Dr. Brian E. Power

Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic

PhD, MA, MusBac (Toronto), ATCL (Trinity College, London)

Office (Music): Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts – MW 230
Office (Provost): 13th Floor, Schmon Tower
905 688 5550 x4306

Brian E. Power is an early music scholar, a choral and solo tenor, and a violinist. His research and publications concern manuscript transmission and performance-practice issues associated with late medieval and early Renaissance church music. He is the co-editor of the book: The Sounds and Sights of Performance in Early Music (Ashgate, 2009), and is currently preparing a scholarly edition of the introits of Trent Codex 93, a manuscript source of liturgical polyphony dating from the mid fifteenth century (for A-R Editions). He has been a member of the editorial board of Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music/Revue Canadienne de Musique, and is a past Chair of the Standing Committee of Institutional Members of the Canadian University Music Society/Société de musique des universités canadiennes.

Dr. Power performs frequently as a choral tenor and soloist with ensembles and church choirs in the Golden Horseshoe. In 2015, as a member of Pax Christi Chorale (Toronto), he took part in the North American première of C.H.H. Parry’s oratorio Judith at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, and in a rare performance of Canadian composer Murray Schafer’s monumental work Apocalypsis at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. In 2016, he toured the West Midlands of England with performances in Oxford, Coventry, Worcester, Bath, Birmingham, and Gloucester. In 2017, he performed in the Canadian première of Elgar’s oratorio The Apostles, and won first place in the CBC/Choral Canada National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (Chamber Choir category) with Pax Christi.

Currently Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic for the University, Dr. Power was Associate Dean (Undergraduate Student Affairs & Curriculum) of the Faculty of Humanities (2012-18), and Chair of the Department of Music (2005-11). He teaches courses in medieval, Renaissance and Canadian music history, music notation software, and an advanced course in music and liturgy. He is also participating faculty in the Master of Arts program in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts, and the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities. He is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committees of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Centre for Canadian Studies.