Masterclasses and Residencies

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

2023-24 Masterclasses and Residencies

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.

October 13

Residency: Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman-Nege’ga

    Friday, Oct. 13 | 12:30pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series - Telling our stories together: a recital of chamber music

    Friday, Oct. 13 | 2pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Masterclass with Western Music undergraduate and graduate vocalists

Sunday, October 22

Flute Day featuring various activities including a recital and masterclass with Susan Hoeppner. Visit Flute Day webpage for more details and to register.

October 27-28

Residency: Yekwon Sunwoo, 2023 Parsons and Poole Concert and Masterclass guest artist

    Friday, Oct. 27 | 7:30pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Concert (solo piano) $40 general public, $15 students/seniors. Visit webpage to purchase concert tickets.

    Saturday, Oct. 28 | 10am (von Kuster Hall)
    Masterclass with current piano students

Funding for this annual series is provided by the Parsons and Poole Concert and Masterclass Fund.

November 7-8

Residency: Stephen Runge, piano

     Tuesday, Nov. 7 
| 8pm (von Kuster Hall)
     Concert: Across the Waves
     Barcarolles and other works inspired by waves, water, and the ocean.

     Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 9:30am (von Kuster Hall)
     Masterclass with current piano students  

Friday, Nov. 10 

Friday, Nov. 10 | 2pm (von Kuster Hall)
Masterclass: Vanessa Fralick, Associate Principal Trombone with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, gives a masterclass and short performance with current Western Music wind students.

November 10-11

Residency: Musicians from Marlboro. Celebrating its seventh decade of performances, the Musicians from Marlboro (MfM) touring program was created as an extension of Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival.

    Friday, Nov. 10 | 8pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Concert (chamber music): Musicians from Marlboro
    This concert is generously supported by Serenata Music (Renée Silberman and Ted Medzon)

    Saturday, Nov. 11 | 10am-12pm (Studio 242, Music Building - second floor)
    Viola masterclass with MfM violist Beth Guterman Chu.
    This masterclass is generously supported by Brenda Rolfe
Sincere thanks to Dr Güneş Ege who supports the Marlboro Music Festival Tours. For more information, contact Sharon Wei.

Sunday, November 12

Single Reed Day, a full day of single-reed instrument workshops, health and wellness, masterclasses, equipment exhibits, performances and collaborative playing opportunities. Guests artists are saxophonist Carrie Koffman (University of Hartford) and clarinet/bass clarinetist Christopher Kirkpatrick (University of Montana).Visit Single Reed Day webpage for more details and to register.

November 16-17

Residency: Joel Sachs, Professor emeritus, The Juilliard School. 

    Thursday, Nov. 16 | 8pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Concert (solo piano): American Pioneers

    Friday, Nov. 17 | 10:30am (Studio 242)
    Masterclass with students in the Contemporary Music Studio

    Friday, Nov. 17 | 3:30pm (TC 101)
    Graduate Colloquium Series: "Living It: A global life in new music"

Funding for this residency has been provided by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund. For more information, contact Paul Frehner.

December 1-3

Residency: Members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Friday, Dec. 1 | 12:30pm-1:20pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Concert: Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series
    Tafelmusik violinists Patricia Ahern and Christopher Verrette are joined by Western’s Joseph Lanza.

Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3pm-4pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Concert: Patricia Ahern and Christopher Verrette perform with students and faculty of the Early Music Studio

    Date/time/location TBA
    Additional residency activities TBA

For more information, contact Joseph Lanza.

January 16-21

Residency: Dr. Danielle Gaudry, McGill University. 

Wednesday, Jan. 17 | 8:30am-10:20am (MB 27)
    Gift Fund Guest Lecture/Masterclass - Instrumental Ensemble Pedagogy (Topic TBD)

Wednesday, Jan. 17 | 3:30pm-5:20pm (MB 27)
    Open Rehearsal with the Wind Ensemble

Thursday, Jan. 18 | 3:30pm-5:20pm (MB 27)
    Open Rehearsal with the Symphonic Band

Friday, Jan. 19 | 10:30am-11:20am (MB 27)
    Instrumental Pedagogy Presentation

Friday, Jan. 19 | 4pm-5:20pm (location TBD)
    Wind Literature Seminar

Funding for this residency has been provided by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund. For more information, contact Colleen Richardson.

Thursday, January 11

Thursday, Jan. 11 | 9-10:20am
MB 140
Leonardo Lacerda from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, joins us for a guest lecture entitled "Mental Practice". Open to students of all areas.  

Funding for this event has been provided by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.

Saturday, January 20

Saturday, January 20 | 11am
von Kuster Hall
Shoshana Telner, adjudicator of the 2024 Fred Pattison Piano Award Competition, will give a piano masterclass with competition finalists. Funding for this annual competition is provided by the Fred Pattison Piano Award Fund.

January 22-24

Residency: New Orford String Quartet

    Tuesday, Jan. 23 
| 6-8pm
    von Kuster Hall
    Orchestral sectionals workshop
    Open to current Western Music students only 

Wednesday, Jan. 24 | 6pm
    von Kuster Hall
    Concert: Pizzicato!
    Open to the public

Funding for the annual New Orford String Quartet residency, Western's official Artists-in-Residence, is provided by Western's Office of the Provost Academic Priorities Fund. For more information, contact Sharon Wei.

January 24-25

Residency: Janina Fialkowska, piano

    Wednesday, Jan. 24
| 2-4pm
    Studio 242
    Piano masterclass with current Western Music students

Thursday, Jan. 25 | 7:30-9pm
    Studio 242
    Join us for a special talk with renowned Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska.
    Q&A to follow. Moderated by Dean Michael Kim.

Saturday, January 27

Brass Day featuring various activities including guest artist masterclasses, clinics and workshops. This year's guest artist is James Miller, Associate Principal Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Visit Brass Day webpage for more details and to register.

February 5-7

Residency: Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and Montreal's Ensemble Paramirabo.

    Monday, Feb. 5 | 1:30-3:30pm | MB254
    Jeremy Huw Williams will work with members of the Contemporary Music Studio

    Monday, Feb. 5 | 5:30-7:30pm | MB254
    Vocal masterclass for singers with Jeremy Huw Williams

    Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 8pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Concert: Horizon: Madog

    Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 10:30am-12:30pm (von Kuster Hall)
    Reading of student compositions by Ensemble Paramirabo

Funding for this residency has been provided by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund. For more information, contact Paul Frehner.

February 6-9

Residency: Rodney Whitaker, jazz bass

    Thursday, February 8 | 7:30pm | Paul Davenport Theatre
    An Evening with Rodney Whitaker and the Western University Jazz Ensemble

    Friday, February 9 | 12:30pm | von Kuster Hall
    Fridays at 12:30 Concert Series: Rodney Whitaker, jazz bass
    Joined by members of Western University Jazz Combo I

In addition to public concerts, student activities with Rodney Whitaker include lessons, rehearsals and lectures. Students, check your email or contact Kevin Watson for more information. This artist residency is supported by the Undergraduate Music Student Gift Fund

Friday, February 9

Friday, Feb. 9 | 3:30pm-5:30pm 
Studio 242
Bénédicte Lauzière, violinist and concertmaster of the former Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, joins us to conduct a masterclass with current Western Music string students. 

Funding for this residency has been provided by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.

Saturday, February 10

Pop Industry Day. Planned activities include presentations and panel discussions with those working in the popular music industry. Visit Pop Studies Day webpage for more details and to register.

Wednesday, April 3 - Friday, April 5

Composer-in-Residence Katahj Copley will attend rehearsals and concerts with Western University Wind Ensemble and Western University Symphonic Band where both ensembles will be performing works by Copley (including the Canadian premiere of Dope). He will also engage in student composer activities including the chamber music gala concert [add event calendar link], leading composition mini-lessons, and engaging directly with graduate students in composition. For more information, contact Colleen Richardson

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Past Visiting Artists



Piano masterclass with Jon Kimura Parker
Voice masterclass with mezzo-soprano Lucia Cervoni
Piano masterclass with Li Wang
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