Hidden Musicians: Songs by Cecile Chaminade, Josephine Lang, and Clara Schumann


  • Gordon E. Smith Queen's University, Kingston ON
  • Karen B. Frederickson Queen's University, Kingston ON


music canon, female composers

Author Biographies

Gordon E. Smith, Queen's University, Kingston ON

Gordon E. Smith’s research includes folk music traditions in Quebec, as well as fieldwork in Mi’kmaq communities in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. His work also includes historic and current issues of representation in Canadian ethnomusicology. He was National Advisory Editor and contributor to the 7th edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001), and a contributor to The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The United States and Canada (2001). He has published articles in various journals, including The Canadian University Music Review, World of Music, American Music, Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de la recherche en musique, and The Canadian Folk Music Journal (now The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music) of which he is currently the Editor. He is co-editor of the book, Istvan Anhalt: Pathways and Memory (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001), and is co-editor of Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology: Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present (Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2007), Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture (Canadian Museum of Civilization, Mercury Series, 2008), and Musical Traditions, Culture and Contexts (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, forthcoming). Dr. Smith was Director of the School of Music (2003-2006), and is currently Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s.

Karen B. Frederickson, Queen's University, Kingston ON

KAREN B. FREDERICKSON, Ed.D. (Arizona State) is Associate Professor of Music at Queen's University, where she teaches music education courses, conducting, and has conducted Polyhymnia, an ensemble of women’s voices. Karen is the co-author, with Murray Smith (Brandon University), of Sound connections: Integrating science and music and has published articles in the Canadian Journal of Music Education, the Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and the 1999 Garland publication Preparing middle level educators: Practicing what we preach. Karen is also an accomplished soprano, formerly a singer with the Edmonton Opera Association. She studied with Aksel Schiotz, Louis Cunningham, and Noni Espina at The University of Colorado, Katharine Hilgenberg at The University of Michigan, receiving her M.Mus. in 1974 from The University of Oregon. She has sung under the direction of Walter Susskind, Eric Ericson, Elmer Iseler, Helmut Rilling, Richard Bonynge, and other noted conductors. She has presented recitals throughout North America, including a lecture-recital at the Phenomenon of Singing II Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland.