Memorial University, School of Music Viewbook for 2019-20

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VIEWBOOK | 2019–20


school of music Engaging, exciting, international, professional: We set the stage for your success. One of Canada’s leading music schools, we offer the highest levels of MENTORSHIP in the country. You’ll have access to the resources, space and individual attention you need to achieve. Develop and perform in superb facilities. Plug-in to our focus on TECHNOLOGY and our electro-acoustic research lab. Expand your horizons through INTERNATIONAL studies at our U.K. campus. All this in an environment full of PROFESSIONAL opportunities designed to develop your competitive edge.


st. john’s, newfoundland For nearly 400 years, St. John’s has been home to the most easterly point in North America. Today it is filled with artistic activity as we celebrate our unique way of life. The deep tradition of making music echoes through our concert halls and pubs, classical with contemporary, mingling traditional with experimental, attracting renowned musicians from across the globe.

applied studies Your musical training begins with applied study on your principle instrument or voice. All undergraduate music students enjoy four years of private lessons. You will also benefit from weekly masterclasses and frequent workshops with exciting visiting musicians. • Brass (trombone, tuba, euphonium, horn, trumpet) • Classical guitar • Organ • Piano • Percussion • Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) • Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, oboe) • Voice Student life at the School of Music is ripe with opportunities to enrich your experience of music. Your days, nights and weekends will be filled with music – choir, chamber groups, opera, ensemble rehearsals, symphony involvement – as well as your individual practice and classes.


ensembles Every year the School of Music hosts more than 100 concerts, masterclasses and public lectures by renowned artists and scholars. Students and top musicians from around the world share the spotlight as we celebrate musical excellence and diversity with newly commissioned operas, traditional Newfoundland music, electroacoustic innovation, classical chamber ensembles and many more simulating musical events. Ensembles: • Chamber Orchestra • Opera • Wind Ensemble • Chamber Choir • Festival Choir • Jazz Ensemble • Scruncheons Percussion Ensemble • Brass Ensemble • Latin Ensemble • Gamelan Sagara Asih

chamber music

The chamber music course allows students to collaborate with one another in ensemble works each semester. The course is designed to enhance leadership and performance skills while incorporating practical instruction from weekly coachings. Students attend 6 masterclasses per semester and conclude with a juried performance presented by the Music@Memorial concert series.



bachelor of music (B.Mus.)

The bachelor of music degree is a four-year program. You will take individual instruction on your principle instrument or voice every year. In the first two years, all music students take a common core program that includes music theory, aural skills and music history. At the end of your second year, you will choose a major. Majors: • Performance • Composition • Musicologies • Joint major in music performance and musicologies • Major in music performances with minor in composition • General music studies (with optional minor from a discipline other than music) • Comprehensive (emphasizes courses in music education and conducting) • Music and business administration joint degrees program (bachelor of music and bachelor of business administration – five year program)

bachelor of music and bachelor of business administration The joint bachelor of music and bachelor of business administration is a five-year program. It is designed to give students the musicianship, knowledge, skills and business acumen they need to forge their careers in music and further afield. Entrance to the program is by audition. Instruction is available on all major orchestral and band instruments including: winds, brass, strings, percussion as well as voice, piano, organ and classical guitar. 10



master of music (M.Mus.)

A master of music degree from the School of Music prepares you for the life of a professional musician in today’s world. With emphasis on developing performance and career skills, the program has the flexibility to encompass the particular needs of each student, offering a rich variety and performance opportunities. Concentrations: • Performance • Performance and pedagogy • Conducting (choral, instrumental, or combined) All master of music programs provide: • Performance, or conducting experience to develop skills to a professional level. • Performance and pedagogy for voice, piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. • Development of music research and critical thinking skills through study of research methods exploration of music in its social context. • Development of the career and complementary professional skills needed to thrive as a professional musician, focusing on career development, taxes, media and promotion. • Internships and community music programs. • The option to produce a professional-quality recording.


ethnomusicology MA/PhD

Ethnomusicology places music in its social and cultural contexts, where it works closely with other expressive forms (such as dance, theatre and storytelling) to curate public memory and mobilize community engagement and future thinking. The study of music in place and its mobility through mediation is key both to the preservation of culture and to cultural critique. In St. John’s, traditional music has been a moveable feast for nearly 400 years. That puts us in a unique position to offer a dynamic program for students who want to study music as a cultural practice. Our ethnomusicology graduate programs are interdisciplinary, with courses offered through both the School of Music and the Department of Folklore.

MA Program • Provides core research training to develop fieldwork and archival skills • Offers key issues and theories in the study of music as a cultural practice • Structures coursework to provide the basis for a major independent research initiative

The PhD Program • Trains students for careers in scholarship as professors, or cultural animators • Explores key issues and theories in the study of music as a cultural practice • Structures coursework to provide the basis for a major independent research initiative

international experience

All undergraduate and graduate students have the option to study abroad at our international Harlow Campus. Participants are able to explore music in one of the most vibrant, historically significant, and diverse musical environments found anywhere in the world. They participate in field trips to concerts, operas, musical theatre and historic musical venues in and around London. Prior to taking flight, students take a music seminar course in historical and cultural context and throughout travels, an experiential course attending masterclasses, concerts and guest lectures.

about harlow campus

Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Harlow Campus is situated in the quaint, historic town of Old Harlow, Essex, U.K. Midway between London and Cambridge, it is linked to both cities by road and mainline railway (being approximately 40 minutes from each by rail). The campus consists of a group of 17th-century and modern buildings.


research centres and facilities Whether you’re rehearsing, composing or conducting research, the School of Music gives you the space you need to develop your craft. With two recital halls, several spacious rehearsal rooms, an electronic music lab, a keyboard lab and wellequipped practice rooms, Memorial provides you with just the right place to make music.

memorial electroacoustic music research laboratory (MEARL)

This electronic music research and teaching facility is bristling with innovation and creativity. Here you can use state-of-the-art technology to explore the world of digital music: composing, inventing new instruments, creating software and scoring films.

music resource centre, school of music

A quiet oasis that houses our score and media collections, with listening carrels, computers and worktables. Extensive music texts and journals are available at the nearby Queen Elizabeth II Library, one of the best university libraries in Canada.

research centre for music, media and place (MMaP) MMaP is dedicated to community-based music research and engagement, with a library/seminar room, a gallery for performance, and a rehearsal room with a sprung dance floor, multimedia production facilities and office spaces for ethnomusicology graduate students.


bruneau centre for excellence in choral music (BCECM)

Ethnomusicology students working in the areas of choral music and singing can apply for research and community project grants in an annual competition.


our faculty Our faculty are celebrated across Canada and around the world. Cultivating professional careers as performing and recording artists, musicologists, theorists, composers and much more, they create an environment rich in creativity, performance, research and exploration. They do this right here at Memorial University as full time faculty members, deeply engaged and accessible to our students throughout the year. They are on-hand for all our students, constantly sharing their expertise and experience, providing coaching and mentoring, helping our students realize their immense potential. We pride ourselves on having a rich and student focused learning community: accessible, friendly, creative, world class and professionally oriented. Find our faculty list and bios on our website:

professional opportunities Our students have ample professional opportunities within the school and community. From solo public recitals to our collaborative chairs program with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, students are able to build an impressive repertoire list and CV over the course of their program.


Additionally, many are accepted into high calibre summer music programs across Canada and internationally. Professional opportunities include: • MUN Opera Roadshow • NSO Chairs Program • Calos Conducting Partnership • Centre for Social Enterprise

careers The qualities we encourage at the School of Music build a solid foundation for a future in a wide variety of professions. In addition to the music careers listed here, our graduates use their music degrees as a springboard for many fields including: • Operatic singer • Concert pianist • MTV vlogger • Film & TV composer • Tonmeister: technology specialist and sound designer • Indie rockstar • Otolaryngologists • Dean, School of Music • Videogame composer • Piano technician


At Memorial University, we take pride in our academic excellence. In addition to quality education we offer competitive tuition rates in comparison to other Canadian Universities. Further details and updated tuition rates can be found online at


Memorial’s School of Music has a vibrant scholarship and fellowship program for entering and continuing students. Over a third of all undergraduates receive scholarship support, while graduate students are awarded fellowship funding. Students also benefit from Memorial University’s broad entrance scholarship program. With a few exceptions, scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and musical merit and do not require an application.


profiles Michael O’Keefe ‘18 RHODES SCHOLAR

The world-class mentorship and comprehensive curriculum at the School of Music encouraged me to be exploratory and interdisciplinary in my approach to education, which guided my musical, academic and leadership development. This ultimately led me to study both music performance and public policy at the University of Oxford, where I study as a Rhodes Scholar.”

Bekah Simms ‘12 COMPOSER Memorial also boasts one of the top composerpedagogues in the country. Andrew Staniland was a huge influence on my current practice, encouraging me to listen to a wide variety of musical aesthetics and to always stay curious. His dedication in revamping MUN’s electronic music studio has led to it being one of the best-equipped in the country, and very accessible to the student body.”


how to apply

Students who would like to audition for the School of Music undergraduate or graduate program must apply through the Memorial University online portal and follow the application steps indicated. You will need: • A reference from a professional musician (such as a private instructor, choir or band conductor, school music teacher) • To choose your audition location: St. John’s, N.L., Halifax, N.S., Toronto, Ont. • A written summary of musical experience and achievements • To submit official academic records • A written statement of career aspirations (for joint program in music and business) For detailed information, please visit: For undergraduate applications visit: For graduate applications visit:


Our auditions are designed to gain a full understanding of your musical background and ability. Based on your area of application and intended degree program, you are asked to prepare an appropriate audition to perform for a panel of faculty members. In addition, you will be asked to take a theory test, aural skills test and piano proficiency evaluation. You may choose to audition live in: • St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador • Halifax, Nova Scotia • Toronto, Ontario You may also audition by video or by video conference. However, we strongly encourage live auditions wherever possible. For bachelor of music audition requirements, visit: For master of music audition requirements, visit:



SCHOOL OF MUSIC Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John’s, NL, Canada A1C 5S7 +1 709 864 7486 Fax: 709 864 2666 @musicatmun @musicatmemorial @musicatmemorial To arrange a tour, email us at Or check out our campus at