Faculty of Music community remembers Carl Morey (1934-2018)

Photo: Steve Behel
6 December 2018

Dear members of the U of T Music community:

It is with much sadness and fond remembrance that we inform you of the passing of Carl Morey (1934-2018), Professor Emeritus of Musicology and Dean of the Faculty of Music from 1984 to 1990. Carl’s early musical education was with composer Godfrey Ridout, conductor Boyd Neel, and coach/conductor Nicholas Goldschmidt. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from U of T in 1957 and continued graduate studies at Indiana University (MMus 1961 and PhD in musicology 1965, with a dissertation on the late operas of Alessandro Scarlatti). His first position was at Wayne State University as Professor of Humanistic Studies and he went on to the University of Windsor in 1964, serving as founding Head of the Department of Music there in 1967. He returned to U of T Music in 1970 becoming Full Professor in 1977, where his teaching, research, and graduate supervision focused on Music of the Classic Era (particularly Haydn and Mozart) and Canadian Music. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Music from 1984 to 1990 and as Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music and Director of the Institute for Canadian Music frorm 1991 until his retirement in 2000.

As a scholar Carl published articles in Music & Letters, Acta Musicologica, Opera Canada, and the Canadian Music Review. He was editor for Schott of eight musical works by Glenn Gould. His books include Music in Canada, MacMillan on Music, An Opera Sampler, and Opera Viva (with Ezra Schabas, on the first 50 years of the Canadian Opera Company). He was a frequent contributor to the discourse on Canadian music in the form of recording notes, reviews, dictionary and encyclopedia articles, and CBC radio commentaries. A Festschrift in his honour, titled Musical Perspectives, People and Places: Essays in Honour of Carl Morey, edited by Gordon E. Smith, appeared as Vol. 33, no. 2 of Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music in 2013.

Our condolences to Carl’s daughter Rachel and to his many friends and colleagues in Toronto and at U of T. A memorial service will be held sometime in the New Year concerning plans for which we will keep you informed.

Dean Don McLean

Carl Morey Obituary (Toronto Star)




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