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, professors Thomas Wiebe and Jana 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 2022-23 academic year, except for in-person percussion auditions. Percussionists must contact Jana Starling jstarli@uwo.ca by August 1, 2022, to arrange an in-person audition for September 7, 8, or 9, 2022.

Students will need to submit a completed online ensemble audition form (updated link available soon) including links to your audition recording by August 12, 2022 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 professors Jana Starling at jstarli@uwo.ca or Thomas Wiebe at twiebe@uwo.ca before August 1, 2022.


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 2022-23 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 (updated link available soon) including links to your audition recording by August 12, 2022 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 professors Joseph Lanza at jlanza@uwo.ca or Borys Medicky at bmedicky@uwo.ca before August 1, 2022.


Contemporary Music Studio

(3976y/9507y/Special Topics)

In this course advanced performers will have great opportunities to learn and perform interesting and challenging works written in the past 60 years by international composers, developing an intellectual and technical awareness of performance practice for current music through study and performances. Works will include those for one to ten performers and may include world premieres.

Admission to the Contemporary Music Studio is by audition. It may 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 2022-23 academic year, except for in-person percussion auditions.

Students will need to submit a completed online ensemble audition form (updated link available soon) including links to their audition recording by August 12, 2022 at noon.

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

Rehearsals

The class meets on Mondays | 1:30 - 3pm

The first class will take place on Monday Sept. 12 in MB 227 at 1:30 pm

Coachings and Rehearsals will take place in MB 227, MB 254, MB 341, MB 241

 


Collaborative Musicianship

(4976y)

Collaborative Musicianship will be offered to both pianists and instrumentalists this upcoming academic year. Here’s a link to the description found in the Academic Calendar.

4th year piano performance majors will be 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.