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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.

Winter 2019 courses!

We've got many Music courses to choose from this winter!

Find a supportive environment

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

What sets us apart?

Community | Liberal arts | Flexibility | Faculty & teaching | Resources

Our Graduates excel

Our Grads are in a variety of careers. Check them out!

Laura Gray

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

Music poster 2016

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

Prof. Kate Steiner

Musicologist Dr. Katherine
Steiner
 has joined the Music faculty as Assistant Professor of Music.

  1. Nov. 9, 2018Considering Matthew Shepard a work of "great hope, compassion, and love."Considering Matthew Shepard

    Twenty years ago, a gay university student in Laramie, Wyoming, was driven to the outskirts of town. He was beaten, robbed, tied to a fence, and left to die. For 18 hours, Matthew Shepard hung bleeding, in near-freezing temperatures. The passing cyclist who found him thought at first that he was a scarecrow. He spent several days in a coma in hospital before dying.

  2. Aug. 13, 2018Ensemble auditions for Fall 2018 are open for registration

    The University of Waterloo Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College invites all students, faculty, staff, and community members to join most of the eight ensembles that it sponsors and organizes.

    Instrumental: Instrumental Chamber Ensemble; Jazz Ensemble; Orchestra; World Music Ensemble (Balinese Gamelan)

    Choral:  Chapel Choir; Chamber Choir; University Choir; Vocal Techniques. 

    See webpage for details. 

  3. June 29, 2018New Artistic Director for the Elora Festival and Elora Singers

    Professor of Music at Conrad Grebel & University of Waterloo and Artistic Director of the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Mark Vuorinen has been appointed the new Artistic Director for the Elora Festival and the Elora Festival Singers, Inc.

    Congratulations Mark! 

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  1. Nov. 17, 2018Considering Matthew Shepard: UW Chamber Choir & Grand Philharmonic Chamber ChoirConsidering Matthew Shepard

    In October 1998, university student Matthew Shepard was targeted for his sexuality. He was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field.

  2. Nov. 18, 2018Considering Matthew Shepard: UW Chamber Choir & Grand Philharmonic Chamber Choir

    In October 1998, university student Matthew Shepard was targeted for his sexuality. He was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field.

    Twenty years after that terrible event, we perform Craig Hella Johnson’s bold and transcendent work, which incorporates a variety of musical styles and texts, including passages from Matthew’s personal journal.

  3. Nov. 23, 2018Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Concert: From the Middle Ages to Today

    Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments.  It is taught without notation, which means the students have to memorize their parts.  Directed by artist-in-residence I Dewa Made Suparta, the group plays both traditional Balinese

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