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Schulich School of Music Composition alumni and students awarded numerous prizes in the 2014 SOCAN Foundations Awards to Young Composers.

With a total of seven prizes at the SOCAN Foundations Awards to Young Composers, the Schulich School of Music Composition Area has performed remarkably.  Four out five of the 2014 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers have been awarded to current or former Schulich Students, and prize winners in the Sir Ernest MacMillan awards Category consist exclusively of former Schulich Students. Congratulations to all recipients and their respective professors.  

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Published on : 14 Jul 2014

Peter Schubert and Massimiliano Guido present "Unpacking the box", a series of videos about Frescobaldi's Ricercari of 1615

A new approach to music theory education.  Three videos illustrate the master apprentice method of teaching the art of counterpoint with all transpositions and shortenings of cadential passages.  The videos, filmed at the Schulich School of Music, feature a spectacular four octave Italian  harpsichord that is part of the Kenneth Gilbert Harpsichord Collection.

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Published on : 09 Jul 2014

OBOE SECRETS, a new book release by Associate Professor Jacqueline Leclair, was favourably reviewed in the International Double Reed Journal.

In Oboe Secrets: 75 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Oboist and English Horn Player, Jacqueline Leclair tackles the oboe’s reputation as an especially difficult instrument and illustrates how oboists and English horn players can overcome common challenges. Leclair draws on her experience as a performer and instructor, offering practical tips and sometimes revolutionary ideas for rethinking oboe pedagogy. Leclair also looks at performance strategies in the areas of equipment maintenance and management, physical health, and performance technique.

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Published on : 03 Jul 2014

Vanessa Blais-Tremblay, PhD student in Musicology and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies has won the SOCAN 2014 Writings on Canadian Music.

Vanessa Blais-Tremblay is the recipient of a 2014 SOCAN Foundation/CUMS Award for Writings on Canadian Music for her paper entitled: "Don't Pocohontas Me: Modernity and Transnational Politics in Tanya Tagaq's Throat Games with Concert Stage String Ensembles."  

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Published on : 03 Jul 2014

McGill music theorists prominently featured in journal

The newest issue of Music Theory Online, one of the top-ranked music theory journals and one of the only open-access journals in music theory, features three different articles by McGill researchers: an exploration of meter in rock music (by Nicole Biamonte, associate professor of music theory), a teaching demonstration on cadences, counterpoint and improvisation in 17th-century Italian music theory and practice (by Peter Schubert, professor of music theory, and Massimilano Guido, postdoctoral student in music theory), and an exploration of the derivation and expressive possibilities of the

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Published on : 02 Jul 2014

Chair of Music Performance Stéphane Lemelin releases 2-CD set of Fauré's complete Nocturnes and Barcarolles

'The Whole Note'   praises Lemelin  for his interpretive expressiveness, and technical prowess  for his recent release on the Atma label of Fauré's complete Nocturnes and Barcarolles.  Web Link: http://bit.ly/1juDeKS

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Published on : 05 May 2014

The Schulich School of Music announces the appointment of Soprano Dominique Labelle to the Voice Faculty effective August 1st 2014

With a career that includes numerous appearances on stages in Europe, Asia and North America, Dominique Labelle’s return to Québec as voice professor at Schulich is both a joyous homecoming and marks the turn of a page.   Ms. Labelle has consistently received great acclaim for her performances and has made numerous recordings of opera and concert repertoire. She can be heard on record labels including Virgin Veritas, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Denon, New World, RCA Victor Red Seal and more.

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Published on : 11 Apr 2014

This year Schulich Grads Sweep Jazz at the Junos

Graduates of the Schulich School of Music posted a clean sweep of the jazz category at Saturday’s Juno Awards in Winnipeg. Program alumni Christine Jensen, Mike Downes and Mike Rud took home the hardware for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year,Traditional Jazz Album of the Year and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year respectively. WEBLINKS: CBC Article about Jazz Sweep: http://bit.ly/1pG9uu8 Christine Jensen's Album Habitat: http://bit.ly/1js1yNm

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Published on : 31 Mar 2014

Victor Fournelle-Blain winner of the Golden Violin Competition

Following an exciting public recital competition held on Saturday, March 15th in Tanna Schulich Hall, and approximately 15 minutes of deliberation, Jury chair  Prof. Douglas McNabney announced Victor Fournelle-Blain  as winner of the Golden Violin Competition.

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Published on : 18 Mar 2014

Professor Andrew Dunn, Brass Area Chair, has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM)

This honour is conferred on past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and have made a significant contribution to it in their particular field. Link to: Royal Academy of Music website

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Published on : 04 Mar 2014

Lara Deutsch wins the woodwinds, brass and percussion category of the McGill Concerto Competition.

A past winner of the McGill Classical Concerto Competition, hear her perform  the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto  with harpist Emily Belvedere this Thursday, February 27 and Friday , February 28 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations! Lara Deutsch is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Orchestral Flute Studies at McGill University under Timothy Hutchins, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in May 2012 under Denis Bluteau.

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Published on : 26 Feb 2014

Professor Peter Schubert and his award winning ensemble VivaVoce have released a new CD- Scenes from the Gospels: Motets from Josquin to Palestrina

The disc features  Renaissance motets based on texts from the Gospels. These pieces  were composed between 1500 and 1564 by the "lost generation" of composers - Willaert, Jachet, Manchicourt and Gombert, and depict various events in the life of Jesus, from birth to crucifixion. VivaVoce was founded in Montreal in 1998 by Peter Schubert. The award-winning ensemble is committed to performing classical music from all periods and to developing the art of Canadian choral music by commissioning at least one new work each year.

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Published on : 26 Feb 2014

Announcing the appointment of pianist Stéphane Lemelin as Chair of Music Performance

Well-known to audiences across Canada as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Stéphane Lemelin is equally reputed as a skilled university administrator, most recently as the Director of the School of Music at the University of Ottawa. He is also a dedicated pedagogue who has been teaching at university-level for 28 years and has given masterclasses around the world. Formerly a member of Trio Hochelaga, he is the Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Music Festival, held in Ontario.

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Published on : 20 Feb 2014