Homecoming Weekend

Before you know it, Western's 2019 Homecoming Weekend will be here – October 18-20, 2019. We hope you can join us!  The Don Wright Faculty of Music Alumni Concert will feature an Alumni Choir. Our guest conductors are Rod Culham (Class of '84) and Lydia Kendell (Class of '04), along with accompanist Andrew Petrasiunas (Class of '84).

> Looking for more information about Western's Homecoming overall? Visit Western Alumni's main Homecoming webpage.

2019 Agenda

For complete Alumni Choir details, including suggestions for repertoire (due June 14, 2019) and to register as a choir member, visit www.westernconnect.ca/music  Since rehearsal time is limited, the repertoire chosen will be "sight-readable." No choir experience necessary! Pre-registration is required for Alumni Concert participants.

Friday, October 18

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. - Jazz Ensemble - alumni are welcome to watch the Jazz Ensemble perform for members of the Western/OBA Intermediate Honour Band (PDT)
7:30 p.m. – Concert: Les Choristes and St. Cecilia Singers* (SPB) - $10/advance $15/door (cash only)

Saturday, October 19

9:30 a.m. – Alumni Choir Registration (MB 114) – coffee, tea and water provided
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Alumni Choir Rehearsal (vKH)
12:00 p.m. – Alumni Choir Lunch (MB 114 and MB Lobby) – provided for choir members
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. – Tour/Q&A with students (meet in MB lobby)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - FIMS Homecoming 2019: Media Arts - alumni panel discussion moderated by faculty member Norma Coates (FIMS/Nursing building)
1:00 p.m. – Football game (Ottawa vs. Western)
2:45 p.m. – Western/OBA Intermediate Honour Band concert (PDT)
3:30 p.m. – Alumni Choir Warm up (vKH)
4:00 p.m. – Alumni Choir Concert (vKH) - public concert, all are welcome to attend
5:00 p.m. – Alumni Reception (Lobby MB)
7:30 p.m. – Concert: Chorale and Western University Singers* (FSA) - $10/advance $15/door (cash only)

*Advance ticket purchase recommended for ticketed events.

Venue Guide

FSA - First St. Andrews United Church, 350 Queens Ave, London
PDT - Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College (TC)
SPB - St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Ave, London
vKH - von Kuster Hall, Music Building (MB)

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Questions? Want to get involved in 2019 reunion activities?

For additional reunion information, including Alumni Choir inquiries and fundraising support, please contact Karmen Ferraro, Alumni and Development Officer, Don Wright Faculty of Music by phone 519-661-2111 ext. 85695 or email karmen.ferraro@uwo.ca

Student Concert inquiries? Call 519-661-3767 or email musicevents@uwo.ca

View Past Homecoming Events

Homecoming 2018

Homecoming 2018 – combined with the exciting celebration of the Grand Opening of our new Music Building – was one for the books! With more than 1,000 people attending events throughout the weekend, we were honoured to welcome alumni and special guests home to the Don Wright Faculty of Music for an incredible weekend of reminiscing and celebration. Extraordinary Canadian soprano and alumna Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus'85, DMus'12, treated alumni, students and friends to a concert, Q&A session, and two generous masterclasses. More than 40 alumni and students united in song for the Alumni Choir Concert under the leadership of guest conductors Bob Anderson, BMus'77, BEd'78, and Carol Beynon, BMus'71, DipEd'72, MEd'83. Students were on hand to give tours of the new Music Building, and help alumni find their class composites on the walls of Talbot College. Concerts continued with a packed house for Friday night’s Wind Ensemble performance, and Sunday’s Faculty Concert Series.

View Homecoming photos (Flickr)

View Pieczonka masterclass photos (Flickr)

View Alumni Choir Concert (video - YouTube)

Homecoming 2017

With the backdrop of perfect weather, Homecoming 2017 showcased our music alumni talent and achievements!

On Friday night, we honoured our Alumni Wall of Fame Award recipients Clark Bryan, BMus’90, MMus’92 and Lori Burns, BMus’84 at the Alumni Awards Dinner. Then our alumni were up bright and early on Saturday, to rehearse for their band and choir performances in our fourth annual Alumni Concert. It was our most successful Homecoming concert, with more than 70 alumni returning to the stage on campus, in the Paul Davenport Theatre. We were delighted to welcome alumni Gwyn Beynon (Class of '67) and Linda Wharton (Class of '82) as the band conductors, and Glenda Crawford (Class of '81) and Darryl Edwards (Class of '83) as the choir conductors.

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Homecoming Alumni Band 2017

Homecoming Alumni Choir 2017

Reunion Weekend 2016

This year's Homecoming reunited our Music alumni, faculty, staff and students for a number of wonderful events during our last weekend of September 2016.

This year we kicked off our Homecoming Celebration with our Fridays @ 12:30 faculty concert featuring Double-Double Duo: Kornel Wolak, clarinet/piano; Michael Bridge, accordions/piano. Friday evening was our annual Alumni Awards Dinner where we celebrated the recipients of this years' Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame Awards: Thérèse Gadoury, BA’73 (Honors Music) and Kevin McMillan, BMus’83. During the day Saturday, we reunited in song to rehearse for our 3rd annual Alumni choir concert which we performed at 4 p.m., along with Musica Quinta (faculty brass quintet). This year's performance was dedicated in memory of the late Don McKellar, followed by a post-concert reception. On Sunday afternoon we were treated to a lively Faculty Concert: Pianopalooza, featuring all of our piano faculty united at two keyboards in combinations of 2 pianos 4 hands, 2 pianos 8 hands and even 1 piano 8 hands, performing works by Ravel, Debussy, Rossini and Saint-Saëns to name a few.


Homecoming 2015

This year's Homecoming gathered together our Music alumni, faculty, staff and students for a number of wonderful events during our last weekend of September 2016.

On Thursday evening we kicked off our Homecoming Celebration with a Concert by Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning baroque orchestra. Friday brought us two events: our first Fridays @ 12:30 faculty concert of the year featuring Patricia Green, voice; Anne Thompson, flute; and percussionist Jayden Beaudoin, Western grad; and Friday evening, our annual Alumni Awards Dinner where we celebrated the recipients of this years' Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame Awards: Tomson Highway, BMus'75, DMus'93; and Brenda Zadorsky, BMus'74, Dip Ed'75. Throughout the day Saturday, we came together in music to rehearse for our 2nd annual Alumni band and choir concert which we gave Saturday evening, followed by a reception. On Sunday afternoon we were graced with a Faculty Concert featuring seventeen of our esteemed faculty members performing works by: Luciano Berio, Bohuslav Martinu and Francis Poulenc.


Homecoming 2014

15,000 Western alumni, beautiful fall weather, a Mustangs triumph over the Toronto Varsity Blues on the football field, and more than 30 events campus-wide combined to make Homecoming 2014 a weekend to remember.

Music alumni, faculty, staff and students attended a number of events over the weekend. On Friday we celebrated with Cameron Porter, BMus’80, and Raymond Tizzard, BMus’77, MMus’82, as they received the Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame Awards. Family, friends and colleagues were on hand to applaud their achievements. Saturday brought over 70 musicians together to sing and play at our first ever Homecoming Concert – one which we hope builds into a Music Homecoming tradition. And, on Sunday we once again opened our doors to a cross-faculty panel event hosted by CBC’s Paul Kennedy, who led a discussion that explored the value of a university degree.


Homecoming Band 2014 - 1 of 2

Homecoming Band 2014 - 2 of 2

Homecoming Choir 2014 - 1 of 2

Homecoming Choir 2014 - 2 of 2

Contact Information

Karmen Ferraro
Alumni and Development Officer
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext.85695
E-mail: karmen.ferraro@uwo.ca