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McKellar mourned by Western community

McKellar mourned by Western community

The Western community is mourning the death of Don McKellar, former Faculty of Music Associate Dean and music pioneer, who died Sunday, Aug. 28. He was 90. Born and raised in St. Thomas, Ont., McKellar taught secondary school music in Ottawa after graduating from the...

Young alumnus goes ‘West’ to find the world

Young alumnus goes ‘West’ to find the world

Western alumnus John Yun, MMus ’12, recently landed a performance and Associate Conductor role in the international tour of ‘West Side Story.’ This 40-plus-week tour will play major opera houses and theaters across Europe and Asia.

McBean off to National Music Festival

McBean off to National Music Festival

Violist Katie McBean is heading to Edmonton next month to compete at the National Music Festival, hosted annually by the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF). McBean, a fourth-year BMus (Music Education) student in Don Wright Faculty of Music professor Sharon...

Alumnus breaks silence on improv film career

Alumnus breaks silence on improv film career

Bringing Haydn and Beethoven to life, in famed concert halls around the world, is nothing new for Bruce Vogt, BMus’73. You’d expect it, actually, from the classically trained pianist. But Vogt’s alter ego brings different classics to life – namely silent films on the...

Choir uses music to bridge culture, memory

Choir uses music to bridge culture, memory

Danxu Ma, a Music Education master’s student, has hit a high note in the London Chinese community as the founder of the London Chinese Intergenerational Choir. Ma came to Western from Beijing, China, in 2014 and experienced feelings of anxiety over the cultural...

Aldrich: Music mentor deserves recognition

Aldrich: Music mentor deserves recognition

I am interested in your recent profiles of distinguished alumni. In the case of Stephan Moccio (“Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods,” Jan. 14, and “Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees,” Feb. 5). I must protest the omission, as far as I can find in your...

Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees

Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees

Western faculty and alumni will compete against the brightest stars in the Canadian music universe after garnering a number of nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards. Stephan Moccio, BMus’94, had multiple credits, from keyboards to co-writing, on Album of the Year...

Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods

Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods

Hollywood’s awards season continues to celebrate Western alumni Emma Donoghue and Stephan Moccio. Donoghue, DLitt’13, has been nominated for an Academy Award, in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay, for the page-to-screen adaptation of her acclaimed novel Room....

Lessons learned from his year at the keys

Lessons learned from his year at the keys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrp1fK8Gtqc For pianist David Chodoriwsky, BMus’05, 2015 was a challenging year of his own making. In a pledge of self-accountability, Chodoriwsky decided to memorize a new piece of music every week of the year, record it on video and...

Researchers view music ed through new lens

Researchers view music ed through new lens

Educators have always stressed music’s ability to transform individuals – especially youth. But this well-meaning approach has been delivered traditionally in a limited manner, one which promotes a particular set of musical practices and traditions. This approach has...

McKellar mourned by Western community

McKellar mourned by Western community

The Western community is mourning the death of Don McKellar, former Faculty of Music Associate Dean and music pioneer, who died Sunday, Aug. 28. He was 90. Born and raised in St. Thomas, Ont., McKellar taught secondary school music in Ottawa after graduating from the...

Young alumnus goes ‘West’ to find the world

Young alumnus goes ‘West’ to find the world

Western alumnus John Yun, MMus ’12, recently landed a performance and Associate Conductor role in the international tour of ‘West Side Story.’ This 40-plus-week tour will play major opera houses and theaters across Europe and Asia.

McBean off to National Music Festival

McBean off to National Music Festival

Violist Katie McBean is heading to Edmonton next month to compete at the National Music Festival, hosted annually by the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF). McBean, a fourth-year BMus (Music Education) student in Don Wright Faculty of Music professor Sharon...

Alumnus breaks silence on improv film career

Alumnus breaks silence on improv film career

Bringing Haydn and Beethoven to life, in famed concert halls around the world, is nothing new for Bruce Vogt, BMus’73. You’d expect it, actually, from the classically trained pianist. But Vogt’s alter ego brings different classics to life – namely silent films on the...

Choir uses music to bridge culture, memory

Choir uses music to bridge culture, memory

Danxu Ma, a Music Education master’s student, has hit a high note in the London Chinese community as the founder of the London Chinese Intergenerational Choir. Ma came to Western from Beijing, China, in 2014 and experienced feelings of anxiety over the cultural...

Aldrich: Music mentor deserves recognition

Aldrich: Music mentor deserves recognition

I am interested in your recent profiles of distinguished alumni. In the case of Stephan Moccio (“Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods,” Jan. 14, and “Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees,” Feb. 5). I must protest the omission, as far as I can find in your...

Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees

Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees

Western faculty and alumni will compete against the brightest stars in the Canadian music universe after garnering a number of nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards. Stephan Moccio, BMus’94, had multiple credits, from keyboards to co-writing, on Album of the Year...

Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods

Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods

Hollywood’s awards season continues to celebrate Western alumni Emma Donoghue and Stephan Moccio. Donoghue, DLitt’13, has been nominated for an Academy Award, in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay, for the page-to-screen adaptation of her acclaimed novel Room....

Lessons learned from his year at the keys

Lessons learned from his year at the keys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrp1fK8Gtqc For pianist David Chodoriwsky, BMus’05, 2015 was a challenging year of his own making. In a pledge of self-accountability, Chodoriwsky decided to memorize a new piece of music every week of the year, record it on video and...

Researchers view music ed through new lens

Researchers view music ed through new lens

Educators have always stressed music’s ability to transform individuals – especially youth. But this well-meaning approach has been delivered traditionally in a limited manner, one which promotes a particular set of musical practices and traditions. This approach has...