Music in the News news
Viva Voce, one of Montreal's best professional choral ensembles gave its last concert on Tuesday night at Bourgie Hall. Viva Voce closed its 17th season with music by Renaissance rock star and Monteverdi role model, Cipriano De Rore. Founder and conductor Peter Schubert says he's always looking for enticing ways to program a concert, and anniversaries are sometimes helpful.
The latest edition of Circuit musiques contemporaines, Volume 26, no. 1, is devoted to the Societé de musique contemporaine de Québec's (SMCQ) Homage Series composer of the year, Professor John Rea. Rea has been celebrated by the SMCQ throughout the 2015-2016 musical season. The magazine includes articles and contributions by Jimmie LeBlanc, Maxime McKinley, Anne Marie Messier and Michel Robert, Julien Bilodeau and John Rea himself. The issue is illustrated by artist Nicholas Voeikoff-Erens.
Professor Jacqueline Leclair, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs group, Ensemble Signal, performed a remarkable, hour-long work by Hans Abrahamsen in New York City March 24th, and received this New York Times review. Leclair teaches oboe, coaches chamber music and is also Woodwind Area Chair here at the Schulich School of Music.
Benjamin Deschamps, a Schulich School of Music Master's student has been awarded the 'Bourse de Création Jazz' by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM). The $5,000 award will be used to help fund the production of his second jazz recording. The award was announced on March 17, at the opening of the Jazz en rafale concert series. Deschamps is curently finishing his Master's degree as a student of Professor Joe Sullivan and has also studied with Professors Kevin Dean and Jean-Nicolas Trottier.
McGill's Schulich School of Music ranked top Canadian university by QS in the Performing Arts Category
On March 21st, 2016 the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 were announced and McGill's Schulich School of Music was named the top Canadian performing arts university in the country. QS rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 42 subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. The Schulich School of Music was ranked 26th overall. Other participating Canadian institutions include University of British Columbia, University of Montreal, and University of Toronto.
Le Chœur Schulich de l'Université McGill sera en concert à la Chapelle du Musée de l'Amérique à Québec vendredi 11 mars. C'est un retour aux sources pour le directeur artistique du Chœur Schulich, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, qui vient de Québec et y a poursuivi ses études en musique.
Research at McGill is often celebrated for its international collaborations and recognition; but its importance at home, in the province of Quebec, is equally meritorious. This was never more apparent than at the recent award ceremony of the Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM) when the outstanding work of six young McGill musicologists and theorists were recognized. On Nov. 11, 2015, four McGill students were the finalists for the annual paper competition.
Professor Marcelo M. Wanderley has been awarded an Inria International Chair for 2016-2020. Prof. Wanderley is the first McGill researcher to be awarded this chair and is among the four awardees this year. Inria is the French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. This is the first time a Professor of Music is awarded this chair, attesting to the wide variety of research directions and the impact of the work developed at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
Anna Peletsis, a doctoral piano student of Professor Marina Mdivani, has won the McGill Concerto Competition and will perform next season with the McGIll Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatoire where she with professors Sergey Dorensky, Pavel Nersessian and Nikolai Luganski, she also won the 1st prize of the International Piano Competition "Nikolai Rubinstein" in Paris in 2004. She has participated in the “Jose Iturbi” masterclasses in Valencia, Spain and in a master class of French Music in Paris, France.
Brent Proseus, a student of Professor Richard Stoelzel, Brass Area Chair, has been named winner of the 2016 Schulich School of Music Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion competition. Brent’s first trumpet teacher was his father, Eric and he continued his studies with Gregg Good. Brent was principal trumpet in the Michigan Junior High All-State Band and he was principal trumpet in the Michigan All-state Orchestra as well as the lead trumpet in the Michigan All-State Jazz Band.
On Feb. 7, Chelsea Rus was named the winner of the inaugural Wirth Vocal Prize. According to the Schulich School of Music’s website, the $25,000 prize is given to “an exceptional voice student… in recognition of outstanding accomplishment as a singer and significant promise for an international career.” Pretty heady stuff for any young singer – but especially so for Rus, who had never even heard an opera until her first year of college in 2009 back home in Abbotsford, B.C.
If, as Mark Twain said here in 1881, you can’t throw a brick in Montreal without breaking a church window, it must be equally true that you can’t go very far in this once very religious city without stumbling across a pipe organ. And often a damned good one.
Cellist Elinor Frey, an alumni of the Schulich School of Music, has won the early-music recording of the year award for her disc Berlin Sonatas on the Passacaille label. Fascinated with the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments.
Professor Emeritus John Grew, former Dean of Music, will be invested into the Order of Canada on Friday, February 12th 2016 in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The ceremony, which begins at 10:30am EST, will be webcast live from the Governor General of Canada's website. A webcast link will be available on their homepage before 10:30am on Friday.