People & Partners

Acadia University is the Lead Contractor for this project, and is working in partnership with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. is providing its proprietary digital acoustic pianos. Participants from each institution bring a multi-year depth of experience and expertise and a high level of excitement about the possibilities of the project. They are listed below.

Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has long been recognized as one of Canada’s premier undergraduate institutions. With its nationally and internationally recognized research initiatives, small class sizes and technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students an experience that includes academic achievement combined with personal growth and development. For more information about Acadia, visit their website at
Christoph Both Music/Technology Interface - Christoph Both, M.Mus. (Violoncello), M.Ed. Music/Physics, Ph.D. (Information theory and electronic music composition). Music Technology interface/MIDI specialist and co-creator of MusicPath software. Internationally performing cellist, commercial CD releases (Haenssler Germany, Warner Classics UK Collaborative research grants investigating the impact of music technology Pioneering real-time artistic collaboration between pianists through IP networks Presently Full Professor, Chair of Music Technology and Strings at the School of Music, Acadia University. Founder of Acadia’s B.A. Mus. degree in Music Technology.
Jim DiamondTechnology Research - Jim Diamond, Associate Professor in the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia since January 2002, is an Acadia alumnus and holds a Ph.D. in Computer from the University of Toronto. Before coming to Acadia he performed R&D in sonar signal processing for over seven years, providing experience in acoustics, lossless compression of acoustic data and MMI issues related to sonar system operation.
John HansenMusic Pedagogy Research - John Hansen, Associate Professor and Director of the School of Music, formerly a faculty member of the RCM, joined the Acadia School of Music in 1978. At the University of Toronto he studied with Anton Kuerti. Active as piano soloist and chamber musician, he has performed throughout Canada and Europe. Regularly featured on CBC Radio Networks, he has performed as guest artist with ensembles such as the Orford and Vellinger String Quartets. He has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver, Seattle, and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. As Director of the School of Music at Acadia, he has overseen the introduction of IT into the curriculum, and creation of the Music Therapy, Music Theatre and Music Technology degrees.
Karen WilderProject Management - Karen Wilder, IT Integrator, is a graduate of Acadia (BSc Hon Math) and a long-term employee (25+ years). Her expertise in computing include Project Management training and responsibility for implementation of two major administrative software systems at Acadia.
Lucas PorterPianist - Lucas Porter, a twelve-year-old pianist from Port Williams in the Annapolis Valley has completed the highest level of the Royal Conservatory of Music exams. He has been taking lessons during the fall of 2003 from Marc Durand who was on location at the Royal Conservatory of Music, while Lucas was at Acadia University.
Dave SheehanMIDI / video InterfaceDave Sheehan, Video/Multimedia producer for the Acadia Institute for Teaching and Technology, is responsible for the media production, design and management aspects of the VLE production. Dave has produced a wide variety of video and multimedia products in broadcast, web, and CD-ROM formats. He has worked with Jim Henson Productions, Kingworld, CBC, TSN, Tokyo Broadcasting, European Broadcast Union, Entertainment Tonight, Castle Rock, Inside Edition, Salter Street Films and The Movie Network.
A/V TechnicalGary Boates, Manager, Educational Technology, at Acadia University, is responsible for the design, procurement and implementation of Acadia's classroom and learning environment technology. He was integral in the planning and implementation of the Acadia Advantage. With a career spanning nearly three decades, Gary has worked with most forms of audio, video and computer technology. Gary has produced hundreds of projects in a variety of media during his career.
Mauricio Duarte-NeiraOngoing Technical Support - Mauricio Duarte-Neira is a graduate of Acadia University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with Concentration in Music Technology (Class of 2003). He has a strong interest in Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and Digital Sound Processing (DSP).
Paul SteeleNetwork Support - Paul Steele (MSc CS) is the Manager of Network Services at Acadia. It is through his planning and management that Acadia’s network of approximately 7,000 drops was upgraded. He has been working with the music department on videoconferencing trials with the University of New Brunswick.
Lynn ChipmanNetwork Support - Lynn Chipman is Senior Network Analyst in Network Services at Acadia. She is an Acadia alumna with 20+ years of varying experience in Computing Services, with the last five of those in Network Services. Her responsibilities include support of the LAN infrastructure; including a 7,000 node Cisco based gigabit network, and several Novell Netware and Windows-based servers.
Duane CurrieDepartment Liaison - Duane Currie (BCS) is a Project Manager within the Computing Services group at Acadia. He researches and coordinates activities for projects which involve multiple units within Computing Services and acts as a liaison with other campus departments.
Marc DurandMusic/Pedagogy Research - Marc Durand is an internationally acclaimed piano pedagogue, whose students include Deutsche Grammaphon recording artist Naida Cole and recent competition winners David Jalbert and Stephen Ham. Marc teaches at both The Royal Conservatory of Music and the Université de Montréal, and has offered Master Classes at Acadia University. Marc has researched the pedagogical uses of the Disklavier piano and brings this unique expertise to the Acadia/RCM project.
Rennie RegehrMusic/Pedagogy ResearchRennie Regehr, Dean of the Glenn Gould School of the RCM and Viola Faculty and Resident Conductor, was principal Violist of the Winnipeg Symphony from 1978-1992. He was former faculty of the Universities of British Columbia, Manitoba and Toronto.
Project Management - Shaun Elder is Project Leader of the Learning Through the Arts e-learning initiative for the RCM, creating on-line learning tools to support the delivery of the core curriculum in remote communities, including aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario. The first release, featuring lesson plans and tips for teachers, can be seen at Shaun is also a composer whose music for harp has been heard on CBC’s Disc Drive with Jurgen Gothe, and on US National Public Radio.

- Canada’s advanced Internet development organization – is a not-for-profit corporation supported by its members, project partners and the Federal Government.

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CANARIE's mission is to accelerate Canada's advanced Internet development and use by facilitating the widespread adoption of faster, more efficient networks and by enabling the next generation of advanced products, applications and services to run on them. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, CANARIE employs 27 full-time staff dedicated to the research and implementation of advanced networks and applications that will stimulate economic growth and increase Canada's international competitiveness.

CANARIE has already succeeded in enhancing Canadian R&D Internet speeds by a factor of almost one million since its inception in 1993. The organization has also funded numerous advanced Internet applications projects, providing some 500 companies with the opportunity to achieve business success through innovation.

CANARIE also intends to act as a catalyst and partner with governments, industry and the research community to increase overall IT awareness, ensure continuing promotion of Canadian technological excellence and ultimately, foster long-term productivity and improvement of living standards.

The Royal Conservatory of Music

Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory of Music is the largest and oldest independent arts educator in Canada. It is a national, not-for-profit educational institution, with annual revenues of more than $27 million. Based in Toronto, it offers opportunities for learning and personal development across Canada and increasingly in international settings. More than 500,000 Canadians take part in Royal Conservatory programs, exams and public school initiatives each year.
Yamaha Musical Instruments: The largest manufacturer of musical instruments in the world and leader in digital acoustic pianos. Yamaha Canada Music supports this project and shares the vision of creating future musicians.

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