Our University of Manitoba ensembles perform throughout the year. Ensembles cover all major genres and range in size from an 80-piece concert band to small chamber groups. The public is welcome to attend.
Other popular performance series
The Desautels Faculty of Music offers a wide range of performances, lectures, workshops and masterclasses each year. These feature our students, faculty, and guest artists. Students have a chance to play for and collaborate with their peers, and to hear and learn from the very best.
Faculty Midday Series
Each year Desautels Faculty of Music faculty members host midday lectures and presentations on a theme. In 2019-20, the theme was collaboration; faculty members introduced students to innovative combinations of instruments and voices and discussed practice techniques.
Music at Midday
This series gives students the chance to perform for their peers, play new pieces and explore collaboration with other Music students. Students in some courses may prepare staged productions for students as part of their coursework. The series is open to the public.
Indigenous Intersections performance and lecture series
Indigenous Intersections is a week of midday presentations and performances each fall that includes discussions of the decolonization of university music programs, collaborations promoting Indigenous artists, a lecture from Osani Balkaran (The O.B.) on the creation of Indigenous hip-hop, and representations of Louis Riel in music.
Wellness in Music series
This series is the result of work by the Desautels Faculty of Music Students’ Association and faculty members to promote wellness in mind, body, and spirit within the faculty.
Workshop topics have included salsa dancing, Feldenkrais techniques, self-defence, stress management, healthy practice techniques, yoga and career planning.
Musicians-in-residence: The Clearwater Quartet
The Clearwater Quartet is one Winnipeg’s premiere chamber ensembles. As the faculty’s ensemble in residence for 2019 to 2022, the quartet gives two free public midday concerts on the Fort Garry campus each year.
They also provide masterclasses for Desautels strings students and conduct open rehearsals on campus. The ensemble’s role on campus as performers and pedagogues presents a wonderful and unique opportunity for students.
The Clearwater Quartet is Gwen Hoebig (violin), Karl Stobbe (violin), Daniel Scholz (viola) and Yuri Hooker (cello).
Guest lecturers and performers
Each year, the Desautels Faculty of Music brings in a number of esteemed professional musicians and music educators to enrich the university experience for our students through lectures, performances, and masterclasses.
In recent years, the Faculty has brought in renowned composers, ethnomusicologists, musicians and ensembles to instruct, share, and collaborate.