Chamber Ensembles, Early Music Studio, Contemporary Music Studio, Collaborative Musicianship

Chamber Ensembles

(2975y/3975y/4975y/9566y/9867y/Special Topics)

All students wishing to be considered for the Chamber Ensembles program must play an audition. The Chamber Ensembles program coordinators, professor Wiebe and professor Starling, administer and evaluate these auditions. Please see Audition Guidelines below.

This half-credit course fulfills the requirements for Performance majors. It is available to undergraduate Performance Majors for at least two years in the second (2975y), third (3975y), or fourth (4975y) years of study, and to graduate performance majors majoring in piano or orchestral instruments for at least one year. Students in other degree programs are also eligible for consideration, depending on audition, coach availability and department permission.

Enrollment for Chamber Ensembles are by audition, and are only open to students in the following areas:

  • woodwinds, brass & percussion
  • strings
  • piano

Please note: Chamber music repertoire which has been coached or performed on a recital for chamber music credit as part of the chamber ensemble program cannot be used in a student credit solo recital. Chamber ensembles formed for academic credit are not to be used in solo recitals.

Audition Guidelines

Enrollment for Chamber Ensembles are by audition only.

Auditions will be conducted online for the 2021-22 academic year, except for in-person percussion auditions. Percussionists must contact Professor Jana Starling jstarli@uwo.ca by August 1, 2021, to arrange an in-person audition for September 8, 9, or 10, 2021.

Students will need to submit a completed online ensemble audition form including links to your audition recording by August 12, 2021 at noon.

Using a personal private YouTube channel, upload two contrasting excerpts from your solo repertoire (e.g. concertos, sonatas, concert pieces). These recordings should total no more than five minutes in length, combined. The recordings should represent the student's most recent playing, or student's playing within the last year. Recordings can be with or without accompaniment. Students who do not currently have a personal private YouTube channel will have to create one ahead of this submission.

If you cannot submit a recording, contact Professor Starling at jstarli@uwo.ca or Professor Wiebe at twiebe@uwo.ca before August 1, 2021.


Early Music Studio

(2971a/2972b, 3971a/3972b, 4971a/4972b, 9568a/9569b)

Early Music Studio (EMS) is available as a course credit.

The Early Music Studio focuses on music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - sometimes a little earlier, and sometimes a little later. We strive to recreate music of this period by discovering the performance style in use at the time of its composition. Because the ensemble includes performance on copies of period instruments, it operates at a lower pitch: usually, A=415, sometimes, A=430. 

Audition Guidelines

Enrollment for Early Music Studio is by audition only.

Auditions will be conducted online for the 2021-22 academic year. EMS auditions are completely acceptable on modern instruments; this is normally expected. If you are in possession of a period instrument and wish to record your audition on it, that is also acceptable.

Students will need to submit a completed online ensemble audition form including links to your audition recording by August 12, 2021 at noon.

Prepare two excerpts, featuring two contrasting pieces in solo repertoire (e.g. concertos, sonatas, chamber music excerpts), using a personal private YouTube channel. Both excerpts need to be repertoire from the baroque, or if necessary, the classical period. The excerpts should total no more than five minutes in length, combined. The recording can be with or without accompaniment. If this is a recording with other musicians, please be sure to choose an excerpt where we can hear your playing clearly.

If you cannot submit a recording, contact Professor Lanza at jlanza@uwo.ca or Professor Medicky at bmedicky@uwo.ca before August 1, 2021.


Contemporary Music Studio

(3976b/9507b/Special Topics)

This course provides advanced performers opportunities to learn and perform works by international composers written within the past 60 years, developing a technical and intellectual awareness of performance practice for this music. Works will include those for one to ten performers. May include world premieres.

Admission to the Contemporary Music Studio is by audition and can be taken for credit by third and fourth year Performance majors and all levels of graduate students. The course can also be taken under a Special Topics course number, or by special permission. All interested vocalists and instrumentalists are encouraged to apply.

Audition Guidelines

Enrollment for Contemporary Music Studio is by audition only.

Auditions will be conducted online for the 2021-22 academic year, except for in-person percussion auditions.

Students will need to submit a completed online ensemble audition form including links to your audition recording August 12, 2021 at noon.

Prepare two excerpts, featuring two contrasting pieces in solo repertoire (e.g. concertos, sonatas, concert pieces), using a personal private YouTube channel. The excerpts should total no more than five minutes in length, combined. The recording can be with or without accompaniment.

Rehearsals

The ensemble meets twice each week, on Mondays and Thursdays. Smaller ensembles will be assigned to different rooms.

The first meeting will be Monday, January 3, 2022 at 1:30pm in MB27.

Mondays | 1:30 - 3pm
MB27 and MB 227

Thursdays | 1:30 - 3pm
MB254 and TC10


Collaborative Musicianship

(4976y)

Collaborative Musicianship will be offered to both pianists and instrumentalists this upcoming academic year. More information about the format of the course will be available later this summer but here’s a link to the description found in the Academic Calendar.

4th year piano performance majors have been registered in the course. Instrumentalists, please contact Catherine Fraser at mpsdept@uwo.ca should you wish to register for the course. You will be placed on a waiting list for the moment.