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Kaiya Smith Blackburn: Winner of the 2018 Dean’s Essay Prize

Congratulations to Kaiya Smith Blackburn, a current masters student in the musicology program, who was awarded 1st place in the 2017-18 Dean’s Essay Prize for her project “Black Israelites, Social Justice, and Kendrick Lamar: Meditations on a Rhetorical Branch of African American/Jewish Relations.”

Published: 30 Apr 2018

The upcoming projects of jazz drummer Valérie Lacombe

Blog post by Chris Maskell.

Jazz drummer Valérie Lacombe (BMus ’18) is an active musician and leader in Montreal who has worked with many of the city’s most celebrated musicians. Having had just finished up her graduating recital on Monday, we interviewed Valérie over email about her experience here at Schulich as well as her upcoming projects.

How does the BMus jazz program influence your development as an artist?

Published: 27 Apr 2018

Taylor Donaldson: Promoting and Preserving Canadian Jazz

Trombonist, composer and arranger Taylor Donaldson (MMus 2011) has been actively involved in the Montreal music scene for almost a decade, performing in jazz ensembles of all sizes, with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs and more.

Published: 26 Apr 2018

Schulich at the Montreal International Jazz Festival

The Schulich School of Music is well represented this year at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, with our students, faculty and alumni appearing in a variety of concerts throughout the festival's program. Some of these performances include:  

Published: 25 Apr 2018

Kristin Franseen: Winner of Schulich's International Grant Competition

Congratulations to Kristin Franseen, a current doctoral candidate in musicology, who was awarded $10,000 in the International Grant Writing Competition for her grant application “Ghosts in the Archive: The Queer Knowledge and Public Musicology of Vernon Lee, Rosa Newmarch, and Edward Prime-Stevenson.” Kristin also won second place in the&nbs...

Published: 18 Apr 2018

Eleanor Stubley Recording Prize 2017-18

Through a unanimous agreement, the winner of this year’s Eleanor Stubley Recording Prize is Sarah Rossy (BMus ’17, MMus ’19) who will work together with Jennifer Nulsen (MMus ’18) on the project “Jazz in the Balance: Exploring Music Making and Creation in Gender and Genre-Balanced Teams and Environments.”

Published: 18 Apr 2018

Matthew Ricketts to compose a new opera for the OSM’s 85 season opening

To open the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’s 85th season, composer Matthew Ricketts (BMus ’09) has been commissioned to write a new chamber opera. Titled “Chaakapesh, The Trickster’s Quest,” this work showcases two singers, narrator, and orchestra, in three scenes....

Published: 18 Apr 2018

Kit Soden, winner of the 2017-18 Andrew Svoboda Memorial Prize for Orchestral Composition

Congratulations to current PhD candidate Kit Soden, winner of the 2017-18 Andrew Svoboda Memorial Prize for Orchestral Composition. 

Published: 12 Apr 2018

Hannah Darroch: Vagues se brisant contre le vent

Flutist Hannah Darroch (DMus '19) is set to perform Canat de Chizy's Vagues se brisant contre le vent, for Flute and Ensemble with the McGill Contemporary Ensemble Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Pollack Hall....

Published: 11 Apr 2018

Gavin Goodwin: Rhapsody for Orchestra and Saxophone

Saxophonist Gavin Goodwin (GDip '18) will be performing Debussy's Rhapsody for Orchestra and Saxophone with the McGill Contemporary Ensemble Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Pollack Hall. We caught up with Gavin in a recent email exchange to learn more about his upcoming performance.

Published: 10 Apr 2018

David Braid performs at Schulich this week

(Blog post by Nick Walshe and Chris Maskell)

Recent Juno-award winning jazz composer and pianist David Braid will be visiting the Schulich School of Music this week to collaborate with jazz faculty and student improvisers in concert. Chris Maskell caught up with him in this recent interview to learn more about his music and his approach to improvisation.

Published: 26 Mar 2018

Professor David Brackett wins the Irving Lowens Book Award for his book Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music

We are proud to announce that Professor David Brackett recently won the Irving Lowens Book Award, for his book Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music (University of California Press)....

Published: 19 Mar 2018

Alumn Eric Abramovitz appointed associate principal clarinet of Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to Eric Abramovitz (B.Mus 2016), who was recently appointed as the associate principal/Eb clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). We spoke to him in a recent email exchange about how studying at Schulich prepared him for this position.

How did the Schulich School of Music prepare you for life as a professional musician?

Published: 13 Mar 2018

Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho to join the Schulich School of Music string faculty

The Schulich School of Music is pleased to announce that violinist Jinjoo Cho will be joining the string faculty as Assistant Professor, beginning August 1st, 2018.

Published: 4 Mar 2018

Launch of a pilot project assessing noise exposure experienced by Schulich School of Music students

On the occasion of the World Hearing Day, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, in collaboration with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), announces the launch of a pilot project assessing noise exposure experienced by Schulich School of Music students.

Published: 3 Mar 2018