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Dr. Stephen McClatchie began his term as Huron University College’s sixteenth Principal on 1 July 2011.

A native Londoner, Dr. McClatchie came to Huron after serving for five years as Provost of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. 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 Associate Vice-President, Academic.

Dr. McClatchie holds B.Mus. (Honours Music History) and Ph.D. (Systematic Musicology) from Western University, where he also majored in voice as an undergraduate. His academic research deals primarily with Austro-German music between 1850 and 1945, with a particular focus on Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler. 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 Western University. 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 Western University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Regina. He has also taught many courses on opera at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Since coming to Huron, he has given guest lectures in a variety of courses at Huron and Western and in 2011-12 taught a second-year interdisciplinary course on the history of reading as part of a team with his decanal colleagues.

Dr. McClatchie is a member of the parish of St. John the Evangelist and sings in the choir. He is a member of the Brio Advisory Committee at St. Paul’s Cathedral and in 2013-14 is the lay member appointee on the Diocesan Court.