On November 2nd, Schulich School of Music Theory Professor Peter Schubert was named the recipient of McGill University’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning. The award, which was given during Fall Convocation Ceremonies, recognizes sustained excellence in leadership and innovation, as well as the active integration of teaching and learning with inquiry, scholarship and research.
The three finalists chosen to compete for the Wirth Vocal Prize this year are mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, bass-baritone Igor Mostovoi and bass Jean-Philippe Mc Clish. These singers, selected in an earlier-held preliminary round, will each present a thirty minute programme made up of pieces performed in a minimum of three languages and including at least one opera aria.
Blog post by Patricia Morales (in Spanish)
Opera McGill, directed by Patrick Hansen and gave three performances of Alcina earlier this month. The McGill Baroque Orchestra was directed by Hank Knox. Blogger Patricia Morales attended the matinee held November 6th, and wrote this post about the production.
Robert Hasegawa, Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Area Chair for Music Theory at the Schulich School of Music, has received the 'Emerging Scholar Award' at the 2016 Society for Music Theory conference held in Vancouver. His article “Clashing Harmonic Systems in Haas’s Blumenstück and in vain” was published in the journal Music Theory Spectrum 37/2 (Fall 2015). The Emerging Scholar Award (Article) is given for an article published no more than seven calendar years after the author’s receipt of the Ph.D.
Vancouver-born mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, a Master's student of Professor Dominique Labelle at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University was named the winner of the COC Centre Stage Competition on Thursday, November 3rd. The announcement was made at the gala evening event held in Toronto and the prize is sponsored by Board Chair Colleen Sexsmith. Ms.
Cellist Joshua Morris was named the winner of the 2016-2017 Golden Violin Competition held Sunday, October 30th in Pollack Hall. Morris, accompanied by Karsiri Laothamatas, performed Kaddish, from 2 Mélodies hébraïques by Maurice Ravel, a work composed by Morris himself, Suite for Solo Cello, and the Prokofiev Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 119.
For rootsy singer-songwriters Dar Williams, Serena Ryder and Rosanne Cash, the accompanist of choice has often been pianist Bryn Roberts. But when he’s in charge, Roberts, a 39-year-old Winnipeg native who splits his time between New York City and Portland, Ore., leans toward playing lyrical, contemporary jazz.
Voice professor soprano Dominique Labelle has released an album with Musica Pacifica: Mi Palpita Il Cor. Musica Pacifica is an early music ensemble based in San Francisco and they have built up an impressive catalog of performances concentrating primarily on the pre-Classical repertoire.
Jordan de Souza, BMus'09, MMus'11 will become the Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin beginning with the start of their 2017/18 season. In his first season as Kapellmeister, he will conduct several repertoire pieces, direct one new production and lead an orchestra concert.
Blog post by Chris Maskell
When thinking about musicians who feel equally at home in both the classical and jazz realms, not many players come to mind. It’s challenging to keep a foot in both doors and meet the unique demands required to be proficient in both styles. One might think of a pianist or trumpet player for the few who do make it work, but probably not a violinist. Luckily for us, Schulich’s own Mark Fewer serves as a prime example that it can be done – and done well.
Professor Brenda Ravenscroft will be the next Dean of the Schulich School of Music. Currently Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science, and Professor of Music Theory and Analysis at Queen’s University, Prof. Ravenscroft will begin her mandate at Schulich in July of 2017. Prof. Ravenscroft taught Music Theory at McGill’s Faculty of Music from 1991 to 1993, and has maintained close ties with McGill colleagues through research and teaching interests.
On September 23rd and 24th, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Alexis Hauser, performed its first concert of the season. The piano soloist was Anna Peletsis. Reviewer Patricia Morales has published this Spanish blog post about the program. The complete works included: Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84; Aram Khachaturian: Concerto for piano in D flat major, Op. 38; Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovsky Symphony No.
Ilya Poletaev is a Moscow-born pianist who is an assistant professor of music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, but has a wide-ranging international career. Next Wednesday, he will appear in the University of Victoria’s Orion Series in Fine Arts. Read the complete blog post in the Times Colonist here.
A jazz renaissance man who not only plays drums and piano, but also has been on faculty at McGill University and and behind the board as a respected and prodigious recording engineer, Andre White, 57, has been a towering yet humble musical giant in Montreal and beyond since the mid-1980s. In this article by Peter Hum discover the impact White has had on the Canadian jazz scene, and learn why he recently released three albums digitally.
Joshua Morris is a Masters in Cello Performance student of Professor Brian Manker. He was recently a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and has also been a finalist of the McGill Classical Concerto Music Competition. The Peter Mendell Award is intended to foster the development of musical excellence, and was founded by lawyer Peter Mendell in 2005.