Faculty and Mentors

Faculty includes: 

Joan Harrison, PhD

Joan Harrison, MM (Yale School of Music), PhD (Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa) is a cellist, educator, and entrepreneur. She has performed as principal cellist on modern and baroque instruments in numerous ensembles including the New York City Opera, Aradia Ensemble, the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Lyra. Joan is also a dedicated pedagogue and has taught at numerous institutions including the Perlman Music Program (Itzak Perlman’s program in Shelter Island, New York), and in New York City at the School for Strings and the United Nations International School.

Joan merged her passions for music and education by completing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Joel Westheimer at the University of Ottawa. Her research was supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SHHRC), the University of Ottawa, and the American String Teachers Association. Her thesis focused on links between citizenship and music education. As an entrepreneur, Joan develops products that connect learning music with cognition, physical wellness, and fun (www.enterprisingrabbit.com).

In the summer of 2013, Joan founded the Capital Strings Collective (CSC) community orchestra, which along with the I Cellisti cello choir, is in residence at a long-term care centre. These multigenerational ensembles participate in research practice in music education, democratic citizenship, empathy, and well-being. This fall an intergenerational choir will be added to the program.

Joan regularly performs in the Amberwood Duo with pianist Elaine Keillor. To date they have recorded three CDs including When Music Sounds: Canadian works for cello and piano (NAXOS), Narratives on Life (Marquis), and A Little Knight Music: Selected works of General Sir Maurice Grove Taylor (Enterprising Rabbit). Their performances have been heard live and on air throughout Europe and North America and International reviewers have praised their work as “brilliant”, “fascinating, delightful, and exemplary throughout”.

Elaine Keillor, PhD

Dr. Keillor  is an internationally known concert pianist and a Distinguished Research Professor Emerita of Carleton University, Ottawa. With all of the theoretical requirements completed at the age of ten, she remains the youngest person to have ever received the Associate diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).

Performing in recital and with orchestras throughout North America and Europe, Dr. Keillor has received reviews such as “the musicianship of a sensitive artist and a fine technician”, “remarkable talent as soloist in the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto”, “delighted us with her exquisite touch”, “considerable imagination” and “very adept at the keyboard.”

She was the first female recipient of the doctoral degree in musicology at the University of Toronto. As a pianist and chamber musician Dr. Keillor can be heard on seventeen CDs that have been praised for their impeccable pianism and artistry. One reviewer wrote of Views of the Piano Sonata: “By her careful programming and impeccable pianism, Elaine Keillor, … has made a strong case for the continued value and flexibility of sonata form.”

The first recipient in the category of Arts and Culture of the Canadian Women’s Mentor Awards (1999), she has written many essays for various publications, including on Canadian music for the widely used third edition of Profiles of Canada (2003), edited four volumes in the 25-volume Canadian Musical Heritage series, two in the piano series Performing Our Canadian Heritage, and authored John Weinzweig and His Music: The Radical Romantic of Canada (Scarecrow Press, 1994),and Music in Canada: Capturing Landscape and Diversity (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006).

A researcher with the Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa, she has prepared five DVDs on teaching stylistic periods to piano students. Dr. Keillor received the 2004 Helmut Kallmann Award of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. She headed the teams that produced Native Drums (2005) (www.native-drums.ca), a comprehensive, educational, and information web site on musical expressions of the First Peoples within Canada, its sequel Native Dance (2007),(www.native-dance.ca) joint projects of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Content Online Program and Carleton University, and the Inukshuk- and INAC-funded project, www.pathoftheelders.com (2010).

Mentors include:

  • Christian Charron, LLB, viola
  • Megan Graham, PhD Candidate, violin/viola teacher
  • Reiko Lokker, MA, violin teacher and Japanese instructor
  • Nathan Morris, MA, Mmus, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian
    Heritage, double bass performer