50 Years of Music and Music-Making: U of L Music's Anniversary Symposium

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The Department of Music and Conservatory of Music are excited to announce our own special celebration of the University's 50th anniversary! 50 Years of Music and Music-Making welcomes back many friends, students, and professors to the U of L, Sept. 28 - 30 for a weekend filled with great performances, presentations, master classes, workshops, panel sessions and lots of opportunity to socialize, reconnect, and make new connections.



Highlights include:

Keynote Address by Professor Emeritus, Linda Pimentel

Friday, Sept. 29, 11:00 am

Dr. Pimentel was the U of L's professor of Music Education, taught percussion and conducting, and served as Director of Bands until her retirement in 1998.

U of L Singers Reunion Choir

Did you ever sing with the U of L Singers? Join current director, Dr. Janet Youngdahl, along with guest and former director, Dr. George Evelyn in a large scale choral extraveganza! If you wish to participate in the Reunion Choir, you must register online before August 15 so that music can be distributed in advance. Register to be a part of the choir by clicking HERE Questions? Contact janet.youngdahl@uleth.ca


Thursday Sept. 28: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in W480

Friday Sept. 29: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in W480

Saturday Sept. 30: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Southminster United Church

Conducting Workshop with Dr. Gillian McKay

Were you a member of the U of L Wind Orchestra? If so, bring your instrument and join current and alumni Wind Orchestra members as the resident ensemble for this conducting symposium with Dr. Gillian MacKay (BMus '85). As Professor of Music at the University of Toronto, Dr. Gillian MacKay conducts the U of T Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. After her whirlwind visit last February for the U of L High School Honour Band, we are excited to have Dr. MacKay back at the U of L!

Gillian MacKay Lecture: Friday, Sept. 29, 3:00 pm

Conducting Workshop: Friday Sept. 29, 4:30 pm

If you wish to play in the Reunion Wind Orchestra for the conducting workshop, please register before August 15. Register to be a part of the Reunion Wind Orchestra by clicking HERE. Please contact nick.sullivan@uleth.ca or cheemeng.low@uleth.ca.

Vocal Master Classes with Wendy Nielsen

We are offering TWO master classes with Wendy Nielsen (BMus '84, DFA '08), who is now head of voice studies at the University of Toronto after a long and distinguished career as an opera and concert singer. 

Friday, Sept. 29, 2:00pm - University Recital Hall

Saturday Sept. 30, 2:00pm - Casa ATB Community Room

Faculty Artists and Friends Concert

September 30, 7:30 pm, Southminster United Church

This gala concert kicks off the Department of Music's Faculty Artists & Friends series and caps off the official events of the symposium weekend. Music Alumni, along with current and former faculty and the Conservatory Childrens' Choir will perform in the first half, while the second will feature the U of L Singers Reunion Choir. Admission for this concert is included in the purchase of a 2 DAY PASS.

Panel Session: Where has Music Taken You?

Saturday, September 30, 10am - Casa ATB Community Room

Are you curious about where a music degree can take you? Are you interested in stories of how a career develops once university studies are done? You will hear from musicians who have taken a variety of different paths including performer, educator, freelance musician, music therapy, and arts administration.

Panel Session: U of L Music Through the Years

Saturday, September 30, 11am - Casa ATB Community Room

Hear stories about the history and development of the U of L Music Department and Conservatory of Music, from some of the people who lived it and made it happen! This panel includes distinguished professors Norbert Boehm, George Evelyn, Ken Hicken, John Paul Christopher Jackson, Dale Ketcheson, Peggy Mezei and Linda Pimentel

After Hours Gathering at Coulee Brew

At the end of an intensive but exciting couple of days, kick back and enjoy a chance to socialize at the Coulee Brew (4085 2nd Ave. S) after the Gala Faculty Artists and Friends Concert on Saturday night. Coulee Brew is a new, local craft brewery in Lethbridge. 2 DAY PASS registrants recevie a free drink ticket!



Special Rates have been arranged with the following hotels:

Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre (inc. 1 breakfast per room) - CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING INFORMATION

Reservations by phone ONLY (403) 328-1123 or toll free 1-800-SANDMAN

Group Name: University of Lethbridge Music

Group Confirmation # 30491

Rates (reserve by 3:00pm, Monday Aug. 28, 2017): 

2 Queen beds - $105 + tax; Corporate Two Queen Beds (upgrade) - $134 + tax; Corporate King + sofa (upgrade) - $134 + tax; Executive Queen Suite (upgrade) - $144 + tax


$115 + tax. includes breakfast

Block code: UofL 



Room or Area: 
University Centre for the Arts



Regular 2 DAY PASS $50.00 includes Faculty Artists & Friends concert admission ticket, reception and after-hours gathering free drink ticket at Coulee Brew. Register before July 10 to save $10 for your 2-day pass by entering in coupon code: Music50

Student 2 DAY PASS $20.00 includes Faculty Artists & Friends concert admission ticket, reception and after-hours gathering free drink ticket at Coulee Brew. Register before July 10 to save $10 for your 2-day pass by entering in coupon code: Music50

Regular 1 DAY PASS $37.50

Student 1 DAY PASS $15.00


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