On 17 December 2010, Huron University College announced the appointment of Dr. Stephen McClatchie as its sixteenth Principal. Dr. McClatchie began his term of office on 1 July 2011.
Dr. McClatchie came to Huron from Mount Allison University, where he held the position of Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research from 2006-2011. He began his career in 1996 as a faculty member in the Department of Music at the University of Regina. In later years, he served there in a variety of academic administrative positions, including Assistant Dean of Fine Arts (2000-2002) and Associate Vice-President, Academic (2002-2006).
A Londoner born and bred, Dr. McClatchie attended A.B. Lucas Secondary School and the University of Western Ontario. He holds B.Mus. (Honours Music History) and Ph.D. (Systematic Musicology) from Western, where he also majored in voice as an undergraduate. While in London, Dr. McClatchie was a soloist and section leader in a variety of London churches and also sang in a number of local choirs, most notably the London Pro Musica. Since returning to London, he has rejoined the choir of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church and will be on the look out for other opportunities to sing.
Dr. McClatchie’s research deals primarily with Austro-German music between 1850 and 1945, with a particular focus on Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler. He has published extensively on both composers, as well as on Anton Bruckner, Benjamin Britten, Hans Pfiztner, and other musical topics such as Wagnerism. His second book, The Family Letters of Gustav Mahler (Oxford University Press, 2005; German edition, Weidle Verlag, 2005) is an edition and translation of Mahler’s letters to his parents and siblings, which form the nucleus of the Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection in the Music Library at the University of Western Ontario. That collection also holds the earliest known manuscript of Mahler’s First Symphony, which McClatchie discovered and announced in 1995.
As a teacher, Dr. McClatchie has taught a wide variety of music history courses, ranging from mediaeval music to contemporary Canadian music. He offered the first course on women and music at The University of Western Ontario, the University of Guelph, and the University of Regina. He has also taught many courses on opera at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. If Dr. McClatchie’s schedule allows, he hopes to be able to do some teaching at Huron and Western in the years to come.