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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
February 7, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Bachelor of Music: Performance

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Description of Performance Concentration

This program is for gifted students in piano, voice, organ, orchestral instruments, guitar and historical instruments, including fortepiano and harpsichord, who intend to become professional performers and/or teachers of performance.

As a student in this program, you can take advantage of additional lesson time, and at least one-third of your course credits will involve performance. You will perform a half-recital in your third year, and a full-length formal solo recital during your fourth year as well participate in Laurierís annual concerto competitions, weekly student recitals, student composersí concerts and chamber music recitals

Performance: Strings and Chamber Music

Our Strings and Chamber Music program, focusing on the highest standards of performance and string education, develops skilled performers in all types of string repertoire. We understand that where you study and with whom you study are incredibly important decisions, so during your Laurier audition process, our core string faculty offer 1 complimentary private lesson to give you the opportunity to get to know your potential teachers and explore their teaching styles. Requests for specific teachers are accommodated whenever possible.

Performance: Keyboard

As a student of piano, you are encouraged to develop specific interests, and to this end youíll design a customized course of keyboard study in consultation with your instructor to develop your emerging artistic identity. Our faculty members have expertise in solo performance, chamber music, instrumental accompanying, piano pedagogy and improvisation and are widely recognized for their dedication to young artists.

In weekly private lessons, youíll study technique, sight-reading and a wide variety of repertoire, including Canadian music and works by female composers. Instruction in harpsichord or fortepiano is also available as a component of lessons, or for principal or second study.

During weekly masterclasses youíll learn to perform repertoire in a collaborative group environment and discuss performance-related issues. Masterclasses by guest artists are offered regularly. We offer courses in vocal and instrumental accompanying, piano literature and piano pedagogy, and pianists may participate in Laurierís Chamber Music program. Other performance opportunities include weekly student recitals, student composersí concerts, chamber music recitals, third- and fourth-year recitals, and our annual concerto competitions.

Our 35 grand and 60 upright pianos are used for studio and classroom instruction and practicing. Our early keyboard collection includes 2 harpsichords, 2 fortepianos and 2 clavichords.

Performance: Voice

As a voice major, youíll study a wide range of vocal literature in private lessons and in masterclasses art song, oratorio, chamber music and even some music theatre are performed. Our curriculum includes diction studies, with emphasis on German, Italian, French and English.

We offer many performance opportunities, including masterclasses, student and graduation recitals, large-scale choral works and weekly Tuesday noon hour recitals. In addition, third and fourth year singers (with additional volunteers from earlier years) perform in 2 opera productions.

As an extension of your vocal studies beyond the normal school year, you can choose to enroll in our Intensive Studies in Voice Workshop that runs for 9 weeks every spring. The workshop culminates with several voice recitals in late June.

Performance: Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion

As a student in woodwind, brass or percussion, youíll have the opportunity to play in our Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble or Improvisational Concert Ensemble as well as enroll in chamber music courses.

A masterclass for each instrument is held every week, during which youíll perform for your fellow students and explore topics such as reed-making, orchestral excerpts, chamber music and jazz. Every wind or brass student is assigned to a professional coach accompanist, who will assist you with your performance of solo repertoire.

Many of our woodwind and brass instructors are members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

Performance: Guitar, Lute, and Harp

As a student in guitar you are encouraged to explore historical plucked instruments such as the lute, renaissance guitar, baroque guitar and classical mandolin to play chamber music and learn to improvise accompaniments.

As a student studying harp you will participate in harp ensemble exploring improvisation and composition in classical, Celtic and Latin folk styles. You will be encouraged to play chamber music as well as solo repertoire.