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Don Wright Faculty of Music students Marianna Grigg, Dorothy Lin, Christian Wrona, Bingxin Yang and Darren Mak were members of the sesquicentennial National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and performers in the 2017 Edges of Canada Tour

The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers strings students diverse course options and performance opportunities including solo and studio recitals, weekly faculty-led masterclasses, and ensembles (including symphony and chamber orchestras), plus competitions and awards including the Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition, Young-Ja Park Chamber Music Competition and the London Music Scholarship Foundation Endowment Award.

Western Music also offers learning opportunities and masterclasses with international guests of renown. Annual Artists in Residence include Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Made In Canada.

The Music Building and Talbot College house over 100 practice rooms, studios, and large and small rehearsal spaces, plus three modern performance venues with concert pianos and state-of-the-art recording capabilities. 

Western's String Instrument Bank is a collection of more than 40 fine Italian, French and English instruments and bows, which are available for loan to select string students in Music Performance and are carefully maintained by our resident luthiers.


In the Spotlight

April 2022
BMus guitar student Madeleine Hall wins London Kiwanis Rose Bowl

November 2021
Faculty member Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin, leads new Magisterra Summer String Institute

June 2021
Current DMA student Bingxin (Jillian) Yang, BMus'17, MMus'19 (Violin) selected as 2021 Vancouver International Music Competition finalist

February 2021
BMus viola student Elizabeth van’t Voort member of inaugural Young-Ja Park 2020-21 Chamber Music Award winners group

June 2020
Western graduates Dorothy Lin (Violin), Darren Mak (Violin), and Vanessa-An Tran (Viola/Piano) BMus (Honours)/HBA degrees hit high notes, open doors

In Performance

Symphony Orchestra

2020-21 Season Recording featuring works by Beethoven, Grieg, Schubert, Debussy, Copland, Mahler and Barber
Conductor, Simone Luti
Recorded on December 5, 2020 and April 1, 2021 (rehearsal)

Excerpt from “Symphony No. 7 (III. Presto-Assai meno presto)”, Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor, Simone Luti
Recorded in 2019

Chamber Music

Young-Ja Park Chamber Music Award 2021 Winners Recital
Recorded on February 24, 2021


Alumni of Note

Sharon Wei, BMus’00 (Performance - Viola)
Western Music faculty member, and co-founder and member of JUNO Award-winning chamber group, Ensemble Made In Canada.