School of Creative and Performing Arts
Held in February each, the Alberta International Band Festival brings hundreds of young Albertans to campus to perform and learn from world-class adjudicators in the beauty of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.
The Banff Centre’s mission is to inspire creativity and to that end provides the opportunity for artists and musicians to escape to the mountains and focus on their art. In addition to many concerts and guest artists, short-term residencies for our students are also possible.
Not only our many of our graduates employed as music teachers by Calgary’s two school boards, but they also return to campus each year for our annual Music Teacher Conference. This day of professional development brings teachers and workshop leaders together to share and learn from one another.
We are pleased to have a strong relationship with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). Indeed, many of our private instructors are members of the CPO. In addition, and in partnership with the RBC Foundation, our students are able to perform concertos with the orchestra each year as part of the RBC Concerto Competition.
One of the finest presenters of chamber music, our partnership with the Calgary Pro Musica Society allows our students to interact with professional musicians in workshops, masterclasses and private lessons. In addition, CPMS generously provides scholarship support for our BMUS students.
We are fortunate to have the Prairie Region of the Canadian Music Centre is housed on the University of Calgary campus. This facility gives our students access to the Violet Archer Library, which contains over 20,000 scores by Canadian composers available for free circulation.
More than simply a world-class piano competition, Honens also brings some of the world’s best pianists to our halls for concerts and masterclasses.
Founded in 1988, the Kensington Sinfonia performs a wide range of chamber music and string orchestra repertoire. Since its inception, the Sinfonia has commissioned works by Calgary composers and featured our faculty members as soloists.
Dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by Canadian and International composers, the award-winning Land’s End Ensemble frequently commissions works by our faculty members and students. The annual Land’s End Composers Competition is a joint project between the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Land’s End and brings young composers from across the country to Calgary for a workshop, performance and recording of their piece.
Through a new partnership with the Mount Royal University Conservatory, qualified students in the MRU Advanced Performance Program can also work toward a Bachelor of Music at the University of Calgary. The first students will enter this program in Fall 2014. The Calgary Youth Orchestra, conducted by our own Edmond Agopian, performs regulary in our concert series and often includes many of our BMUS students as members. We are also partners with the MRU and others in the Organ Festival and Symposium. Held in the fall, this annual event brings organists from around the world to Calgary for concerts and research presentations.
In addition to a concert series, Mountainview hosts a summer festival for singers and chamber musicians. Musicians from across the world converge in Calgary and on campus for daily master classes, coachings, concerts and other events over an 8-day period in August each year.
New Works Calgary is dedicated to supporting the creation and performance of contemporary concert music, with an emphasis on Calgary and Southern Alberta composers and performers. As a result, many works by our faculty composers and students have been premiered at this concert series.
Home to a fabulous collection of keyboard instruments, the National Music Centre also partners with us on the Monday Night Jazz Series. Soon to be located in a new building, the new NMC will offer increased exhibition space, educational programs, performance spaces and Artist in Residence programs.
Founded by faculty member, Dr. Jeremy Brown, the Rubbing Stone Ensemble is dedicated to new music performance and focuses on both commissioning new works and featuring local musicians and composers. Recently the ensemble released to critical acclaim their first commercial recording, Rubbing Stone Ensemble: The Lethbridge Sessions, on the Canadian Music Centre’s Centredisc label.
The E-Gré Competition is an annual event focusing on the performance of contemporary music by Canada’s top emerging artists. Our partnership with this organization brings the winner to Calgary for a recital at the Rozsa Centre each year.
Alberta International Band Festival
Calgary Board of Education
Calgary Catholic School District
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
RBC Foundation Emerging Artists Project
Calgary Pro Musica Society
Canadian Music Centre
Land’s End Ensemble
Mount Royal University Conservatory
Mountainview International Festival of Song & Chamber Music
New Works Calgary
National Music Centre
Rubbing Stone Ensemble
E-Gré National Music Competition