Caryl Clark is Professor of Music History and Culture at the University of Toronto, Fellow of Trinity College, and Senior Fellow of Massey College.
She studied music history at Western (Honours BMus), McGill (MA) and Cornell (PhD), and earned diplomas in piano performance and pedagogy from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music in London. Her research and teaching interests include Enlightenment aesthetics, Haydn studies, gender and ethnicity in opera, the politics of musical reception, piano cultures, Glenn Gould, and music entrepreneurship.
Since receiving a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship in 1991 held at the University of Toronto, Clark has held four SSHRC grants on eighteenth-century music topics, and a Halbert Foundation Grant with The Hebrew University in Jerusalem investigating the Jewish Diaspora in music, theatre and culture. Her current project explores Haydn’s interactions with musical, theatrical, political and visual culture in 1790s London in relation to British anxieties about the revolution in France.
Clark is an active member of the American Musicological Society, having served on the Council, the Einstein Prize Committee, the Program Committee (Chair 2011), and the Publication Committee (Chair 2016-18).
As co-chair of The Opera Exchange, a partnership between the Canadian Opera Company and The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, she has co-organized over 40 educational symposia probing opera from multidisciplinary perspectives. Related publications include four special opera issues of the University of Toronto Quarterly. The most recent is “Hearing Riel” (Fall 2018)
She is also cross-appointed to several graduate departments at the University of Toronto, including The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and The Centre for Jewish Studies, and is an Associate Graduate Faculty member of the Department of German and Germanic Languages.
- Co-editor (with Sarah Day-O’Connell) of The Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia (2019)
- Author of Haydn’s Jews: Representation and Reception on the Operatic Stage (2009)
- Commissioning editor for The Cambridge Companion to Haydn (2005)
Most frequently cited article
- “Forging Identity: Beethoven’s ‘Ode’ as European Anthem,” Critical Inquiry 23/4 (1997): 789-807.
Collaborative article with students
- “Seizing the Menotti Moment: Opera meets McLuhan meets Millennials,” co-authored with Steven Hicks and 7 undergraduate students, College Music Symposium 56 (Fall 2016)