Popular Faculty Concert marks return of Pro Series

Talented professional musicians from the Brandon University (BU) School of Music will perform the first pro series concert of 2020 on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. The annual Faculty Concert will feature inspired interpretations that survey both musical periods and styles. “For more than two decades, the Faculty Concert has been a favourite […]

BU recognizes longtime employees

A remarkable 50 years of service by Dr. Nancy Stanley was among the highlights as Brandon University recognized the efforts of longtime members of its faculty and staff on Thursday. The University held its annual Long Service Employee Recognition Event, honouring those who reached benchmarks of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or […]

Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition winner Bryn Blackwood returns to Brandon

Bryn Blackwood, winner of the 2019 Eckhardt-Gramatté (E-Gré) National Music Competition, will return to Brandon to close-off his national winner’s tour as part of Brandon University’s (BU’s) Pro Series. Blackwood is in the midst of a cross-Canada tour (from Sackville, N.B. to Vancouver) and will end his tour with a recital in the Lorne Watson […]

Everett Hopfner leads programming at Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music

Award-winning pianist and Brandon University (BU) alumnus Everett Hopfner is the new Interim Director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music at BU. Hopfner has taught at the Conservatory since 2015 and has also been a sessional instructor at BU’s School of Music. Raised in the Manitoba community of Ste. Rose du Lac, he earned a […]

Brandon University alumna named to leadership team at Philadelphia Orchestra

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Orchestra has appointed Brandon University alumna Tanya Derksen as vice president of artistic production, effective October 28, 2019. Derksen comes to The Philadelphia Orchestra from the Regina Symphony Orchestra, where she serves as executive director. A trained musician and executive leader, Derksen brings extensive experience in orchestra management to her new […]

Brandon University welcomes back former instructor for ‘pro series’ performance

The 2019-20 pro series season welcomes back a former Brandon University (BU) School of Music instructor — percussionist Ben Reimer and his Park Sounds colleague, violist and viola d’amore player Jennifer Thiessen for a concert on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. Both are Manitoba-raised – Thiessen hails from Austin and Reimer […]

Brandon University low brass ensemble building ‘bass’ of community support

From Oom-pah to O Canada, the Brandon University low brass band is putting a tuba twist on both classics and old favourites with a series of performances in the community this fall. “We’re going to be playing some fun polkas at an Oktoberfest celebration, and we’re bringing a new twist to TubaChristmas this year, but […]

BU at the Brandon Public Library Speaker Series debuts Thursday

A new series of free public talks at the Brandon Public Library will bring Brandon University (BU) research to the community. The inaugural season of the BU at the Public Library Speaker Series will kick off this Thursday, Sept. 19, as Doug Ramsey and Chris Malcolm discuss the importance of museums to communities and rural tourism […]

Music of the Mediterranean Launches pro series season

BRANDON, MB—The 2019-20 Brandon University (BU) pro series season kicks off  on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with a ground-breaking program entitled “Mediterranean Encounters: Judeo-Muslim Soundscapes.” This evening of Sephardi-Mizrachi music is a first for the pro series, and introduces to Brandon audiences New York-based ethnomusicologist, composer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and singer Samuel Torjman Thomas. During this performance, […]

Brandon University welcomes new students with Orientation

Orientation is much more than finding your classrooms, new students at Brandon University discovered today. With most classes getting underway tomorrow, today’s Orientation sessions were set aside for incoming new students to get to know each other and the campus, while learning about the support services available to help them have a great and successful […]

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