Activities

Upcoming Workshops


Workshop 12, MEI and DACT (online):
Jan 13, 2023 at 10:00-11:30 am Atlantic (9:00-10:30 am Eastern)
Hosted by Elsa De Luca, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Workshops

(in reverse chronological order)
Workshop 11, Dynamic Chant Bibliographies (online):
Nov 25, 2022
Hosted by Rebecca Shaw, University of Toronto Libraries, DACT Team Lead for "Dynamic Chant Bibliographies"
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In attendance on Zoom (19): Alison Altstatt, Jennifer Bain, Anna de Bakker, Houman Behzadi, Julia Craig-McFeely, Julie Cumming, Lucia Denk, Ichiro Fujinaga, Marianne Gillion, Barbara Haggh-Huglo, Kate Helsen, Alessandra Ignesti, Debra Lacoste, Alberto Medina de Seiça, Marcia Ostashewski, Linda Pearse, Rebecca Shaw, Eva Veselovská, Hikka-Lisa Vuori.

Workshop X, DACT "In Progress" (online):
Oct 21, 2022
Hosted by Jennifer Bain, Project Director for DACT, Dalhousie University, Halifax
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In attendance on Zoom (35): David Andrés Fernández, Jennifer Bain, Inga Behrendt, Virginia Blanton, Anna de Bakker, Irina Chachulska, Zsuzsa Czagány, Elsa De Luca, Lucia Denk, Fr Roman Dusanowskyj, David Eben, Jesús Estévez Monagas, Ichiro Fujinaga, Eszter Gaál, Veronika Garajová, Gabriella Gilányi, Marianne Gillion, Richard Haefer, Andrew Hankinson, Kate Helsen, Lionel Li-Xing Hong, Julian Kytasty, Debra Lacoste, Meghan Landry, Jimmy Maiello, Alberto Medina de Seiça, Stefan Morent, Julianna Nagy Torma, Marcia Ostashewski, Margaret Robinson, Rebecca Shaw, Elaine Stratton Hild, Martha Thomae Elias, Giovanni Varelli, Grayson Wagstaff.

Workshop 9, Partnership Grant Planning Meeting (in-person and online):
Aug 16, 2022
Hosted by Jennifer Bain, Project Director for DACT, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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View afternoon program
In attendance in-person and on Zoom (31): Alison Altstatt, David Andrés Fernández, Jennifer Bain, Inga Behrendt, Houman Behzadi, Virginia Blanton, Julia Craig-McFeely, Julie Cumming, Elsa De Luca, Ichiro Fujinaga, Marianne Gillion, Richard Haefer, Barbara Haggh-Huglo, Andrew Hankinson, Jane Hardie, Kate Helsen, Lionel Li-Xing Hong, Debra Lacoste, Jimmy Maiello, Kathleen Nelson, Michael Norton, Marcia Ostashewski, Linda Pearse, Aaron Prosper, Margaret Robinson, Greg Sandala, Rebecca Shaw, Kate Kennedy Steiner, Ariane van Doorn, Giovanni Varelli, Hana Vlhová-Wörner.

Workshop 8, Governance, Data Management, and Digital Sustainability (in-person and online):
May 22, 2022 following the Music Encoding Conference
Hosted by Jennifer Bain, Project Director for DACT, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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In attendance in-person and on Zoom for Session 1, morning (27): Laura Albiero, Jennifer Bain, Susan Boynton, Katie Chapman, Zuelma Chaves, Carla Crespo, Anna de Bakker, Elsa De Luca, Maristella Feustle, Michael Friebel, Ichiro Fujinaga, Marianne Gillion, Andrew Hankinson, Lionel Li-Xing Hong, Alessandra Ignesti, Debra Lacoste, Jimmy Maiello, Fallen Matthews, Rachel McNellis, Stefan Morent, Morgan Moffitt, Linda Pearse, Laurent Pugin, Elaine Stratton Hild, Martha Thomae Elias, Giovanni Varelli, Vivian Zhang.
In attendance in-person and on Zoom for Session 2, afternoon (19): Alison Altstatt, Jennifer Bain, Susan Boynton, Katie Chapman, Zuelma Chaves, Carla Crespo, Julie Cumming, Anna de Bakker, Elsa De Luca, Marianne Gillion, Debra Lacoste, Jimmy Maiello, Fallen Matthews, Rachel McNellis, Stefan Morent, Morgan Moffitt, Linda Pearse, Elaine Stratton Hild, Giovanni Varelli.

Workshop 7, Cantorales in the Americas and Beyond (online):
March 11, 2022
Hosted by Virginia Blanton, Team Lead for the DACT Cantorales Working Group, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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In attendance on Zoom (32): Alison Altstatt, David Andrés Fernández, Jennifer Bain, Virginia Blanton, Susan Boynton, Katherine Chandler, Zuelma Chaves, Susan Clermont, Julia Craig-McFeely, Carla Crespo, Julie Cumming, Anna de Bakker, Elsa De Luca, Jesús Estévez Monagas, Ichiro Fujinaga, Marianne Gillion, Carmen Julia Gutiérrez, Richard Haefer, Barbara Haggh-Huglo, Jane Hardie, Alessandra Ignesti, Debra Lacoste, Jeffrey Leafblad, Jimmy Maiello, Alberto Medina de Seiça, Mary Jean Miller, Morgan Moffitt, Kathleen Nelson, Raquel Rojo Carillo, Elaine Stratton Hild, Martha Thomae Elias, Grayson Wagstaff.

Workshop 6, Notation (online):
January 21, 2022
Hosted by Giovanni Varelli, Team Lead for the DACT Notation Working Group, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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In attendance on Zoom (44): Rebecca Adams, Laura Albiero, Jennifer Bain, Nicholas Ball, Inga Behrendt, Houman Behzadi, Virginia Blanton, Susan Boynton, David Burn, Irina Chachulska, Katherine Chandler, Zuelma Chaves, Susan Clermont, Julia Craig-McFeely, Julie Cumming, Zsuzsa Czagány, Lisa Fagin Davis, Lucia Denk, Bill Duba, Ichiro Fujinaga, Eszter Gaál, Veronika Garajová, Gabriella Gilányi, Barbara Haggh-Huglo, Jan Hajič, Elizabeth Hebbard, Kate Helsen, Alessandra Ignesti, Thomas Forrest Kelly, Debra Lacoste, Jimmy Maiello, Emily Martens-Oberwelland, Rachel McNellis, Alberto Medina de Seiça, Julianna Nagy Torma, Michael Norton, Morgan Paul, Laurent Pugin, Kate Kennedy Steiner, Elaine Stratton Hild, Martha Thomae, Janice Tulk, Giovanni Varelli, Eva Veselovská.

Workshop 5, Fragments (online):
November 12, 2021
Hosted by Alison Alstatt, Team Lead for the DACT Fragments Working Group, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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In attendance on Zoom (33): Alison Altstatt, Jennifer Bain, Nicholas Ball, Susan Boynton, Catherine Bradley, Katharine Chandler, Zuelma Chaves, Susan Clermont, Julia Craig-McFeely, Julie Cumming, Lisa Fagin Davis, Anna de Bakker, Elsa De Luca, William Duba, Ichiro Fujinaga, Eszter Gaál, Veronika Garajová, John Glasenapp, Barbara Haggh-Huglo, Elizabeth Hebbard, Lionel Li-Xing Hong, Alessandra Ignesti, Debra Lacoste, Jan Lauridsen, Manon Louviot, Jimmy Maiello, Fallen Matthews, Michael Norton, Morgan Paul, Elaine Stratton Hild, Johanna Thöne, Giovanni Varelli, Hana Vlhová-Wörner.

Workshop 4, Project Update (online):
September 17, 2021
Hosted from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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In attendance on Zoom (42): Alison Altstatt, Jennifer Bain, Nicholas Ball, Inga Behrendt, Virginia Blanton, Catherine Bradley, Irina Chachulska, Zuelma Chaves, Julia Craig-McFeely, Julie Cumming, Zsuzsa Czagány, Lisa Fagin Davis, Anna de Bakker, Elsa De Luca, Lucia Denk, William Duba, Deantha Edmunds-Ramsay, Ichiro Fujinaga, Gabriella Gilányi, Eszter Gaál, Marianne Gillion, Barbara Haggh-Huglo, Andrew Hankinson, Lionel Li-Xing Hong, Alessandra Ignesti, Thomas Forrest Kelly, Debra Lacoste, Emily Martens-Oberwelland, Fallen Matthews, Rachel McNellis, Alberto Medina de Seiça, Julianna Nagy Torma, Kathleen Nelson, Michael Norton, Linda Pearse, Rebecca Shaw, Kate Steiner, Janice Tulk, Giovanni Varelli, Eva Veselovská, Junhao Wang, David Watt.

Workshop 3, Project Update (moved online):
December 15, 2020
Hosted from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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In attendance on Zoom (40): Jennifer Bain, Inga Behrendt, Lisa Binkley, David Burn, Irina Chachulska, Julia Craig-McFeely, Ilaria Culshaw FoH, Julie Cumming, Zsuzsa Czagány, Lisa Fagin Davis, Anna de Bakker, Elsa De Luca, Judy Dietz, Manuel Pedro Ferreira, Ichiro Fujinaga, Marianne Gillion, Richard Haefer, Barbara Haggh-Huglo, Andrew Hankinson, Kate Helsen, Alessandra Ignesti, Thomas Forrest Kelly, Andrea Klassen, Jan Koláček, Debra Lacoste, Sarah Ann Long, Jimmy Maiello, Fallen Matthews, Michael Norton, Brayden Olson, Gustavo Polins Pedro, Cindy Preece, Rebecca Shaw, Barbara Swanson, Janice Tulk, Eva Veselovská, Gabriel Vigliensoni, Hana Vlhová-Wörner, Junhao Wang, David Watt.

Workshop 2 [COVID CANCELLATION]:
July 20, 2020
Prague, Czech Republic

Workshop 1, Project Introduction:
September 20-22, 2019
McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada
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In attendance (14): Jennifer Bain, Julie Cumming, Ichiro Fujinaga, Andrew Hankinson, Kate Helsen, Emily Hopkins, Debra Lacoste, Jimmy Maiello, Fallen Matthews, Cory McKay, Néstor Nápoles López, Michael Norton, Rebecca Shaw, Gabriel Vigliensoni.

Publications

De Luca, Elsa (Lead Author); Bain, Jennifer; Behrendt, Inga; Fujinaga, Ichiro; Helsen, Kate; Ignesti, Alessandra; Lacoste, Debra; and Long, Sarah Ann. “Cantus Ultimus' MEI Neume Module and its Interoperability Across Chant Notations.” Presented at the Music Encoding Conference, Vienna, Austria, May 29-June 1, 2019. Music Encoding Conference Proceedings 2019. Semantic Scholar Corpus ID: 226868843: https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Cantus-Ultimus’-MEI-Neume-Module-and-its-Across-Luca-Bain/ef73c4ac59d32404517be1f931d24a08b72cf919.

De Luca, Elsa (Lead Author); Bain, Jennifer; Behrendt, Inga; Fujinaga, Ichiro; Helsen, Kate; Ignesti, Alessandra; Lacoste, Debra; and Long, Sarah Ann. “Capturing Early Notations in MEI: The Case of Old Hispanic Neumes.” Musiktheorie: Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft (Digital Humanities issue) 34/3 (2019): 229-249.

Lacoste, Debra. “Networking Chant Databases - The Cantus Index.” Musiktheorie: Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft (Digital Humanities issue) 34/3 (2019): 196-214.

Lacoste, Debra; and Swanson, Barbara. 2019. “Chants that Defy Classification: Implications of Categorization in the Cantus Database.” In Music Encoding Conference Proceedings 2015, 2016 and 2017, pp. 73-78. Ed. by Giuliano Di Bacco, Johannes Kepper, and Perry D. Roland. Available at DOI: https://doi.org/10.15463/music-1.

Lacoste, Debra. “Cantus Database—How To … Write a Manuscript Description for a Cantus Database Inventory.” Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant. Last Update: 20 Nov 2020. Available from https://cantusdatabase.org/documents.

Lacoste, Debra; and Koláček, Jan. “CANTUS for Office and Mass: Building an Online Network of Chant Databases.” IMS Study Group Cantus Planus: Papers read at the XVII meeting, Venice, Italy, 28 July – 1 August 2014, pp. 157-162. Venice: Fondazione Levi, 2020.

Lacoste, Debra. “Data-Entry and Identification for Hymns and their verses and Sequences and their verses in Cantus Index and Cantus Database.” Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant. Last Update: 18 Jun 2020. Available from https://cantusdatabase.org/documents.

Lacoste, Debra; and Swanson, Barbara. “Quick Guide to Proofreading a Cantus Database Inventory.” Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant. Last Update: 17 Apr 2020. Available from https://cantusdatabase.org/documents.

Swanson, Barbara; Bain, Jennifer; Ignesti, Alessandra; Koláček, Jan; and Lacoste, Debra. “Text Entry and Editing Guidelines for Cantus Database and Cantus Index” (formerly titled “Text Entry and Editing Guidelines for Cantus Ultimus Manuscripts”). Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant. Published online October 2015. Last Update: 7 May 2021. Available from https://cantusdatabase.org/documents.

Lacoste, Debra. “Cantus Database—How To … Create an Inventory of a Fragment.” Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant. Last Update: 7 May 2021. Available from https://cantusdatabase.org/documents.

de Bakker, Anna; and Bain, Jennifer. "From scribe to choir to being repurposed over generations, medieval Christian chant book fragments reveal stories." The Conversation. Dec 21, 2021. Available online.

de Bakker, Anna; and Kennedy, Kathleen E. "The Charterhouse Antiphonal Fragment." Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies 7, no. 1 (2022): 175-186. doi:10.1353/mns.2022.0004. (also: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/856951)

Lacoste, Debra. “The Cantus Database and Cantus Index Network.” Chapter 30 in the “Case Studies” section of the new Oxford Handbook of Music and Corpus Studies. Edited by Daniel T. Shanahan, Ashley Burgoyne, and Ian Quinn. Published online, 2022. Abstract available online.

Presentations

June 2, 2019
SIMSSA Workshop XVIII, at the Music Encoding Conference
Vienna, Austria
Jennifer Bain, “Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission.”

October 18, 2019
Twelfth Annual Atlantic Mediaeval Association Conference
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada
Alessandra Ignesti (with Alessio Marziali Peretti, Université de Montréal), “A Dominican Medley: McGill, Medieval Manuscript 73.”

March 5-6, 2020
Digital Humanities in Early Music Research I “Session I: Early music databases, encoding, analysing and OMR”
Masaryk Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
Presentations and hands-on workshops led by Jennifer Bain (Dalhousie University) and Debra Lacoste (Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant).

planned for July 1-4, 2020 [COVID CANCELLATION]
MedRen (Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference)
The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Jennifer Bain, Panelist, “Notated Fragments from Medieval Europe: Transregional Research and Digital Technologies”

planned for July 15-19, 2020 [COVID CANCELLATION]
Cantus Planus Study Group of the International Musicological Society
Telč, Czech Republic planned for July 15-19, 2020 [COVID CANCELLATION]
Cantus Planus Study Group of the International Musicological Society
Telč, Czech Republic
Jennifer Bain, Inga Behrendt, Elsa De Luca, Ichiro Fujinaga, Kate Helsen, Alessandra Ignesti, Debra Lacoste, Sarah Long, and Gabriel Vigliensoni, “Refining computational approaches to digitized chant manuscripts.”

April 15, 2021
American Musicological Society - New York State - St. Lawrence Chapter (NYSSL) Meeting
online through Colgate University
"Lightning Talk—DACT Fragment Campaign"
Anna de Bakker (Dalhousie University).

May 10, 2021, 11:00 am
International Congress on Medieval Studies 2021
online through Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
postponed from May 7, 2020 [COVID]International Congress on Medieval Studies 2020
“Fragments and the Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission (A Panel Discussion)”
A panel discussion with Jennifer Bain (Dalhousie University), Alison Altstatt (University of Northern Iowa), and Debra Lacoste (Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant). Chair: Michael Norton.

May 28, 2021
Fragmentarium Video Conference
Online via Zoom from the Université de Fribourg
Jennifer Bain and Debra Lacoste, "Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission (DACT): A Case Study of Two Fragments from the Binding of the Riesencodex." Watch it here!

June 3, 2021
Software Tools in Chant Analysis Virtual Workshop
Online via Zoom from the University of Bristol
Jennifer Bain, “Analysing the Music of Hildegard of Bingen.”
Watch the video here.

June 3, 2021
Software Tools in Chant Analysis Virtual Workshop
Online via Zoom from the University of Bristol
Debra Lacoste and Jan Koláček, “Analysing Cantus: Tools for Discovery and Research."
Watch the video here.

June 14, 2021 on Zoom
Canadian Society of Medievalists
postponed from June 2, 2020 at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada [COVID]
Session: “Liturgical Fragments”
Papers by Jennifer Bain (Dalhousie University), Kate Steiner and Debra Lacoste (University of Waterloo), and Meredith Bacola (University of Manitoba).

July 23, 2021
Cantus Planus Study Group of the IMS
Research Forum (online)
Debra Lacoste and Jennifer Bain, "The DACT Project"

May 14, 2022
International Congress on Medieval Studies 2022
Online from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Anna de Bakker, Jennifer Bain, Ichiro Fujinaga, and Debra Lacoste, “Piecing it Together: Analysis and Representation of Liturgical Fragments.”

May 19-22, 2022
Music Encoding Conference
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Hosted by Jennifer Bain at Dalhousie University.

May 21, 2022
Music Encoding ConferenceKeynote and Panel on Chant
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ichiro Fujinaga, Keynote Speaker, "Optical Music Recognition Workflow for Neume Notation and its Encoding" (Chair: Jennifer Bain), followed by the Invited Panel: "Encoding liturgical chant notations and meta-data," with speakers Jan Hajič, Stefan Morent, Niels Pfeffer, Fabian Königer, Rachel McNellis, Stefano Milonia, and Elaine Stratton Hild (Chair: Debra Lacoste).

May 22, 2022
DACT Workshop 8: Governance, Data Management, and Digital Sustainability
Halifax, Nova Scotia (and on Zoom)
Debra Lacoste, “FAIR Principles in the Cantus Database & Cantus Index from a Musicologist’s Point of View."

July 6, 2022
MedRen (Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference)
Uppsala, Sweden (and online)
Debra Lacoste, “‘From Manuscript to Database’: An Introduction to Indexing in Cantus.” In the DACT-sponsored workshop session “Quandaries, Queries, and Quagmires: Plainchant Puzzles and How to Solve Them in the CANTUS Database.”
Watch Debra's video here.

Upcoming & rescheduled publications and presentations

September 8, 2022
"Music in Manuscript Cultures" interdisciplinary forum, sponsored by the Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures
The Queen’s College, Oxford
Debra Lacoste, “Methods for Metadata Collection in the Cantus Database: The Case of the Missing Rubrics.”
Watch the video abstract here.

2023-2024
postponed from October 22, 2020 - March 13, 2021 [COVID]
Exhibition: Centuries of Silence: the Discovery of the Salzinnes Antiphonal
Musée des Arts Anciens, Namur, Belgium
In partnership with the Société archéologique de Namur, an exhibition featuring the Salzinnes Antiphonal (owned by Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) in Namur, Belgium, its place of origin.

Fall 2023
postponed from October 24, 2020 [COVID]
Namur University, Belgium
“Salzinnes Symposium”
A one-day symposium of papers and panel discussions by international scholars on topics related to the Salzinnes Antiphonal, developments in digital technology, and manuscript studies. Includes a tour through the “Centuries of Silence” exhibition at the Musée des Arts Anciens and a concert of some of the music contained in the manuscript.
Namur University, Belgium