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Ukrainian art song performances offer hope and healing 

Ukrainian art song performances offer hope and healing 

“…It makes no difference to me, if that son says a prayer or not. It makes great difference to me, that evil folk and wicked men, attack our Ukraine, once so free…” — Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet  For fourth-year music student Mykyta Duva …

Music student brings players to the battlefield

Music student brings players to the battlefield

Board game enthusiasts and history buffs alike can redetermine the fate of North America as they play out 16 different battles from the War of 1812 in a new strategy game developed by a Western student.

New Horizons Band bound for Poland

New Horizons Band bound for Poland

Some 35 members of Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music New Horizons Band are preparing for a tour in Poland, with stops in Wroclaw and Warsaw from July 2 to 12 to perform five free concerts. The trip marks the band’s seventh trip to Europe since 2005 and its first...

Classical music provides lens for Vietnam War

Classical music provides lens for Vietnam War

Emily Abrams Ansari may be an award-winning scholar, but the Don Wright Faculty of Music professor readily admits there are still things her students can teach her – and one of those things led to a Petro Canada Young Innovators Award. The idea started with “a...

Grad embraces her full experience at Western

Grad embraces her full experience at Western

Bingxin Jillian Yang came to Western for the beautiful campus, amazing programs and, above all, for the best student experience. She wasn’t disappointed come O-Week.

Hill: Stories guide us, console us, show us the way

Hill: Stories guide us, console us, show us the way

In celebration of his accomplished career as a novelist, essayist and memoirist, as well as his passion for social justice, Lawrence Hill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLITT), honoris causa, at the Monday morning session of Western’s 309th Convocation.

Grad checks degree off his ‘bucket list’

Grad checks degree off his ‘bucket list’

Timothy Lockwood started his degree in the late 80s. Today, he finally takes finishing it off his bucket list. Lockwood convocates this spring with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance.

Opera puts whaling history on stage

Opera puts whaling history on stage

Aiden Hartery is going to have ‘a whale of a time’ over the next year or so as he pens his first opera, the first musical work ever focused on Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Basque whalers of the 16th Century.

Opera revival embraces complexity of our history

Opera revival embraces complexity of our history

Canadian baritone James Westman embraces his role as neither all saint nor all sinner. In fact, it is the historically undersold complexity of the Father of Confederation that drew the Don Wright Faculty of Music lecturer into this role of a lifetime.

Faculties show importance of sharing research

Faculties show importance of sharing research

The inaugural FIMULAW Research Day last month, which brought together graduate students from the faculties of Music, Information and Media Studies (FIMS) and Law, was a resounding success. Through three panel presentations, lightning talks and poster presentations,...

Music students to play with National Youth Orchestra

Music students to play with National Youth Orchestra

Of 500 eager applicants, only 100 secure a highly-coveted space in the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Canada each year. This summer, Don Wright Faculty of Music string students Anna Grigg, Darren Mak, Dorothy Lin, Christian Wrona and Jillian Yang will join the...

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

“It was clear something was amiss,” said Harlin Braichet, looking back at his teenage-self growing up in Sarnia. “It hadn’t manifested itself completely, but once I got to university in the States, that’s when my behaviour became more and more erratic and I knew...

Beyond sound: Looking at the shape of music to understand composition

Beyond sound: Looking at the shape of music to understand composition

When you sing “Happy Birthday,” chances are you aren’t thinking much about the “shape” of the cheerful song. Music Theory PhD student Kristen Wallentinsen most definitely is. Her research is focused on mathematical representations of melodic contour, or shape, in...

Music student brings players to the battlefield

Music student brings players to the battlefield

Board game enthusiasts and history buffs alike can redetermine the fate of North America as they play out 16 different battles from the War of 1812 in a new strategy game developed by a Western student.

New Horizons Band bound for Poland

New Horizons Band bound for Poland

Some 35 members of Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music New Horizons Band are preparing for a tour in Poland, with stops in Wroclaw and Warsaw from July 2 to 12 to perform five free concerts. The trip marks the band’s seventh trip to Europe since 2005 and its first...

Classical music provides lens for Vietnam War

Classical music provides lens for Vietnam War

Emily Abrams Ansari may be an award-winning scholar, but the Don Wright Faculty of Music professor readily admits there are still things her students can teach her – and one of those things led to a Petro Canada Young Innovators Award. The idea started with “a...

Grad embraces her full experience at Western

Grad embraces her full experience at Western

Bingxin Jillian Yang came to Western for the beautiful campus, amazing programs and, above all, for the best student experience. She wasn’t disappointed come O-Week.

Hill: Stories guide us, console us, show us the way

Hill: Stories guide us, console us, show us the way

In celebration of his accomplished career as a novelist, essayist and memoirist, as well as his passion for social justice, Lawrence Hill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLITT), honoris causa, at the Monday morning session of Western’s 309th Convocation.

Grad checks degree off his ‘bucket list’

Grad checks degree off his ‘bucket list’

Timothy Lockwood started his degree in the late 80s. Today, he finally takes finishing it off his bucket list. Lockwood convocates this spring with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance.

Opera puts whaling history on stage

Opera puts whaling history on stage

Aiden Hartery is going to have ‘a whale of a time’ over the next year or so as he pens his first opera, the first musical work ever focused on Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Basque whalers of the 16th Century.

Opera revival embraces complexity of our history

Opera revival embraces complexity of our history

Canadian baritone James Westman embraces his role as neither all saint nor all sinner. In fact, it is the historically undersold complexity of the Father of Confederation that drew the Don Wright Faculty of Music lecturer into this role of a lifetime.

Faculties show importance of sharing research

Faculties show importance of sharing research

The inaugural FIMULAW Research Day last month, which brought together graduate students from the faculties of Music, Information and Media Studies (FIMS) and Law, was a resounding success. Through three panel presentations, lightning talks and poster presentations,...

Music students to play with National Youth Orchestra

Music students to play with National Youth Orchestra

Of 500 eager applicants, only 100 secure a highly-coveted space in the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Canada each year. This summer, Don Wright Faculty of Music string students Anna Grigg, Darren Mak, Dorothy Lin, Christian Wrona and Jillian Yang will join the...

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

“It was clear something was amiss,” said Harlin Braichet, looking back at his teenage-self growing up in Sarnia. “It hadn’t manifested itself completely, but once I got to university in the States, that’s when my behaviour became more and more erratic and I knew...

Beyond sound: Looking at the shape of music to understand composition

Beyond sound: Looking at the shape of music to understand composition

When you sing “Happy Birthday,” chances are you aren’t thinking much about the “shape” of the cheerful song. Music Theory PhD student Kristen Wallentinsen most definitely is. Her research is focused on mathematical representations of melodic contour, or shape, in...