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Suzanne Wijsman

Assoc/Prof Suzanne Wijsman

Associate Professor
Academic Staff (Music)

Contact details
Address
Academic Staff (Music)
The University of Western Australia (M413)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2061
Email
suzanne.wijsman@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BMus Oberlin Conserv. of Mus., BA Oberlin Coll., MA Mich., MusM DMA Roch.
Biography
Cellist Suzanne Wijsman received her formal musical education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA), International Cello Centre (UK) and the Eastman School of Music (USA). Her cello teachers included Paul Katz, Jane Cowan, Steven Doane and Richard Kapuscinski. She also received a BA with Highest Honors in Religion from Oberlin College, and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of Rackham and Cameron Fellowships.

The recipient of a Fulbright Award for study in the UK, Suzanne has performed extensively in the USA, Australia and Europe, in chamber music or as recitalist. In the USA she was a member of the Augustine String Quartet from 1985-1989, which won prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Cleveland Quartet Competition, was a semi-finalist at the 1989 Banff International String Quartet Competition. She twice received fellowships to the Aspen Centre for Advanced Quartet Studies, as well as the Yale summer school at Norfolk. Her chamber music studies were with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo and Juilliard Quartets. From 1990-96, Suzanne played with the acclaimed Stirling String Quartet, which toured in Australia for Musica Viva, internationally to Italy and South Korea, and presented frequent concerts and ABC radio broadcasts. She also served as a lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and was invited as a visiting faculty member at the Eastman School of Music in 1992.

Cello students of Suzanne Wijsman have pursued post-graduate studies in Australia, Europe and North America at some of the world's most prestigious music schools and have gained employment as performers in Australia and overseas with internationally renowned music ensembles, such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Bournemouth Symphony, London Philharmonia and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Many graduates from her class have also gone on to successful teaching careers. She has also supervised numerous postgraduate and honours students to successful completion.

Suzanne is a researcher with a diverse profile in the fields of music performance health, musicology, performance-as-research and medieval manuscript studies.
Key research
The Biomechanics of Cello Bowing: A collaborative project Suzanne initiated at UWA in 2004 to investigate and quantify movements in cellists using 3D motion capture technology in order to understand how movement patterns in cello bowing may be related to high injury prevalence rates among cellists. Collaborators include include Luke Hopper (ECU), Cliffton Chan (Sydney) and Peter Visentin (Lethbridge), with Tim Ackland and Jacqueline Alderson from UWA's School of Sports Science.
Sound Performers: Together with Bronwen Ackermann of the University of Sydney, Suzanne is the leader of a major project focused on embedding performance health education into music learning. The Musicians' Health Curriculum Initiative project was funded by a $220,000 Priority Projects grant from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching in 2009, which supported the development of the online music performance health learning resource: soundperformers.com. A current follow-on project, Musicians’ Performance Health Education: A Translational Approach, is with Ackermann, Visentin, Chan, and Christine Guptill (Alberta), supported by a UWA Research Collaboration Award in 2017 to develop an international research collaboration focused on embedding music performance health education in tertiary music teaching.
The Oppenheimer Siddur: Suzanne is also a scholar of medieval sources and engaged in ongoing research into the Oppenheimer Siddur, a richly illuminated 15th-century Hebrew manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library which contains the largest number of illustrations of musicians in any Hebrew medieval manuscript. She spent part of 2009 in residence at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies as a visiting scholar, where she gave two invited lectures. In 2009-2010 she was a contributor to the first major exhibition of Hebrew manuscripts from the collection of the Bodleian Library, Crossing Borders, which was also exhibited at the Jewish Museum of New York in 2012. Her essay on the musical iconography in the Oppenheimer Siddur appears in Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music and Sound, Susan Boynton and Diane Reilly, eds. (Brepols), which won the Ruth A. Solie Award from the American Musicological Society for best edited collection of essays in 2015. Ongoing research projects focus on musical iconography in medieval Hebrew manuscript art, and the application of scientific pigment analysis to the study of artwork production in Hebrew manuscripts.
The ARC French Baroque Music Project: As a performer-scholar, Suzanne was a chief investigator in a research project on French baroque music funded by the Australian Research Council in 2002, recording and researching French baroque chamber music for the highly-acclaimed ABC Classics 5-CD series, The Perfection of Music: Masterpieces of the French Baroque.
Publications
Wijsman, Suzanne "Images of Music and Instruments in Hebrew Manuscripts and Early Modern Jewish Books" in Diana Matut, ed., Jewish Musical Cultures 1500-1750 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, forthcoming 2018)

Wijsman, Suzanne, “’Their line is gone out through all the earth’: Visions of Music and Sound in Medieval Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts” in Actes du Colloque Musiconis (forthcoming, 2017)

Hopper, Luke; Chan, Cliffton; Wijsman, Suzanne; Ackland, Timothy; Visentin, Peter; Alderson, Jacqueline, “Torso and bowing arm 3D joint kinematics of elite cellists: clinical analysis and implications for practice”, Medical Problems of Performing Artists 32:2 (2017)

Wijsman, Suzanne “Silent Sounds: Musical Iconography in a Fifteenth-Century Jewish Prayer Book” in Susan Boynton and Diane Reilly, eds. Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music and Sound (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015)

Wijsman, Suzanne “Material Object and Immaterial Imagination: Expressions of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ in a Fifteenth-Century Hebrew Illuminated Prayer Book” in G. Ulrich Großmann, Petra Krutisch eds., The Challenge of the Object / Die Herausforderung des Objekts, Congress of the International Committee on the History of Art 2012 Proceedings, T. 1-3. Nuremberg (2013)

Wijsman, Suzanne “The Oppenheimer Siddur: Artist and Scribe in a Fifteenth-Century Hebrew Prayer Book” in Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as the Meeting-Place of Cultures, Piet van Boxel and Sabine Arndt, eds. (Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2009), 69-84

Anita Fuhrmann, Suzanne Wijsman, Philip Weinstein, Darryl Poulsen, “Asthma among musicians in Australia: is there a difference between wind/ brass and non-wind/ brass players?” Medical Problems of Performing Artists vol. 24, No. 4 (2009), 170-74


Book Review:
Sarit Shalev-Eyni, Jews among Christians: Hebrew Book Illumination from Lake Constance (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2010), Parergon 28/2 (forthcoming, 2012)

Encyclopaedia Entries:
Wijsman, Suzanne, “Violoncello, II” (18th-19th centuries), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell (Macmillan, 2001), vol. 26, 750-65; and Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy: http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com

Wijsman, Suzanne, “Fingering, II (3)” (Violoncello), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell (Macmillan, 2001), vol. 8, 848-51; and Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy: http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com

Revision of Minor Encyclopaedia Entries:
Wessely, Othmar/Wijsman, Suzanne, “Kraft”, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell (Macmillan, 2001) and Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy: http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com

Johnson, David /Wijsman, Suzanne, “Gunn, John”, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell (Macmillan, 2001) and Grove Music Online ed. L. Macyhttp://www.oxfordmusiconline.com

Pohl, C.F./Wijsman, Suzanne, “Lincke, Joseph”, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell (Macmillan, 2001) and Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy: http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com

Conference Papers and Research Presentations:
Wijsman, Suzanne "Envisioning the Music of Jewish Prayer", Magnified and Sanctified: The Music of Jewish Prayer, University of Leeds, 2015

Wijsman, Suzanne "“Their line is gone out through all the earth”: Visions of Music and Sound in Medieval Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts", Colloque Musiconis, Chartres, 2015

Paper presented: 33rd Congress of the Comité Internationale de l’Histoire de l’Art, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg, Germany, “Material Object and Immaterial Imagination: Expressions of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ in a Fifteenth-Century Hebrew Illuminated Prayer Book” (16 July, 2012)

Musicological Society of Australia Annual Conference, University of Western Australia, “Silent Sounds: the programmatic function and communicative power of musical iconography in a 15th-century Jewish prayer book” (2 December, 2011)

Global Health and the Humanities Symposium, UWA: “Sound Performers: Designing a National Musicians’ Health Curriculum for Australia” (21 march, 2011)

Performing Arts Medicine Association Annual Symposium, Snowmass, Colorado, USA: “Designing a National Musicians’ Health Curriculum for Australia” (31 July 2010)

Oxford University, Bodleian Library: Contributor, Crossing Borders Exhibition of Hebrew manuscripts at the Bodleian Library (8 December, 2009-1 May, 2010) and visiting speaker: “The Oppenheimer Siddur: Artist and Scribe in a Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Hebrew Prayer Book” (28 April, 2010)

Australian Association of Jewish Studies Annual Conference, University of Sydney: “In the Eye of the Beholder: Images of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ in a 15th-Century User-Produced Hebrew Prayer Book” (14 February, 2010)

Monash University, Melbourne, Medieval and Renaissance Group seminar: “Artist and Scribe in a Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Hebrew Prayer Book: Introducing the Oppenheimer Siddur” (11 September, 2009)

Oxford University, Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit, Hebrew Codicology Seminar invited lecture: “Body and Soul: Text and Image in Bodleian MS Opp. 776 A 15th-Century Hebrew Prayer Book” (10 June, 2009)

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford University, David Patterson Series public lecture: “Wild Men, Musicians and Others: the Art and Iconography of Bodleian MS Opp. 776, a 15th-century Hebrew Prayer Book” (27 May, 2009)

Australia and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies annual conference, University of Tasmania: “Wild Men in Hebrew Manuscript Art of the Late Middle Ages” (4 December, 2008)

Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare Annual Conference, Melbourne: “Feldenkrais-Based Movement Training for Musicians” (with Sarah Wiin) (25 October, 2008)

Performing Arts Medicine Association Annual Symposium, Aspen, USA, “Feldenkrais and Musicians-Reflections from a physiotherapy practice” and “Feldenkrais-Working with Musicians” workshop (with Sarah Wiin) (19-20 June, 2008)

Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group Annual Symposium “Wild men in Hebrew manuscript art of the late Middle Ages: appropriation and reinterpretation of a mythological figure” (May, 2008)

Performing Arts Medicine Association Annual Symposium, Aspen, USA, “The Biomechanics of Cello Bowing: Initial Results” (21 June, 2007)

Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group "Music and musicians in Hebrew illuminated manuscripts from the 13th-15th centuries" (9 November, 2005)

Musicological Society of Australia, National Conference, University of Melbourne: “Marschaliks: Evidence of Early Jewish Fiddlers in Central Europe” (April, 2001)

Music, Mind and Medicine, One-day conference, University of Western Australia: “The Biomechanics of Cello Bowing” (5 April, 2006)

International Musicological Society, Symposium The Past in the Present, Budapest, Hungary: “The Polnische Geige: the Early History and Development of the Violin Family in Poland” (28 August, 2000)

Musicological Society of Australia, National Conference, University of Western Australia: "The Musical Implications of Early Cello Fingering Practice for the Modern Performer" (June, 1999)

Recordings and Creative Work:

World Premiere of Peter Sculthorpe's last catalogued work, Lament for violin, cello and strings (W399, 2014), 18 October 2014, with the UWA String Orchestra conducted by Alan Lourens.

The Perfection of Music: Masterpieces of the French Baroque (5-disc series on ABC Classics, distributed internationally by Universal Music)
Boxed set to be released in early 2013 ABC Classics 4810122
Individual Discs and initial release date:
French Baroque Cantatas Ensemble Battistin with Fiona Campbell and Taryn Fiebig (2007)
The Concert Français Ensemble Battistin with Sara Macliver and Taryn Fiebig (2007)
The Concert Spirituel Ensemble Battistin with Sara Macliver (2007)
The Palais-Royal Ensemble Battistin with Sara Macliver (2008)
The Musicians’ Table Ensemble Battistin (2009)

Excerpts from reviews of this series:
“The set is a landmark in the Australian performance of baroque music. Ensemble Battistin solve the difficulties of this deceptively simple music with elegance and sophistication, capturing the music's subtle rhythmic freedom without mannerism and incorporating French ornamentation with naturalness and beauty.” Sydney Morning Herald (20 June, 2008) http://www.smh.com.au/news/cd-reviews/sara-macliver-ensemble-battistin/2008/06/20/1213770908483.html)

“The Ensemble Battistin is very fine and impresses with its impeccable technique and admirable sense of style. These are lively and engaging performances, characterised by a strongly gestural style of playing, in which the rhythms are well exposed and the expression of the slow movements is fully explored. It is hardly possible to argue more strongly in favour of this repertoire than the Ensemble Battistin does on this disc.” (Music Web International, http://www.musicwebinternational.com/classrev/2009/sept09/Musicians_table_4766996)

“The ensemble also present a violin duo by Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705–70) and two works by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689–1755) from his op.50: the fourth cello sonata (played beauti¬fully on two cellos, the second realizing the continuo for the first) and the glorious final trio sonata featuring the cello in an obbligato role, partnering the violin. This is a charming CD which succeeds in shedding light on some of the little-known gems of the French Baroque repertory… I find the Brandywine performance more cloying and less subtle than the cellos of the Ensemble Battistin, whose sumptuously resonant and transparent approach really lets the music dance….” Early Music 38/3 (August, 2010), 470

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Associate Professor, School of Music
Head of Strings 2015-
Graduate Research Coordinator 2000-2006, 2015
Teaching and Learning Coordinator, 2008-2009
Higher degree and honours research supervision, 1997-




Future research
Research in progress includes:

Forthcoming papers:
Educating Musicians: Are We Playing it Safe? with Bronwen Ackermann, University of Sydney

Developing a musicians’ health educational initiative: formative evaluation of the Sound Performers Project, with Bronwen Ackermann, University of Sydney

Discovering the Oppenheimer Siddur: application of FTIR/multispectral imaging reveals the production process of a medieval illuminated Hebrew manuscript with Prof. Haida Liang (Nottingham Trent University) and Sarah Neate (Oxford University).
Funding received
UWA Research Collaboration Award (2016): with Dr. Bronwen Ackermann, Dr. Cliffton Chan, School of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney; Dr. Christine Guptill, University of Alberta, Prof. Peter Visentin, University of Lethbridge ($22,000)

UWA Pathfinder Funding matching University of Sydney Commercial Development Industry Partnership Award (CDIP) (2016): with Dr. Bronwen Ackermann, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sydney ($39,860)

Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), Priority Projects Grant (2009-2012): A Musicians’ Health National Curriculum Initiative with Dr. Bronwen Ackermann, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney ($220,000)

UWA Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching and Learning Performance Fund Grant (2008): Feldenkrais-Based Movement Training for Musicians: A Supplemental Learning Activity in Tertiary Performance Teaching and Learning, with Paul Wright (School of Music) and Sarah Wiin (Body Logic Physiotherapy) ($5450)

UWA Research Grant (2004): The Biomechanics of Cello Bowing with Prof. Tim Ackland and Dr. Jacqueline Alderson, School of Human Movement ($24,801)

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (2003-2008): The French Baroque Music Project: From Scholarship to Performance with Prof. David Tunley, Paul Wright, Stewart Smith (ECU) and ABC Classics (industry partner) ($96,000)

UWA Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Grant, 2002: The Use of Digital Video in Music Performance Education ($9978)

Australian Research Council Small Grant (2000): The Early History and Development of the Violin Family in Poland, with Dr. Robert Curry, Edith Cowan University ($8816).
Industrial relevance
Occupational Health and Safety for musicians

Optimising musical performance

UWA Pathfinder Funding matching University of Sydney Commercial Development Industry Partnership Award (CDIP): with Dr. Bronwen Ackermann, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sydney (2016)
Languages
French, Hebrew, German, Russian
Memberships
Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare, Performing Arts Medicine Association (North America), Australian Strings Association, Chamber Music America, ANZAMEMS, International Center of Medieval Art
Honours and awards
Semi-Finalist, Banff International String Quartet Competition, 1989
Quartet Fellowship, Yale Summer School at Norfolk, 1988
First Prize, Cullowhee Chamber Music Competition, 1988
Second Prize, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, 1988
Quartet Fellowships, Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, 1986 and 1987
Winner, Cleveland Quartet Competition, 1987
Oberlin College Alumni Award for post-graduate studies, 1984
George G. Cameron Fellowship, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, 1983
Rackham First Year Humanities Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1982
Fulbright Award, for study at the International Cello Centre (Scotland), 1981-82
Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors (Religion), Oberlin College, 1981
Previous positions
Lecturer, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University (1990-96)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello, Eastman School of Music (1992)

Teaching Assistant, Eastman School of Music (1984-90)
Teaching
Teaching of cello, chamber music and string studies
Unit Coordination and Lecturing: Music Ensemble Broadening Units (MUSC1981, 1982, 2981, 2982) 2012- , Topics in Performance Practice (MUSC5344), 2012- ,
Lecturing, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS3002) 2012-2015

Teaching areas: performance studies, postgraduate research, music ensembles, historical performance practice and theory, music performance health, medieval and early modern studies
Useful links
www.soundperformers.com
Current projects
Sound Performers

Musicians’ Performance Health Education: A Translational Approach

Biomechanics of Cello Bowing

The Oppenheimer Siddur

Musical Iconography in medieval Hebrew manuscripts

Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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