Visiting Artist Masterclasses and Events

St. Lawrence String Quartet St. Lawrence String Quartet, Photo: Marco Borggreve

Dozens of visiting artists, educators, composers and scholars from around the world bring global artistry and perspective each year. Typically, many of these unique experiences for our students are open to the public to attend. 

2021-22 Visiting Artists

Joining us on campus for an in-person event? For always-up-to-date health and safety protocols, check our Audience Information webpage before you leave home.

Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Saturday, October 23 | 10am – Open to Music students only. Check with your studio teacher for details.
von Kuster Hall
We are honoured to virtually welcome internationally renowned pianist Jon Kimura Parker as the guest artist for this year's Parsons and Poole Concert and Masterclass

Lucia Cervoni, mezzo-soprano

Open to Music students only. Check with your studio teacher for details.

Friday, November 26 | 1:30pm 
Western alumna Lucia Cervoni, BMus'02 will give a masterclass as part of the Voice Fridays symposium series. An Alumni Wall of Fame presentation will follow. 
Supported by GiftFund.

Saturday, November 27 | 10am
Western alumna Lucia Cervoni, BMus'02 will give a masterclass and participate in a Q&A. 
Supported by GiftFund.

Li Wang, piano

Saturday, January 22 | 10am
via Zoom
Renowned pianist Li Wang will give a masterclass to select piano students. He is also the adjudicator for the 2022 Fred Pattison Piano Competition

Henning Schröder, saxophone & Yu-Lien The, piano

Saturday, February 5 | 6pm
von Kuster Hall
Dr. Henning Schröder will be presenting a saxophone masterclass, followed by a concert with pianist Dr. Yu-Lien The. Both performers are faculty members at Western Michigan University. 
Supported by GiftFund.

Leopoldo Erice, piano

Sunday, February 13 | 10amPOSTPONED
von Kuster Hall
Pianist Leopoldo Erice will give a masterclass following their lecture-recital. Complete information can be found on our Guest Artists webpage.

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Past Visiting Artists

Voice masterclass with Brett Polegato
Piano masterclass with Stewart Goodyear
Piano masterclass with Asami Hagiwara
Collaborative pianist Liz Upchurch
Voice masterclass with soprano Jane Archibald
Violin masterclass with William Herzog
Clarinet masterclass with Marie Picard
Open band rehearsals with Christopher Morehouse
Open band rehearsals with Carolyn Barber
Masterclass with Boccheriniana, baroque quintet
Piano masterclass with Sofya Bugayan
Saxophone and composition masterclass with Quasar Saxophone Quartet
Open band rehearsals with Lauren Reynolds
Brass masterclass with Gábor Tarkövi, trumpet
Chamber music masterclass with members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Brass masterclass with Jarrett McCourt
Piano/composer masterclass with Stephen Moccio
Voice masterclass with Russell Braun
Violin masterclass with Helmut Lipsky
Piano masterclass with Jean Marchand and Brigitte Poulin
Piano masterclass with Yael Weiss
Violin masterclass with Jennifer Orchard
Viola masterclass with Michael Ouzounian
Guitar masterclass with Johannes Möller
Voice masterclass with Adrianne Pieczonka
Parsons & Poole (piano) masterclass with Sara Davis Buechner
Voice masterclass with Michele Capalbo
Clarinet masterclass with  Jean-Guy Boisvert
Saxophone masterclass with Jonathan Nichol and Jeffrey Loeffert
Clarinet masterclass with Marie Picard
Parsons & Poole (piano) masterclass with Charles Richard-Hamelin
Voice masterclass with Brett Polegato
Viola masterclass with Daniel Scholz
Brass masterclass with Canadian Brass
Piano masterclass with Ilya Poletaev
Viola masterclass with Teng Li
Piano Masterclass with Fred Pattison Piano Competition adjudicator Enrico Elisi
Voice masterclass with Johannes Debus, Music Director, Canadian Opera Company
Woodwind masterclass with Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Voice masterclass with Liz Upchurch
Clarinet masterclass with Kornel Wolak 
Parsons & Poole (piano) masterclass with John O’Conor
Voice masterclass with Kathleen Kelly, opera conductor and coach.
Viola masterclass with David Rose.
Masterclass with Duo Concertante: Nancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, piano
Violin masterclass with Marie Bérard, best known as concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra 
Piano Masterclass with Fred Pattison Piano Competition adjudicator, David Jalbert 
Saxophone masterclass with Jeffrey Heisler, part of Heisler-Yeh Duo
Piano masterclass with I-Chen Yeh, part of Heisler-Yeh Duo
Violin Masterclass with Elissa Lee, Ensemble Made in Canada
Horn Masterclass with Adam Unsworth, Associate Professor of Horn, University of Michigan 
Piano masterclass with Peter Vinograde, an outstanding interpreter of J.S. Bach and contemporary composers.
Saxophone and Drum set masterclass with Noa Even and Stephen Klunk
Parsons & Poole masterclass with James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School 
Voice masterclass with internationally-renowned Canadian soprano Edith Wiens 
French Horn and Chamber Music masterclass with Radovan Vlatkovic
Violin masterclass with violinist/conductor Victor Yampolsky, Northwestern University 
Various voice workshops and masterclasses with Kathleen Kelly, University of Michigan School of Music 
Voice Masterclass with Music theatre / Pop music master teacher, and distinguished alumna, Elaine Overholt 
Masterclass with renowned Canadian pianist, Jimmy Brière 
Piano preparations/Extended techniques masterclass with pianist, Sandra Joy Friesen
Masterclass with saxophonist, Allison Balcetis
Masterclass with saxophonist, Justin Massey 
Masterclass with flutist, Lisa Nelsen.
Two masterclasses with violinist, Fernando Pereira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Masterclass with violist Teng Li, Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal viola 
Masterclass with saxophonist, Phil Pierick 
Lecture and Masterclass with composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan, visiting from Scotland 
Masterclass with Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones
Masterclass with visiting composer John Beckwith