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Heroes and helpers theme of March 15 Mennonite Community Concert

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 10:11 AM

2:00 PM at Jubilee Place, 173 Talbot Ave. Admission by donation.

In 1815, Ludwig von Beethoven composed his Eroica Symphony, to celebrate the general spirit of heroism in the world.

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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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Nolan Kehler (BMus, ’17): How good listening makes good music

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

For Nolan Kehler, building a career in which singing can be of service to others, whether through critical storytelling, powerful encouragement, or creative advocacy, is the goal to strive for.

Nolan Kehler (tenor) completed his Bachelor of Music in 2017, concentrating in Vocal Performance. In his graduating year he placed third in CMU's prestigious Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, and in 2019 he graduated from University of Victoria (BC) with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. New as he is to life as a working artist, Kehler is already booking regular singing work in leading roles, on top of his part-time job as a technical producer for CBC Manitoba.

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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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Clarinetist wins 2019 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 6:45 AM

A clarinetist from Manitoba is the winner of the 14th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU).

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.

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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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CMU, community orchestra celebrate spring with special concert

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 10:17 AM

The public is invited to a special spring concert at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) on Sunday, March 10.

The feature of the occasion is a special collaboration between CMU's resident orchestra, the Mennonite Community Orchestra (MCO), and fourth year CMU School of Music Student Emma Heinrichs.

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