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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Glen Carruthers

Dean, Faculty of Music (on administrative leave until July 2017)

Contact Information

Office Location: A515

Academic Background

BMus (Brandon University); MA in Canadian Studies (Carleton University); PhD in Musicology (University of Victoria); ARCT


Dr. Glen Carruthers has been Dean of the Laurier Faculty of Music since 2010. He was Dean of the School of Music at Brandon University from 1998-2008 and prior to that taught for ten years at Lakehead University, where he was founding Chair of the Department of Music.

Dr. Carruthers has presented conference papers and guest lectures across Canada and the United States, and in France, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Serbia, Italy, Greece, Spain and Brazil. He has published extensively in the fields of musicology and university music education. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Musicology, Music Review, International Journal of Music Education, Clavier, Piano & Keyboard, Canadian University Music Review and International Journal of Community Music. He is a contributor to several books including A Celebration of Canada’s Arts 1930-1970 (Toronto), which he co-edited with Gordana Lazarevich; Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory and Criticism (Chicago); Annäherung IX – an sieben Komponistinnen (Kassel); MUSICANADA 2000: A Celebration of Canadian Composers/Un hommage aux compositeurs canadiens (Montréal); Inside, Outside, Downside Up: Conservatoire Training and Musicians’ Work (Perth); and Life in the Real World: How to Make Music Graduates Employable (Champaign, Illinois).

Dr. Carruthers is Chair of the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician of the International Society for Music Education, and Chair of the New York State/St. Lawrence Chapter of the American Musicological Society. He served on the board of the Canadian University Music Society for many years and was its President from 2001 to 2003. He has also served on the National Board and Regional Councils of the Canadian Music Centre.

His current research involves post-secondary music teaching and learning, music and democracy – particularly as reflected in the life, philosophies and works of Percy Grainger – and musical performance as aural historiography.