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Welcome to the Desautels Faculty of Music!

Each fall, we invite high school students in grades 11 and 12 to learn about our faculty! Students experience a day-in-the-life of a music student, touring our facilities, attending courses and rehearsals, and meeting with our faculty members and students!

This year we will be hosting our Open House online. The online format is designed to reduce screen fatigue, with sessions spread out over several days. This format also gives students the opportunity to visit more classes, meet with more instructors, and get a comprehensive look at the faculty! Students can choose which sessions they would like to attend based on their interests.

Ready to join us?

2021 Open House Schedule

Wednesday, November 3 

Welcome from Dr. Edward Jurkowski, Dean Desautels Faculty of Music 

Student Support

9:30 - 10:15 - Admissions, Auditions, and Awards. This session will guide you through the application and audition process. It will also include a brief look at award opportunities for entering students, presented by Louella Yambot, Admission & Recruitment Coordinator. 

10:30 - 10:45 - Theory Entrance Exam Preparation (TEEP). This session provides an overview about the TEEP course and to register for the upcoming session. As a requirement for admissions to the Desautels Faculty of Music (DFOM), the TEEP course prepares you for the written theory exam, presented by Donnalynn Grills, Prep Studies Coordinator. 

10:45 -11:00 - First-year registration. This session provides an overview of courses to register for during the first year in the music program. It will also include a brief look at the different music concentrations you can pursue for their degree, presented by Jennifer Wang, DFOM Undergraduate Student Advisor. 

12:00 - 1:00 - Virtual Tour. This session gives you a virtual tour of our state-of-the-facilities presented by the Faculty of Music Student Association (FMSA). 


Open Classes and Rehearsals

11:30 - 12:20 - Intro to Music Teaching and Learning. This course is an exploration of pedagogical principles and issues for the contemporary K-12 classroom, taught by Assistant Professor Dr. Jody Stark.  

2:30 -3:30 - Small ensembles rehearsal: Brass Quintet, directed by Professor Dr. Richard Gillis. 

Thursday, November 4 

Open Classes

8:45 - 9:45 - Percussions Techniques. This course provides instruction in percussion instruments. Development of basic playing techniques and examination of materials and procedures for individual and group instruction, taught by instructor Victoria Sparks. 

Meet the Faculty of Music Student Association (FMSA)

12:00 - 1:00 - Virtual lunch with FMSA. This session will introduce you to members of the FMSA, and listen stories about their student experience at the DFOM.  

Open Rehearsals and Masterclasses

1:00 - 2:00 - Percussion ensemble rehearsal, directed by Instructor Victoria Sparks. 

2:15 - 3:15 - University Singers rehearsal, directed by Professor Dr. Elroy Friesen. 

2:30 - 4:30 - Jazz Vocal ensemble rehearsal, directed by instructor Karly Epp. 

2:45 - 5:00 - Wind ensemble rehearsal, directed by Assistant Professor Dr. Jacqueline Dawson. 

3:30 - 5:00 - Voice Masterclass, taught by instructors Donna Fletcher and Monica Huisman. 


Friday, November 5 

Open Classes

9:30 - 10:20 - Music Theory 3. This course exams the idioms of instrumental melody through the writing and analysis, taught by Assistant Professor Dr. David Bryne. 

10:30 - 11:20 - Introduction to Music in History 1. This course is a survey of western classical music from antiquity through the early 18th century, taught by Assistant Professor , Dr. Andrew Deruchie. 

Video Watch Library

12:45 - 1:30 - DFOM Student and Faculty Performances. Here is your chance to watch pre-recorded performances by our talented and world-class student and faculty members. 

  • Composition 
  • Jazz
  • Piano 
  • Strings 
  • Voice 
  • Woodwind
  • Brass 
  • Percussion  

Meet DFOM Faculty Members

12:30 - 1:15 - Professor Mel Braun, Voice 

1:30 - 2:15 - Professor Dr. Gordon Fitzell and Professor Örjan Sandred, Composition

3:00 - 4:00 - Assistant Professor Dr. Jody Stark, Music Education 

Open Masterclasses

2:30 - 4:00 - Piano Masterclasses. This masterclass invites prospective piano majors to witness the best form of musical instruction, taught by instructor Dr. Darryl Friesen. 

2:30 - 4:00 - Woodwind Masterclass. This masterclass will also include breakout rooms for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Basson and Saxophone, taught by Associate Professor Allen Harrington, and DFOM instructors. 

2:30 - 4:00 - Brass Masterclass. This class brings all the UM brass majors together for a lecture and short student performances, taught by Professor Dr. Richard Gillis. 

2:30 - 4:30 - Strings Masterclass. This masterclass will feature violin, cello and guitar students who will play their pieces, or excerpts from the works they play, taught by Professor Dr. Oleg Pokhanovski, Associate Professor Dr. Minna Rose Chung, and instructor Ryszard Tyborowski. 

2:30 - 4:30 - Jazz Masterclass. This masterclass invites prospective jazz majors to witness the best form of musical instruction, taught by jazz faculty members.