Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund grant (2018): Health Literacy and Health Education Mobility for Musicians: a global approach, with Assoc/Prof Bronwen Ackermann, School of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney; Dr. Christine Guptill, University of Alberta; Prof. Peter Visentin, University of Lethbridge; Assoc/Prof Rae de Lisle, University of Auckland; Dr. Vera Baadjou, Maastricht University; Dr. Bridget Rennie-Salonen, Cape Town University ($17645 with $31664 matching funding)
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).
Musicians’ Performance Health Education: A Translational Approach
Biomechanics of Cello Bowing
The Oppenheimer Siddur
Musical Iconography in medieval Hebrew manuscripts
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.
Research in progress includes:
Health Literacy and Health Education Mobility for Musicians: a global approach, Academic Lead. A Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund Project (2018- ). With Bronwen Ackermann, Vera Baadjou, Dawn Bennett, Jane Ginsborg Christine Guptill, Rae de Lisle, Bridget Rennie-Salonen, Sonia Ranelli, Peter Visentin.
Sound Performers Canada: Impact of a blended learning course for occupational resilience in postsecondary music students. Christine Guptill (leader), Suzanne Wijsman, Bronwen Ackermann, Peter Visentin, Mary Roduta-Roberts. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (2018-2020).
Health Education for Musicians: a translational approach. CI and project leader, with Bronwen Ackermann, Cliffton Chan, Christine Guptill, Peter Visentin, UWA Research Collaboration Award, (2017-2018)
Wijsman, S. ’Their line is gone out through all the earth’: Visions of Music and Sound in Medieval Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts. In: Actes du Colloque Musiconis, Frédéric Billiet and Isabelle Marchesin, eds. (forthcoming, 2018)
Wijsman, S. Images of Music and Instruments in Hebrew Manuscripts and Early Modern Jewish Books. In Jewish Musical Cultures 1500-1750 Diana Matut, ed. (forthcoming, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2018-2019)
Wijsman, S. Wild Men, Musicians and Others: signs of identity in Hebrew Manuscript Art (in manuscript).
Ackermann, B.J., Wijsman, S., Halaki, M. Sound Performers: factors affecting student engagement with online health education. (in manuscript)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello, Eastman School of Music (1992)
Teaching Assistant, Eastman School of Music (1984-90)
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
Roles and responsibilities
Head of Strings 2015-
Graduate Research Coordinator 2000-2006, 2015
Teaching and Learning Coordinator, 2008-2009
Higher degree and honours research supervision, 1997-
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)
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.
Research expertise keywords
- Performance/ Health
- Medieval Arts/ Iconography
- Medieval History
- Medieval Arts/ Hebrew Manuscripts
- History Of Music/ Performance
- Cello performance
- Chamber music
- Early music
- Historical performance practice
- Music iconography
- Music medicine
- String instruments
- String pedagogy