Fonds P0262 - Christopher Jackson fonds

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Christopher Jackson fonds

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  • 1977 - 2014 (Creation)
    Jackson, Christopher

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0.9 m of textual records (approx. 2 boxes)
1 col. photograph
3 optical discs

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Christopher Jackson was born on July 27, 1948 in Halifax and died on September 25, 2015 in Montreal. He was married to trombonist Dominique Lortie and had three sons.

He attended the École de Musique Vincent d’Indy from 1966 to 1970 and then studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal where he graduated in 1975. In 1974, he co-founded the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) and became its artistic director in 1988. Christopher Jackson joined the department of Music at Concordia University in 1978 as a full-time professor. He served several administrative positions, including Chair of the department from 1983 to 1988 and Associate Dean from 1991 to 1994. He became Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1994 until 2005.

A specialist in vocal polyphony of the Renaissance as well as the great works of the Baroque era, he was a renowned organist, with an active well-established career as harpsichordist, choral and early opera conductor. He was a regularly invited as guest conductor for ensembles in Europe, the U.S. and Canada and had made numerous recordings, both as a conductor and a soloist.

  • Christopher Jackson was instrumental in the creation of Hexagram, an inter-university research institute for new media and the arts with the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 2001.
  • In 2001, Jackson received a Doctor of Sacred letters from the University of Sudbury, in recognition of his work with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal.
  • Jackson was a member of the Comité des orgues of the Fondation du patrimoine religieux du Québec from 1988 to 2009 and acted as a technical consultant, advising on the state of different church organs in Québec.

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The fonds provides information on Christopher Jackson’s career as university administrator and teacher in the department of Music at Concordia University.

The TEACHING subseries includes records related to Christopher Jackson's employment at Concordia University such as his Full Professor application as well as a University Chorus course manual. The ADMINISTRATION subseries is comprised of files related to the Grey Nuns project, in which Jackson was involved. It includes copies of the Catalogue partiel d'oeuvres d'art de la Maison-Mère des Soeurs Grises de Montréal from 1973, as well as some reports and studies related to the development of the building acquired by Concordia in 2007.

The CONSULTING SERVICES subseries is comprised of correspondence related to Jackson's work as a technical consultant to appraise organs with the Comité spécial pour le projet d'orgues du Grand Séminaire de Montréal, the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, the Comité de l'orgue Saint-Pierre-Apôtre, the Fabrique Saint-Léon de Westmount or the Fabrique Notre-Dame between 1983 and 1994.

The COMITÉ DES ORGUES DE LA FONDATION DU PATRIMOINE RELIGIEUX DU QUÉBEC subseries testifies of Jackson's involvement with the committee from1988 to 2009, with records such as agendas, meeting minutes and some correspondence. The subseries also includes technical reports on church organs in St-Paul-d'Abbotsford, Sherbooke, Dunham, St-Paul de Grand-Mère, St-Narcisse or Saint-Lambert, among others.

The RESEARCH ANDREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION subseries includes files with miscellaneous documentation on different subjects close to Jackson's expertise such as Music of New France, Auguste Fay (organ builder), and historical organs.

The fonds also includes promotional material related to the Orfeo of Claudio Monteverdi concert as well as the Liliane M. Stewart funeral that Jackson was a musical director of and some correspondence with the Organ Historical society (1989-1999) and the Studio de musique ancienne (1989-1999).

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The documents were donated to Concordia University Records Management and Archives by Dominique Lortie, wife of Christopher Jackson in 2016.


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