These five short video profiles introduce you to: an alumna, award-winning teacher and choral conductor, a music educator and innovator in music and health research, an undergraduate student in accordion performance, an alumnus and Academy Award winning film composer, and a graduate doctoral student in ethnomusicology — a few of the remarkable people at UofT Music who represent us so well.
...there are many paths
Welcome to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music! To what we hope will be one of the great adventures of your life!
Home to a diverse and dynamic community of scholars, performers, composers, and educators, the UofT Faculty of Music has long been a Canadian leader. Well-grounded in classical and jazz traditions, UofT Music believes in diversity and thinks globally, as our range of musical cultures, styles and ideas shows.
As part of the University of Toronto, Canada’s highest-ranked research-intensive university (currently ranked 20th worldwide and 15th in arts & humanities), UofT provides a superb learning environment, a teaching staff of international renown, excellent performance halls, and a music library collection that is a national treasure.
Throughout the academic year and beyond, the Faculty is host to hundreds of master classes by visiting artists, lectures by leading scholars, recitals and concerts by our own distinguished artists and ensembles, as well as by touring and festival performers. Your teachers are proud to share their professional knowledge and passion for music. They invite you to join them in bringing music to the community and to the world.
The key goals of the current University of Toronto Boundless campaign are: Meeting Global Challenges, and Preparing Global Citizens.
For Music, this means Boundless Creativity!
Music and the performing arts in general have major roles to play in helping secure the general have major roles to play in helping secure the global future. As musicians and musical thinkers you can play a major role in that enterprise as tomorrow's creative leaders.
Boundless Creativity captures the sense of discovery, innovation, and interaction that we hope will characterize your time at the University of Toronto. Our mission is to provide our students with the best possible range and quality of academic and artistic experiences. Yours is to explore those many opportunities made available to you, and to create new ones in your own unique voice—as part of one of the world's great universities, in the heart of one of the world's great cities.
With best wishes for your artistic and academic studies,
And for the life-changing experiences that lie ahead.
The Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto brings together energetic and engaged students with a large and diverse constellation of outstanding music educators. With degrees and diplomas available in so many areas of music study, our array of courses provides an exceptional opportunity to explore various fields within music. Our committment to musical and academic achievement, the vast resources of the University of Toronto campus, and the rich cultural life of Toronto create an exciting and inspiring learning environment. Our alumni hold leading positions in the music world within Canada and internationally. We invite you to join us in our pursuit of musical excellence.
If you are a current student, you can access our Portal for access to detailed information and often requested forms, information on Student Services and Resources as well as important information on Rules and Regulations.
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If you are a current graduate student, you will find more information here.
Start with the Registrar’s Office. The staff here can help you with course selections, student loan and scholarship questions, personal issues, writing and math aid centres, and much more. They can also refer you to other services if you need them.
Check out Ulife - your one-stop website listing a large and diverse directory of student clubs, organizations, activities and opportunities on all three campuses.
You can also build your supporting cast just by getting out there. Explore the campus. Try something new. Meet new people. Be active. Contribute something to the community. The more you explore, the more friends you’ll make, the more you’ll know about the services, and the more you’ll know about how to get what you need when you need it.
Browse the important websites and discover the many services that will serve as your advocates and as your cheerleaders. They’re here to hold you up when you struggle and to help you grow when you’re ready.
At UofT we Create New Music.
We Create new music through programs in Composition, Jazz, Film/Media and Large Ensembles. We create new music through our composer-in-residence programs, our Electronic Music Studio and our GamUT Contemporary Ensemble. And we celebrate new music annually through our New Music Festival with its Distinguished Visitor and our Karen Kieser Composition Prize.
We Produce new music through our Opera and Early Music programs. New stagings of classic and contemporary operas that train professional singers, instrumentalists, stage directors, repetiteurs, and coaches. And we celebrate annually with a new fully staged, orchestrated opera on an original libretto through UofT Opera and our Opera Student Composer Collective. .
Come Play with Us. (Seriously)
Many languages make reference to the ludic qualities of music making: play in English, jouer en français, spielen auf Deutsch.
Do you Play an instrument? Are you interested in Performing at the highest level?
Our goal is to give you the best foundational technical and finest advanced artistic training possible through private studio teaching with many of Toronto’s top professional teachers and players. While with us, you will play in well-coached UofT chamber music ensembles (strings, winds, brass, percussion, piano, guitar, early music, contemporary music, world music) and perform in UofT’s renowned large ensembles (opera, orchestra, winds, choirs, early music).
And you can also get professional playing experience through our Music Booking Office.
Come Learn with Us.
Schoenberg introduced his 1911 Theory of Harmony text with the words “I have learned this book from my students.”
At UofT Music we believe that the Teaching / Learning relationship is a powerful dialogue where enthusiasm meets experience and together we act in the service of musical creation, expression, and understanding.
We love Teaching... and we’re still learning.
Our award-winning professors, lecturers, and professionals work with undergraduates from day one. Our graduate students are mentored by outstanding professionals in their fields.
Think Music. Do Music.
One of the added-values of being at a great music school inside a great university is the level of thinking that goes on.
Our academic programs in music—from Theory and Composition, to History and Culture, along with your training in Education and Performance—develop your critical thinking abilities to an exceptional level.
So that you not only do music, you think music.
Your undergraduate music degree program also includes opportunities to take a range of courses in Arts & Science or other subject areas from the greater UofT and its distinctive College system...and you have access to a Music Library that ranks as one of the best in the world.
As you build your fluency and expertise relation between Think and Do, between thought and action becomes seamless.
UofT's Faculty of Music is the engine that drives the performers, composers, scholars, and educators who will shape tomorrow's musical experience and sustain Canada's cultural economy.
Intensive classroom teaching and performance coaching by distinguished faculty and visitors pushes our students to explore new possibilities. Not a day goes by without lectures, master classes, and performances of special note. Our mentorship program connects alumni with current students helping them make the transition from the academy to the working world.
We rely on donors like you to ensure that our exciting programs continue. Donors like you ensure that our young musicians have the financial support necessary to be able to focus on their studies to achieve their artistic and academic goals.
The University of Toronto Boundless Campaign
In his previous position, Dean McLean was in part responsible for the largest naming gift to a performing arts faculty in Canada’s history. The Faculty of Music was not named in UofT’s previous campaign. What a Boundless opportunity for a visionary philanthropist! It is now Toronto and UofT’s turn.
State-of-the-art when it opened in 1964, this home venue for our renowned UofT Opera and large ensemble programs, with its still awesome stage and fly tower, is overdue for a transformative renewal that will return it to world-class status as a theatre for opera production and related performing arts presentations, training, and digital presence.
In September 2014, UofT announced exciting plans for the transformation of the 90 Queen’s Park site in partnership with multiple stakeholders inside and outside of the University. For the Faculty of Music, the 90QP project will create a “New Recital Hall” (a world-class space and high-profile naming opportunity), and will provide direct connection from Philosopher’s Walk to Queen’s Park Crescent and Avenue Road through the Edward Johnson Building and into the Atrium of the new complex with its New Recital Hall and related spaces for performance and conference activities.
UofT’s Music Library collection is a national treasure and one of the top four music research libraries in North America. Moved to a largely subterranean new wing in 1990, the Music Library offers a stellar naming opportunity for an enlightened donor. Renovation plans focus on creating a modern teaching and learning environment to complement our ongoing responsibility for the preservation and development of this amazing collection.
Established in 2012, MaHRC is quickly moving to create a global leadership position in the emergent interdisciplinary field of music and health, to enhance our understanding of the role of music and sound in individual and societal health and wellbeing. With already over 50 researchers from Music, Medicine, and other faculties, the UHN (University Health Network), other clinical research teams, and partners for other universities, MaHRC is seeking support for its innovative mission, projects, and collaborative programs. A transformative naming opportunity for someone, a target for directed support from several individuals already.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary season this past year, since its inception soon after WW II UofT Opera has been Canada’s pre-eminent university-based opera training program. Over the years UofT Opera has been the training ground for many of Canada’s greatest singing, coaching, conducting, directing, and theatre design talent. Today our graduates continue to win major competitions and to move on to professional companies and young artist programs. UofT Opera: a legacy naming opportunity for some great philanthropist and a popular direction for support from our loyal annual donors.
Many Areas in performance, teaching, and research at UofT Music have outstanding potential and they need to attract and retain high-profile faculty in an increasingly global talent pool. Support for Faculty Leaders helps secure and sustain excellence.
As part of the University of Toronto the Faculty of Music is committed to providing access and opportunity to the best and brightest students regardless of means. Graduate Fellowships are absolutely essential to attract the best national and international prospects. Though our students do quite well in securing limited available external research funding, we need major philanthropic support to provide graduate fellowships across all program areas at the master and doctoral levels. UofT Music has benefited from significant scholarship support (both endowed and annual) from many donors over several decades. But to remain competitive in a global context we need to be able to offer more substantial Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships, and to provide deeper Program Support to enhance student experience, notably to assist individuals and ensembles with travel to competitions, conferences, master classes, international exchanges, and summer programs.
In addition to the Alumni Annual Fund, the Dean’s Discretionary Fund provides resources to take advantage of opportunities as they arise: to provide ‘seed money’ or start-up funding for a new course, program, or research project, to purchase instruments and technical equipment, to ‘match’ other partnership sources. We hope to grow this fund substantially through direct funding and endowment.
Music students are inspired by the sounds around them. The noises and rhythms of UofT and of Toronto are written into song.
The world premier of a composition becomes a sold-out event. Performance takes flight.
For our students, it is another great musicial achievement, perhaps their first.
And people like you helped to make it happen...
Truth be told, giving sometimes goes unrecognized...
At other times, it is acknowledged...beautifully.
At UofT Music we want to work with you to support our students and programs and we make every effort to acknowledge and thank our donors.
At this year's season launch/welcome, Dean Don McLean shared this story about the emotional and relational importance of philanthropy from higher-education fundraising legend Don Gray:
Never Forget the Rose to the Widow and the Drum Serenade...
A middle class family who enjoyed the music of their local University gave a modest donation to its Music Faculty in memory of a late father and husband. The Dean immediately thanked them for their kind generosity and suggested that they might like to meet the beneficiary, the young student that their scholarship would support. They had the opportunity to meet her and to hear her graduating recital.
At the end of four years the family was also invited to attend convocation. As the young student stepped up to receive her diploma, she also received, as was custom at that school, a single rose. She turned, crossed the stage, and handed her rose to the widow who had made her graduation possible through that funded scholarship... a beautiful and graceful moment.
Years later, that same family made another donation to the marching band drum corps at another school. On a particular game day, the drum corps met the donor in front of the football stadium gate, surrounded her and, without any words exchanged, performed a drum serenade salute for her and then peeled off into the stadium.
When you are thinking about the power of philanthropy, particularly philanthropy in Music and performing arts:
Never Forget the Rose to the Widow and the Drum Serenade.
Imagine visiting a parent in a seniors' home. Today he may be withdrawn, confused, and agitated, he may have lost the ability to communicate, perhaps even recognize you. It is hard.
But, suddenly, when he listens to music...his toes start to tap, he calms down, his toes start to tap, and he begins to sing along...
MaHRC (The Music and Health Research Collaboratory) brings together experts in music, medicine, and clinical practice. MaHRC's researchers study diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke, chronic pain...and how music can and does make a difference.
Through UofT Music, UofT, UHN (The University Health Network), and other external partners, we are quickly moving to a global leadership position in this emergent field. You can support MaHRC and Music Research.
At UofT Music we are a national leader in Music Research in composition, performance, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology and education, and we offer a wide range of respected and renowned performance programs in many domains: classical, jazz, early music, contemporary, opera. Our humanities-based research on music & society, as well as our groundbreaking work in music & health, and our national leadership through the Institute for Canadian Music (ICM) need your support to sustain our award-winning efforts.
UofT's Boundless Campaign provides many high profile and transformative naming opportunities for Music.
For more information on Naming Opportunities or other ways to give, please contact our Director of Advancement, Bruce Blandford.
UofT Music offers numerous undergraduate scholarships and graduate level fellowships annually. A complete list of our current Scholarship & Fellowship offerings can be found here (INSERT). The need remains far greater than our remarkable current capacity. At the present time, and notwithstanding our students' extraordinary levels of success in receiving outside scholarly grants, we still need to fund too many of our graduate students through scarce operating resources. Supporting graduate students annually can have an extraordinary positive impact on them personally and on the Faculty's overall ability to carry out our mission.
Every annual gift has an impact on UofT Music students...the Faculty of Music trains performers, scholars, composers, and music educators for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The Annual Fund and the Dean's Discretionary Fund together help support many student and program activities, and are often used to leverage additional outside resources that help us realize projects that would otherwise be impossible. You can support our Annual Fund and Dean's Discretionary Fund online, or please contact our Director of Advancement, Bruce Blandford.
We are privileged to be teamed with several corporations and foundations who support our students and our programs, often by providing matching gifts. With help from your employer, your generous gift can double or triple in size . To find out how we can work better together, contact our Director of Advancement, Bruce Blandford.
Leave a lasting legacy by including UofT Music in your estate planning. A gift by will or bequest provides you with the opportunity to support UofT Music once your needs and those of your loved ones have been met.
For more information, please contact our Director of Advancement, Bruce Blandford .
...a tour. Our city, our campus, our faculty...
…in a concert… over 600 annual performances plus lectures and masterclasses…many of them free…talent, passion, insight
…a moment – our ongoing story, highlights of our year and a taste of what is yet to come
…some magic…our booking office proudly represents our talented students… from solo performers to ensembles…we can help create that memorable event.