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.  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.

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 Associate Professor of Music, teaching music theory, composition, and continue her active work as a composer, performer, and scholar.

  1. Sep. 26, 2017Set up your Early Entrance 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.

  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. Sep. 29, 2017Anna Magdalena Kokits - Coast to Coast Tour

    Award-winning Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits will play a selection of modern and classical pieces as part of her coast-to-coast tour during Canada 150.

  2. Oct. 4, 2017Noon Hour Concert: Duo Percussion

    Nominated in 2014 for “Best Percussion Ensemble” by DRUM! Magazine, Duo Percussion is a professional percussion pairing known for their eclectic and high-energy performances. Founded by Brennan Connolly and Dave Robilliard, Duo Percussion is dedicated to expanding the percussion duo repertoire and attracting new audiences by performing diverse and entertaining programs of classical and contemporary percussion music.

  3. Oct. 13, 2017Noon Hour Concert: The Three Tenors

    No, not those three tenors, but our own instrumental version.  This concert will feature the musical legacy of Tenor Saxophonists: Jimmy Heath, Hank Mobley, and Stan Getz.

    Presented by Michael Wood on the Vibraphone, Ernie Kalwa on Tenor Saxophone, and Bassist Greg Prior.

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