News for Alumni

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Grebel’s First Music Professor Left Lasting Legacy

Helen Martens plays piano

Helen Martens, Conrad Grebel University College’s first music faculty member, passed away on Thursday, April 9 at the age of 92, surrounded by family in Winnipeg. She last visited Grebel in 2013 during the College’s 50th anniversary.

Grebel staff and faculty remember Helen Martens for her extensive contributions to the Music Department and the College community.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Music Ensembles cancelled for Spring term

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the University's suspension of all in-person courses for Spring term 2020, we regret that ensembles are cancelled for the term. This is a disappointment for students who look forward to participating in ensembles, as it is for ensemble directors and all of us in the Music Department. We hope that ensembles can resume in fall term but we will update the website once we hear from the University.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Music Alumna’s Versatile Voice Returns to Grebel

Mary-Catherine Pazzano sings while Paul Stouffer plays piano

The powerful voice of Mary-Catherine Pazzano delivered a captivating rendition of Leonard Bernstein’s musical works, both well-loved and little-known. On February 26, she was accompanied by accomplished pianist Paul Stouffer as part of Conrad Grebel University College’s Noon Hour Concert Series. A University of Waterloo and Grebel alumna herself, Mary-Catherine remarked that “it’s always good to be back!”

Thursday, February 6, 2020

orchestra@uwaterloo’s 2020 concerto and aria competition presents musical excellence

Concerto and Aria Competition finalists joined by Professor Emeritus David Taylor

Concerto and Aria Competition finalists joined by Professor Emeritus David Taylor

The orchestra@uwaterloo held its 2020 Concerto and Aria Competition on February 1 at Conrad Grebel University College. Any student or recent graduate of the University of Waterloo is eligible to compete in this biennial competition hosted by the orchestra. The Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College is grateful to Professor Emeritus David Taylor, whose generous and ongoing support of the orchestra has made these competitions possible.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Worship Apprentices: A Resource for the Church

Students singing in chapel

Every Tuesday, a diverse team of UWaterloo students gathers for prayer, small group discussion, song teaching, and worship service planning. These students are part of the Worship Apprentice Program offered by Grebel’s Music Department as a skill-building opportunity within the Church Music and Worship Program. 

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