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Russell Wustenberg, a bridge between director and performer

Blog post by Chris Maskell

As Opera McGill’s landmark 60th season continues into the New Year, the momentum of its programming isn’t letting up. With major events on the horizon such as next weekend’s production of Die Fledermaus at the Monument-National and the subsequent Opera B!nge festival, both Schulich students and faculty alike have busy schedules.

Published: 18 Jan 2017

Coming Up: A four-concert George Enescu Festival February 3-5, 2017

In this piece, George Ensescu festival organizer Ilya Poletaev discusses his passion for the music of the composer and his motivations for organizing this first festival dedicated to his music with Schulich graduate student Chris Maskell.  

Published: 18 Jan 2017

Riffing on a Legend: Jazz Concert Inspired by Martin Luther King Junior

Jazz musicians paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. with a concert based on his speeches and words. The concert at McGill University used speeches by the civil rights leader as an auditory backdrop to the instrumental pieces.

Link to CTV News item in sidebar. 

Published: 17 Jan 2017

McGill performance taps the music of Martin Luther King Junior

Schulich School of Music jazz professor and grammy-nominated composer John Hollenbeck marks Martin Luther King Day with unique performance.  (Full CBC article in sidebar link)

Published: 16 Jan 2017

John Hollenbeck's 'The Drum Major Instinct'


Blog post by Chris Maskell

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Prof. John Hollenbeck will be presenting his work “The Drum Major Instinct” in Tanna Schulich Hall on January 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. In advance of this concert, Schulich graduate student Chris Maskell spoke to Hollenbeck about the piece’s inspiration and development.

Published: 9 Jan 2017

Schulich School of Music and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy

The Schulich School of Music at McGill University is now one of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy’s collaborating organizations, joining founding participants The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music....

Published: 3 Jan 2017

Pianist Madeline Weber receives Abner Martin Music Scholarship

Madeline Weber, student of Professor Marina Mdivani is the recipient of the $4,000 Abner Martin Music Scholarship for 2016/17....

Published: 22 Dec 2016

Zi Hua Tan finalist for the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

 Zi Hua Tan, a Doctoral composition student of Prof. John Rea has been named a finalist for the 2017 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award.  Out of 115 entries from 36 countries, Zi Hua Tan’s composition, …at the still point… was chosen to be among the four finalists of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2017....

Published: 19 Dec 2016

Schulich nominees for the Prix Opus

Finalists for the Conseil québécois de la musique's Prix Opus were announced last Friday, and once again there are many nominated who are  Schulich alumni and/or faculty.   The Prix Opus were established in 1996 to highlight the excellence and diversity of Québec's musical offering, and are awarded in many different categories.  The winners will be announced in a Gala event to be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017....

Published: 14 Dec 2016

Schulich Chamber Music Competition Winners Announced

The  Annual Schulich School of Music Chamber Music Competition took place  Tuesday, December 6, in Tanna Schulich Hall.  Two groups were declared winners and will travel to Europe for exchange visits to conservatories....

Published: 8 Dec 2016

Rice University Students Visit Schulich School of Music

Last month, seven Rice University students traveled from Houston to Montréal to expand Rice’s Gateway Study of Leadership research program at McGill University. Much of the time spent at McGill was at the Schulich School of Music, where the students met with Interim Dean Julie Cumming, Prof....

Published: 7 Dec 2016

Alex Soloway announced winner of the McGill Classical Concerto Competition

Artist Diploma Piano Student Alex Soloway has been announced as the winner of this year's Classical Concerto Competition. He is a student of Prof. Ilya Poletaev and was also a winner in 2014 of the McGill Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Aeolus Trio....

Published: 6 Dec 2016

Grammy Nominations for Schulich alumni and professors

The Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Included in this list were several nominees from Schulich.  

Published: 6 Dec 2016

A Glowing Review for Pianist Ilya Poletaev

(Review by Peter Dobrin)

Published: 2 Dec 2016