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The McGill Symphony Orchestra with conductor Alexis Hauser and soprano soloist Jane Archibald performed to an appreciative audience which included members of the Franz Paul Decker family and Mrs. Catherine Thornhill Steele, in whose honour the Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist Fund is named. The first review to appear (in Le Devoir) remarks on the quality of the program the of the conductor, soloist and orchestra. Read more here.
Following the recent cross-country tour of Génération2014, a series of concerts produced by the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+), Mr. Anthony Tan won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Prize for his composition entitled Ksana II, which received its world premiere performance in Banff on November 6, 2014. Mr Tan is in the PhD program (composition), jointly supervised by Profs. John Rea and Stephen McAdams.
The 75th anniversary of the OSM Standard Life Competition was held from November 18 to 22, 2014, in Montreal. Schulich School of Music alumni were well represented amongst the winners. Since its creation in 1940, the OSM Standard Life Competition has helped launch the careers of some 300 prizewinners onto the national and international scene.
Prof. McAdams, the Canada Research Chair in Music Perception and Cognition at the Schulich School of Music, delivered the 2014 William Poland Lecture in Music Theory at Ohio State University's School of Music. The Poland lectures are an endowed series that presents cutting-edge perspectives on music theory. Prof.
The Schulich School of Music of McGill University is proud to announce two exciting collaborations with notable Montreal arts organizations: Jeunesses Musicales Canada and La Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. Each organization will award a recital in their respective hall to a winner of their choice selected from any of the McGill Concerto Competitions to be held during this school year.
Music Historian and Area Chair Lisa Barg was named recipient of the 2014 Philip Brett Award at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society for her article 'Queer Encounters in the Music of Billy Strayhorn,' Journal of the American Musicological Society. The Philip Brett Award honours exceptional musicological work in the field of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transsexual studies completed during the previous two academic years (ending June 30), in any country and in any language.
Pianist Megan Milatz, a final-year undergraduate student of Prof. Ilya Poletaev has been named this year's winner of the McGill Classical Concerto Competition. She will perform Mozart's Concerto in C minor, K. 491 on January 23 and 24th with the McGill Symphony Orchestra in a concert to be held in Redpath Hall. Ms. Milatz, from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, was also the winner of the Shean Piano Competition held in Edmonton, Alberta this past May.
We often applaud the world-class performers at the Schulich School of Music, but this week it is our humanities-based research that takes center stage. From Nov. 6 – Nov. 9, 2014, 20 professors and graduate students lead the way when the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory host their joint annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The number of presentations alone is impressive given that this is the largest and most important conference of humanities-based research in music; it is also the largest number of presentations given by any school.
Following an exciting public recital competition held on Sunday October 19th in Tanna Schulich Hall, Jury chair Prof. Douglas McNabney announced Byungchan Lee as winner of the Golden Violin Competition. Each of the three contestants (Byungchan Lee, violin; Andrea Stewart, cello; Elizabeth Skinner, violin) are current students at the school and were chosen by the string faculty based on their demonstrated exceptional talent and contribution to musical and cultural life at the school.
In August, Mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov joined officials from the White House, fellow Hispanic artists and Americans for the Arts staff at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics' Policy Forum for Music and the Arts.
Infusion Baroque wins the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize at the Early Music America Baroque Competition
Infusion Baroque won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize at the Early Music America Baroque Competition held at the University of Chicago. The group is made up of four Schulich School of Music grads: Sallynee Amawat, baroque violin, Alexa Raine-Wright, baroque flute and recorder, Camille Pacquette-Roy, Baroque cello, and Rona Nadler, harpsichord. The prize is worth 3,000$ plus 5 concerts with major presenters of early music, a feature article in the Early Music America magazine and other opportunities.
Winners were announced today for the Student Recording Competition at the 137th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society in Los Angeles. Two students of the sound recording area were finalists. Pawel Leskeiwisz won Silver in the Traditional Acoustic Recording category and Fei Yu won Gold in the Modern Studio Recording category.
The Banting Fellowships program provides funding to exceptional postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the Canada's economic, social and research‑based growth. The 70k renewable fellowships are designed to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow.
The competition, begun in 1986, has launched the careers of many Early Music ensembles, and has been incorporated into the Utrecht Early Music Festival as of this year. Twelve semi-final groups participated in the competition. Pallade Musica were Grand Prize winners at the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in New York, October 2012, and consists of three Schulich alumni :Tanya LaPerrière, baroque violon, Elinor Frey, baroque cello, Esteban La Rotta, theorbo, as well as Mylène Bélanger, harpsichord.