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The orchestra@UWaterloo is delighted to present our first in person concert with a live audience in two years.  Members are from all six faculties, and this term we will have strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. 

The University Choir is directed by Liska Jetchick.  This term it will feature a wide range of pieces from around the world, including Baba Yetu, Shenendoah, and Flight Song.  

The Balinese Gamelan Ensemble has been at Grebel for nearly 10 years, led by I Dewa Made Suparta.  This term they will present some traditional pieces as well as an interesting collaborative composition.  You will be astounded by the patterns and rhythms.

The UWaterloo Chamber Choir end of term concert featured Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, as well as a number of smaller pieces. Directed by Dr. Mark Vuorinen, this 30 voice choir includes many talented singers from multiple Faculties at the University, as well as music majors.

We are glad to report that Jazz Music is alive and well at UWaterloo. This ensemble is directed by Michael Wood, an experienced percussionist who performed at the Stratford Festival for many years. Members come from many different UWaterloo Faculties, Math in particular.  The music is lively and always fun. This term Ernie Kalwa, noted local sax player and Computer Science alumni, joined us for the Winter term.

The live concert took place on April 3, and was recorded to be released on the Grebel You-tube Channel on Monday, April 18th at 7pm.  


Toronto based award winning violinist Subhadra Vijaykumar brings the unique sounds of her Carnatic (South Indian classical) violin to the Chapel at Conrad Grebel. Subhadra will explain Carnatic Music and  how the Carnatic violin, while being identical to the western violin, still differs from it.

Amelia Grace Yates, D.M.A., is a pianist, adjudicator, and instructor from Ancaster Ontario. A recent graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Yates’s research focusses on the solo piano music of Canadian composer Ann Southam. She is passionate about researching and performing the music of contemporary Canadian composers. In addition to performing as a soloist, Dr. Yates also enjoys collaborating with others in chamber groups and working with large ensembles and choirs.  

"We will be presenting a recital of English songs and duets by British, Canadian, and American composers, including Vaughan Williams, Barber, Finzi, Larsen, Raminsh, and Weill. Since the partnership between poetry and music is so essential to art song, we wanted to return to our linguistic roots by presenting songs written in our mother tongue.


KW Symphony stand-mates Talia and Ian, supported by Guelph key and law expert Elliott, present music from a variety of eras, bass music and transcriptions, familiar and obscure. The audience will even discover how a group of French composers in the 19th century created their own “fake news”

This lovely music is worth listening to more than once. Although all three composers are considered 20th century musicians, the pieces contain a lyrical sense that is smooth and rich.