Music in the News news
Schulich School of Music Alumni Shalom Bard (Mmus distinction 2010) named the new Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the New Music Director of the Toronto Youth Symphony Orchestra. He won the final auditions for these important positions in May, 2012.
Schulich School of Music of McGill University Composition Students and Alumni dominate at the 2012 Socan Foundation Awards for Young Composers
The John Weinzweig award for best overall work was presented to a former Schulich School of Music student (Zosha di Castri) in a tie and of the 15 composers named, 10 are current or former Schulich students. A total of 17 citations were given, and of these, 12 were awarded to current or former Schulich students. 2 of the cited Schulich composers received awards in two separate categories.
Vincent Lauzer, recorder, M.Mus 2012, won the Canadian Music Competition's top prize (known in English as Stepping Stones and in French as 'Tremplin') on Sunday, June 10th. With it comes a $10,000 cash award, a residency at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, a performance with orchestra in Toronto on July 6th, 2012 at the CMC Gala Concert and a duo recording produced by Radio-Canada.
Christopher Whitley (Class of 2012, BMus/Outstanding Achievement in Violin Performance/Graduating with Distinction) has been awarded this year's Peter Mendell Award. (2,500$ plus a recital).
Alumni Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly, student of Sanford Sylvan and winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions has won first prize at the Montreal International Music Competition. The competition gala concert is at 7:30 on Friday, June 8 at Montreal's Symphony Hall with the OSM.
Le baryton-basse Philippe Sly vient de compléter un baccalauréat en chant classique à l'Université McGill et est membre de l'ensemble lyrique du Canadian Opera Company à Toronto pour leur saison 2011-2012. En 2011, il était l'un des cinq lauréats des célèbres National Council Auditions du Metropolitan Opera à New York, et il remporte en 2012 le prix Jeune Soliste des Radios francophones publiques
National Youth Orchestra Canada has named James O'Callaghan as 2012-2013 Emerging Composer-in-Residence
Canada’s leading organization for aspiring young musicians who are serious about pursuing a professional career, the National Youth Orchestra Canada (NYOC), has named Schulich School of Music Master's student James O'Callaghan (Philippe Leroux) as its 2012-2013 Emerging Composer-in-Residence.
Philippe Macnab-Séguin was born in 1992 in Montreal. He is finishing his studies at Vanier College and is entering the Schulich School of Music Composition Program in September 2012. He has studied for the past year with Doctoral composition student Félix Baril.
Three current Schulich School of Music Students have been selected from an across Canada Competition in April 2012 to be members of:JEUNES AMBASSADEURS LYRIQUES 2012. These singers are Tonatiuh Abrego, Tenor (M.Mus. 2012; B.Mus. 2010) Kevin Myers, Tenor (M.Mus. 2014; B.Mus. 2012) Jessica Scarlato, Soprano (M.Mus. 2012).
Erin Berger, Soprano (M.Mus. 2013, Prof. Stefano Algieri), was awarded 2nd Prize - Catégorie Université et Maîtrise at the Festival Clermont-Pepin. Congratulations!
Nicole Biamonte wanted to write her PhD dissertation on the music of Rush, the Canadian rock group. But her professors at Yale convinced her that Beethoven was a safer bet.
Jeremy Chaulk, doctoral student (Prof. Kyoko Hashimoto), was awarded 2nd prize at the International Alkan-Zimmerman Piano Competition in Athens, Greece. Congratulations!
McGill violin professor Mark Fewer has won the Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year at this weekend's Juno Awards for his album titled Changing Seasons, recorded with the Phil Dwyer Orchestra. CHANGING SEASONS is inspired by John Coltrane as much as Vivaldi, and the combination of a large band with horns and a massed string section integrates these diverse musical elements ...
Doctor of Music candidate Elinor Frey (student of Susie Napper and Matt Haimovitz) is the winner of Ensemble Transmission's Emerging Artist competition. Congratulations!
Alex Read, a student of Denise Lupien in the GPPD (and former undergrad student of Tom Williams) has just been appointed Asst Principal 2nd Violin in the Sydney Symphony. The Sydney Symphony is a world-renowned orchestra in residence at Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House. Congratulations to Alex!