Canadian University Music Society/Société de musique des universités canadienne

Canadian University Music Society(CUMS)/Société de musique des universités canadienne(SMUC); Canadian Association of University Schools of Music (CAUSM)/Association canadienne des écoles universitaires de musique (ACEUM) 1965-81.

Canadian University Music Society/Société de musique des universités canadienne

Canadian University Music Society(CUMS)/Société de musique des universités canadienne(SMUC); Canadian Association of University Schools of Music (CAUSM)/Association canadienne des écoles universitaires de musique (ACEUM) 1965-81. National organization of university schools, faculties, and departments of music and of university music professors and others in the profession of music. Proposed in July 1964 at a meeting of representatives from the universities of Toronto, Montreal, and McGill, CAUSM was established at a general meeting 5 Feb 1965 in Ottawa under the auspices of the Centennial Commission. Objectives of the founding constitution (drafted by Helmut Blume and Arnold Walter, subsequently revised in 1971 and 1988) include the facilitation of the exchange of views among administrators and teachers, the recommendation of minimum standards for music degree programs, and the encouragement and assistance of the professional development of both institutional and individual members of the society. Initially, membership was limited to institutions, represented by a committee of their senior administrators. The revised constitution of 1971 established a category of individual membership while retaining the committee of institutional members. To reflect this change, the name of the Society was changed in 1981. CUMS is affiliated with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and conducts annual conferences in association with the Learned Societies. At its 1988 conference (at the University of Windsor) CUMS introduced an annual competition, named in memory of George Proctor, for the best paper delivered by a Canadian research student. The society publishes the Canadian University Music Review (formerly the CAUSM Journal); a biennial Directory of Canadian university music teachers; and a biannual newsletter. CUMS/SMUC was incorporated in February 1989. Its presidents have been Arnold Walter 1965-7, Clément Morin 1967-9, Welton Marquis 1969-71, Lucien Brochu 1971-3, Lorne Watson 1973-5, Brian Ellard 1975-7, Donald A. McKellar 1977-9, Armand Ferland 1979-81, Robert Stangeland 1981-3, Bruce Minorgan 1983-5, Gordon K. Greene 1985-7, Donald F. Cook 1987-9, Philip Adamson 1989-91, succeeded by Gail Dixon in 1991.


Further Reading

  • Deaville, James. 'Back to the future: celebrating thirty years of diversity,' Canadian University Music Review, vol 21:1, 2000