On October 5th, the University of Ottawa School of Music celebrated its 50th anniversary. Alumni, students, faculty, and special guests gathered in Pérez Hall and Tabaret Hall to mark the School of Music’s Golden Anniversary. Attendees were able to attend a number of activities, including workshops and masterclasses presented by the new Musician’s Wellness Centre. Pérez Open Doors showcased projects and endeavours of current students – attendees had the opportunity to observe performance rehearsals by chamber ensembles and solo musicians, visit stations set up by composition students, attend interactive workshops about Clara Schumann in the CreatorSpace, and get an idea of current research projects being done at the School of Music.
Da Capo 2019 presented new developments and future plans for the School of Music. Founding professors Evelyn Greenberg and Jean-Paul Sevilla were honoured, and special guest Joyce El-Khoury (BMUS ’05) was the inaugural recipient of the Angela Hewitt Distinguished Alumni Award. The incredible turnout for this event allowed the guests to celebrate fifty years of accomplishments, successes, and achievements by the University of Ottawa School of Music.
Alumni Memories - 1969-2019
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the School of Music, we have collected some Alumni Memories. We hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we have.
A Brief History of Music at the University of Ottawa
Music has a long and distinguished history at the University of Ottawa. Joseph-Henri Tabaret introduced a program of musical study already in 1878, thirty years after the founding of the University, which complemented the activities of various groups active on campus, including the Orpheus Glee Club (founded in 1858) and a wind orchestra (founded in 1865), later known as the Société Sainte-Cécile/Cecilian Society.