Portrait of Dr. Nancy Vogan
Nancy Vogan

Nancy F. Vogan was a faculty member of Mount Allison University for forty years where she taught courses in music education, music history, music in Canada and introduction to music for non-majors. A native of Moncton NB she received her BA (music) at Mount Allison prior to attending the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, for her Master of Music and PhD degrees in music education. She taught music at Keuka College and in the public schools of Ontario and New Brunswick prior to joining Mount Allison.

Her major fields of research have been the history of music instruction and the history of music in Canada. She is coauthor (with J. Paul Green) of Music Education in Canada: A Historical Account (University of Toronto Press, 1991). Other publications include articles in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, the History of the Book in Canada, and the chapter on Canada in The Origins and Foundations of Music Education (Continuum 2010) as well as numerous articles in journals and proceedings.

Nancy Vogan has served on the editorial committee of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and has also been a contributing editor for the Canadian Music Educator. She has been a council member of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, a research associate of the University of Toronto’s Canadian Music Education Research Centre and the international representative on the council of the NAfME History Special Research Interest Group. She has spoken at numerous conferences and delivered guest lectures including at the American Antiquarian Society, the MENC Keokuk II Symposium, and the Toronto Centre for the Book.

Dr. Vogan is the recipient of several honours and awards including the Jubilate Award of Merit from the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, three SSHRC grants, a British Council Travel Grant, and a Canada-US Fulbright Fellowship, as well as a Paul ParĂ© Award and the Tucker Teaching Award from Mount Allison. In 2003 she was appointed the Pickard-Bell Professor of Music, a position which she held until her retirement.

International music education is one of her many interests. She has participated in workshops of the World Music Drumming Program, attended MENC workshops on world music and also visited schools and music institutions in the United States and Britain. In 2003 she visited South Africa as part of a fifteen-member music education delegation; in the spring of 2004 she visited Russia as a member of a similar delegation. She is a member the International Society for Music Education; she spoke at the 2008 ISME Congress in Bologna, Italy, and travelled to China in the summer of 2010 to participate in the ISME Congress in Beijing.

Nancy Vogan retired from her teaching position at Mount Allison in 2012. She was appointed Research Professor for three-year term and continues to be involved in campus activities, writing a book on singing schools and tunebooks in the Maritimes and also researching the history of music teaching at Mount Allison.

Nancy F. Vogan, PhD
Research Professor and Professor Emerita
Department of Music, 134 Main St.
Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L 1A6 Canada