COVID-19 Update

Fall term 2021 will have a mix of online and in-person courses, including in-person Ensembles (excluding Vocal Techniques). Check out our events page for a list of scheduled activities. Visit the UWaterloo COVID-19 website for current information and policies. Read Grebel-specific details about the College's response to COVID-19.

Follow Your Musical Passion

Choose Music at The University of Waterloo

You can be part of a supportive academic community with flexible programs, inspiring classes, excellent teaching, extraordinary musical experiences and have all the resources of a great 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.

Our Graduates excel

Stephanie sits at a piano at the grebel chapel

Stephanie Collings (Joint Honours Music and Arts & Business, 2020) Talented pianist, digitial operations coordinator for a tech company and composer.

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Mary-Catherine McNinch-Pazzano (Joint Honours Music and Drama, 2010) Accomplished Jazz performer and music teacher.

Nicholas plays the piano in the grebel chapel

Nicholas Wong (Honours Music and Statistics, 2020) Internation school music teacher, freelance piano instructor, with a dream of being a conductor.

  1. July 19, 2021Fall Term Music Ensembles Available for Everyone

    No matter your program, no matter your year, anyone can participate in music ensembles at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo! Joining an ensemble is an ideal way for any student to keep music in their lives, especially those who are studying another subject and are craving musical opportunities.

  2. May 31, 2021Faculty of Arts Departmental Award Winner
    Niki pic

    Congratulations to Natassja Nicole Wibisono (Honours Music) on being this year’s recipient of the Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Music.

    On behalf of the Department of Music, congratulations, Niki, on your achievement and very best wishes from all of us! 

  3. Apr. 12, 2021Orchestra@UWaterloo Concerto & Aria Competition 2022
    Winner Ashley playing with accompanist Anna Ronai

    We regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone the February 2022 Concerto & Aria Competition to February 2023.  The first Covid shutdown occurred shortly after the 2020 competition, so we have not had a chance for the winners from that competition to perform with the orchestra.  Given the uncertainty surrounding the current

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  1. Sep. 15 to Nov. 10, 2021Fall 2021 Noon Hour Concerts
    Full House Brass

    We are please to announce that our Noon Hour Concert series will continue this Fall.  Starting September 22, 2021 and continuing through to November 10, recitals and interviews with professional musicians filmed specifically for our Noon Hour Concert series will premiere on the Grebel Youtube Channel at 12:30PM most Wednesdays.

  2. Sep. 29, 2021Noon Hour Concert: Fire and Rain (online)
    Kevin Ramessar

    Songs of Solidarity and Hope  

    This concert will feature musings from various traditions (incl. works by Barrios, Metheny, Carole King, James Taylor) which contemplate our collective struggles and act as signposts for collaborative transformation.

  3. Oct. 6, 2021Noon Hour Concert: Four Stories (online)
    Ben Bolt-Martin, cellist

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Office staff will be returning to work 9:00am-4:00pm in CGR 1103 starting September 7, but may be taking turns working in the office. For individual staff on-site hours, click here for up-to-date information.