Choose Music at The University of Waterloo
At the University of Waterloo, you have the freedom to study music as a major or minor, to sample courses, or combine studies in music with almost any program. Waterloo’s diverse selection of courses, choirs, and instrumental ensembles will help you fulfill your musical dreams. Be part of a supportive academic community with flexible programs, inspiring classes, excellent teaching, and extraordinary musical experiences. You’ll receive a University of Waterloo degree and have access to all the resources of a world-class university.
Explore the many ways that music is meaningful in today's world
Conrad Grebel University College is home to the University of Waterloo's Department of Music and offers instruction in more than 20 instruments as well as vocal lessons.
The flexible Bachelor of Arts program will allow you to:
- Pursue a major or minor in music.
- Combine music courses and ensembles with most other areas of study.
- Study performance, music history, and theory while discovering the ways music relates to technology, film, gender, and global culture.
- Be a part of small class sizes to provide opportunity to get to know classmates and professors.
Balinese Gamelan Ensemble - Campfire Concert
The Balinese Gamelan Ensemble will appear at Waterloo Town Square as part of the Campfire series.
University Choir Concert - Spring 2023
This term the University Choir will sing Francesco Durante's Magnificat (once attributed to Giovanni Pergolesi), and will also showcase works by Arvo Pärt, Giedrus Sviainis, Jim Papoulis and many more!
Orchestra@UWaterloo End of Term Concert
Our Spring term orchestra@uwaterloo concert, featuring one of our 2023 Concerto winners on the clarinet.
Gamelan Performance Signifies Partnership Between UWaterloo and Indonesia during FINCAPES Launch
Flood Impacts, Carbon Pricing, and Ecosystem Sustainability (FINCAPES) is a new climate-change adaption and mitigation development plan created by the University of Waterloo in support of the Government of Indonesia climate change goals, with funding from Global Affairs Canada. To signify a strong collaboration between Indonesian partners and UWaterloo’s faculties of Mathematics and Environment, the Balinese Gamelan Ensemble from UWaterloo’s Music Department at Conrad Grebel University College was invited to perform at the Canadian launch.
Orchestra Concerto & Aria Competition results
Learn the names of the three winners ...
Professor Mark Vuorinen and The Elora Singers Nominated for a 2023 Juno Award
The nominations for the 52nd Annual Juno Awards were announced this week, naming some of Canada’s top musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, and more. Included in the nominations is Mark Vuorinen, Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo, along with The Elora Singers!
As the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Elora Singers, Vuorinen and the choir have been nominated for a Juno Award in the category of Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble) for their release of Radiant Dawn: Music for Advent and Christmas.