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 starting as Associate Professor of Music, teaching music theory, composition, and continue her active work as a composer, performer, and scholar.

  1. May 12, 2017Grebel names New PresidentMarcus Shantz

  2. May 4, 2017UWaterloo Balinese Gamelan will appear at the Kultrún Festival on July 8Kultrun Festival

    The University of Waterloo Balinese Gamelan Ensemble is honoured to be participating in the 2017 Kultrún Festival on Saturday, July 8th.  The time has not yet been set.

  3. Mar. 30, 2017Ensemble Auditions for Spring Term now open

    If you are interested in joining the University Choir, playing in an Instrumental Chamber Ensemble, or learning the Gamelan, see the Ensemble page.  These groups are open to all UWaterloo students and staff. 

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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.  

  2. July 15, 2017University Choir: 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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