Events

Events Summary 2021-2022

September 27th, 2021 @ 8pm Faculty Recital: Kevin Brunkhorst
October 18th, 2021 @ 8pm Faculty Recital: Paul Rushka
October 25th, 2021 @ 8pm Jazz Ensemble and A cappella Ensemble
November 1st, 2021 @ 8pm Visiting Artist: Virginia MacDonald (clarinet)
November 22nd, 2021 @ 8pm Faculty Recital: Meghan Gilhespy
November 26th, 2021 @ 8pm StFX Jazz Nonet and Jazz Combo 
November 29th, 2021 @ 8pm Jazz Combo and Jazz Combo
December 1st, 2021 @ 8pm Jazz Ensemble, A cappella Ensemble
January 29, 2022 @ 8pm Visiting Artist: Peter Hum (piano)
Postponed - New Date TBD Visiting Artist: Gilad Hekselman (guitar)

Visiting Artist Series 2021-2022

Unless otherwise specified:

  • Visiting Artist concerts begin at 8pm and will take place in Schwartz Auditorium (SCHW 110) on the StFX campus (3090 Martha Drive).
  • Tickets are $20 each; $5 each for students (non-music majors), and free for the non-salaried.
  • Masks are required for all events; starting October 4th, the general public will be required to show proof of vaccination for admittance.

For additional information, including group rates for high-school students, please contact the Music Department Office at 902-867-2106 or music@stfx.ca.


Monday, September 27, 2021     Faculty Recital: Kevin Brunkhorst

Kevin Brunkhorst - Faculty Recital

Time: 8pm (doors open at 7:45pm)

Location: Schwartz Auditorium (3090 Martha Drive)

FREE Admission.

Masks are required for all events; starting October 4th, the general public will be required to show proof of vaccination for admittance.


Monday, October 18, 2021     Faculty Recital: Paul Rushka

Dr. Paul Rushka - Faculty Recital

Time: 8pm (doors open at 7:45pm)

Location: Schwartz Auditorium (3090 Martha Drive).

FREE Admission.

Masks are required for all events; starting October 4th, the general public will be required to show proof of vaccination for admittance.


Monday, October 25, 2021     Ensembles:  Jazz and A cappella 

More details to come.

Location: Schwartz Auditorium (3090 Martha Drive)

FREE Admission.

Masks are required for all events; starting October 4th, the general public will be required to show proof of vaccination for admittance.


Monday, November 1, 2021    Visiting artist: Virginia MacDonald

StFX Music presents Virginia MacDonald in concert with StFX Music faculty.

Virginia MacDonald

2019 Stingray Rising Star Award recipient and 2020 International Clarinetist Corona Competition first prize winner Virginia MacDonald has established herself as a respected and sought after musician in the Canadian jazz scene. Virginia has worked extensively as a leader and side woman at several venues across Toronto including Koerner Hall, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, The Jazz Bistro, and The Rex Hotel. She has performed in Canadian and International jazz festivals including The Cambridge Jazz Festival, the Jaipur Jazz & Blues Festival, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the TD Markham Jazz Festival and the Cape Breton Jazz Festival.

Virginia has had the opportunity to work internationally in the United States, India, and Europe. Recently, Virginia appeared on Juno Award-winning saxophonist Kirk MacDonald's album "Generations" alongside the great Harold Mabern. Known for her lyrical and soulful clarinet playing, Virginia has been described as a "powerful new voice in the Canadian scene" by Juno Award-winning bassist Mike Downes.

In addition to her busy performance schedule, Virginia is an in-demand educator and has given masterclass at McGill University, the Global Music Institute, and the True School of Music. Virginia is a faculty member at the Bob Mover Academy of Music.

Location: Schwartz Auditorium (3090 Martha Drive)

Tickets are $20 each; $5 each for students (non-music majors), and free for the non-salaried.


Saturday, January 29, 2022    Visiting artist: Peter Hum

StFX Music presents Peter Hum in concert with StFX Music faculty.

During the 1980’s, Peter Hum performed weekly at Montreal’s Upstairs jazz club, and later, led a sextet that won the 1986 Lowenbrau Jazz Search and represented Quebec at the 1987 Montreal International Jazz Festival's Alcan Jazz Competition.

Peter’s first album, Alpha Moment, was reviewed by Canadian jazz broadcasting icon Katie Malloch, saying "I think the music is wonderful. I love the shapes of your melodies... Having the CD makes me wish I still had a show to play it on!” And with Of a Boy’s Journey, Radio-Canada producer Andre Massicote said “Hum presents well-crafted, inspired music that has what it takes to please the most demanding fans of jazz.”

This Canadian-born jazz pianist will release his third album in March 2020 titled Ordinary Heroes in which he has performed alongside fellow musicians Kenji Omae, David Smith, Mike Rud, Alec Walkington and Ted Warren.

As a highly regarded figure in Ottawa’s jazz community, and largely self-taught, Peter has collaborated on his own projects with Joel Miller, Frank Lozano, Roddy Ellias, Andre White and Ted Laing; and has performed with legendary jazz musicians such as Sonny Greenwich, Phil Nimmons, Pat LaBarbera and Reg Schwager.

Don't miss your chance to see him live!

Location: Schwartz Auditorium (3090 Martha Drive)

Tickets are $20 each; $5 each for students (non-music majors), and free for the non-salaried.

Masks are required for all events; starting October 4th, the general public will be required to show proof of vaccination for admittance. Please social distance yourselves from other groups attending.


Date TBD                                  Visiting artist: Gilad Hekselman  

StFX Music presents Gilad Hekselman in concert with StFX Music faculty.

At age 9, Gilad Hekselman picked up the guitar and, thankfully, he hasn’t put it down! Since his arrival in NYC from Isreal in 2004, he has established himself as one of the leading voices in jazz guitar. 

Gilad has performed all over the world, including major NYC jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club and Smalls. He’s shared the stage alongside some of the greats from the NYC jazz scene – Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding and Jeff Ballard, for instance.

He tours world-wide and has played most noteworthy jazz festivals and venues including Montreux, Switzerland; North Sea, Montreal and San Francisco Jazz.

His first album release, 2006’s Spitfire, received rave reviews. His seventh, and most recent, Ask for Chaos, was released in 2018 and features both of his new working bands.

The StFX Music Department is proud to present Gilad Hekselman. 

Location: Schwartz Auditorium

Tickets are $10 each; free for StFX students (with ID) and the non-waged and are available at the door or by contacting the Music Department.