Before you know it, Western's 2017 Homecoming Weekend will be here – October 20-22, 2017. We hope you can join us! The Don Wright Faculty of Music Alumni Concert will feature an Alumni Choir and Band. We are delighted to welcome alumni Gwyn Beynon (Class of 1967) and Linda Wharton (Class of 1982) as the band conductors, and Darryl Edwards (Class of 1983) as the choir conductor. Stay tuned for more details as they are confirmed!
> Looking for more information about Western's Homecoming plans? Visit Western Alumni's main Homecoming webpage.
Western is honoured to host the 2017 Seventh Biennial Meeting of the Mozart Society of America: Mozart and Modernity from October 20-22, 2017. These conferences explore various themes in Mozart studies through papers, panel discussions, library- or museum-sponsored exhibitions, and performances. Full schedule TBA. For conference information, visit the MSA website.
12:30 p.m. Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series (von Kuster Hall, Music Building) - program TBA - free admission, no registration required
5:30 p.m. Alumni Awards Dinner (The Great Hall, Somerville House) - registration available in late spring
This year's Don Wright Faculty of Music Alumni Wall of Fame Award recipients will be announced over the summer. Nominations are welcomed until May 11, 2017. Submit your nomination today!
10:00 a.m. – Coffee and registration
10:30 a.m. – Alumni Concert rehearsal - online registration will be available by May 1
12:00 p.m. – Lunch break for choir and band performers
1:00 p.m. – Football game, student-led building tours (drop-in from 1 - 3 p.m. - meeting place TBC), or free time
4:00 p.m. – Alumni Concert (Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College) All are welcome to attend. See you there!
5:00 p.m. – Post-concert Reception - free for all performers and audience members.
We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for your reunion!
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 Alumi choir concert which we performed at 4 p.m., along with Musica Quinta (faculty brass quintet). This year's performancw 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.
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 Alumi 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.
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.
Check out the Saturday Choir and Band performance videos and Flickr Group photos below.
Please click on the photo or here to view Music Homecoming photos on Flickr!