Information for

You are here


Saturday, April 7, 2018 — 9:00 AM EDT

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 to find out how music can fit into your studies at Waterloo.

Friday, March 30, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Dramatic, tragic and yet indescribably beautiful -- Bach's eloquent St. John Passion, with brilliant tenor Lawrence Wiliford as the Evangelist. Don't miss this Good Friday tradition! Presented by the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the UWaterloo Chamber Choir.  Directed by Dr. Mark Vuorinen.

For tickets see Centre in the Square website.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Directed by Daniel Warren, students, staff, faculty, and alumni from all faculties join together to play beautiful symphonic music.

Selections include Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (The Unfinished); Smetana’s The Moldau; Brahms’ "Academic Festival Overture"; Saint Saëns’ "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah;  Massenet’s "Meditation" from Thaïs (violin soloist Lila Huang); Mahler’s Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Five different Chamber Ensembles, and sixteen talented musicians using 5 different instruments.  A lovely way to spend a Winter evening.  Directed by Ben Bolt-Martin.  Free Admission, reception to follow. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018 — 2:00 PM EDT

The UWaterloo Jazz Ensemble will perform a mix of jazz standards from Gordon Goodwin, Count Basie, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, and more.  Directed by well know percussionist Michael Wood, the ensemble consists of 20 UW jazz aficionados.  

Tickets available at the door, reception to follow.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Gloria! Songs of Joy. Sometimes known as the Hymn of Angels, the Latin Gloria is one of the most exuberant and ecstatic of sacred texts. Join the UW Choir in a fusion of Medieval, Classical, Jazz, and Global Musics in an exploration of musical joy. Includes works by Bach, Mozart, Poulenc, Esenvalds, and a host of others. The perfect balm for the Canadian Winter blues.

Friday, March 23, 2018 — 9:00 AM EDT

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 to find out how music can fit into your studies at Waterloo.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Directed by Dr. Maisie Sum and featuring Grebel Artist-in-Residence I Dewa Made Suparta, the UW Balinese Gamelan and the Grebel Community Gamelan will perform a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional classics.  Come find out why people who love music are fascinated by the gamelan.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM EDT

music notes

Students participating in the Winter 2018 Music Studio program perform music they have studied this term. See detailed program below.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 12:30 PM EDT

This concert will feature new works for saxophone and piano including  two suites by Waterloo composers Boyd McDonald and Joanne Bender. The performers will be Willem Moolenbeek, saxophone and Boyd McDonald, piano.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 12:30 PM EDT

This concert features violinists Adam Diderrich and Marcus Scholtes,  violist Ethan Filner, cellist Rebecca Morton, and clarinetist  Barbara Hankins.

Haydn's String Quartet Op 20, No 5 will open the concert, followed by American composer Dan Coleman's Quintet. Each movement of this  work borrows its title from a poem by Elizabeth Bishop, and was inspired by the sounds, rhythms, emotions and imagery found in her  work. Mark Vuorinen will read the poems.

The concert will conclude  with the lively Rondo from Carl Maria von Weber's Quintet for  clarinet and strings.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST

Are you thinking about which university is best for you?  Whether you are waiting for an offier or already received an offer, we want to meet you!

Come to the University of Waterloo March Open House on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Friday, March 9, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST

Enjoy an evening of piano and violin music with renowned Austrian musicians Elena Denisova and Alexei Kornienko.  Free admission, no RSVP required.  Reception to follow.

Program includes:

Mozart's Sonata in G major
Maximilian Kreuz's Free Variations
Friedegund Rainer's #Bach#Frau#Mann
Alexander Zemlinsky's Serenade A Major

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST

EVA is a trio featuring cellist Vesa Norilo, kantele player, Anna-Karin Korhonen and soprano Essi Wuorela (Rajaton), all hailing from Helsinki, Finland. Their repertoire consists of traditional Finnish folk music as well as original music composed by members of EVA. Each member of the group brings a wealth of musical experience, having studied a wide range of styles from classical to jazz and folk.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST

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.

Monday, February 26, 2018 — 7:00 PM EST

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. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST

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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST

The Cardinal Consort of Viols will be performing 'Heart's Ease', a programme full of some of their favourite pieces. The programme will feature some of the most beautiful music ever written including works by Jenkins, Byrd and Farina.

Sheila Smyth, treble viol
Linda Deshman, tenor viol
Sara Blake, bass viol
Valerie Sylvester, bass viol

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST

Ben Bolt-Martin, a renowned local cello player and our Instrumental Chamber Ensemble director, will perform mostly original music for solo cello with looper.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 — 7:00 PM EST

Every two years, orchestra@uwaterloo holds a Concerto and Aria Competition that is open to University of Waterloo students and recent graduates, and is judged by a panel of professional musicians. Winners perform as soloists with the orchestra in a public concert.  On Saturday, January 27th the actual competition takes place.  The evening competition is open to the public.  Three to four finalists will perform in front of a jury to win the honour of playing a solo with the orchestra@uwaterloo.  Contestants include pianists, strings, and woodwind performers, as well as voice students.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST

In 1817, the 20 year old Franz Schubert wrote a song for voice and piano about a fish. Two years later, he created a set of variations from this delightful theme which became the 4th movement of his immortal quintet nicknamed “The Trout”.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST

Founded by tenor Bud Roach in 2008, Capella Intima has carved out a niche for itself in the Toronto early music scene by presenting the vocal chamber music of the 17th century in exciting concerts of rarely-heard gems. With motets and cantatas for up to four voices interspersed with readings from composers, performers and critics of the period, audiences are given context to music that has only come to light in recent years, thanks to the renewed interest in historically informed performance. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 — 9:00 AM to Friday, January 19, 2018 — 5:00 PM EST

Registration and audition slots are now open for 7 different ensembles:

  1. 2018 (23)
    1. April (1)
    2. March (13)
    3. February (5)
    4. January (4)
  2. 2017 (49)
    1. December (5)
    2. November (13)
    3. October (3)
    4. September (2)
    5. July (7)
    6. April (3)
    7. March (9)
    8. February (6)
    9. January (1)
  3. 2016 (55)
  4. 2015 (55)
  5. 2014 (62)
  6. 2013 (51)
  7. 2012 (30)