COVID-19 Update

Grebel cannot currently host in-person events, concerts, lectures, or other gatherings. Check out our events page for a list of virtual activities, including online concerts. 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

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, or 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. Small class sizes provide opportunity to get to know classmates and professors within a supportive environment.

Please note: Ensembles begin again in Fall 2020. 

Choose Music at The University of Waterloo

  • Community: Our music program is large enough to offer an interesting and vibrant community, yet small enough to allow relationships among each student, staff, and faculty member.
  • Music as an arts degree: Discover the ways music interacts with other areas of study within the Faculty of Arts.
  • Flexibility: A major in music may be combined with another program in any faculty as a double major, joint honours degree, or a minor. Music courses are also available as electives within other disciplines.   
  • Faculty and teaching: Our faculty is made up of scholars, composers, theorists, performers, and educators; all of whom are committed to excellent teaching.
  • Resources of a great university: For the past 28 years, the University of Waterloo has been ranked most innovative among 47 universities across the country.

Our Graduates excel

Amanda kind

Amanda Kind (Honours Music, 2006) Artistic Director for the KW Glee club

Mary- Catherine Pazzano

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

Matthew Attard

Matthew Attard (Honours Music & Business, Co-op, 2013) Talented percussionist and dedicated teacher.

  1. Sep. 22, 2020Noon Hour Concerts at Home
    Noon Hour Concerts at Home. Enjoy weekly noon hour recitals by professional musicians from the comfort of home.

    Gathering to create, share, and experience music together is an important part of the Conrad Grebel University College community. In an effort to stay connected and fulfill musical wishes, Grebel’s Noon Hour Concert series will go virtual for the fall 2020 term.

  2. Aug. 31, 2020Inspirational Music Instructor Catherine Robertson Retires
    Catherine Robertson picture

    Inspirational Music Instructor Catherine Robertson Retires

  3. Aug. 25, 2020Fall 2020 Ensembles will be offered in VIRTUAL format
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  1. Sep. 23 to Nov. 23, 2020Noon Hour Concerts @ Home
    virtual concert at home

    Enjoy noon hour recitals by professional musicians from the comfort of home.

    Music, creativity and connections are increasingly important in our new socially distanced reality.

  2. Oct. 28, 2020Noon Hour Concert: The Road to Peace
    railway sculpture

    The Road to Peace: A Reflection on the Relocation of the Russian Mennonites is a composition by Professor Emeritus Leonard Enns

    Here are his notes:  

  3. Nov. 4, 2020Noon Hour Concert: noondaagochige
    Olivia Shortt

    Olivia Shortt, saxophonist.  

    Six degrees of separation: This is a recital featuring and celebrating the wonderful creative artists that I've met over the last few years and is a celebration of previously commissioned works as well as some new works by myself. Exciting and beautiful works by Finola Merivale, Olivia Shortt, Stephanie Orlando among others for solo saxophone. 

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