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Students eating at Columbia University’s John Jay Dining Hall, an airy den reverberating with undergraduate chatter, were in for a surprise last Wednesday. When they walked in for dinner, they found Matt Haimovitz [Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Music at McGill University] — the cellist who helped to start a trend by performing in places like an East Village punk club and a pizzeria in Jackson, Miss. — playing Bach.
Joshua Peters, violin, has been named this year’s winner of the Golden Violin Competition, following an exciting public recital competition held on Sunday October 25th in Tanna Schulich Hall.
Since graduating the Schulich School of Music in 2011, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has received a constant stream of accolades. Winner of the Prix d’Europe in 2011, second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea in 2014, Richard-Hamelin’s latest distinction comes from the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.
As if Montreal were not already punching above its weight when it comes to large-ensemble jazz, John Hollenbeck has moved to town. The renowned U.S. composer, bandleader and drummer/percussionist began teaching at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music last month, although he splits his time between New York, Berlin, where he also teaches, and Montreal. Hollenbeck, 47, is a huge catch for McGill, given his acclaimed work in jazz and new music. (full article in sidebar) The Ottawa Citizen
Chelsea Barton, a Schulich School of Music organ student of Professors Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox, placed third in the final round of the International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition, which is organized by the City and Cathedral of Erfurt in cooperation with the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. Because of the diversity and the importance of historic and modern instruments on which the competitors perform, this current competition is of world-wide importance to organists.
Organ student Chelsea Barton, a Schulich School of Music organ student of Professors Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox, will compete in the final round of the International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition, which is organized by the City and Cathedral of Erfurt in cooperation with the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. Because of the diversity and the importance of historic and modern instruments on which the competitors perform, this current competition is of world-wide importance to organists.
Versatility and virtuosity will be the hallmarks of the McGill Symphony Orchestra (MGSO)'s debut at Toronto's famed Koerner Hall on November 17, 2015. The first Canadian student orchestra to perform in New York's historic Carnegie Hall, the MGSO has earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic student orchestras in all of Canada. The Koerner Hall concert celebrates the 10th anniversary of the naming of the Schulich School of Music, and the concert is presented in partnership with the McGill Alumni Association.
Schulich composer John Rea's works will be featured throughout the 2015-2016 season in performances by the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, the SMCQ and many others, as he is this year's featured Quebec composer in the SMCQ's Hommage series. In January, the Schulich School of Music will host three days of activities and conferences about his life and works as part of the celebrations. Read more about the Hommage series.
In September 2015 five new faculty members joined the teaching body of the Schulich School of Music. Adding to the current 62 full-time tenure-stream professors, 29 part-time professors and 135 instructors currently teaching at the school are Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting, Richard Stoelzel, Associate Professor of Trumpet, and Chair of the Brass Area, Jean-Michel Pilc, Associate Professor of Jazz (piano), John Hollenbeck, Associate Professor of Jazz (drums and composition) and Steph
John Buck, Jazz Drums, BMus'18, was named the recipient of the first Lou Williamson Jazz Award yesterday in a ceremony held at the Schulich School of Music. This award was established in 2015 by Chris and Eve Millington in memory of the gifted jazz percussionist Lou Williamson . Williamson was a former McGill instructor and was also a highly respected music administrator.
The Schulich School of Music of McGill University is pleased to announce that Professors William Caplin, James McGill Professor, Department of Music Research, Schulich School of Music and Philippe Leroux, Associate Professor, Department of Music Research, Schulich School of Music, were among the fourteen McGill researchers and scholars named Fellos of the Royal Society of Canada.
The Peter Mendell Award was recently given to violinist Elizabeth Skinner, a student of Prof. Axel Strauss. She receives a bursary of $2500. All violin, viola, cello, and bass students under the age of 25 and enrolled on a full-time basis in one of Quebec’s universities, all cycles, or the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, in third, fourth, and fifth cycles are eligible.
Composition Students and Alumni receive multiple awards at the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers.
Composition students and alumni have once again received awards at this year's SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. The John Weinzweig Grand Prize Grand Prize awarded for the best overall work submitted in the competition Darren James Russo (M.Mus. 2015, B.Mus. 2011: studied with Denys Bouliane and Chris Paul Harman) The Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards For compositions for no fewer than thirteen performers up to a full symphony orchestra, which may include vocal participation and may be scored to include electroacoustics
This September, a groundbreaking new program at McGill University's Schulich School of Music will address that acute student stress and anxiety. Starting Sept. 1, studies in wellness will be added to the curriculum and new students will be required to take part in a peer mentorship program. The initiative is the first of its kind in Canada. (Full article in sidebar link)
Schulich organ students Stephen Boda and Helen Tucker won first and second prize in the Royal Canadian College of Organists National competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in conjunction with the Winnipeg Organ Festival. They are students of Hans-Ola Ericsson.