Paul Aitken earned his B.F.A. from
York University with additional studies at the University of
Western Ontario, Dalhousie University, and The University of
York in England. His major research area is the Internet and
music culture. Music kills him.
Melissa K. Avdeeff graduated with a Bachelor of Music
degree from Augustana University College in 2004. She is
currently in her second year of the M.A. Music Criticism
program at McMaster University where her research interests
lie in the representations of women in mainstream popular
music magazines. She hopes to continue her studies with
doctoral research in the fields of musicology and sociology.
In the brief moments spent away from music, Melissa enjoys
hiking, snowboarding and creating art.
Claire Marie Blaustein is a graduate of the Indiana
University School of Music, with a degree in Violin
Performance. After that time spent trying to craft a
performing career, she decided to get smart and go into the
far more lucrative field of musicological study. Now a
second year student at McMaster University, she is working
on her Critical Portfolio, addressing issues of genre and
authority in the field of music criticism. She hopes to
pursue a real career in a journalistic setting, and stay as
far away from PhD programs for as long as she can stand to
be out of school.
Nan Coolsma began her formal study of music later in
life, and in 1990, received her ARCT in vocal performance.
Retiring in 2000 from thirty years in the classroom as an
English and Media Studies teacher, Nan decided she still had
not had enough of school. She headed back to McMaster, from
which she had graduated in 1966 with a BA in English and
Latin, and obtained her B Mus in 2004. Her interest for her
thesis is musicís ability to cross cultural lines,
especially how Native communities have adapted Western forms
to create a music that is part of their cultural identity.
Nan lives in Ancaster with her husband Bob, and loves
visiting her grandchildren, reading, knitting, gardening,
photography, cycling, hiking, camping, the Rockies,
chocolate, cats and thunderstorms.
Christopher Dawes is a Toronto-based freelance
musician, writer and consultant. Following twelve years as
organist to Toronto's St. James' Cathedral, he continues as
one of the city's most sought-after choral accompanists,
directs Canada's Summer Institute of Church Music and the
Organ Academy at Stratford Summer Music, and performs and
composes on a freelance basis and in adjunct capacity to
both the Choral programs of the Faculty of Music and the
Department of Theatre and Drama Studies of the University of
Toronto. He lives with his wife Marcia and sons Nathaniel
and Simon in Georgetown.
Sarah Funke was home-schooled through primary and
secondary school. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in
both music and philosophy at Covenant College in Georgia
(2004). Last spring (Apr.-Jun í05), she spent one term in
Oxford as a visiting student examining issues in music and
narrativity. She is currently in her first year of the
Masters of Arts in Music Criticism program at McMaster
University, pursuing the portfolio option. Reading is
Sarahís favorite pastime, and her family has occasional
hinted that used bookstore addiction therapy might be in
order. In addition to the music of Steve Reich, Sarah enjoys
listening to Bach, Glass, and, of course, the Beatles.
Mihaela Irina studied music at the Art High School in
her hometown of Brasov, Romania, graduating as a violinist.
In 2002, she obtained her License in Philosophy (BA
equivalent) from the University of Bucharest, Department of
Philosophy, with a specialization in History of Philosophy
and Philosophy of Culture. Currently, she is enrolled in her
2nd year of the MA program in Music Criticism at McMaster
University, working on a thesis that deals with the mutual
influences between 19th century music criticism and
aesthetics. She is also interested in studying the live
performance phenomenon and its impact on the social role of
Sean Luyk graduated from McMaster University in 2005
with a Bachelor of Music and Diploma in Music Performance.
He is currently in his first year of the Master of Arts in
Music Criticism program. Seanís main research interest is in
the decentralization of musical culture through technology.
Upon completion of his MA degree, Sean intends to pursue a
PhD in critical musicology.
Snow Qin received her bachelorís degree in musical
performance in China, and then worked for three years as an
Entertainment program editor for CCTV, the largest national
TV station in China (equivalent to the CBC in Canada). She
started school early at four yearsí old, and jumped grade
six at middle school. She is the first, and hopes to not be
the last, Asian student in the Master of Arts in music
criticism program at McMaster University. Family is always
first for Snow; she never says no to herself and will never
disappoint those people who love her.
Dr. William Renwick completed Bachelor of Music and
Master of Music degrees at the University of British
Columbia. He continued his education with Master of
Philosophy and PhD degrees in Music Theory at the City
University of New York, where he specialized in Schenkerian
studies. His research interests include studies in tonal
counterpoint and analysis, as well as computer applications
in music research. William Renwick is also an organist,
composer, and choral director. In addition to his position
as Professor of Music at McMaster University, he is the
Music Director at Saint John the Evangelist Anglican Church
in Hamilton Ontario.