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 […]

Brandon University to host reception in memory of late Dr. Perkins

Brandon University will be the venue for a memorial reception in honour and memory of the late Dr. Harold (Jack) Perkins, a former President and Vice-Chancellor at BU. On Friday, July 26, Dr. Perkins passed away peacefully at the age of 89. An obituary is available online at https://www.brockiedonovan.com/obituaries/Harold-Jack-Perkins/#!/Obituary A funeral service will be held […]

Brandon University welcomes 10th anniversary Augustfest

Conceived as a way of celebrating the contributions of musicians with significant connections to Western Manitoba, Augustfest X opens Sunday evening August 11 and runs through Friday, August 16, 2019. Concerts will be held each evening in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall on the Brandon University campus. Although Augustfest is an independent non-profit community festival, […]

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