Rea Beaumont has received the 2021 SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music from the Canadian University Music Society and the SOCAN Foundation.
The award recognizes research and scholarship in Canadian music and composers that leads to greater understanding of Canadian music among scholars, musicians, performers and audiences.
In a statement, the organizations praised the work of Beaumont, an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, saying: “Her academic and artistic research outcomes are exemplified by her book on Barbara Pentland, her podcasts, websites, blogs, teaching and course design, articles, interviews, composer collaborations, over 60 world premieres of Canadian works, as well as papers, reviews, and her mentorships and adjudications.”
Beaumont says she is deeply honoured to have her expertise in Canadian music and culture recognized by the organizations.
“Since the beginning of my career I have shared Canadian music internationally through my solo piano concerts, many publications, and my own compositions,” Beaumont says. “As a proud Canadian I am committed to introducing audiences around the world to the music of this country and highlighting our cultural diversity."
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