Music in the News

Congratulations to Zhuosheng Jin (current DMus), winner of the 2020-2021 Luba Zuk Piano Duo Composition Prize! Zhuosheng’s composition is slated to premiere at the Schulich School of Music in 2022.  

Studying composition with Philippe Leroux, he reflects the kind of creativity and exploration that fuels the composition area. 

Published on: 23 Jul 2021

Congratulations to Chelsea Komschlies (current PhD), winner of the 2020-2021 recipient of the Andrew Svoboda Prize for Orchestral Composition! Chelsea’s orchestral piece is slated to be premiered by the McGill Symphony Orchestra during the 2022-2023 season.  

Studying composition with Jean Lesage, she is an ambassador for the kind of creativity and exploration that fuels the composition area.  

Published on: 23 Jul 2021

The winners of the Andrew Svoboda Prize for Orchestral Composition and the Luba Zuk Piano Duo Composition Prize have been announced. 

Chelsea Komschlies (current PhD) receives the Andrew Svoboda Prize for Orchestral Composition, and Zhuosheng Jin (current DMus) receives the Luba Zuk Piano Duo Composition Prize. 

Published on: 23 Jul 2021

After 200 years of trail-blazing research and innovation, McGill continues to look towards the future. In the Digital Time Capsule, some of McGill’s top researchers craft their own answers to the question: What will be the biggest change in your field over the next 25 years?  

Published on: 22 Jul 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Marcelo Wanderley on his accomplishment as the most cited author over the entire lifetime of the New Interfaces in Musical Expressions (NIME) conference. With students and colleagues, he has co-authored 48 NIME papers presented at 17 conferences which had a total of 1,391 citations over 20 years [Fasciani & Goode, 2021. p. 24]. In addition, Wanderley has also co-authored the first- and third-most-cited articles in the history of NIME.

Published on: 13 Jul 2021

Congratulations to Chooi Chong, winner of the 2020-2021 International Grant Writing Competition for master's students — Music Research


Chooi Chong received $5,000 towards her graduate studies for her grant proposal, "The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Postcolonial Context."

Curious to learn more about Chooi and her research, we asked some questions over email...


How has being a Schulich student influenced you and your research? 

Published on: 18 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Christopher Keach, winner of the 2020-2021 International Grant Writing Competition for master's students — Performance

Trumpeter Christopher Keach received $5,000 towards his graduate studies for his grant proposal, "Trumpet Music by Women Composers: A Detailed Database to Promote Greater Diversity in Trumpet Repertoire."

Curious to learn more about Christopher and his research, we asked some questions over email...


What made you choose Schulich for your studies?

Published on: 18 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Hester Bell-Jordan, winner of the 2020-2021 International Grant Writing Competition for doctoral students — Music Research


Hester Bell-Jordan received $11,000 towards her doctoral studies for her grant proposal, "'Notorious ladies' and 'charming daughters': Gender and Work in Piano Making and Music Publishing around 1800."

Curious to learn more about Hester and her research, we asked some questions over email...


How has being a Schulich student influenced you and your research?

Published on: 18 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Alicia Choi, winner of the 2020-2021 International Grant Writing Competition for doctoral students — Performance


Violinist Alicia Choi received $11,000 towards her doctoral studies for her grant proposal, "The String Quartet Seminar: An Underutilized Course Format in Higher-Education."

Curious to learn more about Alicia and her research, we asked some questions over email...


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Published on: 18 Jun 2021

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

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