On April 10th, friends, family members and colleagues of Helmut Kallmann gathered in the spacious main lobby of the University of Toronto’s Edward Johnson Building to remember Helmut Kallmann, who passed away on February 12, 2012.

Helmut Kallmann was the pioneer scholar of Canadian music history and the founder of the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and author of A History of Music in Canada 1534-1941. He was co-founder of the Canadian Music Library Association and the first chief of the National Library of Canada’s Music Division (1970-1987).

Researching, recording and celebrating Canadian music was his life’s work, and he is remembered as a man whose passion, precision and dedication to Canadian music helped shape and elevate its study. As the Dean of the University of Toronto’s School of Music Don McLean said at Helmut’s memorial service, “Helmut Kallmann gave Canadian music an identity and a voice.”

The Helmut Kallmann memorial service included musical performances by John Beckwith, Robin Elliot and Elaine Keillor among others, playing pieces by John Weinzweig, R. Murray Schafer, and W.A. Mozart. Enjoy a slideshow of the events below.

Friends have shared their fond memories of Helmut in writing, including Editor in Chief of The Canadian Encyclopedia James Marsh and composer John Beckwith.