Endowing the Gift of Music

How do you cap a life spent in music? By investing your legacy in future generations. That’s what beloved School of Music brass professor Eugene Dowling is doing with a special January 11 concert inaugurating the Eugene Dowling Scholarship for Tuba and Euphonium. Not...

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A Life in Music

It isn’t always the best-known works of art that make the strongest impression. For School of Music professor and trumpeter Louis Ranger, some of the music that has most inspired him throughout his lifetime are pieces that fall a little under the radar. He has...

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Top 10 Fine Arts stories for 2014

2014 sees the end of another busy year here at the Faculty of Fine Arts, where there was always something afoot. Five departments and hundreds of annual concerts, theatrical productions, readings, exhibits and lectures by visiting artists, academics and professionals...

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Five for Fine Arts in Long Service Awards

The annual Long Service Awards were once again held in October, and Fine Arts was well-represented among the faculty and employees being honoured for 25 years or more at UVic. This year, congratulations go out to five Long Service Recognition recipients in Fine Arts....

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Diversity highlighted in alumni concert

It may seem unusual to pair a classical violist with a folk band in concert, but the two acts  performing in the School of Music’s inaugural Emerging Artists Alumni Series concert have a lot in common. Nothing short of eclectic, these artists are skilled on multiple...

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Re-Birth of the Cool

The Birth of the Cool recordings have influenced musicians and arrangers worldwide, and—since their release on vinyl in 1954—continue to be one of the most extensively discussed, studied, imitated, and transcribed in the history of jazz. For UVic Jazz professor...

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New degree for Music

Over the past few years, the School of Music’s string faculty has been working with the university to establish a program for young musicians to study intensively—not as individual artists, however, but as a quartet. The School of Music is now proud to announce the...

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Biró’s Mediterranean voice

School of Music professor and internationally recognized composer Dániel Péter Biró will be spending the 2014/15 academic-year at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, thanks to the prestigious Fellowship he recently received—a first for the...

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Four on the Floor

New faces will soon be seen in the faculty boardroom, as four departmental mainstays step into fresh administrative roles for three-year terms. Three new Chairs have been announced: Allana Lindgren in Theatre; David Leach in Writing; and Paul Walde in Visual Arts. Not...

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Harald Krebs wins Craigdarroch Award

Scholar, pianist, author, artistic collaborator and professional speaker—School of Music professor Harald Krebs is one of Canada’s finest music theorists, and has been named this year’s winner of the Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression. “It’s very...

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Summer plans (part two)

What else is on the horizon for Fine Arts faculty members? Department of Writing professor Lee Henderson has his sophomore novel, The Road Narrows As You Go, coming out this fall . . . which he's, uh, still putting the finishing touches to this summer. But it has...

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Summer plans (part one)

Who doesn't like summer? Classes are finished, the fall semester is still far enough away to not worry about and we've all got some time to put towards our own creative practices. What's on deck for some of our faculty this summer? Let's find out. Outgoing Associate...

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School of Music alumna needs votes for top teaching award

School of Music alumna Andrea Blair has been nominated as one of Canada’s top teachers by Canadian Family magazine. Blair, who received her Masters in Music Education in 2007, is among the top 12-finalists selected in Canadian Family’s annual awards—only one of two...

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Quartet Fest West celebrates strings

Quartet Fest West, the popular summer string quartet intensive, returns to the School of Music from June 9 - 20. Attracting participants from across Canada, the US and Italy, the festival of concerts, workshops and coachings is hosted by UVic’s beloved...

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A Day in the Life: Kirk McNally

Each issue of the UVic community newspaper The Ring features a different "Day in the Life" profile of various staff members. This month, it was Kirk McNally's turn. Here's a reprint of the piece that ran in the Summer 2014 issue. A decade ago he was recording the...

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Fine Arts in the 2014 M Awards

While their printed format may have changed, the local Monday Magazine is still running their annual M Awards honouring what they describe as "Greater Victoria's best and brightest in the arts and entertainment field." Fine Arts faculty, students, staff and alumni...

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School of Music professor earns prestigious Harvard Fellowship

Dr. Dániel Péter Biró, professor of composition and music theory with the School of Music, has received a prestigious Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University for the 2014/15 academic year—a first for UVic's School of Music. “They have invited 53...

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Recent Fine Arts media roundup

Whatever the season, our Fine Arts faculty always seem to be in the media. The only trick is keeping up with it all! Kicking off 2014, History in Art's Victoria Wyatt was announced as a contributor to the influential Edge blog. For those not familiar with Edge, it's...

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Fine Arts at IdeaFest

Want to change the world? All you need is the right idea. UVic's third annual IdeaFest is back and ready to expand your mind with fascinating ideas from fascinating people. Running March 3 to 8 at various venues across campus, IdeaFest offers over 50 ideas worth...

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Going for the gold . . . in art?

Who says you're never too old to compete in the Olympics? Just ask John Copley—he was 73 when he won a Silver Medal in the 1948 London Olympics. A septugenarian shotputter, perhaps? A sailor still in his prime? Nope—Copley won Silver for art in the "Mixed Paintings,...

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Upcoming events

As always, there's plenty going on in the Fine Arts faculty. Here's a quick roundup of what's coming up in the next couple of weeks: Open Word: Reading and Ideas with Gillian Jerome The founder of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts and celebrated co-creator of Hope...

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Colleen Eccleston wins Rally Song contest

To the cheers of a tight game and the applause of a packed house, the winner of the School of Music / Vikes Nation Rally Song Contest was decided at the Vikes men’s basketball game on January 10—and first prize went to the School of Music’s own songwriting instructor...

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Spend a week with Gustav Mahler

Like the idea of spending a week with Gustav Mahler—without the hassle of building a time machine? Then the School of Music is the place to be from January 6 to 11, when Song of the Earth: A Week with Gustav Mahler gets underway. It's often in times of hardship that...

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Vikes Nation Rally Song finalists debut Jan 10

Thanks to 18 submissions from across campus—including entries by students, faculty and administration alike—the School of Music / Vikes Nation fall Rally Song contest can definitely be considered a hit. And now that the judging panel has chosen the top three...

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Who’s in the news

Wow, it's been a busy month for Fine Arts in the news. Not only did we already run this media roundup earlier in November, as well as a post about the fantastic reviews the latest Phoenix show has been getting, but there's also been a flurry of new media activity well...

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Rally Song contest deadline extended to November 24

Good news if you've got an idea for the University of Victoria Rally Song contest but haven't gotten around to submitting it yet—the final deadline has now been extended to Sunday, November 24. Sponsored by Vikes Athletics and UVic’s School of Music, the Rally Song...

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Media roundup for the fall

Once again, it's been a busy season for Fine Arts coverage in the local media. Here's a quick roundup of who's been hitting the headlines. The School of Music is always a strong source of stories. In this article, visiting trombonist Abbie Conant spoke to the Times...

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Fall events in Fine Arts: November

It's another busy month for Fine Arts events, with a pair of exclusive gallery exhibitions, as well as a full lineup of readings, concerts, visiting artists, the first Phoenix Theatre mainstage production of the 2013-14 season and a special gala literary celebration...

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School of Music kicks off Vikes Rally Song contest

What do most major universities have that the University of Victoria has never had? A rally song to get fans and teams pumped up during games! That’s all about to change, however, thanks to a new contest sponsored by Vikes Athletics and UVic’s School of Music. Better...

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October events in Fine Arts

Okay, where did September go? Somehow the first month of the school year zoomed by faster than a speeding bunny pursued by a campus groundskeeper. Ah well, on to October, which has its own busy schedule of events ready to go. • First up is the Lafayette String...

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