Open House

Queen Elizabeth II Music Building

Thursday & Friday, October 26-27, 2023

Open House Activities

  • Open classes, lectures, rehearsals.
  • Individual private lessons with music professors. No charge to participants.*
  • Student recitals and ensemble performances.
  • Questions and answer sessions with Brandon University School of Music program chairs

Grade 12 students who attend can have their BU application fee waived.
*Must register by Friday, October 20th to guarantee a free private lesson.



Greg Gatien 2012

The School of Music at Brandon University traces its history back to 1906.  Over the last century, we have earned a reputation as one of the foremost post-secondary institutions of musical instruction in Canada.  Our alumni have gone on to enjoy successful careers as music educators, orchestral musicians, solo and chamber musicians, leading vocal artists, touring and recording jazz and popular musicians, conductors, arts administrators, and many professional opportunities outside of music.  Our School, home to a superb community of faculty with diverse and complimentary skill sets, has hosted world-renowned musicians, including the likes of George Crumb, Marc-André Hamelin, Bob Brookmeyer, Charles Rosen, Parmela Attariwala and our own Adjunct Professor of Violin and winner of multiple Juno awards and a Grammy, James Ehnes.

For more than 25 years, we have invited prospective music students to visit our wonderful facility to learn more about the School of Music, Brandon University, and what it would be like to study music at the university level.  As a participant in our annual open house, you have the opportunity to attend music history, theory, jazz improvisation, music education classes alongside current School of Music undergrads, receive a private lesson from a member of our faculty, observe (and maybe even participate in) ensemble rehearsals, and tour the exquisite Queen Elizabeth II Music Building and charming Brandon University campus.

I hope that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience Brandon University’s School of Music.  Please feel free to contact me directly if you think I can be helpful to you in any way.

Looking forward to welcoming you to our School.

Professor Greg Gatien
Dean, School of Music