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2020 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition winners (videos)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 3:05 PM

The Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, open to CMU music students, is made possible each year through the generous contributions of the event sponsor and prize donor, Peter Janzen of Deep River, Ontario. Janzen established the competition in memory of his wife, Verna Mae, who died of cancer in 1989 at the age of 53, and who shared the joy of singing with her husband.

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Baritone Nathan Dyck winner of 15th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

Despite uncertainty and the changing circumstances of campus life under COVID-19, competitors in this year's Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition kept their focus.

Singing to a closed auditorium of adjudicators only instead of the usual community audience, seven finalists gave it their all: Michelle Fast (soprano), Georgeanne Van Helden (piano), Katy Unruh (soprano), Anna Schwartz (piano), Nathan Dyck (baritone), Anne Kelm (piano), and Johanna Klassen (soprano).

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CMU’s Neil Weisensel receives $50,000 SSHRCC grant for continued development of Louis Riel opera

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

Funding will help ensure every possible measure is taken to make Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North a reconciliation project, curtain to curtain.

Grant writing is notoriously difficult, time-consuming, meticulous work, yielding unpredictable return on investment. Yet it remains an essential and unavoidable demand of research and creative careers. For Neil Weisensel, adjunct Professor of Music at CMU and composer of Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North which débuted last year, the effort is paying off. He recently received $50,000 in the form of a federal grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) for further work on a thriving production.

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Doktorvater: How Dietrich Bartel is bringing a teacher’s heart to research communication

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 10:23 PM

In German, the word for a doctoral supervisor is doktorvater, or "doctor father." No phrase could better express the spirit of pedagogical generosity and delight which critics have identified in the work of Music Professor Emeritus, Dietrich Bartel.

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This Thirsty Land: CMU Festival Chorus and Mennonite Community Orchestra in performance

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

On Saturday November 2, the newly formed CMU Festival Chorus and resident Mennonite Community Orchestra will join forces, along with student and faculty soloists, to present This Thirsty Land, a bill of masterworks reanimated for the present moment.

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Faculty: In Their Own Words - Dr. Matthew Pauls

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 4:03 PM

Dr. Matthew Pauls, Assistant Professor of Music, has taught at CMU since 2015.

What do you love about your work here?
I wear a few different hats, so I see students in different kinds of places: one on one in the voice studio, in a classroom, and then in men's chorus. They each have a very different flavour and I enjoy the variety. I love that because of the size of the institution, you get a chance to get to know students better. In a place like the voice studio, where I don't just teach students for one semester, I get to see them grow over a longer period of time and that's very rewarding.

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Winning Performances of the 2019 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition (video)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 11:26 AM

Stephanie Wilson's performance earned her first place and the $700 prize that comes with it on Wednesday, March 20. She is the first clarinetist to ever win the competition.

Nathan Dyck, a baritone in his third year of a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, placed second and received $500. Third place and its $300 prize went to pianist Madeleine Friesen, who is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Music Education and Musicology.

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Music Therapy degree opens worlds of opportunity for graduate

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Rebekah Miller sees the effects of music's transformative power in countless different ways every week. No two days on the job are ever alike for the music therapist and educator.

"One day I'm working with two-year olds and then the next I'm working with 102-year olds," says Miller, who graduated from CMU with a Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2018. "What I love the most about my work right now is the diversity. I love working with different age groups and having different goals."

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Celebrated Canadian pianist to give concert at Canadian Mennonite University

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

Jane Coop, one of Canada's most respected and cherished pianists, will present an exciting program of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff on Canadian Mennonite University's newly acquired Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand piano.

The concert is at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, November 14 in the Laudamus Auditorium at CMU, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.

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2018 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition Winners (videos)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 2:34 PM

Petrouchka: Three Movements for Piano, Scene 2: Petrouchka's Room by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

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