School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC Music

Alumni

Music alumni can be found in arts organizations, private music studios, classrooms, church ministries, professional performing groups, and graduate schools. Recent graduates have been accepted for graduate study at New York University (film scoring), Cambridge University (choral studies), University of Toronto (composition), University of Birmingham (evangelical studies), University of Western Ontario (voice/opera), University of Alberta (conducting), and the Institute of Worship Studies (worship).

Meet a few...

Nicholas McAlister ('14)

Accepted into MA Evangelical and Charismatic Studies program (University of Birmingham), starting Fall 2015

"I'm somebody who loves to lead worship. Studying and understanding all of these chord relationships and doing ear training has helped me to the point that when I lead worship, I don't have to think about the chords that I'm playing, I don't have to use music, I just play."
Watch the full interview with Nick here.

Caleb Chan ('09)

MMus Composition (University of Toronto), SSHRC Award Recipient, 2011

"At TWU, I learned to create music inspired by faith. Through the thoughtful instruction of my professors, I gained not only technical competence but more importantly, a deeper understanding of art and the world. Small classes fostered meaningful discussions and a desire for growth in students. I am thankful to have found an education that was both challenging and personal."

Ben Ewert ('08)

MMus Choral Studies (Cambridge University, UK)

"My experience in the TWU music program was largely informed by four things: great interaction with professors actively involved in their fields of expertise, opportunities to practically test my own music and leadership skills, performances with other schools and professional ensembles, and a vibrant peer group bursting with creativity."

Ken Hildebrandt ('05)

After graduating with his B.A. in music, Ken returned to his hometown of Filadelfia, Paraguay to teach. Ken instructs in the choral and music theory areas at the local secondary school and serves as curriculum advisor for the elementary mandatory education program in Paraguay.

Joanna Fernandes ('03)

"I had excellent professors who continuously challenged me to strive for excellence and professionalism. The Christian environment allowed me to have a deeper appreciation, love, and understanding for what I was doing."

Chad Louwerse ('98)

Professional Opera Singer | Graduate Student, MMus Performance and Literature (University of Western Ontario)

Chad Louwerse is poised to take his place among the most important bass-baritones of his generation. He debuted in Europe with l’Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg as Bernadino in Berlioz’ Benvenute Cellini and in Canada has been heard from Quebec to British Columbia.  With the Montreal Opera, he starred as Boniface in Haydn’s Il Mondo Della Luna, sang Talpa in Il Tabarro and covered Leporello in Don Giovanni. As a member of Montreal Opera’s Atelier Lyrique, he was singled out in Chabrier’s L'Etoile by Gingras of La Presse, who stated that “for pure comedy, first distinction goes to Chad Louwerse”. Chad has returned to his alma mater to perform for TWU students and give masterclasses. Read his exclusive interview here.

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