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

With our flexible program combining theory, studio, performance and history, also 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.

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. Jan. 31, 2018Winners of orchestra@uwaterloo Aria & Concerto Competition

    It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we announce the winners of the orchestra@waterloo concerto and aria competition. 

    Eric Liang performed spectacularly with Brahms 2nd piano concerto, winning him the 1st place position. Eric will be performing the 1st movement with the orchestra@waterloo on our upcoming concert on March 29, 2018. 

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

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  1. Feb. 25, 2018Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert

    Five different Chamber Ensembles,
    sixteen talented students,
    five diverse instruments.

    Result: A lovely way to spend a winter evening at the end of term!

    Free admission, reception to follow.


    A seminar and singers' workshop for choirs, conductors, and fans of choral music led by celebrated Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Hear Ēriks speak about his life and process as a composer, then actively participate with the host choirs as Ēriks leads attendees through singing 1-2 of his works. Fee includes scores*.

    This workshop is presented in partnership with conductor Mark Vuorinen, Conrad Grebel University Choirs, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir. 

  3. Feb. 28, 2018Noon Hour Concert: Sunabacka: Louis Riel's Dream

    The featured composition for this noon hour concert is a 25-minute piece titled Mama’s Painting: Louis Riel’s Dream by Dr Karen Sunabacka. The piece is inspired by an unfinished collection of paintings by her Métis grandmother Lenore Clouston titled “Louis Riel’s Dream.” The five paintings were to highlight the history of Western Canada through the stories of the indigenous peoples, illustrating the clashes of cultures and politics in Canada and pointing to a future where people of all races could live in harmony.

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