fugue: A Schenkerian Approach (Pendragon, 1995), and The Langloz Manuscript (Oxford, forthcoming), as well as contributions to several journals.

Catherine Schwartz graduated with a B.Mus. from the University of Toronto in 1998, where she specialized in Music History and Culture and majored in Voice.  Currently she is in the second year of the masters programme at McMaster and, along with her coursework and Teaching Assistantship, she is working towards a thesis concerning the performance and reception of the singing voice as bodily communication and pleasure.

Barbara Swanson graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music and Contemporary Studies from Dalhousie-King's College, Halifax.  Presently in her first year of the M.A. in Music Criticism at McMaster, her interests include film music reception and Renaissance sacred English choral music.