Special Events 2023-24

Homecoming 2023

September 22-24

From concerts and guided tours, to celebrations of this year's Alumni Wall of Fame inductees and an alumni meet-and-greet with Dean Michael Kim, all are welcome to join us for this year's Homecoming celebrations in Music


Friday, October 27 | 12:30-1:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
 Download program (PDF)

Jointly presented by the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the Western Academy for Advanced Research (WAFAR), this event combines a concert with a discussion of the increasing natural disasters coming from climate change and what we can do to adapt to our changing reality. Music will be performed by two choirs, Les Choristes and Western University Singers.

Tempo: Music for Climate Action/Music for our Future is a multinational coalition of physical and social scientists and musicians to change the emotional climate about climate change. The creator of Tempo, Dr. Lucy Jones, is a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology and is participating in a WAFAR project entitled Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Buildings (CRIB). This concert brings together music inspired by the Tempo project with a discussion of the challenges facing Canada from the changing climate.

The concert initiates a week-long series of interdisciplinary events at Western University with scholars, policymakers, professionals, and the media to disseminate the result of the WAFAR CRIB project. Dr. Jones will also speak at 3:30pm (Oct. 27) Music Graduate Colloquium Series about her journey from seismology to Tempo.


Songs of Many Lands

Friday, November 24 | 1:30pm
von Kuster Hall

Join us for our annual concert of songs in many global languages celebrating Western’s International Week. Singers and pianists from the Don Wright Faculty of Music will perform songs in many languages and styles from countries across the world. 

Contact Patricia Green for more details.


Northern Tornadoes Project and Western Music

Friday, March 1 | 7-9:15pm
von Kuster Hall and various locations around Don Wright Faculty of Music

Various locations throughout the Don Wright Faculty of Music will be transformed into Kaleidoscope of Creativity: Tornadoes, Oceans and Climate, a musical gallery that features music inspired by the data collected by the Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) as well as other weather and nature inspired pieces.

Graduate composition students will be collaborating with engineers from NTP and faculty from Music Performance Studies. There will also be presentations in collaboration with marine biologist Paul Mensink.

The evening will culminate in a panel discussion with Greg Kopp, ImpactWX Chair in Severe Storms Engineering and NTP lead researchers, seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones who is also the founder of Tempo: Music for Climate Action, and Kevin Mooney from Don Wright Faculty of Music. 

For more information, contact Sharon Wei or the event's webpage


NATS Regionals - Great Lakes Region - Final Concert

Saturday, March 2 | 4:30pm
von Kuster Hall

We are proud to host the NATS Regionals - Great Lakes Region auditions at Western University this year, with an estimated 150 students and their families, along with pianists, coaches, adjudicators, and teachers expected to attend. The public are welcome to attend the culminating final concert featuring winners of the various categories determined throughout the day. 

For more information, contact faculty member and local co-ordinator Gloria Gassi, District Governor NATS Ontario. Regional committee members include faculty members Torin ChilesBethany Hörst and NATS Ontario Executive members.