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Spring award nominations for School of Music faculty and alumni

Two award winners and dozens of finalists —  of Music faculty and alumni have recently made a splash in major Canadian competitions!

This weekend, sopranos Anna Toumine (BMus’12) and Elizabeth Harris (BMus’16, MMus’18) won second and third place, respectively, at Vancouver Opera’s inaugural Vocal Competition. Conceived as a launching pad for young opera singers, the competition brought eight gifted young opera singers from across Canada together in front of a panel of judges that included renowned mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, conductor Jonathan Darlington, and more.

Meanwhile, the just-announced 2019 Western Canadian Music Award nominees include Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year, Hard Rubber Orchestra for Jazz Artist/Ensemble of the Year, and Farshid Samandari (MMus’07, DMA’14) for Classical Composer of the Year. All four ensembles feature School of Music faculty and alumni.

Here’s the full list of personnel:


WCMA Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year

Turning Point Ensemble: UBC faculty Jeremy Berkman (trombone), Brenda Fedoruk (flute), Vern Griffiths (percussion), Ingrid Chiang (bassoon) as well as clarinetist A.K. Coope (BMus’90).

Vancouver Chamber Choir: Matthew Gaskin (MMus’17), Christina Cichos (BMus’12), Emily Cheung (BMus’06), Eric Schwarzhoff (BMus’12, MMus’14), George Roberts (BMus’85), Karyn Way (BMus’96, MMus’98), Madeline Lucy Smith (BMus’07).

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: concertmaster Karl Stobbe (BMus’94).


WCMA Jazz Artist /Ensemble of the Year

Hard Rubber Orchestra
Artistic director and composer John Korsrud (BMus’89); trumpeters Alan Matheson (faculty), Jamie Hovorka (BMus’95), Robin Shier (BEd’02), Bill Clark (BEd’99); trombonists Jeremy Berkman (faculty), Dennis Esson (faculty), Rob McKenzie (BMus’77, MMus’89), Bob Rogers (BMus86, BEd’92); saxophonists Mike Braverman (BMus’92, BEd’93, MEd’02), Monik Nordine (BMus’92); pianists Allen Stiles (BMus’84, MMus’86), Chie Nagatani (BMus’91), Adrienne Park (BMus’91); string players Finn Manniche (BMus’86), Cameron Wilson (BMus’88), Bob Clark (BMus’86), Sandy Fiddes (BMus’87); vocalists Siphiwe McKenzie (BMus’95), Elizabeth Skillings (BMus’95); percussionist Phil Belanger (BMus’77); and composers Keith Hamel (faculty), John Oliver (BMus’82), Bob Pritchard (faculty), Fred Stride, Cameron Wilson, Sandy Fiddes, Rob McKenzie.

WCMA Classical Composer of the Year
Farshid Samandari (MMus’07, DMA’14)

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees!

UBC Music faculty Heidi Krutzen wins 2016 Artist of the Year - Western Canadian Music Award

UBC Music faculty Heidi Krutzen wins 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Artist/Ensemble of the Year with COULOIR

October 17, 2016

UBC Music faculty Heidi Krutzen won the Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Music Artist/Ensemble of the Year as part of the duo COULOIR with Ariel Barnes.

UBC Music nominations from 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards

Congratulations to UBC School of Music faculty and alumni for their 2016 Western Canadian Music Award Nominations!

Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year

  • Couloir: Ariel Barnes and Heidi Krutzen (faculty)
  • Turning Point Ensemble and musica intima
  • Paolo Bortolussi (faculty)

Turning Point Ensemble includes several UBC Music faculty:
Jeremy Berkman trombone
Brenda Fedoruk flute
Vern Griffiths percussion
François Houle clarinet
Benjamin Kinsman horn
Heidi Krutzen harp

The nominated recording, Thirst (Redshift Records), includes Karen Wilson (BMus’74), producer and Will Howie (BMus’04), recording engineer and digital editor.

Classical Composition of the Year

  • Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge – Benton Roark (MMus’07, DMA’13)
  • Birds of Paradise Lost – John Oliver (BMus’82)
  • 15 for Piano – Howard Bashaw (MMus’84 and DMA’89)

World Artist of the Year

  • Mazacote

Malcolm Aiken (MMus’09) is a member of Mazacote.

The 14th annual Western Canadian Music Awards show will be hosted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at Casino Regina.

Congratulations to all our friends nominated by BreakOut West!

UBC Music Alumni win 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards

Jocelyn Morlock wins Classical Composition of the Year

Jocelyn Morlock (MMus’96, DMA’02) won the Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composition of the Year for COBALT.

Karl Stobbe wins Classical Recording of the Year

Karl Stobbe (BMus’94) won the Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year for Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin.

The Western Canadian Music Awards were given out on Sunday, September 20, 2015 in Victoria, BC.