Music/Arts/Culture

Percussionist David Therrien Brongo (current DMus) wins at the Prix d’Europe 2021.

The 109th edition of the prestigious Concours Prix d’Europe took place June 6 – 11, 2021 at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal, bringing together top musical talent. The jury was comprised of renowned artists soprano Marie-Danielle Parent (Prix d’Europe 1980), cellist Carole Sirois, musicologist and oboist Michel Duchesneau, pianist Michel Franck (Prix d’Europe 1977), and orchestral and choral conductor Louis Lavigueur, C.Q..

Published on: 16 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Max Henry, winner of Schulich's 2020-2021 Teaching Award in the Teaching Assistant/Graduate Instructor Category.

As Teaching Assistant for MUAR 392 (Popular Music after 1945), Max showed an eagerness to support the instructor and students in whatever way. he could. Whether it be by assisting in the “live” classroom by monitoring the chat, responding directly to students, reading their questions/comments out loud, or participating in classroom dialogue, it was clear that he was there to help.  

Published on: 10 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Jennifer Messelink, winner of Schulich's 2020-2021 Teaching Award in the MUAR Teaching Assistant/Graduate Instructor Category.

Throughout the past year teaching MUAR 392 (Popular Music after 1945) — her third time leading the course — Jennifer has proven to be an engaging and knowledgeable instructor with a commitment to and command of the material. Though students are immersed in popular culture on a daily basis, she strives to help them make sense of the vast amount of popular music accessible at their fingertips. 

Published on: 10 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Donny Kennedy, winner of Schulich's 2020-2021 Teaching Award in the part-time category. 

A dedicated educator in the Jazz Area since 2004, saxophonist Donny has been the small ensemble coordinator since he started, organizing 20-25 combos annually, as well as teaching Jazz Arranging. Students remark on his leadership, experience, and understanding in fulfilling his responsibilities for a host of undergraduate and graduate courses as well as for the design and development of the curriculum for music education or performance majors.

Published on: 10 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Prof. John Hollenbeck, winner of Schulich's 2020-2021 Teaching Award in the full-time category.

Published on: 10 Jun 2021

The 2021 Juno Award winners have been announced, and Schulich faculty, students, and alumni can be found on the list of nominees and winners.  From Vocal Jazz Album of the year to various Classical Albums of the Year, the Schulich community has appeared in a number of different award categories.

Congratulations to all who contributed to creating and sustaining music and the recording industry in Canada — here's to continued successes bringing music to life!

Published on: 7 Jun 2021

One of the Signature projects of the McGill Bicentennial office is to celebrate and recognize the contributions of staff (academic and faculty) of the University, past and present. 

As part of the Bicentennial Celebrations, staff and faculty members were asked to nominate the Unsung Heroes in their department — the less-recognized faculty and staff who have shaped the community and made a lasting impact.
 

Published on: 1 Jun 2021
Chair of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) Board of Directors, Denny Young,  announced that Jean-Sébastien Vallée has been appointed as the TMC’s eighth Artistic Director

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is one of Canada’s oldest, largest, and best-known choral ensembles. Founded in 1894 by Augustus Vogt, the Choir presented its first concert in Massey Hall, as part of the hall’s inaugural season, on January 15, 1895.

Published on: 1 Jun 2021

MusicFest Canada began in 1972 with a handful of Canadian musicians who created the country’s first jazz band festival. Now, in its 49th year, this small group has grown to embrace 4 Festival Divisions, the original Canadian Stage Band Festival Jazz Division, the Choral/Vocal Jazz Division(1981) the Concert Band Division (1986) and the Orchestra/String Division (2008).  MusicFest Canada — “The Nationals” — brings thousands of students and educators from across the country together, over a one-week period, to celebrate excellence in musical performance.  
 

Published on: 21 May 2021

Congratulations to violinist Russell Iceberg, winner of the 2020-2021 Golden Violin Award!

Published on: 17 May 2021

Congratulations to soprano Emily Richter, winner of the 2020-2021 Wirth Vocal Prize! 

On Sunday, May 16, three finalists filled Pollack Hall with songs and arias spanning three centuries of music. Soprano Jacqueline Woodley with pianist with Jennifer Szeto and lutenist Sylvain Bergeron, tenor Wesley Harrison with pianist Esther Gonthier and soprano Emily Richter with pianist Rebecca Klassen-Wiebe lit up the stage with their talent and skill.  

Published on: 17 May 2021

We are pleased to announce that the three finalists chosen to compete for the 2020-2021 Golden Violin Award are violinists Russell IcebergAlicia Choi, and Astrid Nakamura. These string players were selected from a stellar semi-final round held on Saturday May 15, 2021 at Pollack Hall.  
 

Published on: 16 May 2021

We are pleased to announce that the three finalists chosen to compete for the 2020-2021 Wirth Vocal Prize (in performance order) are soprano Jacqueline Woodley, tenor Wesley Harrison, and soprano Emily Richter. These singers were selected from the stunning semi-final round held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Pollack Hall.  

Published on: 15 May 2021

The 2020-2021 Golden Violin Award will be given out to one extraordinary string player this weekend.

Semi-Final: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (Webcast from Pollack Hall) 
Final: Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (Webcast from Pollack Hall) 
Published on: 12 May 2021

The 2020-2021 Wirth Vocal Prize competition takes place this weekend and will forever change the life of one young singer from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. 

Published on: 12 May 2021

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