Alumni News

Below is a small sample of the musical paths taken by our graduates, indicating the breadth and stature of their achievements:


After graduating with a B.Mus. degree in 2004, Sandi Ford completed the Keanu College Musical Instrument Repair program in Fort McMurray, and now works as a musical instrument repair technician in Edmonton.

Susan Lewis, class of 1992, completed a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at Princeton University and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Victoria.

After graduating from Queen's, Stephen London completed an advanced certificate in scoring for motion pictures and television at the University of S. California, and is now a film composer in Los Angeles.

Jewelle Blackman, a graduate from 2001, is an active performer in the musical theatre scene, currently performing in "Dreamgirls" in Calgary.

Christopher Dearlove, who completed a Masters in percussion after graduating from Queen's, now holds the position of Orchestra Manager of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

A graduate of the School of Music in 1993, Gavin Douglas completed a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and is currently teaching Ethnomusicology at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

After several years as a professional musician, performing and recording with the Celtic groups the Glengarry Bhoys and Greenwich Meantime, James Libbey (M.Mus, Toronto 2002) now teaches lower school music and is the Choral Director at the International School of Luxembourg. His first overseas teaching job was in Graz, Austria where he taught for four years.

Percussionist Edward Reifel completed graduate performance studies at the Universities of Ottawa and Toronto, and performs regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Baroque Orchestra, and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

After graduating from Queen's Jan Guise (nee Tripe) completed a Masters degree in Music Theory at the University of Western Ontario before pursuing a Masters degree in Library Science. She is currently the head of the music library at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Caroline Matt, class of 1999, completed graduate studies in Historical Musicology at the University of Toronto, and is now the Manager of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Several music graduates have completed Master's degrees and are currently enrolled in Doctoral studies. These include Leanne Fetterley (Musicology, University of Toronto), Robin Attas (Music Theory, University of British Columbia), Laura Bolt (Anthropology, University of Toronto), Kate Galloway (Musicology, University of Toronto), Melanie Batoff (Musicology, University of Michigan), Cindy Boucher (Ethnomusicology, University of Alberta), Remy Chiu (Musicology, McGill University).

Many of our graduates have gone on to successfully complete B.Ed. degrees at Faculties of Education and are now teaching in the public or private school systems.