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Acouphènes, hypersensibilité au bruit et perte d'audition : si la musique adoucit les moeurs, elle peut aussi blesser ceux qui la jouent. En raison de l'art qu'ils pratiquent, les musiciens sont fréquemment exposés à de hauts niveaux sonores, notamment au sein des orchestres. Sans protection, les blessures sont parfois permanentes. Article complet dans La Presse
(Revue du nouvel album de Joe Sullivan, par Serge Truffaut, Le Devoir) Il est tenace, Joe Sullivan, très tenace. Trompettiste, compositeur, arrangeur et professeur à McGill, il tient à bout de bras comme de pieds — faut bien battre la mesure ! — un grand orchestre, alias big band depuis plus ou moins 20 ans. En Amérique du Nord, cela est rare, extrêmement rare. Depuis peu, Sullivan nous propose un nouvel album intitulé Unfamiliar Surroundings et publié par Perry Lake Records.
Professor Dominique Labelle was honoured at the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) and Chorale's annual Winter Gala, held on March 10, 2017. At the Gala, Labelle premiered a newly commissioned piece which was written for her by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw.
Professor David Dolan, a 2016-2017 Catherine Thornhill-Steele Visiting Artist, will lead workshops for Schulich School of Music students and will also give a public lecture, sponsored jointly by the Department of Research and CIRMMT.
(Blog post by Chris Maskell) While ensembles at Schulich frequently put on class concerts throughout the school year, it’s much less common for them to collaborate with another of the school’s groups – let alone two. On Thursday, April 6, the McGill Baroque Orchestra, Cappella Antica and the Schulich Singers will come together to perform Handel’s legendary oratorio Israel in Egypt under the joint leadership of directors Valerie Kinslow, Jean-Sébastien Vallée and Hank Knox.
Schulich composition professor Denys Bouliane was the featured artist on March 20th in a Radio-France program devoted to his work. The conversation with animator Bruno Letort can be heard in its entirety and features large excerpts of his seminal works. For Bouliane, teaching composition is like the act of composing itself: you can have manifold interests and an open mind, but ultimately you cannot offer more than who you are.
A record number of Schulich School of Music graduate students presented papers and participated in the 43rd Annual Society for American Music (SAM) Annual Conference, which was hosted by McGill University and held in Montreal from March 22-26. The Society for American Music is made up of scholars, performers, and students dedicated to the study, teaching, and creation of the musics of the Americas.
Two Schulich PhD students, Bryan Martin and Mathew Boerum, have had their company's project advance to the final round of the McGill Dobson Cup. Audible Reality develops revolutionary 3D audio imaging which captures and delivers fully-immersive, life-like sound from any source.
On March 11, 2017, Schulich doctoral piano student Zhenni Li, a student of Prof. Stéphane Lemelin, was named winner of the New York Concert Artists and Associates Worldwide Debut Audition. Selected as one of three finalists, out of 165 who applied, Zhenni Li performed the Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 30 with the New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Eduard Zilberkant. Preliminary auctions were held in Los Angeles, New York, Cologne, Warsaw, Budapest and Paris.
Students of trumpet Professor Richard Stoelzel and Paul Merkelo have excelled at the International Trumpet Guild Competitions and will advance to the final competition round later this spring. Francis LaPorte, student of Richard Stoelzel, and David Koch, student of Paul Merkelo, have been named finalists in the International Trumpet Guild Orchestral Competition. Benjamin Hare, student of Richard Stoelzel, is the first alternate for the Solo Competition Finals.
(Blog post by Chris Maskell) It speaks volumes that Prof. Brian Cherney’s Canadian Music Concert series grew out of a desire to share our nation’s great works with his students. While teaching his course on Canadian Music at Schulich, he came up with an idea to make the compositions in the curriculum more accessible to the class — and this has since become a well-loved yearly tradition.
(Une revue du concert d'Alexei Lubimov, par le célèbre critique Christophe Huss, Le Devoir) Le concert d'Alexei Lubimov, 72 ans, était présenté dans une série «Schulich en concert» dans le cadre de Montréal en lumière. Le voilà, le concert, qui m’a « purgé » de l’état d’hébétude dans lequel m’avait entraîné le récital d’András Schiff, vendredi dernier. C’est dire qu’il a surpassé de très loin le récital de la veille, du réputé Yefim Bronfman.
The Schulich School of Music is delighted to announce that violinist Violaine Melançon has been named Visiting Professor for the 2017-2018 season. An artist deeply dedicated to the range of violin and chamber music repertoire, violinist Violaine Melançon serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of the Peabody Conservatory (www.peabody.jhu.edu), and is Visiting Professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
(Blog post by Chris Maskell) In just a few short days, Montreal opera fans are going to get everything they could ever wish for. As part of Montréal en Lumière, Schulich’s Lisl Wirth Black Box Festival is set to present the Opera Binge Festival, which will cram a total of seven operas into the space of 24 hours.
Harpist Antoine Malette-Chénier, a Doctor of Musical Arts student of Jennifer Swartz, has won the McGill Concerto Competition. In the final round, which took place on Tuesday, February 21, Antoine gave a stunning performance of Canadian Composer R. Murray Schafer's Concerto for Harp and Orchestra. He will perform with the McGill Symphony Orchestra during their 2017-18 season.