Our University of Manitoba ensembles perform throughout the year. Ensembles cover a range genres and size from an 80-piece concert band to small chamber groups.
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.
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.
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 livestreamed on our YouTube Channel.
Indigenous Intersections is a week of midday presentations and performances that includes discussions of the decolonization of university music programs, collaborations promoting Indigenous artists. Previous presentations have included a lecture from Osani Balkaran (The O.B.) on the creation of Indigenous hip-hop, and representations of Louis Riel in music.
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.
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).
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.