Faculty of Music

Masterclasses and Special Guests

The following renowned artists are a sample of the masterclasses available to students and the general public throughout the year. Please check this page frequently for updates as more classes are confirmed.

For all "Voice Fridays" events, including some masterclasses, please visit the Voice Fridays home page.

To learn more about the Music Education Seminar Series, please visit the Seminar Series home page.

Additional events can also be found on our Artists in Residence page.

If you are a faculty member at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and would like to add more to this list, please email musicevents@uwo.ca with the details.

Masterclasses and Special Guests 2016-2017

Jason Cutmore, piano – September 23 - cancelled

Kornel Wolak, clarinet – September 29
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, 6pm, Studio 242
Polish-Canadian clarinetist, Kornel Wolak, is a freelance artist whose experience covers many continents, genres and creative projects including the jazz and classical Wolak-Donnelly Duo, with accordionist Michael Bridges (Double-Double Duo), and educational endeavours such as Music Mind Canada.

John O’Conor, piano – October 8
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, 11 a.m., Paul Davenport Theatre
Parsons and Poole Legacy concert and masterclass. Learn more.

Kathleen Kelly, opera conductor and coach – October 17, 18

David Rose, viola – November 9
Wednesday, November 9, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Studio 242
Masterclass with violist David Rose: Why Bach Makes You Better!

Duo Concertante, violin and piano – November 11
Friday, November 11, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Studio 242
Masterclass with Duo Concertante: Nancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, piano

Marie Bérard, violin – November 30
Wednesday, November 30, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., TC 101
Best known as the concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra (COC), Marie Bérard is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist, recording artist and teacher. She is a former member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has performed with a variety of smaller ensembles such as Amici, Array Music and New Music Concerts and is also a member of Trio Arkel as well as the ARC Ensemble which has toured in Europe, China and the United States and was twice nominated for a Grammy Award for their Sony recordings.

David Jalbert, piano January 28
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m., von Kuster Hall
Masterclass with Fred Pattison Piano Competition adjudicator: David Jalbert

Jeffrey Heisler, saxophone February 3
Friday, February 3, 2:30 - 4 p.m., Studio 242, Music Building
Saxophone masterclass with Dr. Jeffrey Heisler (part of Heisler-Yeh Duo)

I-Chen Yeh, piano February 3
Friday, February 3, 2:30 - 4 p.m., von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Piano masterclass with Dr. I-Chen Yeh (part of Heisler-Yeh Duo)

Elissa Lee, violin – February 6
Monday, February 6, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MB 341
Violin Masterclass with Elissa Lee.

Adam Unsworth, french horn March 15
Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 p.m., Studio 242
Horn Masterclass with Adam Unsworth, Associate Professor of Horn, University of Michigan.

Peter Vinograde, piano – March 20
Monday, March 20, 2-4 p.m., von Kuster Hall
Masterclass with Peter Vinograde, piano, an outstanding interpreter of J.S. Bach and contemporary composers. The masterclass follows Vinograd's public concert at 12:30 p.m. in von Kuster Hall. All are welcome.

Patchwork: Dr. Noa Even and Stephen Klunk, saxophone and drum set - March 25
Saturday, March 25, 1 - 3 p.m., Talbot College 101
Mutually interested in exploring a wide range of contemporary genres, Dr. Noa Even (Kent State University) and Stephen Klunk formed Patchwork, a saxophone and drum set duo that collaborates with composers to build an eclectic body of new music. Public concert to follow at 8 p.m., Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College.

Recent Events

Parsons & Poole Masterclass with James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School.

Voice masterclass with internationally-renowned Canadian soprano Edith Wiens.

French Horn and Chamber Music masterclass with Radovan Vlatkovic.

Violin masterclass with violinist/conductor Victor Yampolsky, Northwestern University.

Various voice workshops and masterclasses with Kathleen Kelly, University of Michigan School of Music.

Voice Fridays presents: Music theatre / Pop music master teacher, and distinguished alumna Elaine Overholt will be giving a music theatre masterclass: FINDING YOUR OUTRAGEOUSNESS in your voice!

Masterclass with renowned Canadian pianist, Jimmy Brière.

Piano preparations/Extended techniques masterclass with pianist, Sandra Joy Friesen.

Masterclass with saxophonist, Allison Balcetis

Masterclass with saxophonist, Justin Massey

Masterclass with Flutist, Lisa Nelsen

Two masterclasses with violinist, Fernando Pereira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
plus recital with Annette-Barbara Vogel,

Masterclass with violist Teng Li, Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal viola.

Masterclass with saxophonist, Phil Pierick

Lecture and Masterclass with composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan, Visiting from Scotland.

Masterclass with Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones

Visiting Composer: John Beckwith