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Memorial Tribute for Dr. Daryl Robert Gibson

In honour of his passing on October 31, 2018, the family is planning a remembrance on February 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (Evensong service) at Christ Church Cathedral (635 Saint-Catherine St. W.). At the request of the family, donations may be made in his name to St. Mary’s Hospital Cancer Care Fund.


Published: 11 Feb 2019

Richard Stoelzel: new Interim Music Director of the Lakeshore Concert Band

Professor Richard Stoelzel has been appointed as the new Interim Music Director of the Lakeshore Concert Band! In a recent email exchange, Prof. Stoelzel writes, "I have had the pleasure of conducting the LCB as a guest conductor in numerous rehearsals and in concert. I am now thrilled to be appointed their interim music director.

Published: 8 Feb 2019

In Memoriam: Sanford Sylvan

To honour Sanford’s devotion to his students and his love of music, the Sanford Sylvan Fund has been established at McGill University to provide financial support to talented voice students at the Schulich School of Music. Donations can be made here.

Published: 6 Feb 2019

Schulich in the 22e Prix Opus

Congratulations to the many Schulich staff, faculty and alumni who brought home awards in the 22nd edition of the Prix Opus. Read below for a list of Schulich-related winners, which covers a wide variety of categories and genres! Not listed are the many faculty members and alumni who perform in the highlighted orchestras.

Published: 5 Feb 2019

Review: Opera McGill's Die Zauberflöte a "renewed vision"

In a review of Opera McGill's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Ludwig van Montreal praised the costumes, the projections and the performances of the cast. Congratulations to all of those involved! 

Published: 4 Feb 2019

Schulich in the 2019 Juno Awards

Following the announcement of the nominees for the 2019 Juno Awards earlier this week, we're proud to announce that Schulich faculty and alumni appear in four different awards categories. Congratulations to all Schulich faculty, alumni and students who continue to release music year after year! Visit the links in our list below to learn more about the nominees.

2019 Juno Nominees

Published: 1 Feb 2019

Alexander Freund: Never Stop Learning

As doctoral trumpet student Alexander Freund (D.Mus, year 3) puts it, an essential part of being an artist is the “never-ending search for growth.” In Freund’s case, this search led him to a long association with the M5 Mexican Brass and a teaching position for 11 years at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacán. In the past few years however, he moved to Montreal to study at Schulich under Prof.

Published: 28 Jan 2019

Violinist Simos Papanas joins Schulich for a week long residency

We are excited to welcome the uniquely versatile Greek violinist, composer, and mathematician Simos Papanas to the Schulich School of Music for a week-long Catherine Thornhill Visiting Artist Residency!

Published: 21 Jan 2019

Allyson Rogers on Eldon Rathburn's "amazing versatility" and more

Despite being one of Canada’s most prolific composers in the twentieth century, Eldon Rathburn (LMus 1937) still remains somewhat unknown. Over the course of his 75-year musical career, Rathburn churned out hundreds of remarkable film scores that provided the soundtrack for a wide variety of productions, in addition to many orchestral and chamber pieces. With such an extensive catalogue of noteworthy works, Rathburn certainly deserves a prominent place in the Canadian musical canon.

Published: 15 Jan 2019

John Rea appointed as Member of the Order of Canada

At the end of December, Governor General Julie Payette announced many new appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honours. Among these is Prof.

Published: 3 Jan 2019

Alumnus Francis LaPorte to perform in the London Symphony Orchestra

Before the age of 24, trumpeter Francis LaPorte (BMus 2018) will have already performed with two of the world’s biggest orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM). For Francis, this is only the beginning of his life-long ambition to pursue trumpet professionally.

Published: 26 Dec 2018

Schulich Faculty and Alumni in 2018 Grammy Nominations

Presented annually, the Grammy Awards are awarded by the Recording Academy, the world's leading society of music professionals. As music's only peer-recognized distinction, the Grammy awards honour and celebrate artistic excellence across the entire music industry, and are considered one of the most prestigious achievements in the arts

Published: 11 Dec 2018

Marika Galea: Taking the Long View

According to Deniz Ucbasaran of the Warkwick Business School, leaders of jazz ensembles have a lot to teach us about how to innovate as entrepreneurs.

Published: 11 Dec 2018

Marcel d'Entremont wins the 2018-2019 Wirth Vocal Prize

On Sunday, November 25, Pollack Hall was host to several outstanding performances as part of the final round of the Wirth Vocal Prize. At the end of the evening, tenor Marcel d'Entremont was announced as the competition’s winner, having sung an exceptional program with collaborative pianist Dakota Scott-Digout, that included works by Verdi, Duparc, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Quilter and Copland

Published: 26 Nov 2018

Takuto Fukuda's Convergence

The Andrew Svoboda Prize for Orchestral Composition was created in memory of Andrew Svoboda (BMus’00, MMus’04), a promising composer who passed away suddenly in 2004.

Published: 23 Nov 2018