Schulich School of Music

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The Schulich School of Music
École de musique Schulich  (French)
Schulich Music Logo.gif
Established 1904
Type Public
Dean Sean Ferguson
Students Approximately 875
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Campus Urban
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The Schulich School of Music (also known as Schulich) is one of the constituent faculties of McGill University in Montréal, Canada. The faculty was named after benefactor Seymour Schulich.



(Information is accurate as of Fall 2015)

Total student population: 880

  • 1 graduate student for every 2 undergraduate students
  • 1 doctorate student for every 5 undergraduate students
  • 34% from Quebec, 40% from the rest of Canada, 26% other countries
  • 66% are native English speakers, 17% native French speakers, and 17% have a mother tongue other than English or French.

In 2014-2015, students received over $4 million in various forms of private and public financial support, including 155 undergraduates and 136 graduate students who received scholarships, fellowships, or bursaries from the Schulich School of Music.

All but one of the eight semi-finalists in the prestigious 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition are Schulich School of Music students or alumni.


In the last five years, Schulich School of Music alumni have won auditions at 15 of Canada’s top 20 orchestras and have joined more than 20 international orchestras, including the:

  • New York Philharmonic
  • Hong Kong Philharmonic
  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Danish National Symphony Orchestra
  • China’s National Performing Arts Center Orchestra

Half of the prizes (14 out of 28) at the 2014 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition were won by Schulich School of Music alumni.

Four of the five most recent recipients of the Jules-Léger Prize for New Chamber Music, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts, are Schulich School of Music alumni. This is Canada’s highest honour for composition.

The 2013 and 2014 editions of the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition were won by alumni of the Schulich School’s Early Music Program.

The Schulich School’s Sound Recording program is an industry leader. Since 2005, its alumni have won:

  • 18 Grammy awards
  • 8 Juno awards
  • 3 Felix awards

Schulich alumni posted a clean sweep of the Jazz category at the 2014 Juno Awards.

Research at Schulich[edit]

Schulich School of Music professors are currently receiving support from 132 Grants, including: 3 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, 25 from the Fonds de recherche du Québec, 37 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and 15 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Schulich School of Music faculty include a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, 3 James McGill Scholars and 3 William Dawson Scholars.

In 2014, 20 Schulich School of Music scholars presented at the American Musicological Society/Society for Music Theory Joint Conference, the largest and most competitive humanities-based music conference in the world. McGill had the largest representation of any institution including Yale, Harvard and Princeton.

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) received an “Exceptional A+” rating from the Fonds de recherche du Québec in 2014, making it Quebec’s highest ranked research center in all humanities and scientific/ technological disciplines.


The Schulich School of Music occupies 148,650 sq. ft. of space. This includes:

  • 113 practice rooms
  • 13 classrooms
  • 10 ensemble rooms
  • Four performing halls: Pollack Hall, Redpath Hall, Tanna Schulich Hall, Clara Lichtenstein Hall
  • A state-of-the-art Music Multimedia Room
  • Wirth Opera Studio
  • The Marvin Duchow Music Library
  • The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT)

The School’s students have an opportunity to perform in:

Six large ensembles:

  • McGill Symphony Orchestra
  • McGill Wind Symphony
  • Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • McGill Baroque Orchestra
  • McGill Jazz Orchestra 1 and 2

Three choral ensembles:

  • McGill University Choir
  • Schulich School Singers
  • Cappella Antica

817 instruments are available for student use at the Schulich School of Music. This includes:

  • 117 pianos
  • 55 electric pianos
  • 160 percussion
  • 485 woodwind, brass and string instruments


Music at McGill – The Beginning[edit]

Music teaching began in 1884, although the program was first reserved for women. In 1889, a teaching specialist was engaged at the request of the students by a gift from the university's Chancellor, Donald A. Smith, Lord Strathcona. In 1896, the Royal Victoria College for girls by Lord Strathcona was founded. In September 1899, the Royal Victoria College was opened, and pianist Clara Lichtenstein (1860–1946) arrived on the invitation of Lord Strathcona. In 1902, examinations of the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music of London were introduced.

McGill Conservatorium of Music[edit]

  • 1904 Introduction of the Licentiate diploma (LMus), Bachelor in Music degree (BMus), and Doctor in Music degree (DMus).
  • September 21, classes began in the Workman House with 426 students and 23 instructors.
  • October 14, official inauguration in the presence of the Governor General, Lord Minot, with a recital by violinist Albert Chamberland and pianist Ellen Ballon.
  • 1908 Appointment of Harry Crane Perrin, organist of Canterbury Cathedral, as professor and director.
  • 1908 McGill's first university symphonic ensemble is created.
  • 1909 Set-up of McGill's own system of music examinations.
  • 1911 Charles Henry Mills receives the first DMus degree, for composition.
  • 1917 Endowment through a generous gift from Sir William Macdonald permitting the establishment of a faculty of music.

Faculty of Music[edit]

  • 1920 April 26, establishment of the Faculty of Music. Perrin combined the duties of director of the conservatory and dean of the faculty. Premises, professors and budget were shared.
  • 1949 First Music honorary degree to Sir Thomas Beecham.
  • Re-organization (1955–1957)
  • 1955 Douglas Clarke retires. Marvin Duchow is acting dean of the faculty and director of the conservatory. Three departments were created within the faculty: Theory, Keyboard and Voice, Instrumental. The conservatorium was divided into a senior department, with courses leading to diplomas, and a junior department, its courses confined to basic musical training.
  • 1956 The McGill Opera Studio is founded by Luciano and Edith Della Pergola

Faculty of Music and Conservatorium of Music (1957–1978)[edit]

  • The two institutions shared staff, budget and premises.
  • 1964 The Electronic music Studio is established under the direction of István Anhalt.
  • 1966 The McGill Conservatorium of Music becomes the McGill Preparatory School of Music.
  • 1968 Introduction of the MMA degree in music for composition and musicology.
  • 1970 Introduction of the MMA degree in music for theory.
  • 1970 The two institutions were separated, but remained under the same direction until 1978.
  • 1971 Both institutions moved to the Royal Victoria College, which was renovated and renamed the Strathcona Music Building.
  • 1975 Introduction of the MMA degree in performance.
  • 1975 The Pollack Concert Hall opened on April 10.
  • 1976-7 The Faculty's MMA degrees become the MMus in Composition, the MMus in Performance, the MA in Theory and the MA in Musicology.
  • 1978 The Preparatory School becomes the McGill Conservatory of Music.
  • 1978 The PhD programs in Musicology, Music Theory, and Music Education are introduced.
  • 1979 Introduction of the MMus in Sound Recording.
  • 1981 McGill becomes the first university in Canada to offer a BMus degree in jazz performance.
  • 1981 The Hellmuth Wolff organ, a French classical model with mechanical action, is inaugurated in Redpath Hall.
  • 1989 The McGill Opera Studio is renamed Opera McGill, with Bernard Turgeon as director and Timothy Vernon as conductor.
  • 2003 Construction begins on the new facilities for the Faculty of Music.
  • 2004 The Faculty of Music celebrates 100 Years of Music at McGill.

School Renamed - New Building[edit]

  • 2005 The New Music Building is opened and the Faculty of Music changes its name to the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.
  • 2008 Renovations begin on the practice rooms located in the East Wing.
  • 2009 Renovations on the East Wing practice and ensemble rooms are completed.
  • 2010 Inaugural season of the McGill International String Quartet Academy

Latest Developments[edit]

  • 2015 New Music Building renamed the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building following McGill Alumna Elizabeth Wirth's landmark donation of $7.5 million

Faculty- Performance Department[edit]

The performance programs at The Schulich School of Music provide students with private lessons and performing opportunities in university ensembles, in addition to studies in the history and theory of music.

Early Music[edit]

Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Specialty
Weman Lena Area Chair/ Professor x x baroque flute
Beghin Tom Professor x forte piano
Bergeron Sylvain Mr. x lute
Guimond Claire Ms. x baroque flute
Jennejohn Matthew Mr. x baroque oboe/ cornetto
Kinslow Valerie Professor x voice- early music
Knox Hank Professor x x harpsichord
Lussier Mathieu Mr. x baroque bassoon
MacMillan Elizabeth Ms. x viola da gamba
Maute Matthias Mr. x recorder
Michaud Natalie Ms. x recorder
Napper Susie Ms. x baroque cello
Plouffe Helene Ms. x baroque viola/baroque violin
Simons Mark Mr. x early clarinet


Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Specialty
Bolduc Rémi Area Chair/ Professor x x saxophone
Amirault Greg Mr. x guitar
Bibace Kenneth Mr. x guitar
Bourassa François Mr. x piano
Clayton Greg Mr. x x guitar
Couture Jocelyn Mr. x trumpet
Dahlen Sienna Ms. x voice
Dean Kevin Professor x x trumpet
DiLauro Ron Mr. x trumpet
Doxas Dimitrios (Jim) Mr. x trumpet
Gauthier Mike Mr. x guitar
Gossage Dave Mr. x flute
Grott David Mr. x trombone
Hollenbeck John Professor x x drums
Hollins Fraser Mr. x bass
Jensen Christine Ms. x x saxophone
Jimenez Carlos Mr. x guitar
Johnston Jeffrey Mr. x piano
Kennedy Donny Mr. x x saxophone
Laing David Mr. x drums
Lambert Michel Mr. x drums
Lee Ranee Ms. x voice
Lozano Frank Mr. x saxophone
Mahar William (Bill) Mr. x trumpet
McCann Chris Mr. x drums
McLean Allan Mr. x saxophone
Miller Joel Mr. x saxophone
Novak Bohadanna Ms. x voice
Pilc Jean-Michel Professor x x piano
Stevenson Françios Mr. x vibraphone
Suh Min-Jung Ms. x n/a
Sullivan Joe Professor x x trumpet
Tremblay Lisanne Ms. x violin
Trottier Jean-Nicolas Mr. x x trombone
Turner David Mr. x saxophone
Walkington Alec Mr. x x bass
White Andre Professor x x drums/piano


Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Specialty
Stoelzel Richard Area Chair/ Professor x trumpet
Beaudry Pierre Mr. x bass trombone
Box James Professor x trombone
Cazes Allain Professor x tuba/ euphonium
Derome Denys Mr. x french horn
DeVuyst Russell Professor x trumpet
Dix Trevor Mr. x x trombone
Gaudreault Jean Professor x french horn
Howle Austin Mr. x tuba
Johnson Alexander (Sasha) Mr. x tuba
Merkelo Paul Mr. x trumpet
Miller Dennis Professor x brass
Richer Patrice Mr. x trombone
Zirbel John Professor x french horn


Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Specialty
Leclair Jacqueline Area Chair/ Professor x x oboe
Aldrich Dimon Mr. x clarinet
Baskin Theodore Professor x oboe
Bluteau Denis Mr. x flute
Christie Carolyn Professor x flute
Cope Todd Mr. x clarinet
Desgagné Alain Mr. x clarinet
Dumouchel Michael Mr. x clarinet
Freeman Peter Mr. x x saxophone
Hutchins Timothy Professor x flute
Kestenberg Abe Professor x saxophone
Leclair Marie-Chantal Ms. x saxophone
Levesque Stéphane Professor x bassoon
Mangrum Martin Dr. x bassoon
Normand Jean-François Mr. x clarinet
Roy Jocelyne Ms. x flute
Shuter Cindy Ms. x flute

Strings and Harp[edit]

Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Specialty
Strauss Axel Area Chair/ Professor x violin
Antonio Garry Dr. x x guitar
Azar Andrée Ms. x violin
Chappel Eric Mr. x double bass
Dann Steven Professor x viola
Dobby Timothy Mr. x guitar
Dolin Elizabeth Professor x cello
Ducharme Jérôme Mr. x guitar
Dyachkov Yegor Mr. x cello
Feltham Scott Mr. x double bass
Fewer Mark Professor x violin
Haimovitz Matt Professor x cello
Lambert Frederic Mr. x viola
Mallette Marcelle Ms. x violin
Manker Brain Mr. x cello
McNabney Douglas Professor x x viola
Moye Felicia Professor x violin
Read Alexander Mr. x violin
Roberts Richard Professor x violin
Robinson Brian Professor x double bass
Roy André Professor x viola
Swartz Jennifer Professor x harp
Wan Andrew Mr. x violin
Yazdanfar Ali Mr. x double bass


Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Specialty
Ericsson Hans-Ola Area Chair/ Professor x organ
Oldengarm Jonathon Mr. x n/a


Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Specialty
Huang Aiyun Professor x percussion
Marandola Fabrice Professor x percussion
Mativetsky Shawn Mr. x percussion techniques
Malashenko Andrei Mr. x percussion


Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Speicalty
Hashimoto Kyoko Area chair/ Professor x piano
Davidson Tom Professor x x piano
Gavrilova Julia Ms. x x piano
Harboyan Patil Mr. x piano
Karlicek Martin Mr. x piano
Laimon Sara Professor x piano
Lemelin Stéphane Professor x piano
McMahon Michael Professor x collaborative piano (A. Diploma and Graduate Only)
Marchand Jean Mr. x collaborative piano
Mdivani Marina Professor x piano
Poletaev Ilya Professor x piano
Zuk Luba Professor x piano


Last Name First Name Title Course Lecturer? Practical Instructor? Specialty
Kinslow Valerie Area Chair/ Professor
Algieri Stefano Professor Instructor voice
Diamond Louise Ms. Vocal Coach undergraduate voice repetiteur
Godin Oliver Mr. Vocal Coach graduate voice coach/ undergraduate voice repetiteur
Gonthier Esther Ms. Vocal Coach graduate voice coach
Heppner Ben Professor Voacl Coach voice
Koch Elizabeth Ms. x voice
Kolomyjec Joanna Professor Instructor voice
Kutan Aline Ms. Instructor voice
Labelle Dominique Professor Instructor voice
McLean Pierre Mr. Vocal Coach undergraduate voice repetiteur
McMahon Michael Professor Vocal Coach graduate voice coach
Nigrim Dana Ms. Instructor undergraduate voice repetiteur
Patterson Jonathan Mr. x voice
Pelletier Louise Ms. Instructor undergraduate voice repetiteur
Popescu Annamaria Ms. Instructor voice
Purdy Winston Professor Instructor voice
Scarfone Marie-Eve Ms. Vocal Coach undergraduate voice repetiteur
Strauss Anja Ms. x Instructor voice
Sylvan Sanford Professor Instructor voice


Last Name First Name Title Practical Instructor? Ensemble Conducted
Hansen Patrick Professor Opera
Bourgogne Guillaume Professor x Contemporary Music Ensemble
Cazes Alain Professor x Wind Symphony
Hargreaves Stephen Professor x Opera
Hauser Alexis Professor x McGill Symphony Orchestra
Vallée Jean-Sébastien Professor Choral
Knox Hank Professor Baroque Orchestra
Kinslow Valerie Professor Capella Antiqua
Sullivan Joe Professor Jazz Ensemble 1
Di Lauro Ron Mr. Jazz Ensemble2

Faculty- Music Research Department[edit]

The department of Music Research oversees the following departments:


Last Name First Name Title
Bouliane Denys Mr.
Ferguson Sean Professor
Hui Melissa Dr.
Leroux Philippe Professor
Lesage Jean Area Chair/ Professor
Rea John Professor


Last Name First Name Title
Abbot Patricia Ms
Boucher Helene Ms.
Cossette Isabelle Dr.
Feher Irene Ms.
Lorenzino Lisa Area Chair/ Professor

Music Technology[edit]

Last Name First Name Title
Depalle Philippe Professor
Fujinaga Ichiro Professor
Scavone Gary Area Chair/ Dr.

Music Theory[edit]

Last Name First Name Title
Biamonte Nicole Professor
Caplin William Professor
Harman Christopher Mr.
Hasegawa Robert Area Chair/ Professor
Kok Roe-Min Professor
Neidhofer Christoph Professor
Wild Jonathon Professor


Last Name First Name Title
Asly Monica Ms.
Davidson Thomas Area Chair/ Professor
De Castro Margaret Emily Ms.
Guzik John Mr.
Kovacs Jolan Ilona Dr.
Mariner Justin Mr.
Mather Pierrette Ms.
Petit-Homme Frédéricka Ms.


Last Name First Name Title
Barg Lisa Professor
Brackett David Professor
Cain Jerry Mr.
Cherney Brian Professor
Cumming Julie Professor
Huebner Steven Area Chair/ Professor
Schubert Peter Professor
Stubley Elanor Professor
Whitesell Lloyd Professor

Sound Recording[edit]

Last Name First Name Title
Clemens-Seely James Mr.
De Francisco Martha Area Chair/ Professor
King Richard Mr.
Massenburg George Mr.
Mitchell Geoffrey Mr.
Woszczyk Wieslaw Professor

Degrees and programs[edit]


Undergraduate Programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
    • Music Education [available only as a component of the concurrent BMus/BEd program]
    • Performance (Keyboard, Voice, Orchestral)
    • Performance Church Music
    • Early Music Performance
    • Jazz Performance (piano, voice, guitar, bass, sax, trumpet, trombone, drums)
    • Faculty Program General
    • Faculty Program Jazz
  • Licentiate in Music (LMus)

The diploma of Licentiate in Music is a three-year program for instrumentalists and singers who want to focus on their practical skills, and limit their theoretical and historical studies. The performance level expected is above that of a bachelor's degree.

For students who want a broader liberal arts education, a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music is also available. The Schulich School of Music believes that students should get a "substantial proportion of their instruction from full-time professorial staff rather than from teaching assistants."[1] The Music Research Department organizes public lectures every year and sponsored conventions for major musical societies. See Special Events and Conferences.

Graduate Programs[edit]

  • Master of Music (MMus)
    • Collaborative Piano (M.Mus.)
    • Conducting (M.Mus.)
    • Early Music (M.Mus.)
    • Jazz Performance (M.Mus.)
    • Opera and Voice (M.Mus.)
    • Orchestral Instruments & Guitar (M.Mus.)
    • Organ & Church Music (M.Mus.)
    • Piano (M.Mus.)
  • Artist Diploma

The highest diploma at the Schulich School of Music, the artist diploma is expected to open at the graduate level for the September 2016 term.

This 1 year program is tailored for artist performers wishing to achieve the highest level of artistry in their craft through intensive coaching, practicing and performance projects. Candidates are preparing for stage careers as soloists and orchestral musicians, opera singers, collaborative pianists, and chamber ensembles.

The flexible program requirements have a range of performance options relevant to the diverse opportunities of the modern artist (chamber, recording, creative collaborations).

Music Research[edit]

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Graduate Programs[edit]

  • Master of Music (MMus)
    • Music Composition (M.Mus.)
    • Music Education (M.A.)
    • Musicology (M.A.)
    • Music Technology (M.A.)
    • Music Theory (M.A.)
    • Sound Recording (M.Mus.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A)
    • Music Education
    • Music Technology
    • Musicology
    • Theory Music
  • Doctor of Music (DMus)
    • Music Composition (D.Mus.)
    • Music Composition (Ph.D.)
    • Music Education (Ph.D.)
    • Musicology (Ph.D.)
    • Music Technology (Ph.D.)
    • Music Theory (Ph.D.)
    • Sound Recording (Ph.D.)
    • Gender & Women's Studies (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Composition
    • Music Education
    • Music Technology
    • Musicology
    • Sound Recording
    • Theory

Performing ensembles[edit]


  • McGill Symphony Orchestra (MGSO)
  • Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME)
  • McGill Wind Symphony (MWS)
  • Baroque Orchestra
  • Beethoven Orchestra

Orchestral Training Program[edit]

The Orchestral Training Program (OTP) is for students studying an orchestral instrument. The McGill Symphony Orchestra, which is conducted by Alexis Hauser, is the most senior orchestra for the university.


  • Jazz Orchestra I
  • Jazz Orchestra II
  • Jazz Combo
  • Chamber Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Vocal Workshop (Jazz Choir)


  • Opera McGill
  • Schulich School Singers
  • University Chorus
  • Cappella Antica

Opera McGill[edit]

Opera McGill was hailed by Opera Canada magazine as "the premiere program in Canada."[2] Since the appointment of Patrick Hansen to Director of Opera Studies, Opera McGill has undergone many changes. In an interview with La Scena Musicale magazine Hansen said: "My focus here, is to figure out the strengths and weakness of the program and how to make it absolutely one of the best in the world."[3] Every year, Opera McGill produces at least three operas on the Pollack Hall stage. During the past four years, the Lisl Wirth Black Box Festival has seen productions of "Albert Herring", "La Rondine", "Dialogues des Carmelites", and "Hänsel und Gretel". For the mainstage, productions of classic opera repertoire have included "Così fan tutte", "The Rape of Lucretia", "The Rake's Progress", and "La bohème". Each year, Opera McGill collaborates with the Early Music Program at Schulich to produce a baroque opera (accompanied by period instruments and in period tunings). The last four years have seen productions of "Alcina", "Thésée", "Agrippina", and "Imeneo".


The Schulich School of Music has two main buildings on campus. The Strathcona Music Building and the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building.

The Strathcona Music Building was originally home to the Royal Victoria College, the women's College of McGill University. Presently, the building has two wings referred to as the Center Wing and the East Wing. The Center Wing is home to a concert hall (Pollack Hall), a small recital hall (Clara Lichenstein Recital Hall), a large lecture room, teaching studios, class rooms and ensemble rehearsal spaces. Pollack Hall is the largest performance venue at the Schulich School of Music with over 600 seats. The East Wing is situated in the middle of the Center wing of the Stracona Music Building and the New Music Building. The basement of the East Wing is home to the Music Undergraduate Students' Association office, the students' newspaper office (The Phonograph) and a student cafeteria. The second, third, four and fifth floors which normally house the teaching assistants' offices and the practice rooms for instrumentalists, pianist and vocalists are currently being renovated.

The Elizabeth Wirth Music Building (EWMB) (previously the New Music Building) was built in 2005 thanks to a $20 million gift from McGill grad Seymour Schulich. The building has 8 floors above ground and two below ground. The bottom floor is known as -2 (minus 2) and is home to the Wirth Opera Studio (named after Manfred and Eliza Wirth), the Music Multimedia Room (MMR) as well as smaller recording studios. The first floor is home to a spacious lobby. On the first and the second floor are entrances to Tanna Schulich Hall, an intimate performance venue which seats 187 people. The third, fourth and fifth floor of the EWMB are home to the Marvin Duchow Music Library. The Gertrude Whitley Performance Library and the Music Student Computer Room, which was updated during the fall of 2008, can also be found on the fifth floor. The sixth floor is reserved for faculty office spaces. The seventh floor is the home of the Schulich School of Music administration and the 8th floor is home to CIRMMT. On April 30, 2015, the building was officially inaugurated as the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, thanks to a donation of $7.5 million from McGill Alumna Elizabeth Wirth.

Recitals and concerts are also frequently held at Redpath Hall on McGill University's main campus.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology[edit]

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology is known as CIRMMT, pronounced "kermit". CIRMMT is a multi-disciplinary research centre involving researchers at McGill University, the University of Montreal and the University of Sherbrooke. The centre hosts six state-of-the-art research labs on the eighth floor of the New Music Building. The Centre's research axes are:

  • sound modeling, acoustics and signal processing;
  • musical gestures, devices and motion capture;
  • musical information archiving and retrieval;
  • multimodal immersive systems;
  • music perception and cognition;
  • expanded musical practice.

Student associations[edit]


The Music Undergraduate Students' Association, also known as MUSA, actively represents the undergraduate student body of the Schulich School of Music.[4] Among other activities, the MUSA is responsible for the Musicians' Health Series which presents participatory and informational workshops that are of interest to musicians in training. It is made possible by funding from the Music Undergraduate Students' Association and the Schulich School of Music.


Yoga for Musicians

  • Excelling in performance through proper alignment and breath. Offered twice weekly during both Fall and Winter Semesters

Alexander Technique

  • An introductory workshop to explore the basic principles of the Alexander Technique and its applications to music performance.


The Music Graduate Students' Society, also known as MGSS, represents the graduate student body of the Schulich School of Music.

Notable people[edit]


Many of its alumni have gone on to distinguished careers. Among them are:

Schulich Visiting Scholar and Catherine Thornhill-Steele Chair[edit]


Dorothy Morton Visiting Artist:

Year of Woodwinds:


Brass Year:


Schulich Ambassadors[edit]

The Schulich Ambassador Program consists of a select group of student leaders who serve as contacts for prospective students, visitors and friends of the Schulich School of Music. Prospective students may contact the recruitment office and request a tour of the music facilities.


The Schulich School of Music's Golden Violin Award is the largest privately funded music scholarship in Canada. The prize is $20,000 and is awarded to the top string player who is close to completing studies and has demonstrated the potential for a successful performing career.

The Golden Violin, made of pewter and gold plate, remains on permanent display in McGill’s Marvin Duchow Music Library. Its recipients, chosen by the McGill scholarships committee, receive a smaller likeness in the form of a 14-karat gold lapel pin.

Special events and conferences[edit]

  • The Schulich School of Music presents approximately 650 concerts a year.[5]
  • For 30 years, the McGill/CBC concert series has delivered music to audiences across Canada.[6] It is reported to be the longest university/radio concert series in Canadian history.[citation needed]
  • For the last five years, the school has hosted a contemporary music festival called the MusiMarch Festival. This year, American composer John Adams will be among the 200 musicians participating in the festival.[7][8]


  • October: The Schulich School of Music is a partner of the Canadian International Organ Competition.
  • November: The Schulich School of Music hosts the 69th edition of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Standard Life Competition. Among the other guest teachers, soprano Renata Scotto conducts a master class.
  • August: The Schulich School of Music will host the 2009 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2009).


  • May: The Schulich School of Music hosts an Arnold Schoenberg Exhibit and Symposium to discuss the composer's legacy on form.
  • June: The Schulich School of Music hosts the 13th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD).


  • October: The Schulich School of Music hosts the sixth annual Future of Music Policy Summit in conjunction with Pop Montreal.


Photo gallery[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Elizabeth Wirth gives $7.5M to Schulich School of Music

McGill's new music lab (The Gazette)

Did you know: Facts about McGill's internationally ranked music program (

Seymour Schulich's golden encore (

McGill University Celebrates 100 Years of Music (La Scena Musicale)

POP MONTREAL: McGill to host sixth annual Future of Music Policy Summit (McGill Tribune)


  1. ^ Schulich School of Music Quote
  2. ^ Opera Canada Quote
  3. ^ Patrick Hansen Fine-Tunes Opera McGill p.52 La Scena Musicale by Nisa Malli. November 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
  4. ^ Music Undergraduate Students' Association Website Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Concerts p.3 Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  6. ^ 30th Annual McGill/CBC Concert Series
  7. ^ MusiMars Website
  8. ^ MusiMars Information

External links[edit]

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