Associate Professor, D.Mus. McGill University
Dr. Christine Vanderkooy’s research in academic life is primarily as a piano performer, giving recitals as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Dr. Vanderkooy has performed as a soloist across Canada, as well as in the United States and Europe, including a recital tour of Europe funded by the SSHRC General Research Fund/President’s Fund, and has been a concerto soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Her CD release, Schubert and Schumann, was recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts with successful grant funding from the University of Regina, and promoted by Toronto publicist, Jane Harbury, with additional grant funding from Creative Saskatchewan. This recording features two important solo piano works from the romantic piano literature and has enjoyed critical acclaim including a cover story for Tempo magazine, as well as radio play on CBC Radio and stations across Canada and the U.S.
Dr. Vanderkooy’s research contributions as a writer and presenter include a conference presentation in Florence, Italy, a presentation at the University of Arizona on the psychological and physiological aspects of Music Performance Anxiety, and a lecture at Bishop’s University on Russian piano music. At the national convention of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations, Dr. Vanderkooy has presented on Beethoven’s pedaling in piano works, and delivered a seminar entitled Risk, Regroup, Rebound: Stage Fright in Music Performance. Dr. Vanderkooy was featured in a special profile for the Spring 2020 edition of The Canadian Music Teacher magazine.
By invitation, Dr. Vanderkooy has contributed an article for the Royal Conservatory of Music blog, designed a course for RCM’s use entitled “Piano Pedagogy: Gesture and Sound”, and travelled with the senior pedagogy team across Alberta as a presenter for the RCM Teacher Professional Development Seminars. Dr. Vanderkooy travels regularly to adjudicate music festivals and present masterclasses across Canada and has served on juries for music competitions including the JUNO Awards.
Dr. Vanderkooy has taught at McGill University, University of Prince Edward Island, University of Windsor, and Lakehead University, joining the music faculty at the University of Regina in 2007 where she held the position of Associate Professor, and is pleased to have joined the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education in 2017.
Solo Piano Performance; Collaborative Piano; Chamber Music; Piano Pedagogy; Music Performance Anxiety; The Development of the Keyboard; Russian Piano Music of the 20th Century.
D.Mus., McGill University
M.Mus., McGill University
B.Mus., Wilfrid Laurier University
A.R.C.T., Royal Conservatory of Music