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Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck - A Cherished Collaboration

Blog post by Chris Maskell The partnership between jazz singer Theo Bleckmann and drummer John Hollenbeck has taken many forms over the years. One month, they may be touring with Prof. Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, while not much later, a listener might find them improvising mind-bending duets in front of a rapt audience. Next week, they are set to explore yet another new musical setting during their performance at the Schulich School of Music with McGill’s Jazz Choir.

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Published on : 28 Sep 2016

An interview with Catherine Steele

The Schulich School of Music’s Kelly Rice recently met with pianist and music teacher Catherine Steele (née Thornhill) to discuss her life in music, beginning with her childhood in Newfoundland.   She is the inspiration behind the Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist Fund, created by Seymour Schulich in 2005 to honour her. In this photo: Catherine Thornhill at her graduation recital ​ Notes from the interview Kelly Rice: Tell me about your first musical memories.

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Published on : 28 Sep 2016

A new Canada-wide Music Composition Competition

The Schulich School of Music enthusiastically announces the establishment of the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, open to all Canadian composers under 35 years old.  The school will host the first edition of the competition in 2017, thanks to generous support from Dr. Graham Sommer, M.D. C.M. ’72.   Full McGill Reporter article by Andrew Mahon:

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Published on : 28 Sep 2016

On learning from a master: an interview with pianist Anna Peletsis

Blog post by Chris Maskell: Since she became part of the faculty of the Schulich School of Music in 1992, ten of Professor Marina Mdivani’s students have won the McGill Concerto Competition. The most recent of these, Anna Peletsis, shares an interesting parallel with Mdivani’s past – both attended the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and eventually relocated to Canada.

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Published on : 22 Sep 2016

Zhenni Li wins Second Prize at the International Edvard Grieg Competition

Schulich School of Music Doctoral piano student Zhenni Li  has won Second Prize in the 15th Annual International Edvard Grieg Competition which was held September 2-10 in Bergen, Norway.  In addition to the 20,000 euro second prize, Ms. Li was also awarded the 1000 euro Orchestra Prize.  Ms. Li is a student of Prof. Stéphane Lemelin.

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Published on : 12 Sep 2016

Jeremy Cox named Schulich Distinguished Visiting Chair

Jeremy Cox has been named 2016-2017 Schulich Distinguished Visiting Chair in Music. He brings to the school an expertise that spans performance, scholarship, teaching, academic leadership, and curriculum design.  Prof. Cox will be involved in many aspects of school life this year, including teaching, conference organization, academic review, and writing.

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Published on : 12 Sep 2016

Rolston String Quartet wins the 2016 edition of the Banff International String Quartet Competition

We wish to congratulate this year’s winners of the 2016 edition of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet. Formed in 2013 by Luri Lee and Jeffrey Dyrda (BMus 2009) on violin, Hezekiah Leung on viola and Jonathan Lo on cello, this Canadian string quartet is currently the graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepard School of Music. Other achievements for the Quartet include first place at the 2016 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and prizes at the M-Prize and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions.

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Published on : 09 Sep 2016

For Edward Klorman, Theory is theory is steeped in playing, performing, and history

(Blog article by Laurie Niles) August 8, 2016, 12:47 PM · Where was Edward Klorman when I was drowning in frustration during music theory class? I've always come to music as a violinist -- a one-line player in an orchestra or ensemble. Reading was just a means of getting the music into my head and into my fingers, and though I felt like I had a deep understanding of harmony, it was completely instinctual and experiential.

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Published on : 06 Sep 2016

Tenor John Mac Master ready to raise the voices of McGill students

(Article by Richard Burnett, Montreal Gazette) One of the finest operatic singers of his generation, tenor John Mac Master began his storied showbiz career in Montreal and the West Island singing in 1970s rock ‘n’ roll bar bands. “My longest-lasting band was called Jade, and we played Top 40 hits like Taking Care of Business and December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” says Mac Master, who was the band’s charismatic, long-haired lead singer. “We played bars like the John Bull Pub downtown and roadhouses on the lakeshore.”

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Published on : 31 Aug 2016

Student Brent Proseus finalist in Ellsworth Smith Solo Competition

Brent Proseus, a second year trumpet Performance Major in the class of Richard Stoelzel has been chosen one of six students to compete this week in the prestigious Ellsworth Smith Solo competition. The competition will be live streamed .  Brent Proseus is also a 2016 International Solo Competition winner and a winner of the McGill Concerto Competition, 

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Published on : 30 Aug 2016

New Minor in Music Entrepreneurship

Introducing the Minor in Music Entrepreneurship: a collaboration between the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management.

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Published on : 17 Aug 2016

It's never to late to benefit from music lessons, proves Montreal New Horizons Band

Interesting article in University Affairs about the Montreal New Horizons Band, founded in 2014 by PhD candidate Audrey-Kristel Barbeau. Read the article here.

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Published on : 10 Aug 2016

MISQA is back at the Schulich School of Music from August 14-27

MISQA (McGill International String Quartet Academy) was founded in 2010 by Mrs. Constance Pathy. Since its inception, Prof. André J. Roy has assumed its leadership as per his position of general & artistic director. Each year, the academy invites the most significant practitioners of the genre to share their experience with and to educate some of the worlds most promising young quartets; four senior quartets and four junior quartets are selected every year. Private lessons, master classes and concerts are all part of the academy during two weeks.

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Published on : 05 Aug 2016

In memory of Sandy Pearlman

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandy Pearlman (August 8, 1943 – July 26, 2016). Producer, Lyricist, Manager, and in his words, a Relentless brainstormer of the ever-tightening embrace of Music by Technology and Technology by Music.

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Published on : 29 Jul 2016

Schulich Alumni and baroque flutists for the win at the Indianapolis International Baroque Competition!

Schulich School of Music Alumna Alexa Raine-Wright brings home the $10,000 Devonna & Amos Gerber Grand Prize and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Prize at the 2016 Indianapolis International Baroque Competition. Vincent Lauzer, Schulich Alumnus also won the Dee Garrett Laureate and Stanley Ritchie Audience Prizes.

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Published on : 12 Jul 2016