Events - 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020 — 9:00 AM EST
fuel your passion pic

Not sure which University to study Music at?  Come and audition with us!

We want to get to know you at your audition and see if Music at UWaterloo is the right fit for you.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 — 7:00 PM EDT
Open house graphic
Sunday, April 5, 2020 — 2:00 PM EDT
Steph Collings pic at piano

Stephanie Collings, piano

4th year Music & Business, Honours Cooperative Program

Featuring works of Bach, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin and Prokofiev

Free admission. Everyone Welcome.
Reception to follow.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 — 7:00 PM EDT
Candace Bustard

Candace Bustard, piano

4th year Music (Intensive Specialization) & Biology, Joint Honours,
Medical Physiology Minor

Featuring works of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Scriabin

Free admission. Everyone Welcome.
Reception to follow.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 — 7:30 PM EDT
Balinese Gamelan Ensemble in Engineering building

The twenty member Balinese Gamelan Ensemble will perform a mix of traditional pieces and modern compositions. 

To get a taste of this amazing music, check out the Youtube videos:

Monday, March 30, 2020 — 7:00 PM EDT
Peter Thompson pic

Peter Thompson, piano

4th year Music Honours

Featuring works of Gibbons, Schubert, Liszt, Scriabin, Messaien, and Charbier

Free admission. Everyone Welcome.
Reception to follow.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 — 7:30 PM EDT
ICE Group

This concert is a highlight of the Winter term.  Please join us for some beautiful classical music, performed by five different student groups playing a diverse range of instruments.  Free Admission, reception to follow.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 — 2:00 PM EDT
jazz guitarist

Join us for a highlight of the Winter term, the 22 member jazz ensemble concert.  Directed by Michael Wood, the Jazz Ensemble plays a wide range of jazz standards and newer compositions. This term the ensemble is featuring the music of Quincy Jones, Wayne Short, Rob McConnell, and more.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 — 7:30 PM EDT
University of Waterloo Choir

Journeys is a concert that will be examining music that talks of journey and home. The central piece on the program is the epic story of Kouta as set to music by Mäntyjärvi.

Friday, March 27, 2020 — 7:30 PM EDT
Chamber Choir

Directed this Winter term by Bob Anderson, the 24 voice Chamber Choir will sing pieces both ancient and modern.  Songs include Healey Willan pieces (mid 20th century), John Bennett's All Creatures Now Are Merry Minded from the 17th century, and modern pop classics such as Pure Imagination from the Willi Wonka film.  Admission is $10/$5 students and seniors.  Ticket

Thursday, March 26, 2020 — 7:30 PM EDT
string section of orchestra

Directed by well-known local musician Daniel Warren, this 60 member orchestra will play the following pieces:

Tchaikovsky symphony #6 (the Pathetique)
Smetana: Dances from the "Bartered Bride".
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto no. 2 in D minor

Monday, March 23, 2020 — 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM EDT
music notes

Students participating in the fall term Music Studio program perform music they have studied this term. 

Everyone welcome to come and hear these talented students!

Sunday, March 22, 2020 — 4:00 PM EDT
Mykayla piano pic

Mykayla Turner, piano

4th year Music & Health Studies, Joint Honours

Featuring works of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Granados and Morawetz

Free admission. Everyone Welcome.
Reception to follow.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
march break pic

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Waterloo has decided to CANCEL March Break Open House on March 21, 2020.

This decision was made in consultation with university leadership and public health officials in order to best protect our guests and the many staff and volunteers who support this event.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 — 12:30 PM EDT
Sergei Prokofiev


Sergei Prokofiev wrote the story and composed the music for Peter and the Wolf in 1936. It was written in two weeks for a children's theatre in Moscow. He wrote the music as a child's introduction to the orchestra with each character being represented by an instrument or group of instruments. Peter and the Wolf was an immediate success and continues to be enjoyed today by children all over the world.

For Peter and the Wolf, The KW Woodwind Quintet will be joined by narrator by Mark Vuorinen. In addition, the quintet will perform Mozart's Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman (known to many as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star) and and excerpt of Mozart's Horn Concerto in F, played on a garden hose.

Wendy Wagler (flute), Sarah Cardwell (oboe), Barbara Hankins (clarinet), Heather Carruthers (bassoon), Trevor Wagler (horn).  Suitable for all ages, perfect for a March Break event.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 — 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM EDT
pic of artist

The name Paganini conjures as much myth as history for musicians and violinists.  Portraits reveal a gaunt, ghostly man, and much of the music he composed asks for seemingly impossible feats of time and distance.  Join violinist Benjamin Sung for a performance of Paganini's Opus 1: the 24 Caprices for violin solo.  Taken together, these works are a testament to the potential of human achievement - in creativity, in expression, in technique, and in art. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 12:30 PM EST
Mary Catherine Pazzano

Featuring singer Mary-Catherine Pazzano and pianist Paul Stouffer, the program will be a jazzy exploration of Bernstein's iconic West Side Story, while also delving into his various musicals (On the Town, Wonderful Town), and classical works as well such as MASS, Peter Pan, and Candide.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 12:30 PM EST
Phases image

The Happenstancers is the shared vision of co-directors Brad Cherwin and Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh. Described as “Toronto’s best young chamber musicians” (Bachtrack) and recipients of the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble in an Opera, Cherwin and Hardy-Kavanagh helm a rotating cast of innovative voices on Toronto’s classical scene. Their daring concert program PHASES leaps between centuries and styles, moods and colours, as works by Augusta Reed Thomas, Bram Van Camp, Mozart, and Beethoven conjure vibrant and varied personalities. Learn more at

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 — 12:30 PM EST
Shhh Ensemble

Shhh EnsembleSpirits is piano/percussion duo SHHH!! Ensemble’s most ambitious project to date. Diversely inspired by composers reflections on the beyond, the nature of creativity, whiskey, and more, Spirits features the world premiere of a new work by John Gordon Armstrong. The programme also features pieces by Andy Akiho, Micheline Roi, Kevin Hanlon, Kelly-Marie Murphy, and John Beckwith.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 — 5:00 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.  The winner(s) perform in an end of term concert with the orchestra@uwaterloo.  This concert helps to determine the winners.  Out of 17 competitors (5 piano, 5 violin, 1 cel

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 — 12:30 PM EST
Daniel Lichti & James McLean

Daniel Lichti & James McLeanDan Lichti, James McLean, and pianist Anna Ronai are well known to local audiences.  Their program includes duets by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Balfe and Rossini.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 — 12:30 PM EST

Ralf BuschmeyerRalf Buschmeyer celebrates his return to Ontario with friends new and old.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 — 9:00 PM EST
Spanish singers

Timeless chant, Spanish Renaissance music, and prayer in the austere beauty of Keffer Chapel at Martin Luther University College. Presented by Schola Musica Sacra, which includes UWaterloo and WLU students.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 — 12:30 PM EST
Dr. Darryl Friesen

Dr. Darryl Friesen has been praised for his “rich palette of tonal colour” and performances of “intimate, poignant simplicity” (Winnipeg Free Press, 2008).  

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 — 12:01 PM to Friday, January 24, 2020 — 10:00 PM EST

Thinking ahead to next term?  Sign up for an audition now with one of our seven ensembles. 
See for details.  Open to all UWaterloo students, including undergraduates and Grad students.  

  1. 2020 (25)
    1. May (1)
    2. April (3)
    3. March (11)
    4. February (5)
    5. January (5)
  2. 2019 (52)
    1. December (3)
    2. November (12)
    3. October (5)
    4. September (5)
    5. July (4)
    6. June (1)
    7. May (1)
    8. April (4)
    9. March (10)
    10. February (4)
    11. January (4)
  3. 2018 (49)
  4. 2017 (46)
  5. 2016 (55)
  6. 2015 (55)
  7. 2014 (61)
  8. 2013 (51)
  9. 2012 (30)