Homecoming Weekend

Before you know it, Western's 2018 Homecoming Weekend will be here – October 19-21, 2018. We hope you can join us! Combined with this year's Homecoming reunion celebrations, the Don Wright Faculty of Music will also celebrate the Grand Opening of our new Music Building facilities.

> Looking for more information about Western's Homecoming? Visit Western Alumni's main Homecoming webpage.

2018 Agenda

All Don Wright Faculty of Music events are free and open to all. All Western alumni are welcome to participate in the Alumni Concert. We are honoured to welcome (back!) our guest conductors for the Alumni Concert Bob Anderson (BMus'77, BEd'78) and Carol Beynon (BMus'71, DipEd'72, MEd'83).

Pre-registration requested for Alumni Concert participants.

Friday, October 19

12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. -  "Fridays @ 12:30" Concert Series featuring extraordinary Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus'85, DMus'12 (vKH)
2:30 p.m. - "Voice Fridays" Q & A and masterclass with Adrianne Pieczonka (vKH)
8:00 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. - Western University Wind Ensemble concert (PDT) - "Homecoming: Past and Present" Welcome back, alumni! The Symphonic Band shares the Wind Ensemble's first concert of the season, which pays homage to masterworks by Shostakovich, Holst, and Gilmore, as well as feature Frank Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture and James David’s Big Four on the River. Conductor: Colleen Richardson

Saturday, October 20

9:30 a.m. - Coffee and registration opens for concert members (room 114, Music Building)
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Alumni concert rehearsal (PDT) Lunch provided for concert members (Green Room, PDT) REGISTER ONLINE
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Brenda Rolfe Masterclass featuring Adrianne Pieczonka (vKH)
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Student-led Faculty tours of Music Building and Talbot College (drop-in - meeting place Music Building lobby)
1:00 p.m. - Football game - Laurier vs. Western (Mustang ticket information)
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Alumni Concert (PDT) All are welcome to attend.
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Official Grand Opening event for Music Building (vKH) REGISTER ONLINE
4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Grand Opening and Homecoming Reception (Lobby, Music Building)

Sunday, October 21

3:00 p.m. - Faculty Concert Series (vKH) - "Riddles and Waltzes" The beautiful Liebeslieder Waltzes of Johannes Brahms for vocal quartet and piano four hands, presented by Don Wright Faculty of Music faculty.

Venue Guide:
vKH - von Kuster Hall, Music Building (MB)
PDT - Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College (TC)
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Bridge Closure

Driving or taking the LTC to campus? Effective October 18, University Drive Bridge will be closed to all motorized vehicles for the next few months. The bridge will remain open and is safe for pedestrians and cyclists. For more details, including LTC route information, please visit: www.uwo.ca/fm/ud_bridge.html


For additional reunion and grand opening information, including fundraising support, please contact Karmen Ferraro, Alumni and Development Officer, Don Wright Faculty of Music by phone 519-661-2111 ext. 85695 or email karmen.ferraro@uwo.ca

Concert inquiries? Call 519-661-3767 or email musicevents@uwo.ca

View Past Homecoming Events

Homecoming 2017

With the backdrop of perfect weather, Homecoming 2017 showcased our music alumni talent and achievements!

On Friday night, we honoured our Alumni Wall of Fame Award recipients Clark Bryan, BMus’90, MMus’92 and Lori Burns, BMus’84 at the Alumni Awards Dinner. Then our alumni were up bright and early on Saturday, to rehearse for their band and choir performances in our fourth annual Alumni Concert. It was our most successful Homecoming concert, with more than 70 alumni returning to the stage on campus, in the Paul Davenport Theatre. We were delighted to welcome alumni Gwyn Beynon (Class of 1967) and Linda Wharton (Class of 1982) as the band conductors, and Glenda Crawford (Class of 1981) and Darryl Edwards (Class of 1983) as the choir conductors.

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Homecoming Alumni Band 2017

Homecoming Alumni Choir 2017

Reunion Weekend 2016

This year's Homecoming reunited our Music alumni, faculty, staff and students for a number of wonderful events during our last weekend of September 2016.

This year we kicked off our Homecoming Celebration with our Fridays @ 12:30 faculty concert featuring  Double-Double Duo: Kornel Wolak, clarinet/piano; Michael Bridge, accordions/piano. Friday evening was our annual Alumni Awards Dinner where we celebrated the recipients of this years' Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame Awards: Thérèse Gadoury, BA’73 (Honors Music) and Kevin McMillan, BMus’83. During the day Saturday, we reunited in song to rehearse for our 3rd annual Alumni choir concert which we performed at 4 p.m., along with Musica Quinta (faculty brass quintet). This year's performance was dedicated in memory of the late Don McKellar, followed by a post-concert reception. On Sunday afternoon we were treated to a lively Faculty Concert: Pianopalooza, featuring all of our piano faculty united at two keyboards in combinations of 2 pianos 4 hands, 2 pianos 8 hands and even 1 piano 8 hands, performing works by Ravel, Debussy, Rossini and Saint-Saëns to name a few.


Homecoming 2015

This year's Homecoming gathered together our Music alumni, faculty, staff and students for a number of wonderful events during our last weekend of September 2016.

On Thursday evening we kicked off our Homecoming Celebration with a Concert by Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning baroque orchestra. Friday brought us two events: our first Fridays @ 12:30 faculty concert of the year featuring Patricia Green, voice; Anne Thompson, flute; and percussionist Jayden Beaudoin, Western grad; and Friday evening, our annual Alumni Awards Dinner where we celebrated the recipients of this years' Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame Awards: Tomson Highway, BMus'75, DMus'93; and Brenda Zadorsky, BMus'74, Dip Ed'75. Throughout the day Saturday, we came together in music to rehearse for our 2nd annual Alumni band and choir concert which we gave Saturday evening, followed by a reception. On Sunday afternoon we were graced with a Faculty Concert featuring seventeen of our esteemed faculty members performing works by: Luciano Berio, Bohuslav Martinu and Francis Poulenc.


Homecoming 2014

15,000 Western alumni, beautiful fall weather, a Mustangs triumph over the Toronto Varsity Blues on the football field, and more than 30 events campus-wide combined to make Homecoming 2014 a weekend to remember.

Music alumni, faculty, staff and students attended a number of events over the weekend. On Friday we celebrated with Cameron Porter, BMus ’80, and Raymond Tizzard, BMus ’77, MMus ’82, as they received the Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame Awards. Family, friends and colleagues were on hand to applaud their achievements. Saturday brought over 70 musicians together to sing and play at our first ever Homecoming Concert – one which we hope builds into a Music Homecoming tradition. And, on Sunday we once again opened our doors to a cross-faculty panel event hosted by CBC’s Paul Kennedy, who led a discussion that explored the value of a university degree.


Homecoming Band 2014 - 1 of 2

Homecoming Band 2014 - 2 of 2

Homecoming Choir 2014 - 1 of 2

Homecoming Choir 2014 - 2 of 2

Contact Information

Karmen Ferraro
Alumni and Development Officer
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext.85695
E-mail: karmen.ferraro@uwo.ca