Our Researchers


T. Patrick Carrabré, Ph.D., Director IRMC

Pat has been active as a composer, artistic director, radio host, administrator and professor. His best known compositions include A Hammer For Your Thoughts… (Best Classical Composition at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards), Inuit Games for throat singers (katajjak) and orchestra (a recommended work at the 2003 International Rostrum of Composers), From The Dark Reaches and Sonata #1, The Penitient (both nominated for JUNO awards).



Leanne Zacharias, DMA

Cellist Leanne Zacharias is a dynamic interdisciplinary artist known for collaborations with artists of all stripes. Her project Music for Spaces re-imagines public and natural space with sound; recent work includes CityWide: simultaneous recitals by 50 cellists opening the International Cello Festival of Canada, Sonus Loci: a sound installation on ice, selected by Winnipeg’s Warming Huts Art/Architecture competition, and Wheat City Nuit Blanche.

On faculty at Brandon University, Leanne is a popular educator and speaker, with recent appearances at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Parsons School of Design in New York. She was part of the inaugural Banff Research In Culture workshop, and has adjudicates and guest teaches across Canada. 2016 features a new recording with Nicole Lizee and artist residencies in Skagastrond, Iceland and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Council.



Eric Platz, M.Mus.

Eric is a drummer, percussionist and composer with more than 20 recording credits to his name. Having shared the stage with artists such Lucinda Williams, Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell, Platz blends a wide variety of influences into his music. As an educator, Eric has been on the faculty at the University of Rhode Island, Providence College and the University of Massachusetts Boston where he taught applied drumset and percussion, ensemble performance, jazz history. He has also given lectures and conducted clinics and performance workshops at institutions across the US. Eric joined the faculty at the Brandon University School of Music in Fall 2009 as Assistant Professor. He currently teaches applied drumset, jazz ensembles, and jazz pedagogy.




Colette Simonot-Maiello, Ph.D.

Dr. Simonot has a wide-ranging background in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and performance. She has presented papers on topics as wide-ranging as the genre of Blue Rodeo’s music and hysteria in Poulenc’s opera at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Canadian University Music Society, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Feminist Theory and Music, and other conferences across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

She has written book reviews, several articles for the Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, and countless program notes. Dr. Simonot also has an essay forthcoming in Grassland Sounds: Popular and Folk Musics of the Canadian Prairies. 



Jon-Tomas Godin, Ph.D.

Originally hailing from Northern Ontario, Jon-Tomas Godin has had a varied career path leading up to his appointment as Lecturer in Music Theory at Brandon University. During his M.A. studies at McGill, Godin developed interests in common practice harmony and form, Schenkerian analysis, and analysis of Renaissance polyphony.

His dissertation research for the Ph.D. program in musicology at Université de Montréal tries to zero in on the intersections between philosophy, literature and music, ascertaining the cultural and aesthetic values behind sonata form as seen in 19th-century piano sonatas.