McGill University's Laudatoria Gala recently honored former music dean Don McLean, who sings his Montreal swan song before returning to Toronto. During his nine-year tenure which began in 2001, the Faculty of Music emerged as a leader in both pedagogy and research. In 2005, a $20 million gift was made by Canadian billionaire/philanthropist Seymour Schulich.
Schulich School of Music students take home top 3 prizes at the 8th edition of the Repentigny Provincial Music Competition
Charles Richard-Hamelin, student of Prof. S. Laimon, was awarded the $10,000 top prize at this weekend’s Repentigny Provincial Music competition along with a $1500 prize as the best competitor from Lanaudière. The $5000 second prize went to cellist Vanessa Hunt-Russell, student of Prof. E. Dolin. Third prize, and $3000 was awarded to recorder player Vincent Lauzer, a student of Prof. M. Maute.
This year's competition attracted a record 232 entries, with 13 award recipients and two multiple prize winners, receiving a total $26,250 in prizes. Seven of the 13 prize winners hold degrees from or are currently studying at McGill University's Schulich School of Music. The annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers recognize Canadian composers under 30 years ...
McGill’s Cecilia String Quartet wins 1st prize at the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC)
Following their residency at the Schulich School of Music under the supervision of professor André Roy and their participation at the 1st McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA), the Cecilia Quartet won the prestigious competition, competing with nine of the world’s finest emerging string quartets from France, Germany, Russia, Canada and United States.
The 2010 edition of National Music Festival Competition was held at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University August 13-15 inclusive. This prestigious musical event is organized by the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals and incorporates 230 local and 10 provincial festivals across Canada.
Soprano Isabelle Nicolas awarded 4th prize in the Meistersinger Competition, held at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz Austria.
Other McGill voice students who attended this season’s Institute include: Erin Berger, Soprano; Carolanne Bouchard-Pigeon, Soprano; Lysandre Huard-Lefebvre, Soprano; James Kelly, Baritone; Jaime Sandoval-Gonzalez, Tenor; Annie Leblanc, Contralto; Jaakob Palasvirta, Bass and Xavier Vivier-Julien, Tenor. McGill professor Stefano Algieri was on this year’s faculty.
BBC Radio 1 is running an hour-long documentary on ‘The Story of Arcade Fire.’ As well as interviewing McGill grad, co-lead Win Butler (BA'04), the documentary includes an interview with Ranee Lee, the renowned jazz singer who teaches jazz vocals at the Schulich School of Music; Régine Chassagne of the Montreal band studied with her some years ago at McGill. BBC (online this week only)
Professor Stephen McAdams has been awarded the prestigious Foreigner's Medal at the 2010 French Acoustic Congress, which took place in Lyon this past April. The award recognizes the outstanding quality of his research, which is in cognition and sound perception, mentorship of graduate students and his generous collegiality.
The George Proctor Prize is awarded for the best paper in French or English presented by a graduate student at the annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society. Kimberly White is a co-winner of the 2010 Prix George Proctor Prize for the best student papers of the annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society held at the University of Regina.
Gordon Foote became interim Dean of the Schulich School on June 1. He replaces Don McLean. Foote has been the Associate Dean (Academic and Student Affairs) at the Schulich School of Music since 2006. He is also an Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies Program, where he has served as Chair of the Jazz Area and as Chair of the Department of Performance.
Cecilia String Quartet (quartet in residence of the Schulich School of Music) win big prizes at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition
The Cecilia Quartet has been awarded the Prix de la Sacem for the best performance of the commissioned work by Gilbert Amy at the 2010 Concours International de Quatuor à Cordes de Bordeaux.
Composition Masters Student Nina Young is an award-winner at the 58th Annual BMI Student Composer Competition. Her winning piece, Kolokol for two pianos and electronics, was written in the Digital Composition Studios under the supervision of Professor Sean Ferguson. Nina Young is also a student member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).