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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

John Buck recipient of Schulich's largest merit-based jazz award.

John Buck, Jazz Drums, BMus'18, was named the recipient of the first Lou Williamson Jazz Award  yesterday in a ceremony held at the Schulich School of Music.  This award was  established in 2015 by Chris and Eve Millington in memory of the gifted jazz percussionist Lou Williamson .  Williamson was a former McGill instructor and was also a highly respected music administrator....

Published: 10 Sep 2015

Two Schulich professors named Royal Society of Canada Fellows

The Schulich School of Music of McGill University is pleased to announce  that Professors William Caplin, James McGill Professor, Department of Music Research, Schulich School of Music and Philippe Leroux, Associate Professor, Department of Music Research, Schulich School of Music, were among the fourteen McGill researchers and scholars named Fellos of the Royal Society of Canada.  

Published: 8 Sep 2015

Violin Student Elizabeth Skinner receives the Peter Mendell Award

The Peter Mendell Award was recently given to violinist Elizabeth Skinner, a student of Prof. Axel Strauss.   She receives a bursary of $2500.  All violin, viola, cello, and bass students  under the age of 25 and enrolled on a full-time basis in one of Quebec’s universities, all cycles, or the Conservatoire de musique du Québec,  in third, fourth, and fifth cycles are eligible.  

Published: 2 Sep 2015

Composition Students and Alumni receive multiple awards at the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers.

Composition students and alumni have once again received awards at this year's SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers.  The John Weinzweig Grand Prize Grand Prize awarded for the best overall work submitted in the competition Darren James Russo (M.Mus. 2015, B.Mus. 2011: studied with Denys Bouliane and Chris Paul Harman) The Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards...

Published: 31 Aug 2015

Well-being Program for Schulich Students announced.

This September, a groundbreaking new program at McGill University's Schulich School of Music will address that acute student stress and anxiety. Starting Sept. 1, studies in wellness will be added to the curriculum and new students will be required to take part in a peer mentorship program. The initiative is the first of its kind in Canada.  (Full article in sidebar link)

Published: 28 Aug 2015

Organ Students big winners at National Organ Playing Competition

Schulich  organ students  Stephen Boda and Helen Tucker won  first and second prize in the Royal Canadian College of Organists National competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in conjunction with the Winnipeg Organ Festival.  They are students of Hans-Ola Ericsson.

Published: 13 Jul 2015


Sometimes an artist’s most meaningful projects arise by chance, in everyday interactions, rather than through any grand plan. So, it seems, was the case with the intrepid cellist Matt Haimovitz, whose latest enthusiasm came about in the halls of McGill University, where he has been on the faculty for more than a decade. Article from the The Boston Globe.

Published: 13 Jul 2015

Schulich Professor Jon Wild uses auto-tune to make a Renaissance theorists dream come true.

One music theorist greatly invested in the topic was Nicola Vicentino (1511–c.1575) who, inspired by the writings of the ancient Greeks, wrote a treatise proposing a 31-tone division of the octave. […] This "what if" scenario captured the imagination of Jon Wild, associate professor of theory and composition at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, who studied the treatise and soon realized he could use modern Auto-Tune software to bring Vicentino's startling ideas to life nearly 500 years later.

Published: 15 Jun 2015

Schulich School of Music student Sven-Amin Lembke awarded two McGill convocation prizes

Schulich School of Music student Sven-Amin Lembke has been awarded two McGill convocations prizes that will be awarded on May 27, 2015. He will receive one of two Governor General's Gold Medal awards for the most outstanding McGill graduate receiving a Doctoral degree in 2014-15 in any discipline, as well as The McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award which is given to an outstanding McGill graduate receiving a degree in 2014-15 in any discipline

Published: 9 Jun 2015

Exceptional CFI funding announced for the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology.

Researchers from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), housed at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, received over $4 million in funding from the CFI and a total of $10.9M which includes matching funds from the Quebec Government and McGill University.

Published: 2 Jun 2015

Schulich Convocation Awards and Honours

At last week's convocation, not only did the Schulich School of Music celebrate graduating students, but it also highlighted excellence in teaching by full and part-time faculty as well as by graduate students.  Congratulations to those who received the  following awards:

The David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Supervision,  received by Professor Julie Cumming, Department of Music Research

Published: 1 Jun 2015