Music

Explore the many ways that music is meaningful in today’s world through a flexible program combining theory, studio, performance and history. Investigate the "edges" of music including relationships between music and technology, film, gender, or psychology. Travel to England or Bali to experience and study music.

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.  As well, the orchestra@uwaterloo is an extracurricular ensemble open to students, staff, faculty and alumni.  This 60 member ensemble also supports a concerto & aria contest biyearly.

Find a supportive environment for majoring in music or pursue a variety of different program options that combine music with other subjects. As a Waterloo student, you are invited to take a music course, sing in a choir, play in an instrumental ensemble, or sign up for a studio lesson - no matter what program you are in.

Graduates excel in a variety of careers including public, private, and post-secondary school teaching, performance, music ministry, and business. Many have pursued masters and PhD degrees in music. Learn more about what our graduates are doing now!

Laura GrayHear about Professor Laura Gray's favourite parts of Music at Grebel!

Music poster 2016Visit the music department at Conrad Grebel University College. Home of music at the University of Waterloo!

Karen Sunabacha Beginning July 1, 2017, Dr. Karen Sunabacka will be Associate Professor of Music, teaching music theory, composition, and continue her active work as a composer, performer, and scholar.

  1. June 22, 2017Music 376: Composition Seminar fall term with new music Profpic

    Offered: Mondays 6:00-8:50 pm, Fall 2017 term

    Description: Explore the craft of composing and arranging music.  We'll look at choral, chamber ensemble, and orchestra techniques, plus electronic music and charting for popular music. 
    Prereq: MUSIC 271

    Contact Prof. Karen Sunabacka.

  2. June 20, 2017Hymn conference will mark Reformation anniversary with hymnshymn society poster

    This summer, a celebration of hymnody will coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the annual Hymn Society conference to be held at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, July 16-20.

  3. June 15, 2017Music 390: Special Topic - Music, Health and Healing390 poster

    New for Fall 2017, special topics course, Music 390 -  Music, Health and Healing with Professor Maisie Sum. Department consent required. Contact Professor.

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  1. July 8, 2017Balinese Gamelan Ensemble @ the KULTRÚN FESTIVAL

    The UWaterloo Balinese Gamelan Ensemble will be appearing at the KULTRÚN FESTIVAL on Saturday, July 8, at 2:00pm.  Join us at this wonderful FREE international festival in Victoria Park.  

    All welcome at the free workshop at 3:45pm.

  2. July 15, 2017University Choir Concert: Island Music

    On July 15th the University of Waterloo presents a special program of exploration, history, and collaboration through music. “Islands” brings story and song from some of the world’s most fascinating island communities. Hawaii, New Zealand, Cuba, and Jamaica are real islands with unique and interrelated musical cultures featuring popular and beloved music. Canada too has its islands. 540 km north of Thunder Bay on the northern peninsula of Eastwood Island is the Webequie First Nation.

  3. July 23, 2017Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert

    Four different chamber trios will perform a wide selection of classical music pieces.  The musicians are gifted students, so this is a delightful way to spend a Sunday evening.  Free Admission, with a reception to follow.

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