Don Wright Faculty of Music
Temertys to grads: Persevere, give back

Temertys to grads: Persevere, give back

As philanthropists Jim and Louise Temerty see it, the most important thing is to give back. During the morning session of Western’s 312th Convocation, they urged graduates to persevere and give their time.

Western atop world in Undergraduate Awards

Western atop world in Undergraduate Awards

By Kristine Dundas, Western Communications  A passion for translating research to patient care has led Tiffany Ni, BMSc’18, to the top of the world. Ni was recently named a Global Winner in the Medical Sciences category of The 2018 Undergraduate Awards for her thesis...

Researcher riffs off brain’s role in improvisation

Researcher riffs off brain’s role in improvisation

When you think improvisation, your mind may turn to the likes of John Coltrane or Oscar Peterson. While these giants played traditionally composed tunes, they never seemed to play them the same way twice. Like other masters of musical improvisation, they felt free to...

Piano Project has been music to student’s ears

Piano Project has been music to student’s ears

You can’t miss them. With their vibrant colours, painted abstract shapes and flowering inspiration, Steven Wolfe said it’s probably harder not try and tickle the ivories a bit.

Book explores Cold War and American music

Book explores Cold War and American music

For American composers seeking a unique, American sound, the reverberations of the Cold War were palpable. As Emily Abrams Ansari sees it, the tension between the East and West transformed the nation’s music as it indelibly affected those who produced it.

Music educator: Arts, music need political champions

Music educator: Arts, music need political champions

The plight of music teachers has fallen on Ontario politicians’ tone deaf ears, a Western Music professor contends. Despite ongoing public discussion about the importance of music education, many Ontario public school students will never get to experience the joy of...

Singers urged to be kind to their inner voice

Singers urged to be kind to their inner voice

Opera singer Bethany Hynes, a Don Wright Faculty of Music graduate student, asks her peers a simple question: what does your voice mean to you? “Singers think about their voice a lot – how they function, how they sound and what it says about them as people,” she says....

Teaching Fellows promote new thinking

Teaching Fellows promote new thinking

Western’s Teaching Fellows are outstanding educators who, in partnership with the Teaching Support Centre, provide educational leadership to the university community through research on teaching and learning. Each Fellow develops, implements, and assesses the impact...

Bringing inter-generational music to the community

Bringing inter-generational music to the community

The atonal clatter of utensils on plates falls away to near-silence when Kristal Daniels, accompanying herself on grand piano, begins to sing a soulful Verdi love song. One elderly diner whispers to her table partner, “It is so lovely to have our own lunchtime...

Opera fundraiser floats cash to dragon boat team

Opera fundraiser floats cash to dragon boat team

Karen Shelstad never thought she’d be in the gym six days a week, much less be part of a world-champion dragon boat racing team heading to Hungary and Italy this July for an international competition. She also never thought she’d have breast cancer. But it was that...

Faculties to showcase interest in interdisciplinary research

Faculties to showcase interest in interdisciplinary research

The academic space is a diverse place, composed of various forms of evidence. Increasingly, the conversation around what constitutes evidence, and what type of evidence ought to be applied to bring change, has become a critical topic of discussion. These factors have...

Brazilian professor keys in on music education

Brazilian professor keys in on music education

Even in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, more than 8,600 kilometres from Western’s campus, Iuri Soares senses the public’s perception of music education as an option, a luxury. “Traditionally, music education is a low-status discipline, so I want to understand a...

Rising-star composer signs with top publisher

Rising-star composer signs with top publisher

As a pre-schooler, Sarah Quartel found music everywhere, even in the tuneless rattle of the refrigerator. “I used to sing along with the hum of the appliances and create melodies and harmonies from what I heard.” Today, Quartel, BMus’05, BEd’06, is one of Canada’s...

Best books of 2017, according to Western

Best books of 2017, according to Western

As 2017 winds down, Western News brings you a list of book recommendations from members of our campus community. Included are the year’s favourite reads from students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Newsmakers: The Poet

Newsmakers: The Poet

Erik Mandawe Erik Mandawe, BA’17 (Music), was recently named by the London Arts Council (LAC) as its first Artist in Residence in 2017. Like the music he creates, he is an ever-shifting landscape. He studied anthropology in Siberia and Toronto, graduated with a music...

Newsmakers: The Voice

Newsmakers: The Voice

Adrianne Pieczonka John A. Macdonald. Terry Fox. Frederick Banting. Bryan Adams. The Queen. Their likenesses have all appeared on a Canadian stamp. This year, Western alumna and Canadian opera singer Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus’85, DMus’12, joined them. In her 30-year...

Music alumna finds self, community in new venture

Music alumna finds self, community in new venture

Carolyn Holdsworth, BMus’01, MMus’03, is using her operatic voice in a new way – by singing the praises of her latest creative venture – what she refers to as “urban art wear.” Holdsworth is the founder of Me & C, a London-based, London-themed shirt company that...

Backing raises Voices among elite firms

Backing raises Voices among elite firms

It’s been a big year for Stephanie Ciccarelli and her business venture – perhaps the biggest yet. Thanks to one of the largest investments in the history of London’s tech industry, Voices.com, co-founded by Ciccarelli, BMusA’06, and her husband David, in 2005, is...