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Brenda Ravenscroft named next Dean of the Schulich School of Music

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....

Published: 7 Oct 2016

Spanish Review of the September McGill Symphony Orchestra Concert

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....

Published: 7 Oct 2016

Classical Music: a chance to go beyond fossilized repertoire

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....

Published: 7 Oct 2016

"I felt the clock ticking" — why Andre White just released three albums at once

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....

Published: 3 Oct 2016

Cellist Joshua Morris receives 2016 Peter Mendell Award

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....

Published: 30 Sep 2016

Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck - A Cherished Collaboration

Blog post by Chris Maskell

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Published: 28 Sep 2016

An interview with Catherine Steele

The Schulich School of Music’s Kelly Rice recently met with pianist and music teacher Catherine Steele (née Thornhill) to discuss her life in music, beginning with her childhood in Newfoundland.  

She is the inspiration behind the Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist Fund, created by Seymour Schulich in 2005 to honour her.

In this photo: Catherine Thornhill at her graduation recital

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Published: 28 Sep 2016

A new Canada-wide Music Composition Competition

The Schulich School of Music enthusiastically announces the establishment of the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, open to all Canadian composers under 35 years old.  The school will host the first edition of the competition in 2017, thanks to generous support from Dr. Graham Sommer, M.D. C.M. ’72.  

Full McGill Reporter article by Andrew Mahon:

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Published: 28 Sep 2016

On learning from a master: an interview with pianist Anna Peletsis

Blog post by Chris Maskell:

Since she became part of the faculty of the Schulich School of Music in 1992, ten of Professor Marina Mdivani’s students have won the McGill Concerto Competition. The most recent of these, Anna Peletsis, shares an interesting parallel with Mdivani’s past – both attended the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and eventually relocated to Canada.

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Published: 22 Sep 2016

Zhenni Li wins Second Prize at the International Edvard Grieg Competition

Schulich School of Music Doctoral piano student Zhenni Li  has won Second Prize in the 15th Annual International Edvard Grieg Competition which was held September 2-10 in Bergen, Norway.  In addition to the 20,000 euro second prize, Ms. Li was also awarded the 1000 euro Orchestra Prize.  Ms. Li is a student of Prof. Stéphane Lemelin.

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Published: 12 Sep 2016

Jeremy Cox named Schulich Distinguished Visiting Chair

Jeremy Cox has been named 2016-2017 Schulich Distinguished Visiting Chair in Music. He brings to the school an expertise that spans performance, scholarship, teaching, academic leadership, and curriculum design.  Prof. Cox will be involved in many aspects of school life this year, including teaching, conference organization, academic review, and writing.

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Published: 12 Sep 2016

Rolston String Quartet wins the 2016 edition of the Banff International String Quartet Competition

We wish to congratulate this year’s winners of the 2016 edition of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet. Formed in 2013 by Luri Lee and Jeffrey Dyrda (BMus 2009) on violin, Hezekiah Leung on viola and Jonathan Lo on cello, this Canadian string quartet is currently the graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepard School of Music....

Published: 9 Sep 2016

For Edward Klorman, Theory is theory is steeped in playing, performing, and history

(Blog article by Laurie Niles)

August 8, 2016, 12:47 PM · Where was Edward Klorman when I was drowning in frustration during music theory class?

I've always come to music as a violinist -- a one-line player in an orchestra or ensemble. Reading was just a means of getting the music into my head and into my fingers, and though I felt like I had a deep understanding of harmony, it was completely instinctual and experiential.

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Published: 6 Sep 2016

Tenor John Mac Master ready to raise the voices of McGill students

(Article by Richard Burnett, Montreal Gazette)

One of the finest operatic singers of his generation, tenor John Mac Master began his storied showbiz career in Montreal and the West Island singing in 1970s rock ‘n’ roll bar bands.

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Published: 31 Aug 2016

Student Brent Proseus finalist in Ellsworth Smith Solo Competition

Brent Proseus, a second year trumpet Performance Major in the class of Richard Stoelzel has been chosen one of six students to compete this week in the prestigious Ellsworth Smith Solo competition. The competition will be live streamed .  Brent Proseus is also a 2016 International Solo Competition winner and a winner of the McGill Concerto Competition, 

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Published: 30 Aug 2016

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