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Join the Desautels Faculty of Music for its 2020 Open House

There's something for everyone at our 2020 online open house!

October 19, 2020 — 


Are you ready to pursue a university education in music?

Every year, the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music hosts an open house for high school students in grades 11 and 12. Here, students learn about the application and audition process, tour DFOM facilities, sit-in on classes that interest them, and meet with students, instructors, and faculty members!

Now is your chance to learn why so many students choose to study at the Desautels Faculty of Music. Our engaged and caring instructors and faculty members, our collegial and kind students, our phenomenal ensembles, and our academic rigor make us a leader in Canadian music education.

Because of our commitment to public health efforts, the Desautels Faculty of Music will be offering its 2020 open house online. The silver lining is that this year, we are able to offer students previews of far more classes, and more meetings with professors and instructors!

Open house students will be able to choose the sessions they want to attend based on their interests, areas of study, and needs.


Getting in

Students can learn about how to apply and audition for the Desautels Faculty of Music, how to brush up on their music skills for the music theory entrance exam, and get a primer on how the first-year registration process works, before meeting with our Faculty of Music Student Association executives to ask questions about what it’s like to be a student in the Desautels Faculty of Music.


Meeting your professors and instructors

Many of our professors and instructors will be on hand to talk to you about your passion for music, and to answer questions about individual areas of study. They are engaged and dedicated to helping to raise up the next generation of fantastic musicians. But don’t take our word for it. Here are just a few of the things that our recent graduates have to say about our professors and instructors:

“I didn’t have the background in jazz that would have allowed me the confidence to audition. Larry [Roy] took me under his wing, and pointed me in the right direction, helping me through the steps, setting me up with one of his students to teach me, and even giving me a few lessons on his own time. Larry really helped me bridge the gap between music as a hobby and music as a career, showing me that it was possible.” – Rylan Knaggs, 2020 DFOM graduate


“Jon Gordon was my mentor throughout my degree and I’m grateful for the support, nurturing, wisdom and kindness that he gave me.” – Anna Blackmore, 2020 DFOM graduate


“[My professors] were all incredibly supportive advisors and patient listeners concerning my cello playing, paper writing and beyond. Dr. [Minna Rose] Chung especially was a great influence on me and the way I play the cello.” – Alaina Majewski, 2020 DFOM graduate


“My teachers were and still are my mentors, but I would like to specifically mention Monica Huisman and Mel Braun as people without who I wouldn’t be where and who I am right now. No words can describe how grateful I am for everything they have done for me.” Svetlana Gharagyozyan, 2020 DFOM graduate


“Prof. Gordon Fitzell [was] my main teacher throughout my degree and has been essential in my development as a composer. I would not have been exposed to half of the fantastic music I had been if not for our weekly composition lessons.” Nolan Hildebrand, 2020 DFOM graduate


“[My faculty mentors] all taught me different ways of how to grow my own voice and how to start being able to teach others to do the same. They are all so passionate about what they teach and are role models to me as musicians.” Elizabeth Sadler, 2020 DFOM graduate


Join our classes!

Students have the opportunity to sit in on as many classes as they would like to get a feel for the learning experience in the Desautels Faculty of Music. From music theory to composition, from techniques classes to masterclasses, students will see how hands-on and fascinating their learning experience will be, and how far it can take them, both musically and academically.

Here are some of the impressive things that our students have done in their coursework.


Spend a day with us, and you’ll want to spend the next four years with us

We can’t wait to host you at our 2020 DFOM Open House! For more information about this year’s open house, and to register, please visit:

We look forward to meeting you!

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