Music in the News

Congratulations to Kristin Franseen, a current doctoral candidate in musicology, who was awarded $10,000 in the International Grant Writing Competition for her grant application “Ghosts in the Archive: The Queer Knowledge and Public Musicology of Vernon Lee, Rosa Newmarch, and Edward Prime-Stevenson.” Kristin also won second place in the Dean’s Essay Prize

Published on: 18 Apr 2018

Through a unanimous agreement, the winner of this year’s Eleanor Stubley Recording Prize is Sarah Rossy (BMus ’17, MMus ’19) who will work together with Jennifer Nulsen (MMus ’18) on the project “Jazz in the Balance: Exploring Music Making and Creation in Gender and Genre-Balanced Teams and Environments.”

Published on: 18 Apr 2018

To open the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’s 85th season, composer Matthew Ricketts (BMus ’09) has been commissioned to write a new chamber opera. Titled “Chaakapesh, The Trickster’s Quest,” this work showcases two singers, narrator, and orchestra, in three scenes. To celebrate this exciting opportunity, we asked Matthew a few questions in a recent email exchange.

How did you become involved with this project?

Published on: 18 Apr 2018

Congratulations to current PhD candidate Kit Soden, winner of the 2017-18 Andrew Svoboda Memorial Prize for Orchestral Composition

Published on: 12 Apr 2018

Flutist Hannah Darroch (DMus '19) is set to perform Canat de Chizy's Vagues se brisant contre le vent, for Flute and Ensemble with the McGill Contemporary Ensemble Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Pollack Hall. A piece not often heard in the concert hall, we spoke with Hannah to learn more about what listeners can expect to hear.

What is Edith Canat de Chizy’s piece about?

Published on: 11 Apr 2018

Saxophonist Gavin Goodwin (GDip '18) will be performing Debussy's Rhapsody for Orchestra and Saxophone with the McGill Contemporary Ensemble Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Pollack Hall. We caught up with Gavin in a recent email exchange to learn more about his upcoming performance.

Why did you choose to attend Schulich?

Published on: 10 Apr 2018

(Blog post by Nick Walshe and Chris Maskell)

Recent Juno-award winning jazz composer and pianist David Braid will be visiting the Schulich School of Music this week to collaborate with jazz faculty and student improvisers in concert. Chris Maskell caught up with him in this recent interview to learn more about his music and his approach to improvisation.

Classified as: Concerts
Published on: 26 Mar 2018

We are proud to announce that Professor David Brackett recently won the Irving Lowens Book Award, for his book Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music (University of California Press). This award is given annually by the Society of American Music for a book that makes an outstanding contribution to American music studies.

Published on: 19 Mar 2018

The Schulich School of Music is pleased to announce the five finalists for the inaugural edition of the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers. This new national competition for Canadian composers under the age of 35 was founded by Dr. Graham Sommer, MDCM’74, (1946-2016), a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and an accomplished pianist and devoted music lover. In this first edition of the competition, five finalists are to compose works for piano quintet (piano and string quartet) which will be judged in front of a live panel.

Classified as: Graham Sommer Competition
Published on: 15 Mar 2018

Congratulations to Eric Abramovitz (B.Mus 2016), who was recently appointed as the associate principal/Eb clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). We spoke to him in a recent email exchange about how studying at Schulich prepared him for this position.

How did the Schulich School of Music prepare you for life as a professional musician?

Published on: 13 Mar 2018

The Schulich School of Music is pleased to announce that violinist Jinjoo Cho will be joining the string faculty as Assistant Professor, beginning August 1st, 2018.

Published on: 4 Mar 2018

On the occasion of the World Hearing Day, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, in collaboration with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), announces the launch of a pilot project assessing noise exposure experienced by Schulich School of Music students.

Published on: 3 Mar 2018

The Schulich School of Music at McGill University welcomes an international array of guest artists and student ensembles for the Musical Chairs Chamber Music Festival, two packed weeks of workshops, masterclasses, and performances – all open to the public. Inspired by a passion for chamber music and the unique musical experiences it offers, Musical Chairs brings 10 guest artists and 6 guest student ensembles from 4 continents together with 52 students and 12 professors from the Schulich School. Events take place between February 25 and March

Published on: 23 Feb 2018

In November 2017, Dean Brenda Ravenscroft won the the Society for Music Theory's 2017 Outstanding Multi-Authored Publication Award for the first volume of Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers (in collaboration wit

Published on: 19 Feb 2018

Every week, the Schulich School of Music sees musicians from all over Montreal come together to learn about the music of Brazil. In a ten-week free workshop directed by guitarist Rodrigo Simões (through support of Schulich's Jazz Performance and Music Education areas), a group of over 20 participants has the chance to learn the ins-and-outs of samba, Baiaõ and maxixe on their main instruments, as well as perform supporting roles on a variety of percussion instruments.

Published on: 16 Feb 2018