Alumni, students tour China with Maestro Summers
Jerome Summers took an orchestra to China for an unbelievable experience. Western alumni and students made up the majority of musicians who played for a broadcast to more than one billion. Student Jesse Grandmont stayed on to tour with Barrage. [more]
Wind Ensemble produces recording
Conductor Colleen Richardson wanted students to experience recording as professional musicians. Apparitions taught them consistency - and how to be silent. [more]
Western's emerging composers create fresh, original works
Ancient mythology, magical gardens and the variety of orchestral colours inspired three student composers. Their influences took them in new musical directions. [more]
Musical Futures takes pilot project into schools
Ruth Wright is leading a program with Carol Beynon, BMus'71, and Betty Anne Younker to draw teens' love of music into the classroom using genres and instruments they already know. [more]
Exciting activities planned for the Faculty
Dean Betty Anne Younker shares a sneak preview of a new advisory committee, an alumni reunion and building and renovation plans. [more]
New syllabus goes on tour for teachers
Susan Ambrose, BA (Music)'73, and faculty member Barbara Dunn-Prosser tackled the Royal Conservatory's voice syllabus and created an updated, enhanced and expanded version with CD. They are crossing Canada giving workshops. [more]
May 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College: An evening of Italian music from the golden age of opera by Canadian Opera Arts Academy Singers and Orchestra London.
October 27, 2012: Mark your calendar for a reunion and Alumni Wall of Fame event.
Honours & Appointments
Composer Paul Frehner's new work for double chamber choir and percussion quartet was premiered by the Stuttgart Chamber Choir and TorQ Percussion Quartet in Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton. The European premiere takes place in May. Frehner was awarded the 2012 K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Classical Music.
Jack Richardson Awards
The Jack Richardson Music Awards honoured alumni Gerald, BA (Music)'61, and Marlene Fagan with the Dennis Brown Lifetime Achievement Award April 15. The award recognizes the huge impact the two have made on music in the community.
Faculty member Anita Krause was also recognized with the award for Classical Voice.
Adam Scime, MMus'09, who studied with Paul Frehner and Peter Paul Koprowski, had a composition premiered recently by Esprit Orchestra in Koerner Hall in Toronto.