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Elaine Keillor was born in London Ontario on September 2nd, 1939.
She holds the record as the youngest recipient of the Associate (ARCT) degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) with all of the theory exams completed at the age of ten. Becoming the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Toronto (1976), Dr. Elaine Keillor has performed in recitals and as soloist with orchestra on piano and harpsichord throughout North America and in Europe. After teaching at the University of Toronto, York, Queen's, and McMaster Universities, she has been since 1977 a professor at Carleton University, lecturing on Baroque, Classical periods, Canadian music, ethnomusicology, keyboard performance and literature. As principal investigator of the Canadian Musical Heritage Society, Dr. Keillor edited Piano Music I (1983). Piano Music II (1986), Music for Orchestra (1994), and Music for Orchestra III (1995). She is also the author of John Weinzweig: The Radical Romantic of Canada (Scarecrow Press, 1994), and numerous essays in compilations, periodicals, and encyclopedias including the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, The Canadian Encyclopedia, New Grove Dictionary, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, and The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. In January 1999 she was the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Women's Mentor Award in the "Arts and Culture" category. Keillor was the 2004 Helmut Kallmann Award recipient for Distinguished Service relating to music libraries and archives, for contributions in documenting and improving access to resources in Canadian music.