Visiting Artists & Scholars

The Visiting Artists & Scholars program at U of T Music provides our community with rich opportunities for interaction with the world's leading scholars, composers, and performers.

Students, faculty, the University community, and the general public look forward to exchanging ideas and sounds with visitors brought to U of T Music through one of our funded Distinguished Visitors programs. (A complete list of Visitorships and Visitors is found in our Calendar.)

The Louis Applebaum Distinguished Visitor in Composition

The Louis Applebaum Distinguished Visitor in Composition was established by Sandra and Joseph Rotman to honour the memory of the Canadian film composer Louis Applebaum (1918-2000). The inaugural visitor was U of T alumnus and 2013 Oscar winner Mychael Danna. Subsequent visitors included Paul Chirara, Richard Bellis, Lawrence Shragge, Richard Bronskill, and Howard Shore. The 2019-20 visitor is Professor James W. Wright.

Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition

Established by Roger Moore, one of Toronto’s most ubiquitous supporters of new music projects, Moore Visitors have included Steve Reich, Krzystof Penderecki, Maria Schneider, Gabriel Prokofiev, Salvatore Sciarrino, Nicole Lizée, and Toshio Hosokawa. The visitorship is often linked to U of T’s New Music Festival and the 2019-20 festival will feature one of Brazil's leading musicians, André Mehmari.

Wilma and Clifford Smith Visitor in Music

Established by the family of William and Clifford Smith on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, the Smith Visitor provides annual funding for visits from international scholars and performers. Visitors have included percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, composer David Maslanka, conductor Victor Feldbrill, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and writer Paul Griffiths. For the Faculty's 2019-20 season, composer and famed music educator Rob Kapilow returns to present his What Makes it Great® series over three concerts.

John Stratton Visitor in Music

Named for a great collector of vocal music and historical recorded sound whose collection and trust is stewarded today by an even greater connoisseur Stephen Clarke, the Stratton Visitor brings distinguished specialists in the field of voice and collaborative piano, recent among them Dawn Upshaw, Warren Jones, Stephanie Blythe, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Barbara Hannigan, Stephen Wadsworth, Judith Forst, and the late Jessye Norman. The 2019-20 visitor is bass-baritone Eric Owens, esteemed interpreter of both classical and new music. 

John and Claudine Bailey Distinguished Visitor in Jazz

Established in 2014 by arts philanthropists John and Claudine Bailey, this visitorship brings a jazz performer/arranger to the Faculty. Bailey Visitors have included Mike Holober, Dave Liebman, Norma Winstone, Renee Rosnes, and Tim Hagans. This year, Dick Oatts will perform with both big bands.

World Music Artist in Residence

This program, still seeking sustaining sponsorship, celebrates U of T’s distinct world music ensembles offerings and its leading ethnomusicology graduate program. Inspired interactions with expert artists in Korean drumming, Native American voice, Brazlian cavaquihno, Balinese gamelan and dance, and Inuit throat singing. Interested in sponsoring this: please contact our Director of Advancement Bruce Blandford.

Kenneth Peacock Lecturer

Established through a bequest from Canadian ethnomusicologist, composer, and pianist Kenneth Peacock (1922-2000), the Peacock Lecturers are distinguished scholars in humanities-based research in music, such as Carl Schachter, Peter Williams, Kerala J. Snyder, Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Alexander Rehding, Scott Burnham, Suzanne Cusick, George E. Lewis, and Ellie M. Hisama. The Peacock Lecturer in 2019-20 is Jarrett Martineau.

Herman Geiger-Torel Lecturer

Established to honour Herman Geiger-Torel (1913-1976), longtime General Director of the Canadian Opera Company and major influence on the development of the Faculty of Music's Opera Division. The annual lecture brings a distinguished figure in the opera world such as today’s COC General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, as well as John Adams, Sir Andrew Davis, Tim Albery, Sir Thomas Allen, Joel Ivany, and Stephen Clarke. The 2019-20 lecture will be given by Linda and Michael Hutcheon.

Lorand Fenyves Residency

Lorand Fenyves (1918-2004) was a world-leading violin pedagogue who taught for many years at U of T Music. The Residency was established by his colleagues, friends, and students and honours his legacy by bringing distinguished artists and teachers to U of T Music biannually. Visitors have included Peter Frankl, Steven Isserlis, Miriam Fried, Menahem Pressler, Atar Arad, and Laurence Lesser. The 2019-20 visitor will be pianist Dénes Várjon, performing a solo recital and public masterclasses in March 2019.

Riki Turofsky Masterclass in Voice

Supported annually by distinguished Canadian soprano and U of T alumna Riki Turofsky who noted: “When I was a student at Opera School, we did not have Master Classes with visiting artists. After graduation I participated in classes with exceptional artists like Lotte Lehmann, Pierre Bernac and Martial Singher. Those unique experiences are indelibly printed in my memory and were crucial to my development as a singer.” Michael Schade, John Fanning, Sondra Radvanovsky, Adrienne Pieczonka, Stephen Lord, Johannes Debus, Ben Heppner, and Thomas Hampson are among those who have given masterclasses. In 2019-20, American soprano Tamara Wilson will conduct a masterclass with our Voice Studies students.

Resident & Visiting Ensembles

U of T Music is the privileged host of many Resident & Visiting Ensembles. Hosting ensembles is another way we provide rich experiences for our community. The ensembles bring scholarship, performance, and mentorship to our stages and classrooms - we bring the opportunity to work with students.

Our partnerships extend to all of the major performing ensembles and arts organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Resident Ensemble the Gryphon Trio, one of the world's preeminent piano trios, includes U of T Music faculty violinist Annalee Patipatinakoon and pianist James Parker. Together with cellist Roman Borys, the Gryphons mentor the next generation of chamber musicians including the Bedford Trio, the inaugural Irene R. Miller Piano Trio in Residence.

Visiting Ensembles in 2018-19 included the New Orford String Quartet, Calidore String Quartet, Theatre of Early Music, and Women on the Verge.