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Organ department chair Hans-Ola Ericsson in Maclean's this week.

A new wave of young musicians is promoting the pipe organ—no hymns, no religious baggage… McGill University’s organ department recently received a boost with the arrival of new department chairman Hans-Olå Ericsson, a famed professor from Sweden. Ericsson’s avant-garde organ music was included in the soundtrack of the Leonardo DiCaprio film Shutter Island, but that isn’t his claim to fame. He is the project leader for the creation of a symphonic invention, the Studio Acusticum organ, built for a new concert hall in Piteå, Sweden.

Published: 21 Dec 2012


Recording engineer and professor Richard King of Schulich School of Music is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Steven Epstein, an adjunct prof, is nominated for Best Musical Theatre Album as part of the team that put together Once: A New Musical. Former associate professor at the Schulich School, Julian Wachner, is nominated for Best Choral Performance for Handel: Israel In Egypt.

Published: 7 Dec 2012

Schulich Bass-Baritone Master's student Gordon Bintner awarded 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the COC Ensemble Competition.

Congratulations to Regina native and current student Gordon Bintner, 1st Prize winner and Audience Prize winner at the second annual Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Competition. Bintner, a bass-baritone is one of three young members of the COC's apprenticeship program.  The first prize award was $5000, and the People's Choice Award was $1500.  


Published: 30 Nov 2012

Schulich School of Music students and alum shine at the 2012 OSM Standard Life Competition this past weekend

Two current percussion students won prizes, as did a piano alumnae.  

Current student Krystina Marcoux, 23, from Quebec won First Prize in the Percussion category, ($10,000) and also won the prize for the Best Interpretation of a Canadian work ($2500)   She also won the Banff Center prize for percussion, an award which covers the complete costs of attending a three week session at the Banff Center for Fine Arts this summer.

Published: 27 Nov 2012

Gordon Bintner, one of 10 singers participating in the 2nd annual COC Ensemble Studio Competition on November 29, 2012.

On November 29, 10 young singers will participate in the COC Ensemble Studio Competition, competing for cash prizes and a position in the prestigious Ensemble Studio training program for emerging artists. Today we will introduce you to two of our finalists. Our first finalist?Bass-baritone Gordon Bintner.

Published: 23 Nov 2012

A glowing review for soprano Jessica Muirhead (MMus 2005)

Read about her  bravura performance of A Village Romeo and Juliet at the Wexford Festival Opera. Ms Muirhead continues to study with Prof. Lucile Evans, who was her teacher while at McGill.  


Published: 7 Nov 2012

Pallade Musica wins Early Music America Baroque Competition in NYC


Pallade Musica, a Montreal-based Early Music ensemble, won the Grand Prize at the first Baroque Competition, organised by Early Music America, in New York City last night. The ensemble is made up of Tanya LaPerrière, baroque violin, Elinor Frey, baroque cello, Esteban La Rotta, lute (all three graduates of McGill) and Mylène Bélanger, harpsichord.

Published: 12 Oct 2012

McGill Symphony Orchestra Concert Review in La Presse

Follow the link to the review of the McGill Symphony Orchestra's October 5, 2012 concert on the La Presse website.

Published: 10 Oct 2012

Violin Wins For Two Saskatchewan Musicians

Two former Saskatonians have their hands on some very expensive instruments after winning them from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank. Carissa Klopoushak and Kerry Du-Wors each received a violin for a three-year term. Klopoushak, who now lives in Montreal, received an 1869 Jean-Baptiste Vuil-laume and Vuillaume model bow worth $212,000. It was her first time auditioning for competition and the timing was just right for her to apply. "I'm in a good place where an instrument like that would really make a boost, make a difference to me," she said Tuesday.

Published: 10 Oct 2012

Canadian Journal of Music Festschrift issue entitled "Contemplating Caplin" featuring Prof. William Caplin

The most recent issue of the journal intersections: Canadian Journal of Music (vol. 31, no. 1, 2010) has been designated a Festschrift issue entitled "Contemplating Caplin".  It contains three articles devoted to the theories of musical form developed by William Caplin, who offers a response to each article. An additional article by McGill alumnus James S. MacKay also deals with issues of musical form.  

Published: 5 Oct 2012