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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!