Jean-Pascal Vachon M.A.

 Adjunct Faculty






Courses Taught:

Topics in music: History of Jazz, Music, and Modernity in Paris 1900-1940, History of Rock, Music, and Politics, Music and Media, “The Vienna Music Experience”

Background and Facts

After obtaining a degree in translation from the Université Laval in Québec City, Canada, Jean-Pascal obtained a B.A. and a M.A. in musicology from the Université de Montréal. Parallel to his studies, he collaborated with the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and the French-speaking CBC FM radio in Montreal as a researcher and writer for various programs. He also was a jazz critic for the Montreal weekly cultural magazine Voir.

He moved to Vienna in 1993 where he has since worked as a freelance musicologist and occupied several jobs in the cultural field.

Between 2000 and 2005, Jean-Pascal worked as a culture officer for the Canadian Embassy, where he organized concerts, lectures, and public readings of Canadian artists, in addition to helping coordinate Canadian participation at the Vienna Francophone Film Festival. From 2005 to 2011, he worked at the Quebec Immigration Office as an information officer and held numerous information sessions on immigration to Quebec throughout Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.

In addition to teaching at Webster University in Vienna since 2006, Jean-Pascal Vachon has also taught at Webster University in Saint Louis (2016 and 2017), the Institute for European Studies in Vienna (since 2018), Donau Universität in Krems (since 2015), as well as South-West Minnesota University (in 2006). Jean-Pascal has written extensively on music, including program notes for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, writing and translating liner notes for the Swedish-based classical label BIS as well as delivered numerous lectures on various topics related to music in Ottawa, Vienna, and Innsbruck. 

His interests in music are varied and range from Monteverdi to Ligeti, from Duke Ellington to John Zorn, from Jacques Brel to Björk.