Elissa Poole

B.A. (Penn. State), M.A., Ph.D. (U. of Vic)

Sessional Lecturer
Music Appreciation
elissa.poole@saltspring.com


Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Specialist in early music: 18th century repertoire;
performance on 18th century flutes
Music journalism


Recent Course Offerings

Music 115 Music Appreciation
Music 100 Fundamentals of Music


Brief Biography

B.A. Fine Arts, Pennsylvania State University, 1972; M.A and Ph.D University of Victoria, 1984 Artist in Residence, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia, 1986-91. Teaching University of Victoria, 2000-present, including courses in Performance Practice, Aesthetics, Berlioz, counterpoint.


Selected Professional & Creative Achievements

Many commericial recordings, broadcasts and performances with The Tafelmusik Orchestra (1985-present). Founding member, with harpsichordist Colin Tilney, and artistic director of Les Coucous Bénévoles, period instrument ensemble specializing in music of the 18th century and present day. Many commissions of original works for the ensemble and six commercial recordings. Founding member, with percussionist Richard Sacks, of Strange Companions; commissions of original works; one commercial recording.

Regular music criticism and feature articles for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, from 1994-present. Also music journalism for: Maclean’s Magazine; Opus Magazine; Opera Today; Opera Now; Words and Music

Selected Publications:

“The Brunetes and their Sources: A study of the Transition from Modality to Tonality in France. Recherches sur la Musique francaise classique XXV, 1987, Paris.



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