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Monday, August 13, 2018

Ensemble 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. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

New 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! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Helen 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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Music 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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Music Department: Forty Years Strong

Grebel Band circ 1978

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Transitions in Choral Directors

The Music Department wishes to express profound gratitude to two ensemble directors for their extraordinary work with Grebel choirs: Catherine Robertson (pictured at piano), who has directed the Chapel Choir since 2015, and Gerard Yun (pictured below), director of the University Choir since 2009.

Monday, April 16, 2018

New Grebel Professor to Focus on Early Music and Community

Kate Steiner

Musicologist Dr. Katherine Kennedy Steiner will join Conrad Grebel University College’s faculty as Assistant Professor of Music, starting July 1, 2018. Teaching a range of courses from broad musicology surveys, to music of the Renaissance and medieval eras, to church music and worship, Steiner will engage with diverse groups of students across the University of Waterloo campus. She will also direct the College’s Chapel Choir.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Liska Jetchick is new conductor of the University Choir

The UW Department of Music welcomes Canadian conductor Liska Jetchick to conduct the University Choir for Spring term 2018.  Liska holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.  While at Westminster Liska was Assistant Graduate Conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Westminster Kantorei.  Closer to home Liska has been conductor of London’s Conspirato Chamber Singers. Welcome, Liska! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring Term orchestra@uwaterloo

This Spring Term we will have an orchestra@uwaterloo, albeit a bit smaller than in Winter or Fall terms.  Please see our Ensemble Audition page for details.  This orchestra is open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members.  The Open Rehearsal/audition day will take place on May 10@7pm in Conrad Grebel's Great Hall.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Renowned Composer Thrills Music Students

Eriks Esenvalds

Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds is one of the most sought-after composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent. Through a connection with Music Professor Mark Vuorinen, Ešenvalds offered a seminar and singers’ workshop in partnership with Grebel’s three choirs and the Grand Philharmonic Choir in February.

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