Curator, Canadian Music
Judith Klassen is an ethnomusicologist who began her work with the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 2011. In addition to research interests in music and creative resistance, music in everyday life, and oral song narratives, Judith is currently exploring the recording practices of Canada’s earliest collectors. Her doctoral research explored faithful defiance in the musical practices of Mennonites in northern Mexico, examining how musical deviance and devout belief are at times complementary. This research also led to her collaboration with the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba, on the 2010 exhibition Singing in Time: Music and Mennonites.
Judith has worked as a freelance violist in chamber ensembles and orchestras across Canada, as a violin instructor in Canada, Mexico and Paraguay, and as a lecturer in music at the Canadian Mennonite University and the University of Manitoba. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance (University of Manitoba), a Bachelor of Church Music (Canadian Mennonite Bible College), a Master’s in Ethnomusicology (York University), and a PhD in Ethnomusicology (Memorial University of Newfoundland).
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