The Order of Canada
David Jaeger, a distinguished composer, music producer and broadcaster, has been honoured as a Member of the prestigious Order of Canada for his exceptional contributions to the field of music. As stated on the official website of the Governor General of Canada, Jaeger received this esteemed recognition for “his contributions to the promotion and development of Canadian music and musicians.”
Throughout his career, Jaeger has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to supporting Canadian musicians and composers. He created and was executive producer of the renowned and long running (1978 to 2007) CBC network radio series Two New Hours, a program dedicated to promoting the work of Canadian composers and musicians both domestically and internationally. He has also served as the president of the board of the Canadian Music Centre, further advocating for the rights and recognition of Canadian composers.
In addition to his work as a composer, producer and broadcaster, Jaeger served as the President of the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC), a project of the International Music Council, from 2002 to 2008. In this capacity, he encouraged the exchange of new music produced by public broadcasters around the world, and the dissemination of information about important and emerging composers from the many participating nations. Prior to his election as President, Jaeger had served as CBC Radio delegate to the IRC for twenty-five years.
Furthermore, Jaeger’s contributions to the field extend beyond his creative endeavours. He has authored numerous articles and produced radio programs that showcase Canadian music and composers during his forty year career with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He was furthermore the CBC coordinator of the CBC/Radio-Canada National Competition for Young Composers from 1974 to 2003. Through these mediums and activities, he has amplified the voices of Canadian musicians, bringing their work to a wider audience and fostering appreciation for their unique contributions.
Overall, David Jaeger’s induction into the Order of Canada is a well-deserved recognition of his profound impact on Canadian music. His tireless efforts to promote Canadian composers, his dedication to music education, and his advocacy for the recognition of Canadian musicians have enriched the country’s cultural landscape. As an accomplished composer, producer, and advocate, Jaeger has left an indelible mark on the Canadian music scene, and his contributions will continue to inspire and resonate with generations to come.