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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

New Hires at the Schulich School of Music

In September 2015 four new faculty members will join 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 (piano) and John Hollenbeck,  Associate Professor of Jazz (drums and composition).  Their ap

Published: 26 May 2015

Alumni Charles Richard-Hamelin, BMus '11: Radio Canada's Discovery of the Year

Lauréat du Prix d’Europe en 2011, Charles Richard-Hamelin est considéré comme l’un des pianistes canadiens les plus prometteurs de sa génération. En tant que soliste, Charles a pu se faire entendre avec de nombreux orchestres, dont l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, l'Orchestre symphonique de Toronto et le Korean Symphony Orchestra.

Published: 19 May 2015

Martha de Francisco named 'Woman of Distinction' Arts and Culture section by YWCA

About Martha de Francisco

Martha de Francisco is an artist, but an artist whose work is to make the work of other artists sound great. Lend us an ear for a moment…

This classically trained pianist was born in Mexico to a Colombian family. Educated in Germany she has dedicated her professional life to becoming one of the world’s top recording engineer-producers for classical music. Quite an accomplishment, considering that music recording is an almost entirely male-dominated industry – only 5 % are women.

Published: 6 May 2015

Flute Alumna Amelia Lyon named to Kingston Orchestra

Alumna Amelia Lyon won the audition for the Principal Flute Chair in Kingston Ontario. Amelia will replace  Donelda Gartshore, one of Carolyn Christie's former teachers.  Amelia studied at McGill with Denis Bluteau and Carolyn Christie and is an alumna of the NYO.  Born to music-loving parents in Ottawa, Ontario in 1985, Amelia has been playing the flute since the age of nine. In high school, she was an active member of the orchestra and the wind ensembles, as well as founding and participating in smaller chamber groups with other students.

Published: 6 May 2015

A Unique Partnership with JMC and La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur

Next season, two of Schulich's finest piano students and each a winner of the McGill Concerto Competition, will perform recitals in partnership with Jeunesses Musicales  du Canada and with La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur. Dates will be announced at the start of the fall season.

Published: 5 May 2015

First prize for Steven Cowan at the Montreal International Guitar Festival and Competition.

Guitarist Steven Cowan is the First Prize Winner at the 2015 Guitare Montréal International Festival and Competition. This competition is held annually at Concordia and attracts guitarists from many different countries. The 1st place winner receives a cash prize, a free video shooting, as well as concert engagements at the 2016 Guitare Montréal Festival, and in Ontario through the Guitar Society of Toronto. 

Published: 4 May 2015