McGill Music Graduate Symposium


This year’s symposium marks our 30th year, and we are thrilled to present a special celebration edition of the event, including both a research and performance keynote, a deal on tickets to McGill’s Opera Binge Festival, and special panel focused on music and the mind!

Our research keynote, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, is Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas. She is interested in the interface between musical structure and engagement, especially in listeners without formal training, and especially as it occurs dynamically across the course of the listening experience. Her book On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind (Oxford University Press) received the 2014 Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory, and the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award.

Our performance keynote, Darren Creech, is a concert pianist whose unique blend of queer storytelling, fabulous fashion, and glittery hair, “shows his belief in a new potential for the classical concert stage” (CBC Music). His solo show RESILIENCE garnered him the Best Artist Prize at Toronto’s Nuit Rose 2016, and was described as “both unexpected and unforgettable” (Throbbing Rose Collective). In the 2016-2017 season, Darren performed in Toronto's Nuit Blanche for a second time, collaborating with renowned visual artist Erwin Olaf, accompanying “Waiting,” a film installation with a live piano score. In December, he will be making his debut with the world's first queer orchestra, Toronto's own Counterpoint Community Orchestra.