More Ensembles


Contemporary Music Ensemble (PMU182-482Y1 & MUS4706/7H):

The Contemporary Music Ensemble welcomes new members. A dynamic ensemble of virtuosic students, we explore the music of our time and the great masters of the late 20th Century in small and large chamber settings. Innovative and international composers who challenge performers with unconventional notation make up the bulk of our programming, and although we present two season concerts in Walter Hall each year, there are many more opportunities to perform. In the recent past, we have been invited to perform outside the university at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, the Music Gallery, the Arts and Letters Club, St. Andrew’s Church, the Canadian Music Centre, and at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. We annually present at least one concert at the Faculty of Music’s New Music Festival in the Winter.

Contemporary music is not a genre: be prepared to think outside the box as we explore so many “isms”: Modernism, Post-Modernism, Serialism, Minimalism, Spectralism, Polystylism, Saturationism, Theatre, Opera, Jazz, Rock, and beyond. Recent highlights include working with visiting composers Philippe Leroux (Michael and Sonja Koerner Distinguished Visitor in Composition) and Salvatore Sciarrino (Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition).

The CME is offered as an elective to Undergraduate (Years 2-4) and Graduate (MMUS and DMA) Performance Majors, although others interested are welcome to email Director Wallace Halladay. No audition required.

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.

Collegium Musicum (PMU187-487Y1 & MUS4776/7H):

Directed by Tafelmusik founding member and baroque specialist Ivars Taurins, the Collegium Musicum Baroque Ensemble is a practical course which focuses on the study and performance of 17th- and 18th-century  orchestral  repertoire from an historically aware perspective, using period instruments. Open to all undergrad and graduate string players (with or without period instrument experience), and to experienced players of baroque wind instruments. Matters of style, dance forms, string techniques, ornamentation, rhetorical gesture, and intonation are explored and applied to a variety of music, including concerti grossi, dance suites, overtures, and sinfonias. String players are introduced to baroque instruments and bows, and period playing techniques and style, supplemented with regular workshop/clinics with members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. The use of and reading from 17th- & 18th- c. editions and manuscripts is also explored.

Rehearsals are twice a week, in a rehearsal/workshop format. There are regular lectures/demos on baroque performance practices and related topics, and examination of 17th- and 18th- century source material. An end-of-year public concert is held at UTAC.

GuGBanditar Orchestra (PMU183-483Y1 & MUS4700/1H):

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

2017/2018 World Music Ensembles:

  • WME260H1 & MUS4608H: Iranian Ensemble – P. Khavarzamani
  • 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