Founded in 1907, the University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan’s
largest city, Saskatoon. On the banks of the beautiful South Saskatchewan
River, Saskatoon provides the stimulus, opportunities, and amenities
of a major centre. It boasts established theatre and dance companies,
the annual Fringe Festival, the Jazz Festival, and a great variety of
other multicultural events.
The Department of Music is located in the Education Building, which
contains Quance Theatre, music studios, a computer and electronic music
lab, classrooms and practice rooms. The music collection of the University
of Saskatchewan Libraries consists of several thousand books, scores,
periodicals, records and compact discs. Our music students have on-site
access to modern listening and study facilities. We have an integrated
keyboard lab of Yamaha Clavinovas, each with Apple iMac computers with
the latest of software. The Department’s main recital facility
for decades has been Convocation Hall, situated at the east end of “The
historical centre of campus).
Convocation Hall is the home to many of our performances. In addition to appearances by Department of Music faculty, many
members of the international community have presented concerts and masterclasses,
among them Guy Few, Alain Trudel, Lorin Hollander, the Verdehr Trio,
Edith Wiens, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Modern Quartet, the Lafayette
String Quartet, I Musici de Montreal, Tafelmusik, Denise Djokic, John
Griffiths, William Street, and James Sommerville.
The Department of Music plays host to national and international conventions.
Recent events have included the national choral director’s conference,
Podium (1994), the International Buxtehude-Scheidt Festival and
Conference (1987), the International Verdi Symposium (2003), Wolf Symposium
(2003) and the Adaskin Music Conference (2007).
In conjunction with the Departments
of Art & Art History and Drama, we also bring eminent scholars
to campus for the Fine Arts Research Lecture Series, under the auspices
of the Office of Research Services. Speakers in Music have included
Dr. John Chong, MD (Director, the Musicians’ Clinic), Dr. David
Elliott (Professor of Music Education, University of North Texas),
Dr. James Pruett (Library of Congress), and Dr. Eva Badura-Skoda (Vienna,
Austria & Madison, WI)
A large collection of historic instruments from various continents
supports activities in ethnomusicology, organology, and performance
practices. Among the universities most valuable acquisitions is the highly admired
quartet of seventeenth-century Amati string instuments. Another notable
instrument is a Johannes Secker French double harpsichord (after Pascal
Taskin, 1769). There are also many unusual and unique instruments from
Thailand, Vietnam and China.
The performance opportunities are endless at the U of
S. Students in the Department of Music have many options available
to them for performing, both on and off campus. In addition to a Student
Recital Series, there are a variety of large and small ensembles in
which students can experience a wide spectrum of musical styles and
genres. Some ensembles require an audition, held in early September.