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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) International school music teacher, freelance piano instructor, with a dream of being a conductor.

  1. June 22, 20222023 Concerto & Aria Competition
    Ashley Yip & Anna Ronai

    Are you passionate about classical music?  Enter the 2023 orchestra Concerto & Aria competition, which will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Conrad Grebel University College.

  2. May 26, 2022Faculty of Arts Departmental Award Winner
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    Congratulations to Jacquelyn Morley (Honours Music) on being this year’s recipient of the Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Music for the graduating class of 2020.

  3. May 6, 2022Winter Ensemble Concerts a Treat for the Ears

    The University of Waterloo Music Department at Grebel was pleased to welcome small audiences back in person to enjoy end-of-term ensemble concerts this April. Also recorded for a broader audience, this treat for the ears showcased musical talent from the Chamber Choir, University Choir, Balinese Gamelan, Orchestra@UWaterloo, Jazz Ensemble, and small instrumental chamber ensembles. Participants include students from all faculties at UWaterloo, strengthening the connection between science, technology, engineering, math, and arts!

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  1. July 16, 2022Out of Darkness: University Choir end of term Concert
    University Choir

    The University Choir performs an eclectic range of music from around the world.  Directed by Liska Jetchick, the choir consists of students and alumni from all six faculties. This Spring term they will perform Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, composed in 1965.  

  2. July 18, 2022Student Recitals
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    Students participating in the Spring term Music Studio program perform music they have studied this term. 

  3. July 19, 2022Student Recitals
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    Students participating in the Spring term Music Studio program perform music they have studied this term. 

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