Neil Cockburn was awarded the PhD in musicology by the University of Calgary in 2011 for his thesis on the organ works of André Raison:
"The Language of the Mid-Seventeeth-Century Organ Mass: the 1688 Livre d'orgue of André Raison"
Recent conference paper presentations
"Il n'y a ni mesure ni mélodie dans la musique française."
The Enlightenment Group, Mount Royal University, March 2015
“Expressive qualities of mode in André Raison’s Premier Livre d’Orgue.”
American Guild of Organists, National Convention, Boston, MA, June 2014.
“Hearing the 17th-century French Organ Mass with Profit & Devotion.”
Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, Annual Meeting, Trinity Christian College, February 2014
“Des diverses affections que les modes ont accoûtumé de produire dans les coeurs: An examination of the expressive qualities of mode in André Raison’s Premier Livre d’Orgue (1688).”
Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, Southampton, UK, July 2012
“Reconstructing Alternatim Chants in Late Seventeenth-Century France: A Case Study in Performance Practice.”
American Musicological Society, Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB: University of Calgary, March 2010
“Les caractères: The Perception of Mode in the Organ Works of the Grand Siècle.”
University of Calgary Fine Arts Graduate Student Conference, January 2009
“In Greater Devotion: Towards an Aesthetic of Music for the Elevation in late Seventeenth-Century France”
Canadian University Music Society Conference, Université de Montreal, Quebec: May 2007
American Musicological Society, Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Meeting, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA: March 2007
Additional Presentations, Classes and Workshops
"Was André Raison 'all fingers and thumbs'? An examination of the markings in the Premier Livre d'Orgue (1688)."
Round Table Series, Boston University, Centre for Early Music Studies, November 2014
J.S. Bach’s “The Art of Fugue”
A workshop for the National Convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, August 2013, Ottawa, Ontario.
Handel’s Messiah: The Music and the Message: Messiah, Part 2
Weekly, Wednesdays in November, 2009, Class/workshop at Christ Church Calgary, co-presented with Canon Ansley Tucker
Handel’s Messiah: The Music and the Message: Messiah, Part 1
Weekly, Wednesdays in November, 2006, Class/workshop at Christ Church Calgary, co-presented with Canon Ansley Tucker
“In Greater Devotion: Towards an Aesthetic of Music for the Elevation in late Seventeenth-Century France.”
Invited paper presentation
University of Regina, SK, February 2007
University of Alberta, Edmonton, February 2007
Bach’s ClavierÜbung III
Lecture for the International Summer School at Mount Royal College Organ Academy. July 2006