ACTOR Committees:


Executive Committee

Makes key policy decisions concerning the intellectual direction of the project. Helps to ensure integration of research objectives. Provides advice on major decisions. Helps to provide coordination among the Partner institutions and research axes. Prepares annual reports documenting overall project results and spending. During annual in-person meetings, it will participate in budget planning and fund allocation, and implement planning of project activities. The EC will communicate by group email, supplemented as needed by telephone or video conference.

1. Project Director/Axis 1 lead (ex officio)
– Stephen McAdams (McGill University), chair

2. Associate Project Director, Axis 3 lead (ex officio)
– Robert Hasegawa (McGill University)

3. Axis 2 lead (ex officio)
– Philippe Esling (IRCAM)

4. Institutional Representative academic (elected)
– Caroline Traube (Université de Montréal) (2018-2020)

5. Institutional Representative academic (elected)
– Aristotelis Hadjakos (Detmold University of Music) (2018-2020)

6. Institutional Representative private (elected)
– Géraldine Aliberti (Sonic Solveig) (2018-2020)

7. Training and Mentoring Committee coordinator
– Malte Kob (Detmold University of Music) (2018-2020)

8. Knowledge Mobilization Committee coordinator
– Zachary Wallmark (Southern Methodist University) (2018-2020)

9. Post-doc
– Julie Delisle (McGill University) (2019-2021)

10. Project Coordinator (ex officio)
– Juanita Marchand Knight (McGill University), ex-officio, secretary

Training and Mentoring Committee

Coordinates the training opportunities for new students and mentor students on research methods, collaboration ethics, and research dissemination methods. Coordinates student workshops, track student research output, and connect students with Partners and other institutions for potential internships or job/career opportunities. Evaluates student applications to present at yearly workshops (X students/year). Evaluates student applications for exchange visits to other partner institutions. Provides mentoring for emerging scholars and students and post-docs moving toward tenure-track academic positions. TMC coordinators report to the PD, and the CA serves on the Executive Committee. TMC meets as necessary with a minimum of twice yearly in person or by videoconference.

1. Co-investigator (elected)
– Malte Kob (Detmold University of Music) (2018-2020), coordinator and co-chair

2. Post-doc
– Jason Noble (McGill University), co-chair (2018-2020)

3. Co-investigator or collaborator (elected)
– Philippe Depalle (McGill University) (2018-2020)

4. Co-investigator or collaborator (elected)
– Shahrokh Yadegari (University of California, San Diego) (2018-2020)

5. Graduate student (elected)
– Dominique Lafortune (McGill University) (2018-2019)

Knowledge Mobilization Committee

Seeks mobilization opportunities in traditional, popular, and social media, including conferences, journals, magazines, digital tools, exhibitions, lecture-concerts, and pedagogical animations for school children and young adults. Also consults on the development of the ACTOR Online Orchestration Resource. The KMC coordinator is responsible for the success of the mobilization activities, tracking key performance indicators, and reports to the EC, on which they will serve. KMC meets as necessary with a minimum of twice yearly in person or by videoconference.

1. Co-investigator (elected)
– Zachary Wallmark (Southern Methodist University) (2018-2020), coordinator

2. Co-investigator or collaborator (elected)
– Laurie Radford (University of Calgary) (2018-2020)

3. Co-investigator or collaborator (elected)
– François-Xavier Dupas (Vibe Avenue) (2018-2020)

4. Graduate student (elected)
– Axel Chemla—Romeu-Santos (IRCAM) (2018-2019)


International Advisory Board (IAB)

  The IAB reflects international, multidisciplinary expertise in composition, conducting, music studies, cognitive psychology, and computer science. The AB will be consulted for: 1) overall wisdom, guidance and counsel, 2) specific advice on issues such as methodology, changes in the field, and conflicts of interest, and 3) feedback on annual reports and progress of ACTOR. The AB will also be called upon to champion the Partnership and its outcomes.


1. Composer – Kaija Saariaho, Paris

2. Conductor — Jonathan Darlington, Music Director, Vancouver Opera

3. Music theorist – Rebecca Leydon, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

4. Psychologist – Carol Lynne Krumhansl, Cornell University

5. Computer scientist – Roger Dannenberg, Carnegie Mellon University