Faculty of Music

Artists in Residence

We were proud to welcome the following official Artists in Residence back for the 2016-2017 academic year. This program is sponsored by Western University's Office of the Provost and the Don Wright Faculty of Music Dean's Office.

ensemble made in canada

Ensemble Made in Canada
September 11-15, 2016 and February 6-10, 2017

Ensemble Made in Canada is rapidly gaining recognition as Canada's premier piano quartet. Awarded the 2006 CBC Galaxie Stars Award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, the quartet was also featured in 2008 Chatelaine Magazine's 80 women to watch as an ensemble that is leading the next generation of classical musicians. The members of the group have been forging outstanding individual careers and bring together a shared love of chamber music and a wealth of experience having already appeared at prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Orford, Verbier, Prussia Cove, Pablo Casals and Evian.  At Western the ensemble will be working with students involved in chamber music, orchestra, collaborative piano, and composition.

Elissa Lee, violin
Sharon Wei, viola
Rachel Mercer, cello
Angela Park, piano

Public (free) events:

Public Rehearsals: TBA

Concert: Thursday September 15, 2016
12:30 p.m. - von Kuster Hall
EMIC’s tour kickoff concert! Performing a newly commissioned work by Western composer Omar Daniel and Brahms G minor piano quartet. Come hear the ensemble before they head off to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island!

Concert: Thursday February 9, 2017
6:00 p.m. - von Kuster Hall
Ensemble Made in Canada, performing with students from the Collaborative Piano Studio, premieres new works by student composers at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and Brahms' g- piano quartet.

Concert: Friday February 10, 2017
12:30 p.m. - von Kuster Hall
EMIC concludes their residency with a performance of a rarely-heard piano quartet by Josef Suk and Frank Bridge’s Phantasy for piano quartet

reverb brass

Reverb Brass
November 14-18, 2016

Reverb Brass returns for another residency at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, including a concert of works for chamber brass featuring Western students. Reverb Brass is a fast-rising, virtuosic chamber ensemble dedicated to exciting performances of fascinating repertoire. Their programming includes cutting-edge contemporary works, lesser-known works from all eras and new commissions from like-minded composers. The group has been featured at the Sweetwater Music Brass Festival and (in July 2015) at the Bach Music Festival of Canada. Based in southwestern Ontario, the group's members enjoy active careers as performers and pedagogues.

Luise Heyerhoff and Aaron Hodgson, trumpet
Micajah Sturgess, horn
Charles Benaroya, trombone
Jonathan Rowsell, tuba

Public (free) events:

Public Rehearsals:

Monday, Nov. 14

5:30 p.m. - Horn masterclass with Micajah Sturgess (MB321)
6:00 p.m. - Trumpet masterclass with Luise Heyerhoff (TC101)
6:00 p.m. - Tuba masterclass with Jonathan Rowsell (MB241)

Wednesday, Nov. 16

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Orchestration workshop (Studio 242)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Panel discussion: chamber musicianship and working with composers (MB227)
6:00 p.m. - Trombone masterclass with Charles Benaroya (MB227)

Concert: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
8:00 p.m. - von Kuster Hall
Concert featuring Reverb Brass and student performers


November 16-18 and 27-28, 2016

Tafelmusik is Canada’s award-winning orchestra on period instruments, which has become an internationally recognized ensemble lauded by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras.” During their annual residency, members of Tafelmusik shared their expertise and explored historical context and performance with students.

Public (free) events:

Public Rehearsals: TBA

Concert: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
12:30 p.m. - von Kuster Hall

Concert: Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
8:00 p.m. - von Kuster Hall
Concert with students of the Early Music Studio.