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Masterclasses and Workshops

FREE ADMISSION to all community and student auditors. For more information please contact us at performingarts@dal.ca or 902.494.3772.

Trombone Masterclass
Wednesday, November 22
5:00-7:00 pm, Dal Arts Centre 406

Hailed as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique) Canadian trombonist Alain Trudel is one of the world’s most respected and renowned trombonists. A long-time pedagogue and mentor, Trudel has been instrumental in teaching and guiding new generations of musicians for more than 20 years. He was a tenured professor of trombone and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal from 1995-2008 and has served on the faculties or given masterclasses at numerous music festivals and schools including Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Hochshule Köln, Hamamatsu Festival, and Graz akademie. He was Director of Orchestral Activities at Western University from 2012 to 2016 where he also serves on the brass faculty. His highly selling recordings on Naxos, Atma, and other labels have received multiple prizes and rave reviews.

Alain Trudel is also one of the busiest conductor on the Canadian scene. He is Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra as well as Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. He was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim. Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras around the world. His recordings of Mahler 6th, Mahler 9th and The Rite of Spring have been nominated for juno awards. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours and is the first Canadian to be a Yamaha International Artist.


Piano Masterclass
Thursday, November 23
11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Dal Arts Centre 406

Pianist Wayne Weng’s playing has been described as “bold, vibrant, and immensely musical,” (Wiltshire Gazette & Herald). As a soloist as well as a chamber musician, he has performed in North America, Europe, Egypt, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and has performed concerti with leading orchestras across Canada and the USA. He is a Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where he is a fellowship recipient and studies with Ursula Oppens. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Certificate), Mannes College of Music (Master of Music), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Master with distinction), and Yale University (Artist Diploma). As a member of the Phoenix Ensemble, his first commercial recording was released in 2017


Cello and Oboe Masterclasses with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Members
Saturday, November 25
2:15-3:15 pm, Arts Centre 409 (cello) and 406 (oboe)

Dutch cellist Christina Mahler immigrated to Canada in 1981 to serve as principal cellist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra, a position she has held ever since. Reviews often praise her rich sound, energetic playing, and insightful musicianship. Christina has played and recorded numerous concertos with Tafelmusik. She is a devoted and gifted teacher, and students have come from around the world to study with her, not only through the Tafelmusik Summer and Winter Institutes, but also at the University of Toronto and in her private studio. 

John Abberger, one of North America’s leading performers on historical oboes, is principal oboist with Tafelmusik and the American Bach Soloists (San Francisco). He has performed extensively in North America, Europe and the Far East and appears regularly with other prominent period-instrument ensembles. In addition to many recordings with Tafelmusik and other period instrument ensembles, he has produced and recorded two discs of concertos and suites by J.S. Bach. John serves on the faculty at the University of Toronto, and has taught at the City College of New York. John is also Artistic Director of the Toronto Bach Festival, a newly formed festival celebrating the works of J.S. Bach.


Masterclass on German Lieder

Sunday, November 26
7:00-9:00 pm, Arts Centre 406

Pianist and vocal coach Michael McMahon has performed throughout Canada, Europe and the USA with singers such as Catherine Robbin, Karina Gauvin, Lyne Fortin, Dominique Labelle, Wendy Nielsen, Annamaria Popescu, Maureen Forrester, Richard Margison, Nathan Berg and Kevin McMillan, earning him the reputation of being a "luxury partner." An Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, he teaches in both the Voice and Piano areas. He has led the very popular Song Interpretation class with baritone Jan Simons since 1984. He also teaches English and German diction for singers and is a vocal repertoire coach. In addition he has had a long association with Atelier lyrique de L'Opéra de Montréal and the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he has worked regularly as a vocal coach. Many of the singers and pianists that he has coached are working in major opera houses around the world. He is often asked to be an adjudicator for competitions and has also given master classes for singers and pianists across the country. He has made numerous broadcast recordings for the English and French networks of the CBC, as well as for the BBC, RBTF, Radio Suisse Romande and Radio France. With four Juno nominations to his credit, his recordings for the Marquis, CBC Records and Analekta labels have met with critical acclaim.