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. She will teach music theory and composition, and continue her active work as a composer, performer, and scholar.

  1. 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. 

  2. Mar. 30, 2017Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Empowers and Inspires Young MusiciansAmanda Kind

    Since graduating from the University of Waterloo just over a decade ago, Amanda Kind (BA ’06) has grown into an inspirational leader for young performers in her community. In recognition of her generous and dedicated service, Conrad Grebel University College has named Amanda the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award winner.

  3. Mar. 22, 2017Accomplished Musician joins Grebel FacultyKaren Sunabacha


    March 21, 2017

    WATERLOO, ON -- Dr. Karen Sunabacka will be Conrad Grebel University College’s new Associate Professor of Music at the University of Waterloo. Beginning July 1, 2017, she will teach music theory and composition, and continue her active work as a composer, performer, and scholar.

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