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 with the details.

Masterclasses and Special Guests 2017-2018

Jonathan Nichol and Jeffrey Loeffert (h2/4 duo), saxophone – September 30

Marie Picard, clarinet – September 30

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano – October 28

Brett Polegato, voice – November 3,4

Daniel Scholz, viola – November 10
(This masterclass is generously supported by the Brenda Rolfe Masterclass Fund.)

Canadian Brass – November 16

Ilya Poletaev, piano – December 1

Teng Li, viola – January 20
(This masterclass is generously supported by the Brenda Rolfe Masterclass Fund.)

Enrico Elisi, piano – January 27

Johannes Debus, Music Director, Canadian Opera Company - Feb 9

Vasile Beluska, violin – March 2

Liz Upchurch, voice - March 2

Recent Events

Clarinet masterclass with Kornel Wolak.

Parsons & Poole (piano) masterclass with John O’Conor.

Voice masterclass with Kathleen Kelly, opera conductor and coach.

Viola masterclass with David Rose.

Masterclass with Duo Concertante: Nancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, piano

Violin masterclass with Marie Bérard, best known as concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.

Piano Masterclass with Fred Pattison Piano Competition adjudicator, David Jalbert.

Saxophone masterclass with Jeffrey Heisler, part of Heisler-Yeh Duo.

Piano masterclass with I-Chen Yeh, part of Heisler-Yeh Duo.

Violin Masterclass with Elissa Lee, Ensemble Made in Canada.

Horn Masterclass with Adam Unsworth, Associate Professor of Horn, University of Michigan.

Piano masterclass with Peter Vinograde, an outstanding interpreter of J.S. Bach and contemporary composers.

Saxophone and Drum set masterclass with Noa Even and Stephen Klunk.

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 Masterclass with Music theatre / Pop music master teacher, and distinguished alumna, Elaine Overholt.

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.

Masterclass with visiting composer, John Beckwith.