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In conversation with 2015-16 Wirth Vocal Prize winner: Chelsea Rus

Soprano Chelsea Rus (MMus ‘16) was the winner of the inaugural Wirth Vocal Prize in 2016. After putting together a unique program that showcased her singing prowess and expertise, Rus impressed the jury with masterful works by Puccini, Massenet, Gounod, and Strauss.

Published: 6 Feb 2020

alcides lanza appointed as Member of the Order of Canada

Among this year’s new appointments to the Order of Canada was Schulich School of Music’s Professor alcides lanza. lanza was named as a Member of the Order of Canada for his “decades-long contributions to the contemporary music scene and for championing Canadian music here and abroad”.

Published: 30 Jan 2020

8 Reasons to See Street Scene

Opera McGill is proud to present Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. From January 31 to February 2, you can catch Opera McGill students, accompanied by McGill Symphony Orchestra musicians, at the gorgeous Monument National. Under the direction of Patrick Hansen and lead by conductor Brian DeMaris, our students bring Elmer Rice’s Pulitzer-winning play of the same name to life with true dramatic and musical spectacle. You won’t want to miss Street Scene, and here are 8 reasons why!

Published: 28 Jan 2020

Schulich's Opus Award winners

Congratulations to the many members of the Schulich community who brought home prizes from the twenty-third edition of the Opus Awards! The annual Gala was held this Sunday, January 19, 2020, and once again testified to the many contributions made by Schulich musicians to Quebec’s diverse and vibrant music scene.

Published: 22 Jan 2020

Pinchas Antal: Winner of the 2019-20 Classical Concerto Competition

Eighteen-year old Pinchas Antal is a third-year Bachelor of Music student currently studying piano performance in the class of Ilya Poletaev here at the Schulich School of Music. He began his piano studies at the age of ten with Vladimir Krassov, while also studying advanced theory and composition with Professor Alexander Posdynakov.

Published: 15 Jan 2020

De retour à Québec : Choeur de chambre Schulich de l’Université McGill

Le prestigieux Chœur de chambre Schulich de l’Université McGill sera à nouveau de passage à Québec le vendredi 31 janvier 2020 à 19 h 30 à la Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone. Ce chœur de 35 chanteurs et chanteuses est sous l’habile direction de maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée, une vedette montante sur la scène internationale.

Published: 15 Jan 2020

Tyler Song to perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto masterpiece

Originally from Vancouver, Tyler Song is a passionate musician who has performed with numerous ensembles such as the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute Orchestra. He has had the pleasure of performing under the batons of conductors such as Otto Tausk and Bramwell Tovey and has also been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Brunold Award for Classical Music Making, the J.

Published: 14 Jan 2020

Schulich Prix Opus nominees

The nominees for the 23rd Prix Opus were announced last week, and Schulich students, faculty, and alumni are everywhere on the list of finalists! Not only are they well represented in orchestras, choirs, and young artist programs in Montreal and across the province, but many appeared as featured artists on nominated performances, and a number of Schulich-founded and Schulich-led ensembles have been singled out as well.

Published: 20 Nov 2019

Aaron Chan wins the 2019-2020 Golden Violin Award

Congratulations to violinist Aaron Chan, who won the  2019-2020 Golden Violin Award  on Friday evening following a standout 40-minute performance in Pollack Hall alongside collaborative pianist Felix Hong. Played before a five-person jury and enthusiastic audience, Aaron’s winning program for the final round included  Edvard Grieg's Sonata for Piano and Violin in C minor, Op. 45, and Henryk Wieniawski’s Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 15.

Published: 15 Nov 2019

Rebecca Henry joins Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors

Rebecca Henry (MMus 2012) enjoys an active career as both conductor and mezzo-soprano across North America. Her conducting spans opera, operetta, orchestral, and contemporary repertoire, and she recently completed the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera. Designed to further the careers of distinctively talented female conductors, the Institute is celebrating its 5th year with faculty Emmanuel Villaume, Carlo Montanaro, and Nicole Paiement.

Published: 11 Nov 2019

Francis Choinière receives the Hnatyshyn Foundation – Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship in Conducting

Francis Choinière has been awarded the second annual Hnatyshyn Foundation – Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship in Conducting! Launched in 2017 in honour of the late conductor Franz-Paul Decker and his wife, Christa, this $15,000 fellowship is the result of a collaboration between the Schulich School of Music, the Decker family, and the Hnatyshyn Foundation, a charity founded by Canada’s twenty-fourth Governor General to support the development of young artists.

Published: 4 Nov 2019

Charles Richard-Hamelin and Andrew Wan honoured in 2019 ADISQ Gala

Congratulations to pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin (BMus 2011), who won two different awards as part of this year's ADISQ Gala—one for a recording with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the other with Schulich professor Andrew Wan:

Published: 28 Oct 2019

Martha de Francisco remembers Jessye Norman

Over the past few weeks, performers, listeners, teachers, and professionals in the worlds of opera and classical music have been united in mourning the death of soprano Jessye Norman (1945 - 2019). Born in Augusta, Georgia (USA), she remains one of the world's most powerful and moving dramatic sopranos. She was one of the first and only Black singers to rise to international stardom in the opera and recital world, and she inspired several generations of young performers.

Published: 17 Oct 2019

Q&A with Alain Cazes: Banding together

Principal tuba of the Orchestre Métropolitain and co-founder of the Philharmonie des vents du Québec, Alain Cazes is a Professor of Brass and Conducting at the Schulich School of Music.

Published: 24 Sep 2019

14 Schulich-connected nominees in ADISQ Galas 2019

A highlight of the Quebec cultural scene, the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque (ADISQ) Gala honours artists and music industry professionals who released standout recordings or were involved in remarkable productions over the last year. In advance of the main ADISQ Gala taking place on October 27, 2019, read below for a list of all nominees with a Schulich connection. Congratulations to all!

Published: 20 Sep 2019


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