AB, AM (Harvard), PhD (Cornell)
The founding Chair of York University’s Department of Music, Professor Beckwith is a musicologist, an experienced choral conductor and vocal coach, and a professional singer. A specialist in the field of Russian music, his scholarly interests include intellectual and cultural history and the psychology of music. His longstanding interest in the electronic and experimental arts is reflected in his extensive research on new technology applications in the arts, particularly in the areas of music composition and analysis. Professor Beckwith also taught in the Humanities Division in York’s Faculty of Arts and is Senior Associate of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Toronto.