Explore the many ways that music is meaningful in today's world

You can do this 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, Estonia or Bali to experience and study music.

Clarinet at Grebel


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. 

And new this fall, the orchestra@uwaterloo joined the Music Department.  It remains an ensemble open to students, staff, faculty and alumni, but now students can either participate as an extra-curricular activity or receive course credit. This 60 member ensemble also supports a concerto & aria contest biyearly.

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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 SunabachaKaren Sunabacka is our newest Professor of Music, teaching music theory and composition, as she continues her active work as a composer, performer, and scholar.

  1. Sep. 26, 2017Set up your Early Audition for Scholarships. Study music at UWaterloo!passion for music

    Not sure which University to study Music at?  Come and audition with us!

    We want to get to know you and see if Music at UWaterloo is the right fit for you.

    Whether you have an offer of admission from UWaterloo already, or are still waiting for one, we want to hear from you.  Contact us for an audition, or find out how you can fit music in with your area of study while at Waterloo.

    • Honours Music
    • Honours Music & Business
    • Double Major (eg. Theatre & Music)
    • Joint Honours (eg. Math & Music)
    • Music Minor
    • Elective courses (open to non music students)
    • Ensembles (open to all)

  2. Aug. 3, 2017Music Builds Community at UWorchestra cellos

    Students at the University of Waterloo are an incredibly diverse group, with interests spanning math, health, engineering, science, environment, and arts. Many of these students have spent hundreds of hours of their life learning a musical instrument and, instead of giving up their love of music while at university, they have found a collective place to express it. The orchestra@uwaterloo is a full-sized symphony orchestra whose players are students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Waterloo.

  3. July 5, 2017orchestra@uwaterloo Concerto & Aria Competition entries now being acceptedConcerto and Aria Competition

    For further information see orchestra website

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  1. Nov. 22, 2017Noon Hour Concert: Passions for Guitar

    Classical guitarist Celia Linde is acclaimed for her personal style, her captivating temperament and for her wide range of musical interpretations.  She tours frequently throughout Europe, the U.S., Canada, Finland, Scandinavia, Russia, and Turkey. As a recitalist Celia Linde has performed in numerous festivals and international concert Halls including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and others.

  2. Nov. 23, 2017Student Recitalsmusic notes

    Students participating in the Fall 2017 Music Studio program perform music they have studied this term. See detailed program below.

  3. Nov. 25, 2017Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Concert
    The University of Waterloo Balinese Gamelan Ensemble will perform a selection of traditional and modern compositions.  First started in 2013, the ensemble led by artist-in-residence Dewa Suparta and Dr. Maisie Sum is expanding its repertoire and level every term.
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