Music in the News news
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.
Schulich Doctoral student Mark McDonald third-prize winner at the prestigious International Arp Schnitger Organ Competition
The competition, held last month in Bremen, Germany, the Arp-Schnitger Organ Competition is in honour of the country's most important Baroque Organ builder. Third prize winner, Mark McDonald is a doctoral student at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where he studies organ and harpsichord performance and teaches classes in musicianship.
Announcing the establishment of the MISQA prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
The MISQA Prize guarantees the first prize winning quartet quartet a place at the 2015 McGill International String Quartet Academy, and will cover travel, accommodation and per diems. The winner of the prize will be announced at the same time and in the same manner as all other WHISQC prizes, at the awards ceremony after the final on Sunday March 29th, 2015.
Professor Ichiro Fujinaga and his team of researchers awarded 2.5 million dollar grant from SSHRC to build digital musical recognition tools.
(From McGill Newsroom Feed) For Ichiro Fujinaga, the thought of a thousand years of print and manuscript music collecting dust on the shelves of libraries and museums around the globe motivates him to think beyond the limitations of technology. What if digitized musical scores could be searched for a sequence of pitches, rhythms, and text? Music scholarship would be forever transformed.
Musicology professor Lloyd Whitesell's course Music and Queer Identity in Montreal Gazette's 'Cool Courses'.
From Elton John to Tchaikovsky, Lloyd Whitesell's course examines the role that stigmatization plays in musical creation and explores the taboos in classical music. WEBLINK: http://bit.ly/1pz4882
Schulich's newest voice professor, Soprano Dominique Labelle received a glowing review in the New York Times
Praised in this review for her deeply hued, heady and potent voice for her role as Medea in Handel's opera Teseo, Professor Dominique Labelle begins teaching at Schulich this fall.
Pianist Chris Kusuhara, a student of Kyoko Hashimoto has been awarded Second Prize and the Special Award at the National Music Festival held in Kelowna, B.C. In 2013 he received a Developing Artist Grant from the Hnatyshyn Foundation. WEB LINK: http://www.fcmf.org http://www.rjhf.com/html/darecipients-e.html
Chris Howard has worked as a research analyst for Gartner since 2005, studying technology trends. Earlier in 2014, he was promoted to VP Distinguished Analyst, and continues to provide thought leadership on emerging tech and business trends. His travels take him around the world, and he is in demand as a keynote speaker for major events. When home with his wife Anne and 5 dogs, Chris still plays and composes in his studio and on his 1954 Mason and Hamlin A.