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.
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Planning is already underway for 2019 Homecoming celebrations! Mark your calendars and plan to come back October 18 - October 20, 2019.
> Looking for more information about Western's Homecoming? Visit Western Alumni's main Homecoming webpage.
Questions? Want to get involved in 2019 reunion activities?
For additional reunion information, including fundraising support, please contact Karmen Ferraro, Alumni and Development Officer, Don Wright Faculty of Music by phone 519-661-2111 ext. 85695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 1967) and Linda Wharton (Class of 1982) as the band conductors, and Glenda Crawford (Class of 1981) and Darryl Edwards (Class of 1983) as the choir conductors.
Homecoming Alumni Band 2017
Homecoming Alumni Choir 2017
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.
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.
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
Alumni and Development Officer
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext.85695