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Young, Musically Gifted and In Charge: Jordan de Souza, conductor

Prepare to see a lot more of the back of Jordan de Souza's head: the young conductor is tackling some major Toronto assignments this upcoming year. De Souza, who studied music at McGill University, has been on its teaching staff since 2011. He was still a teenager when he was named conductor of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal in 2008.

Read the full article in the sidebar link, from the Toronto Star.

Published: 12 Nov 2015

Jean-Michel Pilc on starting afresh in Montreal and at McGill

(article from the Ottawa Gazette)   During his 55 years, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc has repeatedly embraced change headlong.

In his 20s, the Paris-born Pilc worked as an engineer, although jazz was his after-hours passion. At 27, the self-taught pianist, who says he fell in love with jazz at the age of eight, switched to making music full-time and was playing with France’s finest jazz artists.

Published: 10 Nov 2015

Maestro Alexis Hauser on things Viennese: Interview in the Montreal Gazette

(This article, written by Arthur Kaptainis, appeared in the Montreal Gazette on November 5)

 The question arises before, and indeed during, any Viennese-themed concert of the type given Sunday afternoon by the OSM: To schlepp or not to schlepp?

Published: 9 Nov 2015

McGill vies for Canadian Music School Supremacy.(article in the Toronto Star)

McGill vies for Canadian music school supremacy Thanks to general government and philanthropic support, music education gets priority at Schulich School.

By: William Littler Music Columnist, Published on Sat Nov 07 2015

MONTREAL—Canada’s finest music school?

Published: 8 Nov 2015

Student Bruno Roy a prize winner at last night's Centre Stage Competition

Bruno Roy, a second year Masters student of Ben Heppner, has placed third at the Canadian Opera Company's annual voice competition COC Centre Stage.  The competition showcases the next generation of opera stars selected from nationwide auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio—Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals....

Published: 4 Nov 2015

Matt Haimovitz and Bach: Colonizing Columbia's Campus

Students eating at Columbia University’s John Jay Dining Hall, an airy den reverberating with undergraduate chatter, were in for a surprise last Wednesday. When they walked in for dinner, they found Matt Haimovitz [Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Music at McGill University] — the cellist who helped to start a trend by performing in places like an East Village punk club and a pizzeria in Jackson, Miss. — playing Bach....

Published: 29 Oct 2015

Joshua Peters receives Golden Violin Award

Joshua Peters, violin, has been named this year’s winner of the Golden Violin Competition, following an exciting public recital competition held on Sunday October 25th in Tanna Schulich Hall. 

Published: 26 Oct 2015

Charles Richard-Hamelin, BMus’11, prize winner at the Chopin Piano Competition

Since graduating the Schulich School of Music in 2011, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has received a constant stream of accolades. Winner of the Prix d’Europe in 2011, second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea in 2014, Richard-Hamelin’s latest distinction comes from the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition....

Published: 23 Oct 2015

"I'm hoping to be a bridge" — John Hollenbeck on his move to Montréal and McGill

As if Montreal were not already punching above its weight when it comes to large-ensemble jazz, John Hollenbeck has moved to town. The renowned U.S. composer, bandleader and drummer/percussionist began teaching at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music last month, although he splits his time between New York, Berlin, where he also teaches, and Montreal. Hollenbeck, 47, is a huge catch for McGill, given his acclaimed work in jazz and new music.


Published: 20 Oct 2015

Chelsea Barton awarded 3rd prize in European organ competition.

Chelsea Barton, a Schulich School of Music organ student of Professors Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox, placed third in the  final round of the International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition, which is organized by the City and Cathedral of Erfurt in cooperation with the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar....

Published: 13 Oct 2015

Master's organ student Chelsea Barton competing in final round of European competiton

Organ student Chelsea Barton, a Schulich School of Music organ student of Professors Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox, will compete in the final round of the International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition, which is organized by the City and Cathedral of Erfurt in cooperation with the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar....

Published: 8 Oct 2015

McGill Symphony to perform this fall in Toronto

Versatility and virtuosity will be the hallmarks of the McGill Symphony Orchestra (MGSO)'s debut at Toronto's famed Koerner Hall on November 17, 2015. The first Canadian student orchestra to perform in New York's historic Carnegie Hall, the MGSO has earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic student orchestras in all of Canada....

Published: 18 Sep 2015

Composer John Rea the 2015-2016 focus of the SMCQ's Homage series

Schulich composer John Rea's works will be featured throughout the 2015-2016 season in performances by the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, the SMCQ and many others, as he is this year's featured Quebec composer in the SMCQ's Hommage series.    In January, the Schulich School of Music will host three days of activities and conferences about his life and works as part of the celebrations....

Published: 11 Sep 2015

Recent hires at the Schulich School of Music

In September 2015 five new faculty members joined the teaching body of the Schulich School of Music.  Adding to the current 62 full-time tenure-stream professors, 29 part-time professors and 135 instructors currently teaching at the school are Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting, Richard Stoelzel, Associate Professor of Trumpet, and Chair of the Brass Area, Jean-Michel Pilc, Associate Professor of Jazz (p...

Published: 11 Sep 2015

Schulich alum Brian Current, BMus’96, wins the first Azrieli Commissioning Competition in Jewish Music

The Azrieli Music Project is proud to announce that McGill graduate Brian Current is the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Commissioning Competition, a $50,000 prize for a new work of orchestral Jewish Music. Two new prizes of $50,000 each were established this year by the Azrieli Foundation in order to celebrate, foster and create opportunities for the performance of high quality new orchestral music on a Jewish theme or subject....

Published: 10 Sep 2015