Thomas Davidson, Assistant Professor, School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University, Kingston.
Dr. Ireneus Zuk is the 2016-2017 recipient of the Queen’s University School of Music Excellence in Teaching Award. The award ceremony took place at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Kingston, Canada on Friday, October 13 during the annual Homecoming Showcase Concert. This concert presented five of the large student ensembles from the Dan School of Drama and Music and was well attended by students, faculty, alumni and music enthusiasts from the community at large.
This honour is awarded to a member of the music faculty who has been nominated by students for their exceptional dedication to the School of Music both inside and outside of the classroom. Dr. Zuk was chosen by a committee of students consisting of representatives from each graduating year as well as the different degree programs. The selection process is highly competitive and nominees must demonstrate “exceptional teaching skills, a genuine interest in students’ personal development and well-being, an ability to motivate students to learn and facilitate in-depth learning as well as being readily available for consultation outside of class time”. The Dan School Music Teaching Award is the highest acclamation for teaching excellence given by students.
In addition to his esteemed academic career and professional accomplishments as a pianist, Ireneus Zuk has been honoured by the Ukrainian government as a Merited Artist of Ukraine and has received the Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress for his promotion of music by Canadian composers, especially those of Ukrainian heritage. Zuk is Professor and Coordinator of the Performance and Keyboard Areas in the School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. He has also served as Director of the School.