Coordinator of the Musicology Sector and Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor to Students

International Academy of Nice
Opera Lyra Young Artist Program
PhD, Eastman School of Music
MA, University of Western
BMus, University of Western

Pérez 310

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3531

Work E-mail: dparmer@uOttawa.ca

Dillon Parmer


Courses and seminars taught

  • Music History Survey (Classical, Romantic, Early Modern)
  • Philosophies of Performing
  • The Performer's Voice
  • Artistic Practice as Music Research

Awards and achievements

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Fellowship.

Sproull Fellowship.

Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies.

Collaborative recordings for Albany records.

Recent performances

Haydn, Mass in Time of War, Seventeen Voyces (Ottawa 2017)

Guest Artist, Under the Pines (Bristol 2017)

Bellini, Norma, Opera by Request (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, 2016)

Mozart, Mozart’s Masonic Journey (Toronto 2015)

Beethoven, Ninth Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Longueil (Montreal 2015)

Bellini, Norma, Oshawa Opera (Toronto, 2015)

Mozart, Mozart’s Masonic Journey (Ottawa 2014)

Guest Artist, Under the Pines (Bristol QC 2012-13)

Verdi, Macbeth, Opera Lyra Ottawa (2010)

Mozart, Don Giovanni, (2009)

Rossini, Petite Messe, University of Ottawa (2008)

Thomas, Hamlet, Opera Lyra Ottawa (2008)

Bach, St. John Passion, Metropolitan United Church of Toronto (2008)

Offenbach, La Périchole, Productions lyrique de Gatineau (2007)

Mendelssohn,Elijah, Mad River Chorale (2006)

Mozart, Requiem, Timmins Symphony Orchestra (2005)

Rossini, Stabat Mater, University of Ottawa Orchestra (2005)


Bruce Nicol, Christmas Rose, Opera Lyra Outreach (Ottawa On, 2004 and 2006)

Undine Smith-Moore,Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, Nathanial Dett Chorale, Toronto Center for Performing Arts (Toronto ON, 2005)

Anthony Davis, Restless Mourning, Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston SC, 2002)

Selected publications

“Musicology, Performance, Slavery: Intellectual Despotism and the Politics of Musical Understanding.” Intersections 34/i-ii (2014): 59-90.

“‘Come, Rise to Higher Spheres’: Tradition Transcended in Brahms’s Opus 78.” Ad Parnassum (2009).

“Musical Meaning for the Few: Instances of Private Reception in the Music of Brahms,” Current Musicology 83 (Spring 2007): 109-130.

“Musicology as Epiphenomenon: Derivative Disciplinarity, Performing, and the Deconstruction of the Musical Work,” Repercussions 20 (Spring 2007): 8-56.

“Practical Pedagogy and Voice Spectrography: A Proposal for Using Technology in Pursuit of Artistic Excellence,” Journal of Singing 63/i (Fall 2006): 63-68.

Recent papers

“Artistic Practice as Music Research: Towards a Generative Theory of Musical Meaning and Expression.” Classical Music Hyper Production and Practice-As-Research Conference, UK 2016

“Infrastructural Urtexts: Towards a Generative Theory of Musical Meaning.” Canadian University Music Society, Ottawa 2015.

“Defying the Conventional: Musical Performance, Embodied Cognition, and the Reconfiguration of Institutional Discourse.” Colloquium Series Lecture, Princeton University 2014.

“The Third Element: Rethinking Meaning in Musical Performance.” Society for Musicology in Ireland (University College Dublin 2014)

“Who Knows? Towards a New Epistemology of Music…and Other Things.” Carleton University (2013)

“Adventures in the Third Matrix: Pitch Perception, Musical Understanding, and Metastasis of Theory.” MCGS (Carleton 2013), SUNY Fredonia (2013).

“Musicology and Indifference.” Carleton University (2013)

“Glottal Close Quotient and Vowel Formant Tuning: Reflections from a Practitioner’s Perspective.”  SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia NY 2012).

"Musicology, Performance, Slavery: Intellectual Despotism and the Politics of Musical Understanding."Annual Meeting of the NYS-SL Chapter of the American Musicological Society (2011).

"On the Level: Pitch Verticality and the Reconfiguration of Music Discourse."Annual Meeting of the Canadian University Music Society (Sackville NB 2011)

"On the Authority of Music Scholarship, Or Engaging Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in Performance." Carleton University (Ottawa 2010)

“Who Rules the Rulers? The Politics of Musical Understanding.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian University Music Society (Ottawa 2009).

“Music History Against the Grain.” Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (Nashville 2008).

“Quintessential Brahms: The Werther Quartet Reconsidered.” International Congress on Music and Meaning (Cuenca Spain, July 2008).

“Musicology N/A: From Technical to Artistic Rationality.” Annual Meeting of the NYS-SL Chapter of the American Musicological Society (Rochester NY, March 2008).

Book in progress

Facing the Music: A Performer's Guide to (Debunking) Academia

Fields of Interest

  • Musicologie radicale
  • Étude critique de l'interprétation
  • « Reflective Performance Practice »
  • Science et pédagogie vocales
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