Reunion Weekend

Dec. 1–3, 2017


We are so excited to be hosting our first School of Music Reunion! Our doors will be open to five decades of alumni, staff and instructors — and their families — for a weekend of reminiscing with old friends and meeting new ones!

The weekend will be jam packed with concerts, an open house, celebration dinner, and many opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow alumni. While some events are free, we are offering a special ticket price to alumni for ticketed events.

Online registration is now closed. For inquiries, please contact Kristy Farkas at





Friday, Dec. 1

12 – 5 PM

MacLaurin Building, B-Wing

Open House: A Day in the Life at the School of Music

Get a glimpse into the daily life of a music student when the School of Music opens its doors to the community for the day. Take a tour of the facilities, attend a concert, lecture or masterclass. This will be a great opportunity to meet students and faculty or to connect with fellow alumni.

View the schedule

Free admission and open to the public.

Friday, Dec. 1

5:30 – 11 PM

MacLaurin A-Wing Lobby

Social & Dinner

Mix & mingle with other alumni as well as former and current instructors and staff. Enjoy food and drink with live music by some of our favourite UVic jazz musicians! There will be prizes and swag to be had as well as decade-by-decade photo opportunities. Cocktail hour precedes the dinner spread. Cash bar. (Note: this is an adult 19+ event.)

Registration required.
$25 for School of Music alumni, staff & instructors / $35 for accompanying guests
Deadline for registration: Monday, November 27


Saturday, Dec. 2

11 AM – 12 PM

MacLaurin Building
Rm. B037, B-Wing

Music in Motion Workshop

This fun-filled workshop with Dr. Adam Jonathan Con was created with every age group in mind to experience meaningful musical moments through listening and physical expression. This particular blend of Dalcroze, Laban, Eichenberger, Alexander, and Tai Chi philosophies can only be experienced here!

Dr. Con is a conductor, a visionary, a respected teacher of choral conducting and Tai Chi Chuan, and a leader in the advocacy of music education.

Free admission and open to the public.
Please email to register.

Saturday, Dec. 2

12:45 – 2 PM

Meet at the Welcome Centre
in the University Centre

Campus Tour

Has the campus changed since you were a UVic student? This tour will take you around campus to check out some of the newer and upgraded facilities including the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), First Peoples House, Fine Arts buildings, McPherson Library, and more. 

Rain or shine! This tour is on foot. Comfortable footwear and appropriate clothing are recommended.

Free admission
Open to Reunion Weekend attendees only.
Please email to register.

Saturday, Dec. 2

2:30 PM

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall

Concert: From 1917 in 2017

Featuring Orion Series in Fine Arts guests
Kerry DuWors, violin (BMus ’01)
Stephen Runge, piano (BMus ’01)

In a concert of music from 1917, this dynamic alumni duo perform works by Debussy, Sibelius, Fauré, Elgar and Rachmaninoff.

Canadian violinist, chamber musician and educator, Kerry DuWors, has been praised as a “dynamic performer” (Scott St. John) with “fearless competence” (Winnipeg Free Press). Kerry is the first prize winner of the 26th E-Gré National Music Competition and is a three-time winner of the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank Competition. Praised for his sensitivity and versatility, pianist Stephen Runge has been heard from Victoria to Halifax as a soloist and collaborative artist.

Free admission. All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, Dec. 2

4 – 7 PM

Felicita’s Pub
Student Union Building

Victoria Beer Choir

The Beer Choir combines the traditions of socializing through libations and singing into one cheerful musical community. For Victoria, our special brand of Beer Choir — lead by Adam Con — includes accordionists from the Victoria Accordion Society and choristers from the many choirs in the capital region. A special chorister’s songbook will be available to everyone who attends and song leaders will help teach parts. Beer Choir is a fun participation event. Come early to get a seat and order a pint (happy hour prices are in effect from 4 p.m.).  All funds will support the UVic School of Music’s 50th Anniversary. The Beer Choir will wrap up at 6 p.m. but feel free to stay longer to enjoy dinner before the UVic Chorus & Orchestra concert at 8 p.m.

This is a 19+ event. Two pieces of I.D. are required.
Cover charge: $10 / $5 for students with a valid student ID
Admission does not include food or beverages.

Saturday, Dec. 2

8 PM

Farquhar Auditorium,
University Centre

UVic Chorus & Orchestra Gala Concert

We are thrilled to welcome Timothy Vernon as guest conductor on this special occasion. Founding artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria, Maestro Vernon has earned the admiration of audiences and fashioned POV into one of the city’s true cultural treasures.

Maestro Vernon will conduct the UVic Chorus & Orchestra in G. F. Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis, and Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture. As an added treat, School of Music faculty pianist Arthur Rowe and trumpeter Merrie Klazek will join as soloists in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 for Strings and Trumpet.

Cake reception to follow!
$10 for alumni (ONECard required). $25 regular / $20 seniors / $10 students

Sunday, Dec. 3

10 AM – 12 PM

MacLaurin Building
Lobby & Lounge, B-Wing

*Cancelled* Farewell Brunch

The reunion winds down with a farewell brunch for our former students and their families. Gather with old friends and new, share contact information, and say goodbye over coffee, tea and a light brunch.

Open to Reunion Weekend attendees only.
$5 per person
Registration required.

Sunday, Dec. 3

11 AM – 1 PM

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall

*Cancelled* Open Mic Concert

This concert is for YOU! Sign up to perform solo or with fellow alumni on the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall stage.

Reunion Weekend attendees and their guests are all welcome to attend.

Free admission.
Deadline to register: Thursday, November 23.


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