Music Building Grand Opening

The Faculty Brass perform Fanfare at the Music Building Grand Opening celebration

On October 20 2018, Dean Betty Anne Younker and Western University's President Amit Chakma hosted a gala event during Homecoming Weekend to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Music Building facilities at Western. More than 200 alumni, donors, faculty, students and dignitaries gathered in von Kuster Hall - including former president Paul Davenport, architect John Nicholson, alumna and soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and the families of Don Wright and Deral Johnson - to celebrate and enjoy musical performances by current students. 

View photos (Flickr)

Download event program and donor listings (PDF 3.3MB)

View slideshow - Music Building construction project 2013 - 2018 (PDF 6.5MB)

Grand Opening performances

View video of Grand Opening ceremony (YouTube - Approx. 40 mins)

Western Fanfare - James McKay (b. 1944)
Musica Quinta - Shawn Spicer, trumpet, Julie Vaughan, trumpet, Ronald George, french horn, John Jasavala, trombone, Jonathan Rowsell, tuba (pictured above)

Widmung (Liebeslied) - Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Heidi Wall, piano, MMus’17, DMA Student

Fugue for solo violin by Alfred Schnittke (1934 - 1998)
Frangel Lopez Cesena, DMA Student

The Tale of the Oyster by Cole Porter (1891-1964)
Chad Louwerse, baritone, MMus’15, DMA Candidate, Melanie Cancade, piano

Student Jazz Combo (reception, MB lobby)
Jonathan Bouchard, saxophone, Henry Cobb Howes, keyboard, Andrew Kosty, string bass, Josh Milligan, percussion

This celebration was part of Homecoming Weekend 2018. We were honoured to welcome alumna and Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus'85, DMus'12 to the Don Wright Faculty of Music in special celebration of both Homecoming and our Grand Opening.

The Music Building was one part of Western's BeExtraordinary $805 million fundraising campaign. 

Related links

Music Building Renovations

Music Building Donors

Homecoming at the Don Wright Faculty of Music

Renovations Photo Gallery (Flickr)

Donate to the Don Wright Faculty of Music

Facilities at the Don Wright Faculty of Music

Contact Information

Allison Price
Senior Development Officer
519-661-2111 ext. 85695