Masterclasses and Guest Artist 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. Many of these unique experiences for our students are open to the public to attend.

The following renowned artists are a sample of the masterclasses and guest artist events (including open band rehearsals) available to students and the general public throughout the year. Please check this page frequently for updates as more guest artist masterclasses are confirmed.

For all "Voice Fridays" events, including some masterclasses, please visit the Voice Fridays home page.

To learn more about the Music Education Seminar Series, please visit the Seminar Series home page.

Additional events can also be found on our Artists in Residence page.

If you are a faculty member at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and would like to add more to this list, please email with the details.

Masterclasses and Guest Artist Events 2019-2020

Stewart Goodyear, piano – October 12

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

This year's distingushed Parsons & Poole guest artist is Stewart Goodyear. Visit the Parsons & Poole Concert and Masterclass Series webpage for full details of his visit.

Asami Hagiwara, piano – October 23

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building

Dr. Asami Hagiwara has been praised for her “tone-color palette of great warmth and nuanced richness” (Fuldaer Zeitung). Recent appearances include concerts in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and the U.S.A. She has been invited to perform in music festivals including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Grieg Festival, Joutseno Art Summer, the Liszt-Garrison Festival, Mänttä Music Festival, and the PIANALE International Academy. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano and the Chair of the Piano Area at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Liz Upchurch, collaborative piano – November 15

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building

(This visit is generously supported by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.)

Jane Archibald, soprano – November 16

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building

(This visit is generously supported by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.)

Marie Picard, clarinet – November 22

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Studio 242, Music Building

(This visit is generously supported by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.)

Christopher Morehouse, band director – November 25-26 – rehearsals open to teachers

Monday, November 25 – Wind Ensemble Open Rehearsal – 3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. (MB27)
Tuesday, November 26 – Symphonic Band Open Rehearsal – 3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. (MB227)

Dr. Christopher Morehouse is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University, where he serves as conductor of the SIU Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, wind literature, and instrumental methods, and administers the entire SIU Bands program. He is also the Acting Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music.

Morehouse made his Carnegie Hall debut with the SIU Wind Ensemble at the New York Band and Orchestra Festival in March 2008 and toured the People's Republic of China with the SIU Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir in May 2009. In spring 2011, the SIU Wind Ensemble hosted percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie for a four-day residency, culminating in a concert of Sean Beeson’s Prometheus Rapture: Seven Legends for Snare Drum (world premiere wind version) and Joseph Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto, and gave a concert, with the SIU Concert Choir, at Chicago Symphony Center Orchestra Hall. In May 2012 and May 2016, members of the SIU Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir spent three weeks in Dublin, Ireland, in residence at the Gaiety School of Acting: The National Theater School of Ireland, developing and performing an original theater concert project.

Carolyn Barber, band director – January 15-18 – open classes and rehearsals

Wednesday, January 15
8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – Lecture/masterclass for the M4840b Instrumental Ensemble Pedagogy (MB27)
3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. – Wind Ensemble Open Rehearsal (MB27)

Thursday, January 16
3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. – Symphonic Band Open Rehearsal (MB227)

Friday, January 17
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – Lecture/masterclass for the M4840b Instrumental Ensemble Pedagogy (MB27)

Saturday, January 18
Afternoon presentations for MESA’s (Music Education Student Association) conference.

Carolyn A. Barber is the Ron and Carol Cope Professor of Music and Director of Bands in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music. She earned a B.M. in horn performance at Northwestern University, an M.M. in horn performance from Yale University, and returned to Northwestern to earn her D.M. in conducting as a student of John P. Paynter and Victor Yampolsky.

Dr. Barber began her career as a lecturer and assistant to the dean of the Northwestern University School of Music. Her duties included teaching advanced conducting and directing the university’s Concert Band. Prior to her appointment at UNL, Dr. Barber also served as the director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Apart from her conducting and teaching at UW-L, Dr. Barber served for five years as the principal horn of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.

(This visit is generously supported by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.)

Sofya Bugayan, piano – January 25

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building

Since 2006 Sofya Bugayan has been an Associate Professor at the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatory. One of the most sought-after pedagogues of the new generation, she successfully prepared many of her students for international piano competitions.

Quasar Saxophone Quartet, saxophone and composers – January 30

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Saxophone masterclass – Studio 242, Music Building
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Reading of student compositions – Studio 242, Music Building

Known for their energy and bold innovation, the four members of Quasar have been exploring the innumerable facets of musical creation since the group's founding in 1994. The group's ventures include instrumental music, improvisation, and electronics. Alone or accompanied by a symphony orchestra, acoustic or plugged, Quasar offers its audience a unique and deeply original programming.

(This visit is generously supported by the Don Wright Faculty of Music Undergraduate Gift Fund.)

Lauren Reynolds, band director – January 29-30 – rehearsals open to teachers

Wednesday, January 29 – Wind Ensemble Open Rehearsal – 3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. (MB27)
Thursday, January 30 – Symphonic Band Open Rehearsal – 3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. (MB27)

Dr. Lauren Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Delaware, where she serves as conductor of the University of Delaware Wind Ensemble and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and wind literature. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Delaware, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting, cognate in Flute Performance, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Rodney Winther. She is the founder and Music Director of the Delaware Youth Wind Ensemble, a year-round honor ensemble comprised of the finest high school musicians from the greater Delaware region.

Denys Bouliane*, composer – March 4-6

lectures on a variety of topic, student composers

Masterclass details TBC

Marie-Annick Béliveau*, mezzo-soprano – March 5

afternoon workshop with student composers
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Masterclass details TBC

Instruments of Happiness Quartet*, guitars and composers – March 5

Masterclass details TBC

St. Lawrence String Quartet – March 7

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music building

The world-renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet gives a chamber music master class in von Kuster Hall.

Admission free.

Generously sponsored by the Gordon Jeffery Music Foundation

Chee Meng Low, band director – March 9-10 – rehearsals open to teachers

March 9 – Wind Ensemble Open Rehearsal – 3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. (MB27)
March 10 – Symphonic Band Open Rehearsal – 3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. (MB27)

Dr. Chee Meng Low enjoys a diverse career as a conductor, educator, administrator, and performing on saxophone as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. Chee Meng is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Band at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, where he conducts the Wind Orchestra, teaches saxophone performance, conducting and musicianship skills. He is also involved with the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, U of L Faculty Wind Sextet, Symphonic Winds of NSO Malaysia, and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and guest conduct in North America, Europe and Asia. Under his direction, the U of L Wind Orchestra has performed at prestigious events and venues including Edmonton Winspear Centre, Calgary Rozsa Centre, Knox United Church Calgary, Alberta Music Conference, Canadian Cantando Festivals and many outreach concerts in the Southern Alberta. Recent solo activities include a concerto performance at the 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 9 conference and a concerto performance with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra for their 2016/17 season.

* Part of Composition Week at the Don Wright Faculty of Music

Recent Guest Artist Masterclasses

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