Brenda Ravenscroft named Dean of Music


Yesterday, the Board of Governors approved the appointment of Professor Brenda Ravenscroft as Dean of the Schulich School of Music. She has been a member of the Queen’s University music faculty since 1993.

For the love of music


Longtime McGill supporter and alumnus Graham Sommer, M.D., C.M.’72, has pledged $1 million to the university to fund a Canada-wide competition for young composers, providing an exciting forum for the creation of new musical works. The competition will be launched in 2017 to coincide with Canada’s 150th and Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.

World Voice Day returns to McGill

In Focus

For the second year in a row, McGill will be organizing activities around World Voice Day. On Friday, April 8, free voice screenings will be offered to the public. On Saturday, April 16, there will be a World Voice Day seminar that will include presentations related to voice and aging research from a variety of perspectives.

Chelsea Rus wins first Wirth Vocal Prize


On Feb. 7, Chelsea Rus was named the winner of the inaugural Wirth Vocal Prize. According to the Schulich School of Music’s website, the $25,000 prize is given to “an exceptional voice student… in recognition of outstanding accomplishment as a singer and significant promise for an international career.” Pretty heady stuff for any young singer – but especially so for Rus, who had never even heard an opera until her first year of college back home in Abbotsford, B.C.

The SMCQ honours John Rea


Dedicated to Schulich School of Music professor and composer John Rea, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec’s 2015-2016 season is filled with concerts presenting his works, including concerts by ensembles from Schulich.