Professor Don McLean Appointed Dean, Faculty of Music

PDAD&C #60, 2009-10


To: Staff, Students and Alumni, Faculty of Music
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:      Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: February 16, 2010
Re: Professor Don McLean Appointed Dean, Faculty of Music

I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Don McLean as Dean of the Faculty of Music from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016.

Professor McLean is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BMus, MA, PhD) and the Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T. piano, theory and composition). He taught at both U of T and the Royal Conservatory from 1978-1989. As a researcher, his specialty is music theory, with expertise in Schenkerian theory and analysis and the music of the new Viennese School, especially Alban Berg. Some of his current research focuses on the emotional impact of music on the listener and the examination of the musical-structural determinants of psycho-physiological responses such as musical frisson or the chill factor. He is a strong champion of interdisciplinary research and an international speaker on trends in higher education in music. His musical experience and professional training encompass piano accompanying and coaching, orchestral and choral conducting, composition, musicology, and music theory.

Currently Dean of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Professor McLean has overseen the Faculty's remarkable growth in size and stature. He played a key role in securing funding from university, private, and government sources, and external granting agencies towards the creation of McGill's New Music Building Project and its Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). The Centre is international in scope and stature, and brings together creative and performing musicians and scientists from diverse fields such as neuroscience, computer and electrical engineering, psychology, sound recording and technology to investigate the technology of music and music as a technology for human expression.

Professor McLean has continued his teaching, supervision, and research activities and has been instrumental in the creation of several major interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives. He is a member of the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society, the Association of European Conservatories, and is a past chair of the Standing Committee of Member Institutions of the Canadian University Music Society. He is active as a community leader in developing links with professional arts organizations and charities, notably Centraide (the United Way).

Please join me in welcoming Professor McLean to the University.