The Transnational Flow of Women, Sounds, and Activism: Women Making Music in and Between Brazil and Canada

This project examines the relationship between female musicians in music scenes in Toronto and in the cities of Salvador and Recife in Brazil. Female performers from Brazil and other Latin American countries, as well as Canadian-born female musicians make up the majority and the backbone of the Brazilian music scene in Toronto. As these performers move between Brazil and Canada, so do they bring with them both musical practices and worldviews that have in turn shaped their local contexts.

Novaxe gesture toolkit

The Novaxe gesture toolkit will be developed conjointly between the music faculty of university of Montreal and OMP Music. This project proposes to develop a hardware and software kit for the automatic transcription and evaluation of gestural parameters of the guitar performance. This will be part of the Novaxe project, an online social network virtual environment for guitar learning relying on an innovative notation system and pedagogy developed by the Vandendool Studio over years of teaching experience. Other notation systems and learning environments lack gestural information.

Unpublished Works for Cello Solo of the Mexican Avant-garde

My research project into Mexican Avant-garde music for solo cello (written between 1962 and 2012) attempts to define and evaluate what Mexican Cello Solo Music is and how it has evolved over the years to the point of exerting a significant influence on the universal cello solo repertoire. (This discipline belongs to a category of understudied fields and so far has no available literature on the subject) I have been privileged to discover these new works (approximately 20 pieces in all) many of which have yet to be published, or for that matter, adequately exposed to the public.

Automatic Mixing Through Machine Learning

Automatic mixing is a field of music technology research looking to automate sound engineering processes. The project will look to expand the field, using machine learning techniques to analyze the relationship of the subjective sound engineering techniques of audio engineers. From this, a unique and quantifiable data set will be we gathered in order to represent a sound engineer’s unique ‘sound profile’, which will enable the automatic modelling of different sound engineering styles.

Arcana Luminis

As physical materials, water and glass play a key role in defining Vancouver’s unique urban soundscape. In the same way that light is refracted through prisms, so to is sound refracted through water and glass; so to is music, through the prisms of our minds as composers, performers, and as an urban community. Arcana Luminis will foster the creation of new musical instruments utilizing glass and water as a means of acoustic propagation and support new compositions written to explore their potential.


ProStudioMasters is poised to become a key player in the emerging market of high quality, high bandwidth, uncompressed audio distributed over the internet. The interns will provide support by compiling information to be included in the container file along with the audio: metadata such as correct attributions (composers, performers), historical circumstances of the recording, analytic capsule summaries of classical works, aesthetic and cultural importance of the recording, and other necessary items that vary with the repertoire.

Impacts of alternative performance environment in the development of a new opera

Hover is a new chamber opera by UBC DMA candidate (music composition) Benton Roark and UBC MFA alumnus (creative writing) Lindsay Cuff that explores different types of seemingly impossible travails that human bodies go through and their ways of coping. The importance of water is made evident by the action that is set in, on top of, and around an indoor pool. Water is used both as a symbol – in transitions of time, space, and consciousness – and as a substance with dramatic meaning – in a swimming lesson, water torture, and an incredible circus act involving a water tank.

Measuring Young Piano Student's Degree of Motivation and their Interest in Piano-Related Activities

One of music education's major concerns is the challenge of motivating students to continue learning the piano. A high percentage of young students stop piano lessons within the first 18 months, before they begin to master the instrument (Sloboda and Howe, 1991). This research will measure young piano students' degree of motivation and their interest in piano-related activities by using the Survey of Musical Interest. Participants will be from the Merriam School of Music, which has agreed to be involved in this research project.