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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.

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Small class sizes means you get to know your classmates and your Prof.

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Laura Gray

Hear about Professor Laura Gray's favourite parts of Music at Grebel!

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Visit the music department at Conrad Grebel University College. Home of music at the University of Waterloo!

Kate SteinerMusicologist Dr. Katherine Steiner will join as Assistant Professor of Music, starting July 1, 2018.

  1. May 30, 2018Helen Martens: Grebel Trailblazer

    The first in a distinguished legacy of long-serving musical visionaries, Helen Martens was hired as a music professor at Grebel in 1965. Illustrating the College’s interdisciplinary focus from the beginning, the initial classes Helen taught were Music and the Fine Arts, as well as Music and Literature.

  2. May 22, 2018Music and Healing

    Pursuing Music’s Healing Effects

    The Music program at Grebel and the University of Waterloo consistently appeals to students who are looking for a balanced and broad music education. When searching for a program that fit him best, student Tyler Reidy immediately felt comfortable when he arrived at Grebel for his pre-enrolment studio audition. “The faculty was incredibly welcoming, the students were encouraging and excited to get to know me during my audition process, and Grebel was small enough that I was immediately drawn to the community.” Tyler maintained a strong link to the department through all four years of his university career, and he is now set to graduate this spring with a Major in Music and an Intensive Music Specialization.

  3. May 15, 2018The Music Department: Forty Years StrongGrebel Band circ 1978

    BY Laura Gray, Music Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music

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  1. July 14, 2018The Promise of Living: University Choir

    Music has long been a constant companion to many aspects of the human condition. It can invite people to dance or offer comfort in times of distress; it can be used in reverence of God, or offer commentary on life’s great joys and tribulations. Just as “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”, there is music to accompany it all. This semester’s program explores some of these “times” through classical and contemporary composers alike, including music by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Copland, McGlynn, and Emery.

  2. July 19, 2018Beautiful Wanderings: orchestra@uwaterloo

    The music for this concert is a collection of enchanting and beautiful compositions from all over Europe and England.  The incomparable Beethoven wakes us to the evils of politics, dishonesty, and murder in his dramatic overture to Coriolan.  A fitting overture for an election year...

  3. July 22, 2018Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert

    There could not be a more delightful way to spend a summer evening.  Three different chamber groups of talented students will perform classical music in the Conrad Grebel Chapel.   Selections include:
    Trio No. 1 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
    Trio No. 1 in B flat major by Franz Schubert
    Trio K. 498 'Kegelstatt' by W. A. Mozart

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