Calling all music lovers!

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Five men in an orchestra playing the cello.

By Johanne Adam

Did you know that uOttawa boasts an internationally renowned orchestra? Every year, students and professors from the School of Music present a series of captivating concerts — and you’re invited to attend.

In addition to performances by the University of Ottawa Orchestra, you can come out to recitals given by students in third and fourth year as well as at the master’s level. Recitals provide an opportunity for students to showcase their talent and perform before an audience, so members of the public and the University community are warmly welcomed.

Rachel Domingue

Rachel Domingue

“A performance is only a performance when there’s an audience. We practise and practise for years for that moment when we get to move people. Some of the best moments of my life are when I’ve been able to make someone laugh or cry through my music,” says Phoebe Robertson, third-year performance student (flute).

“As a music student, I find the opportunity of working with the other musicians in the orchestra very inspiring and it motivates me to work hard at improving my technique. And the feedback we get from audience members is encouraging and quite touching,” says third-year performance student Rachel Domingue, whose chosen instrument is the oboe. “Music has the power to bring people together, something you can truly experience by attending a live performance.”

The reputation of the University of Ottawa’s School of Music is built on outstanding faculty members and its close ties with prominent institutions like the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre.

In addition, a number of the School’s professors are recognized internationally and perform around the globe.

And that’s not to mention the orchestra’s renowned conductor, Alain Trudel, currently a visiting professor at the School of Music. He has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

You can catch Alain Trudel and the orchestra at the final concert of the season, on April 8, 2016, at Ottawa’s St. Joseph’s Church. Don’t miss it!

For more information, consult the list of School of Music events.

Phoebe Robertson playing the flute during a concert.

Phoebe Robertson at the National Arts Centre where she performed as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in December 2015. Photo: Caroline Philips — Ottawa Citizen.

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