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Schulich Doctoral student Mark McDonald third-prize winner at the prestigious International Arp Schnitger Organ Competition

The competition, held last month in Bremen, Germany, the Arp-Schnitger Organ Competition is  in honour of the country's most important Baroque Organ builder.   Third prize winner, Mark McDonald is a doctoral student at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where he studies organ and harpsichord performance and teaches classes in musicianship.

Published: 2 Sep 2014

Announcing the establishment of the MISQA prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

The MISQA Prize guarantees the first prize winning quartet quartet a place at the 2015 McGill International String Quartet Academy, and will cover travel, accommodation and per diems. The winner of the prize will be announced at the same time and in the same manner as all other WHISQC prizes, at the awards ceremony after the final on Sunday  March  29th, 2015.

Published: 2 Sep 2014

Professor Ichiro Fujinaga and his team of researchers awarded 2.5 million dollar grant from SSHRC to build digital musical recognition tools.

(From McGill Newsroom Feed) 
For Ichiro Fujinaga, the thought of a thousand years of print and manuscript music collecting dust on the shelves of libraries and museums around the globe motivates him to think beyond the limitations of technology. What if digitized musical scores could be searched for a sequence of pitches, rhythms, and text? Music scholarship would be forever transformed.
Published: 29 Aug 2014

Musicology professor Lloyd Whitesell's course Music and Queer Identity in Montreal Gazette's 'Cool Courses'.

From Elton John to Tchaikovsky,  Lloyd Whitesell's course examines the role that stigmatization plays in musical creation and explores the taboos in classical music.
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Published: 26 Aug 2014

Schulich's newest voice professor, Soprano Dominique Labelle received a glowing review in the New York Times

Praised in this review for her deeply hued, heady and potent voice for her role as Medea in Handel's  opera Teseo, Professor Dominique Labelle begins teaching at Schulich this fall.

Published: 19 Aug 2014

Chris Kusuhara a prize winner at this weekend's 44th annual National Music Awards

Pianist Chris Kusuhara, a student of Kyoko Hashimoto has been awarded Second Prize and the Special Award at the National Music Festival held in Kelowna, B.C.  In 2013 he received a Developing Artist Grant from the Hnatyshyn Foundation.

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Published: 19 Aug 2014

Alum Chris Howard promoted to Distinguished Analyst at Gartner

Chris Howard has worked as a research analyst for Gartner since 2005, studying technology trends. Earlier in 2014, he was promoted to VP Distinguished Analyst, and continues to provide thought leadership on emerging tech and business trends. His travels take him around the world, and he is in demand as a keynote speaker for major events. When home with his wife Anne and 5 dogs, Chris still plays and composes in his studio and on his 1954 Mason and Hamlin A.

Published: 15 Jul 2014

Professor Richard King: Portrait of a Montreal Master (article in French from La Presse)

Dans l'ombre des grands musiciens

Âge: 48 ans

Emploi: Professeur agrégé, École de musique Schulich de l'Université McGill

Spécialité: Enregistrement sonore

Distinctions: Gagnant de 12 prix Grammy, il est le seul ingénieur de son à avoir récolté des statuettes autant pour la musique classique (11) que non classique (1). Ses étudiants l'ont aussi élu professeur de l'année en 2013.

Published: 14 Jul 2014

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.  

Published: 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.

Published: 9 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.

Published: 3 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."  

Published: 3 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

Published: 2 Jul 2014

The Marvin Duchow Music Library has accepted a donation of the archive of great Canadian early keyboard builder and restorer, Hubert Bédard.

The Marvin Duchow Music Library at McGill University is proud to announce the receipt of archival documents created by the great Canadian early keyboard builder and restorer, Hubert Bédard (1933-1989). The Hubert Bédard Collection will be added to the Library’s special collections and made available to researchers interested in the origins and development of the historical keyboard and early music movements that swept Europe and North America in the second half of the twentieth century.

Published: 25 Jun 2014