The Department of Music showcases its resident talent in more than 100 public events each season, spanning all musical periods, genres and cultures.
An annual highlight is our Faculty Concert Series, spotlighting artists who teach in our program. Alongside cutting-edge electroacoustic explorations and original works by student composers, we offer classical chamber concerts and performances by the York University Concert and Chamber Choirs. Our annual world music festival celebrates diverse global traditions, from Caribbean and Middle Eastern music to West African drums, flamenco guitar and Chinese orchestra. Each term concludes on a high note with performances by the York University Symphony Orchestra, Gospel Choir and Wind Symphony, and a four-day jazz festival featuring small ensembles, jazz choirs and and the York University Jazz Orchestra.
Professional master classes led by internationally renowned artists are open to observers. Workshops and talks, including the annual Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture in ethnomusicology, round out our public programming.
The Music at Midday series offers free lunchtime performances, often featuring guest artists. Most other events are held on weekday evenings and occasional weekends. Performances take place in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall or the informal setting of the Martin Family Lounge in the Accolade East Building at York’s Keele campus.
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