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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Media roundup for early January

2014 started off fast and furious for Fine Arts, with a flurry of media coverage coming out of the new year's gate. Wrapping up 2013, History in Art's Eva Baboula was interviewed by Vancouver's Jewish Independent newspaper for this late December article. She was...

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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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Brahms, Bubbly & Brunch

The Lafayette String Quartet, artists-in-residence at UVic's School of Music, is thrilled to be hosting a special fundraising Brahms, Bubbly and Brunch event launching the School of Music's new Masters Degree in String Quartet Performance program. Sip on a glass of...

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Departmental updates

Another year, another round of changes to our departments. Here's a quick guide to what's going on behind the scenes in Fine Arts. The Department of Theatre has a guest lighting designer this year—Paphavee (Poe) Limkul from Bangkok, Thailand. Limkul is the first...

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Fine Arts events: September

While the semester has only just begun, we're already looking at a pretty full agenda of Fine Arts events for the fall. Below you'll find the September lineup, but be sure to check what's happening in October, November and December as well. • The first Visiting Artist...

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Requiem for a Glacier

It's a summer story to melt even the iciest of hearts. Back on July 27 & 28, Visual Arts professor and composer Paul Walde, accompanied by an orchestra and crew of nearly 100 people, trekked to the Farnham Glacier in the Kootenays to perform the site-specific...

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Summer hours for Arts Place

A quick update on summer hours for Arts Place: there aren't any. Yep, due to the slow traffic in Fine Arts this summer, Arts Place will not be open in July and August. It will reopen again for regular hours on Wednesday, September 4 . . . just in time to get us all...

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CUMS prize winner Robert Hansler breaks out

Recent School of Music graduate Robert Hansler has been announced as the co-winner of the Canadian University Music Society’s annual Student Composer Competition for his piece “Broken Branch.” Hansler, who received his Master’s degree in composition in June, studied...

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The return of Quartet Fest West

Some ideas are just too good to give up on. Case in point? The Lafayette String Quartet’s highly successful Quartet Fest West, which originally ran from 1993 to 1998. While popular with both performers and audiences, the members of the Lafayette String Quartet—famed...

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Fine Arts @ the edge of Congress 2013

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities—known simply as “Congress”—is now (amazingly) in its 82nd year. This flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Organized by the...

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SALT Festival returns

The annual SALT New Music Festival is back for its third year, and this time it has expanded its musical horizons. The SALT Festival is hosted by the Tsilumos Ensemble, made up of UVic School of Music professors Dániel Péter Biró (guitar), Joanna Hood (viola) and...

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Around the World in 37 Years

First rule of history: if you want your story to be remembered, be sure to write it down. Such is the case with Bruce More and the UVic Chamber Singers, the 40-year-old campus choral group that has more than a few rich stories to tell. While More retired back in 2008,...

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Summer plans for Fine Arts faculty

It's summer, which means the majority of our Fine Arts faculty have broken free of the classroom and are now engaging on their own creative research or practice. As always, here's a quick roundup of what various faculty members are getting up to this summer. Come...

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Summer Music courses rock!

Want a fresh soundtrack for the summer semester? Check out these special courses offered through the School of Music. If you like movies and music in movies, you’ll love Let's Go to the Movies (Music 391). Think about some of the classic moments in cinematic history...

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