Schulich School of Music

A galaxy full of stars Culture

An out-of-this-world composition

Composer Sophie Kastner, MMus’22, recently took part in a unique collaboration with NASA, creating a vivid piece of music about the Milky Way based on data about the galaxy that has been gleaned by the Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.

Darcy James Argue Culture

Updating big band jazz for the 21st century

Darcy James Argue and his big band the Secret Society make some of the most daringly ambitious music in contemporary jazz and they have the Grammy Award nominations and critical acclaim to prove it.

Burt Bacharach smiling Culture

We say a little prayer of thanks

Tributes continue to pour in for masterful pop composer Burt Bacharach, AMus’48, DMus’72, who passed away on February 8. Bacharach’s music spanned decades and included a long list of smash hits, including “I Say a Little Prayer” and “The Look of Love”.

Élisabeth St-Gelais leaning against a mural People

A voice for her home, a voice for her people

Élisabeth St-Gelais, BMus’21, has recently been receiving a lot of attention, winning McGill’s Wirth Vocal Prize and a grand prize at the Canadian Music Competition. The young Innu soprano from Saguenay says her Indigenous heritage supplies the foundation for her art.

Stéphane Tétreault playing the cello in a hospital People

Sharing music beyond the concert halls

Françoise Henri, MMus’98, is the general and artistic director of the Société pour les arts en milieux de santé, a network of musicians who have performed thousands of live concerts for hospital patients throughout Quebec. COVID-19 made that mission much more complicated.

Matthew Ricketts standing outside On Campus

A Sommer sweep for Schulich grads

Matthew Ricketts, the top prize winner for this year's Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers.

Matt Haimovitz, an associate professor at the Schulich School of Music, is a Grammy Award nominee for his work on Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood. Culture

Music professors’ albums attract Grammy attention

McGill music professors Matt Haimovitz (pictured) and John Hollenbeck have something in common with Beyoncé and BTS – they were all Grammy Award finalists this year. The McGillians spoke about what it’s like to be in the running for the music industry’s most famous prize.

Joshua Hopkins, the co-creator of “Songs for Murdered Sisters,” with an image of his sister Nathalie Warmerdam and her children in the background (Photo: Zoe Tarshis) Culture

Creating music and seeking change in the #MeToo era

The worlds of opera and classical music are facing growing demands for change. McGill-trained musicians are creating works that explore themes of violence and abuse, as they also address inequities behind the scenes.


Finally getting the attention he deserves

When former McGill music student Beverly Glenn-Copeland released his seminal new age album Keyboard Fantasies in 1986, it only sold a handful of copies. Today, it's regarded as a cult classic and Glenn-Copeland's fans include Robyn and Courtney Barnett.

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