Schola Cantorum (PMU189-489Y1 & MUS4774/5H):
Directed by Professor Daniel Taylor, Head of Historical Performance in collaboration with Professor Jeanne Lamon, Violinist and Chief Artistic Advisor of Tafelmusik, in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s “Visiting Ensemble-in-Residence” Theatre of Early Music, the SCHOLA CANTORUM is the Faculty of Music’s advanced vocal ensemble dedicated to the magnificent yet neglected repertoire from the 16th – 18th centuries and is available to students at all levels, with entrance upon audition. The University of Toronto SCHOLA CANTORUM aims to present the brilliant early choral and instrumental repertoire from across the centuries to a new audience. The group’s interpretations strive to recreate the original performances of musical works—interpretations led by the energy and insights of the gifted students themselves—in the belief that historical performance ideals and knowledge of the old world are essential for creating music anew. The SCHOLA CANTORUM tours internationally and recently released their first two discs on the Analekta Label “The Heart’s Refuge” and “The Vale of Tears” to very positive reviews – these discs were nominated for the JUNO prize. This year, students will have the opportunity to collaborate in masterclasses with the renowned sopranos Guest Faculty Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot, the UK tenor Charles Daniels, Canadian tenor Benjamin Butterfield, UK baritone Peter Harvey, Canadian baritone Daniel Lichti, Director and Choreographer Marshall Pynkoski as well as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music in the world – – The Tallis Scholars. 2017-2018 programming includes two Chamber Music solo repertoire recitals as well as the Mozart Requiem and Handel Messiah.
The UofT Guitar Orchestra is one of North America’s best large guitar ensembles. It has been in existence for over 30 years, performed several world premiers and had numerous new compositions written for it. The ensemble also divides into smaller chamber groups and explores a large repertoire of excellent duo, trio and quartet music.
A minimum gr8 level of performance and equivalent proficiency in sight reading is required for audition.
Oratorio Ensemble (PMU445Y1 & MUS4770H):
This course will focus on the study and performance of solo ensemble repertoire (duets, trios, quartets) from oratorio masterworks of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Two hours.
Prerequisite: PMU385Y1, PMU285Y1 for Art Diploma Students
2018/2019 World Music Ensembles:
- WME262H1 & MUS4608H: Singing & Drumming- First Nations – TBA
- WME264H1 & MUS4608H: African Drumming and Dancing – F. Dunyo
- WME268H1 & MUS4608H: Klezmer Ensemble – B. Katz
- WME270H1 & MUS4608H: Latin American Percussion Ensemble – M. Duggan
- WME271H1 & MUS4608H: Japanese Drumming Ensemble – G. Nagata
- WME272H1 & MUS4608H: Steel Pan Ensemble – J. Cullen