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Music, Bachelor of

Ministry Title: Bachelor of Music
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Program Code: MU411 Credential: Honours Degree Program Length: 8 semesters Winter 2022 delivery can be view on Current Student Resources
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Program Overview

Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree program is unlike any other four-year music degree in North America. Combining studies in recording technology and entrepreneurial business strategy with performance, production, songwriting and composition in jazz, pop, R&B, Latin and world music, the Bachelor of Music program equips you with the knowledge and skills needed for success in today’s music world. 

You’ll study with teachers who represent the who’s who of Canadian music, develop your musicianship on your own instrument through private lessons and ensembles, as well as in group classes exploring ear training, music theory, improvization, production, history and related subjects. As Toronto is the centre of Canada’s entertainment industry, Humber attracts the top professionals in jazz, musical theatre, television, film, commercials and pop. 

After two years of core music courses, you will continue to develop your instrument and performance skills, as well as take classes in music production and music business while also choosing from electives in arranging, composition, advanced improvisation, film scoring, music production techniques, songwriting, ethnomusicology, pedagogy and more.  

You’ll develop musicianship and artistry by presenting your own recital in your third year, arranging and composing original material, and recording and marketing your own music 

All students complete a major recording project/portfolio in their fourth year. The assembled portfolio, which includes a complete press kit and professional-quality recording, as well as other promotional materials, functions as your calling card for entrance into the music industry upon graduation. 

Courses Learning Outcomes

Work Experience - SEM 2C

MUS 2505: Work Term A

Work Experience - SEM 4C

MUS 3500: Work Term B

Work Experience - SEM 6C

MUS 4505: Work Term C


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Contextualize various musical forms identifying the influences of historical, cultural, technological and sociological events and factors.

  2. Discuss the theory and application of harmony, rhythm and melody in a range of musical styles.

  3. Define musical terminology used in colloquial, scholarly and professional communications.

  4. Discuss cultural and musical concepts exhibiting informed scholarship.

  5. Compose music according to stylistic and theoretical principles and concepts.

  6. Arrange both original and existing music appropriate to a variety of contexts using accepted nomenclature.

  7. Use a variety of creative and improvisational techniques to enhance musical performances.

  8. Perform proficiently a variety of musical genres appropriate to various ensembles.

  9. Use industry-standard technologies as both producer and artist from pre-production to finished recording. 

  10. Read and write musical notation in order to communicate effectively within the music community.

  11. Deliver and accept constructive feedback in order to advance the competencies of self and fellow musicians.

  12. Reflect on musical skills, interests and personal attributes in order to define paths of specialization, positive contribution and opportunities for lifelong learning.

  13. Market relevant competencies through various communication and business channels to generate employment opportunities in the music industry.


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Work Placement

You will participate in a work placement designed to mirror the professional music world, which is largely characterized by contract, freelance and part-time employment. You are responsible for accumulating the equivalent of 420 hours of experience which will allow you to establish contacts and relationships with key companies and industry professionals.

The Humber Advantage

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Critically acclaimed and award-winning Humber Music faculty discuss what they love about teaching music at Toronto's Humber College.

Andrew Kesler

Andrew Kesler is a Los Angeles-based music producer and performer. He graduated from Humber's Bachelor of Music program in 2012.

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Students from the Bachelor Of Music Program at Humber College present their final capstone projects to fellow classmates, friends, family, and industry representatives.

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Humber's Gospel Choir partnered with Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School to record a track at the Humber Recording Studios at Lakeshore Campus.

The Gordon Wragg Recording Studios is a professional, educational recording facility consisting of a state-of-the-art studio, electronic classroom, and individual digital audio workstation rooms. With a host of the best professional recording equipment and expert supervision, the studios provide students with the highest quality professional environment in which to realize their artistic vision.

Expert Faculty

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You’ll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Alex Dean

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Andrew Mullin

M.Mus. (Sound Recording) - McGill University
B.Mus. - McGill University

Andrew Scott

PhD (Musicology) - York University
M.Mus. (Performance) - New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
Diploma (Music) - Humber College

 

Brad Klump

MME – Indiana University, Indiana, USA
B.Mus. – McGill University

Brian O'Kane

M.Mus. (Jazz Performance) - University of Toronto
B.Mus. (Jazz Studies) - Thompson Rivers University
Diploma (Music) - Humber College

Dave Neill

M.Mus. (Jazz Performance) – University of Toronto
B.Mus. (Jazz Performance) – University of Toronto

Jocelyn Gould

M.Mus. - Michigan State University
B.Mus. – University of Manitoba
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Kelsley Grant

MA (Music) – Manhattan School of Music, NY, USA
B.Mus. – McGill University
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Kirk MacDonald

Professor

Larnell Lewis

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Lisa Martinelli

MA – York University
B.Ed. – University of Toronto
B.Mus. – University of Toronto
Diploma - Humber College
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Mark Kelso

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Mark Promane

B.Ed. – University of Toronto
BA (Music) – Western University
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Mike Downes

MA (Composition) – York University
B.Mus. – McGill University
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Nancy Walker

MA (Composition) - York University
Diploma (Music) - Humber College
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Peter Cook

M.Mus. (Sound Recording)– McGill University
B.Mus. – McGill University
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Shirantha Beddage

DMA (Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media) – Eastman School of Music, NY, USA
M.Mus. (Jazz Studies) – William Paterson University, NJ, USA
B.Mus. – British Columbia Open University
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Shirantha Beddage

Two-time JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage is a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada. His original music combines hard bop and modern jazz to create a sound that is both accessible and sophisticated.

He has released three critically-acclaimed albums as a leader: Roots and Branches, Identity (2013 JUNO nominee) and Momentum (2017 JUNO nominee). As a sideman, he has been featured on recordings with the Order of Canada Band, Suzie Arioli, Laila Biali, Nancy Walker, Mike Downes and many others. His compositional skills have won him accolades such as the Montreal Jazz Festival Galaxie Rising Star Award, recognitions at the Canadian Songwriting Competition, and placements in the Emmy-winning TV series “Fargo”.

Shirantha currently serves as Head of Theory and Harmony in the Humber College Bachelor of Music program, where he teaches courses in Music Theory, Pedagogy, and Ensemble. He was previously Director of Jazz Studies at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music (Columbus, Georgia, USA). He also adjudicates regularly at festivals throughout the country including MusicFest Canada, where he serves as Vice-Chairman of Instrumental Jazz. His innovative teaching methods have earned him national recognition as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE). He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music (New York, USA), a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University (New Jersey, USA), and a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College.

Shirantha is a Yamaha saxophone artist and performs on the YBS-62.

For more information, please visit http://www.shiranthabeddage.com/

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Dylan Bell

In a word: multifaceted. Juno Award-nominated Dylan Bell’s musical curiosity has kept him effortlessly crossing and blurring musical boundaries.

Since he first discovered his parents’ eclectic Beethoven-to-Bob Dylan record collection, Dylan’s musical curiosity has kept him effortlessly crossing and blurring musical boundaries. Dylan is a mainstay on the Canadian music scene, having sung with many of Canada’s premiere vocal ensembles such as Cadence, Hampton Avenue, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, The Watch, the eclectic FreePlay Duo, and the 1980s-era vocal pop group Retrocity. When he’s not singing, he freelances as a keyboard player and bassist, working with varied artists from world-music’s Autorickshaw, to veteran rockers Honeymoon Suite, to his own Police tribute band, Synchronicty III, as well as studio and theatrical work.

Behind the mixing board, Dylan has produced or engineered several award-winning albums, including a Juno co-nomination as Best Engineer for the Cadence album Twenty For One, the album Ferris Wheels with the world-renowned Swingle Singers from London, England, and the most recent, Juno-nominated album with the a cappella legends The Nylons, Skin Tight.

Dylan’s work as a composer and arranger has garnered international recognition, as winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition and a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award. When it comes to vocal arranging, Dylan wrote the book… literally. His major work, A Cappella Arranging (co-written with Deke Sharon), was published by Hal Leonard Music in 2013 to international acclaim. His choral compositions can be heard in such varying contexts as the Victoria Scholars, the Canadian Chamber Choir, and Cadence. Dylan is also in demand worldwide as an instrumental teacher and vocal/choral clinician. Visit Dylan at dylanbell.ca.

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Peter Cook

Peter Cook has credits as music editor, mastering engineer, recording engineer and/or producer on over 400 CDs including over 20 Juno Award-winning CDs. He has worked as music producer, recording engineer and editor on a number of Rhombus Media films and in the process won three Gemini Awards for best sound. He teaches courses in the Music Production department of Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree and is the course lead for the capstone Directed Study project.

Prior to joining the faculty at Humber in 2010, Peter worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 19 years. From 1991-2007 he was Senior Music Editor and Mastering Engineer for CBC Records. Peter has remastered recordings of Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester among many others and has edited and mastered recordings of every major classical orchestra, ensemble and soloist in Canada including the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Canadian Opera Company, Charles Dutoit, Mario Bernardi, Pinchas Zukerman, James Ehnes, Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Michael Schade, and Russel Braun as well as jazz and world music artists such as Don Thompson, Guido Basso, Mike Murley, and Laila Biali.

From 2007-2010 Peter was responsible for CBC Radio 2's ""Concerts On Demand"" website and helped to guide the network's first online presence with blogs, social networking, podcasts and live audio streaming.

Peter has been a guest lecturer at McGill University's Master of Music in Sound Recording program since 1986 and at the Banff Centre's Audio programs. He served on the Board of Governors of the international Audio Engineering Society from 2006 – 2016, including a four year stint as Vice President.

Peter is a graduate of the Master of Music in Sound Recording program at McGill University.

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Alex Dean

Alex Dean is renowned as one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists. Reedman, Alex Dean has played and recorded with the who’s who of legendary musicians, bands, ensembles, and orchestra’s, during his career as an award-winning musician, clinician, artistic director and jazz educator. His playing credentials include work with Gil Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Pat Labarbera, Phil Nimmons, and the Toronto Symphony. He occupied the tenor saxophone chair with Robb McConnell’s Grammy-winning, The Boss Brass (17 nominations/3 wins) for many years and recorded their last ten albums with Concord Records. Dean was also a charter member of Rob McConnell’s Tentet.

Innumerable recording credits include the recent soundtrack of the video game Cupheads which debuted at #1 on the Jazz Billboard charts in 2019 and the Alex Dean Jazz Orchestra recording, a tribute to Canadian Jazz Artists recorded in 2017 due for release late 2020, Robb McConnell’s CD entitled Tentet (Justin Time) which won Canadian Juno in 2001, and the Power Trio “D.E.W. East”, (Dean, drummer Barry Elmes, and Steve Wallace on bass) second recording D.E.W East meet Nick Brignola (Cornerstone) which garnered critical acclaim. Over the past 30+ years, Alex had appeared on numerous Canadian Juno Award-winning Jazz albums as well as Grammy award winners with The Boss Brass. Alex Dean Quartet/Quintet recordings include Dreamsville, Both Feet, At this Point, and Kaitlyn’s Waltz. Kaitlyn’s Waltz was voted Best Jazz CD of by the Jazz Report Magazine and one of the top ten jazz CD releases by New York’s Village Voice.

For 20 years, Alex Dean was the Artistic Director of the highly regarded Kincardine Summer Jazz Festival/Camp on Lake Huron Ontario, assembling an awarding winning faculty with Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Mays, Joe Labarbera, Pat Labarbera and Renee Rosnes.
Alex is a widely respected clinician/adjudicator in Canada and the United States. Over the years his publications include numerous articles on saxophone technique and improvisation.
He was a faculty member/Senior Lecturer at the University of Toronto and Humber College concurrently from 1993-2012 teaching saxophone and advanced improvisation. He accepted a full professorship at the Faculty of Music, Humber College in 2012.

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Mike Downes

“One of my favorite bass players.” – Pat Metheny

Multiple JUNO Award-winner Mike Downes is a Canadian bassist, composer, arranger and educator. Described “as gifted a composer as he is a bassist," his melodic approach to bass playing, composing and arranging has kept him at the forefront of the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s.*

Mike's extensive discography includes projects as a bandleader, performer, composer and producer. His own Ripple Effect won a 2014 JUNO Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year and Root Structure was the 2018 JUNO Award winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo. Root Structure inspired UK Vibe to write, “5/5 - This album is as close to perfect as it is possible to get and fully warrants its rating here. Buy it!”

Mike has performed with a long list of international jazz artists including Chris Potter, Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman and Donny McCaslin, and Canadians Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Pat LaBarbera, Robi Botos, Molly Johnson and many more. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada.

Mike is the bass department head at Humber College in Toronto, the author of The Jazz Bass Line Book and the co-author of Jazz and Contemporary Music Theory.

Keep up with Mike on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and learn more at mikedownes.com.

“This bass ace is incapable of letting you down.” - Midwest Record
"Mike’s time playing is delightfully inventive...his lines are clear, hip, and agile. His technique and intonation are extraordinary." Kim Richmond, Jazz Player Magazine
*"As gifted a composer as he is a bassist..." - International Society of Bassists
“Downes' playing is marked by an unerring and versatile technique, the kind of bass playing that's never static yet nevertheless establishes a firm foundation.” - Textura
"Very rarely is this cumbersome-looking instrument heard on disc with such majesty." RPM magazine

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Hilario Duran

Canadian Screen Award nominee (2021 Achievement in Music - Original Song for The Cuban) and winner of the Louis Applebaum Composers Award, Hilario Duran is well recognized for his piano playing and composing skills.

The Cuban-born Hilario Duran grew up in Havana into a musical family surrounded by various musical influences. His first work as a professional musician was Cuba's Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble.

Later on, in the 70s, he was Chucho Valdés' chosen successor in Cuba's most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.

Hilario was also a pianist, arranger and composer of Arturo Sandoval Group. In 1990, Hilario was the director of the band called Perspectiva, formed with the remained members of Arturo's band when Sandoval immigrated to the US.

After making his mark in Cuba, Duran continued to essay his skills as a pianist, composer, arranger and musical director of remarkable virtuosity. He is one of Cuba's premier exponents of Latin jazz.

Since arriving in Canada, Hilario has made a name for himself. He is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; a multi-Canadian National Jazz Award winner and nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O'Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz USA, for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin jazz. In addition, he has recently been recognized as the winner in the Latin jazz category of the Latin Awards Canada 2020, 6th Edition.

Cuban-Canadian jazz pianist Hilario Duran is a fixture on the Toronto music scene. Duran immigrated in 1998 to Canada and was named One of the Ten Most influential Hispanic Canadians in 2009. Also, Hilario has been named Best Artist of the Year 2013 by the Toronto Musicians' Association and the 2014 Best Vision Award Winner (Premio a la Trayectoria).

Hilario Duran represents an essential aspect in contemporary Cuban music and Cuban music history; he is a virtuoso player, arranger, composer, and bandleader in his own right.

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Adrean Farrugia

Award-winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia began playing piano at the age of 12. By age 16 he recognized that he would dedicate his life to music. Since then he has become recognized as one of Canada’s most sought-after pianists and composers, having shared the music he loves locally and globally with various bands across Canada, the United States, London, UK; Paris, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Australia, Poland, and The Netherlands with artists such as Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Brad Goode, Cyrille Aimee, Matt Dusk, Molly Johnson, Joel Frahm, Ernesto Cervini, The Worst Pop Band Ever, and others.

Adrean serves on the faculties of Mohawk College, the University of Toronto, and Humber College and has conducted
masterclasses and workshops for students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Polish Jazz Society Summer Workshop, and the University of Toronto.

Adrean has played on more than 40 albums to date, garnering two Juno Awards, eight Juno Award nominations, a Mark Award for Best Production Music Artist from the Production Music Association of America, Pianist of the Year at the Hamilton Arts Awards, and a nomination for the Ontario Arts Council’s Louis Applebaum Composer’s Award.

Adrean believes that music is a powerful form of communication that has the power to heal and inspire both the performer and the listener, as well as revealing a higher sense of being which exists in all people, and it is this belief that drives his continued journey and commitment to musical growth and sharing.

Adrean Farrugia is endorsed by Shigeru Kawai Pianos.

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Thomas Francis

Thomas Francis is one of Toronto’s leading pianists and is well known for his extensive background in jazz and soul-based musics. Thomas played with Canadian artists such as Juno Award-winning music icon and jazz vocalist Kellylee Evans, Alexis Baro (Juno-nominated jazz artist), Dan Talevski (MMVA nominee), Melanie Durrant (Juno-nominated R&B artist), KC Roberts & The Live Revolution (Toronto funk band), The Reklaws (CCMA-winning country duo), George St. Kitts (Juno-nominated Toronto soul icon), and many more. 

Thomas completed his diploma in Jazz Performance at Humber College, and bachelor of fine arts at York University. In 2017, he completed his master's in Composition at York where his work focused on the relationship between jazz and hip-hop histories and musics and a new breadth course he created, “Hip Hop: A Study of Blackness.” His works received grants such as the 2019 Special Projects grant by the Toronto Jazz Festival and the 2021 Music Recording Project – EP Category grant from Ontario Arts Council. Additionally, he is well known for his musicianship skills in writing and arranging for strings, having established his own contemporary string ensemble, The Four Strings.  

Thomas is the host of The Jazz Gene, a weekly one-hour show on Toronto’s online jazz radio platform, Jazzcast.ca. Thomas has spent the last five years working as a professor of music at Centennial College and is looking forward to joining Humber’s music program as a full-time faculty member this year.

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Trevor Giancola

Named one of Canada’s Best Jazz Musicians Under 35 by the CBC in 2017, Trevor Giancola continues to perform and tour as a guitarist, band leader and educator. Trevor’s first album, Fundamental (2016), has been described as “one of the most assured and interesting jazz albums of the year, with an incredible cast of supporting musicians” (cbcmusic.com), and his “deep feelings for music are obvious in the breadth and emotional resonance he brings... playing with innate grace and beautiful, loping lines, Giancola plays wise beyond his years” (Da Gama, WholeNote Magazine). Trevor’s second release, Sonnet 18, on TQM Records was released in the fall of 2019 and features Seamus Blake on saxophone, Rick Rosato on bass, and Adam Arruda on drums. The album was very well received by peers and critics alike with WholeNote Magazine praising Trevor for his “intelligent compositions, and [for being] the tie that binds the music together, playing with clarity, intelligence and [an] enviable tone, from the album’s most sensitive moments to its most aggressive.” Notably, Trevor has shared the stage with Seamus Blake, John Abercrombie, Donny McCaslin, and many other Canadian artists, namely Sophie Milman, Phil Dwyer, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Tia Brazda, and John Macleod. Currently, Trevor is completing a master’s degree in music composition at York University and is part of the music faculty at Humber College.

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Tania Gill

Tania Gill is a Toronto-based jazz pianist, improviser and composer who plays original, experimental and traditional music encompassing many genres. She leads and composes for the Tania Gill Quartet with Lina Allemano (trumpet), Nico Dann (drums) and Rob Clutton (bass). Her CD Bolger Station (Barnyard Records) was nominated for best debut album in the Village Voice jazz critics' poll and was Globe and Mail disc-of-the-week. She has performed, recorded and toured as a member of many notable projects/bands including The Brodie West Quintet, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Steve Reich’s 80th birthday concert at Massey Hall, Anthony Braxton and the AIMToronto Orchestra, Rebecca Hennessy, Deep Dark United, The Weather Station, The Titillators, The Mark Segger Sextet, St. Dirt Elementary School, The Woodshed Orchestra, Charles Spearin and the Happiness Project, the Victor Bateman Trio, Pete Johnston’s See Through Trio/Quartet and Quintet, Fides Krucker and many others.

“All aboard for first-class and fanciful Toronto pianist!” - Globe and Mail

Tania is a dedicated educator, who has taught at Humber for 17 years, and has worked as an adjudicator/clinician across the country. She has a MMUS in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto and a BMUS in Jazz Performance from McGill.

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Justin Gray

Justin Gray is a producer, bassist, composer, and educator based in Toronto.

As a producer, recording, mixing and mastering engineer, Justin has worked with artists from across the globe in a diverse range of musical styles (synthesissound.com). As a Dolby ATMOS mix and mastering engineer, Justin is also a leader in the field of immersive audio production (immersivemastering.com).

As an electric bassist, double bassist, and Bass Veena player, Justin performs in a variety of traditional and contemporary musical ensembles from around the world. Additionally, Justin leads his own contemporary world music ensemble, Justin Gray & Synthesis (justingray.ca).

Over the course of his career, Justin has received a number of awards and distinctions, including: nomination for World Music Album of the Year (CFMA 2020), nomination for Best Solo Artist (CFMA 2018), recipient of Emerging Jazz Artist Award (Toronto Arts Foundation 2015), recipient of Shanti Chakravarty Award for Excellence in Indian Classical Performance (York University 2015).

As a performing artist, Justin is proudly endorsed by Godfrey Guitars, Markbass, D’Addario Canada, Radial Engineering, Lava Cable and Source Audio.

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Johnny Griffith

Johnny Griffith is a multi-Juno Award-nominated saxophonist, composer and producer who has played and recorded with numerous artists including Don Thompson, Hawksley Workman, Jeremy Pelt, Charlie Hunter, The Wailers, Fishbone, Ernesto Cervini’s Tune Town, Alex Dean, Laila Biali, Al Henderson Quintet, Brandi Disterheft and Terra Hazelton, to name a few, and is a member of the popular Canadian funk/hip hop group the Pocket Dwellers. He has toured extensively across Canada, the United States, and Europe performing at all the major Canadian music festivals as well as several international venues, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  
 
Johnny co-leads the Griffith Hiltz Trio (GHT) with guitarist Nathan Hiltz, arriving on the scene with the 2009 album Now & Then, produced by and featuring Canadian jazz legend Don Thompson. Their debut album was selected by Terry McElligott at Jazz FM 91 as Jazz Album of the Year and was nominated for a Grand Prix du Jazz from the Montreal Jazz festival. Their second, more experimental release, This is What You Get, was produced by Canadian cult icon Hawksley Workman and sat at #1 on the national jazz charts for three weeks in 2013. Amid the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, GHT released its third album, Arcade, a nostalgic chiptune-jazz fusion nod to the music of film and video games of the 1980s.
  
The Johnny Griffith Quintet is the artist’s first solo venture and launched with Dance with the Lady in 2015. Featuring NYC’s Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, the album was the featured release on WBGO Jazz radio New Jersey. 2018 saw the release of The Lion, Camel and Child, again with Pelt, previewing at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2018.  
  
In 2015, Johnny created the non-profit independent jazz label G-B Records and has gone on to produce and/or engineer Nathan Hiltz’s Songs Poetic and Samways, Whitney Ross-Barris' The Bright Lunch Trio, Graeme Stephen’s Projector Trio, Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm’s Blued Dharma, Chris Wallace’s Many Names, Andy Ballantyne’s Play on Words and UK’s NeWt Trio’s “Drip.”

Johnny is also an active film and television composer. He has composed the scores for the films Still to Go and The Recipe, both films appearing in the Toronto International Film Festival, the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival. He is also a freelance composer for the Bell/CTV media group.

Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Johnny has a Bachelor of Music from Humber College, a master’s degree in jazz performance from University of Toronto, and for the past 12 years, he has been a Humber Music faculty member.  Johnny Griffith currently lives and performs in Toronto, Canada.

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Tom Ionescu

Tom Ionescu (MMus, BEd) is a Canadian musician, recording artist, composer, and visual artist. Over the last decade he has celebrated a multifaceted career as a live performer (Jane's Party, Shad, Dwayne Gretzky, Devin Cuddy Band), recording artist (Shad, Jane's Party, Andrew Hyatt, Ferraro), film composer and songwriter (Akilla's Escape, Barbara Anne, Kim’s Convenience, Burden of Truth, Hockey Night in Canada), graphic artist (Sam Roberts Band, Heavyweights Brass Band, Dwayne Gretzky) as well as producer, engineer/mixer and music video director/editor for his own band, Jane's Party.

Tom’s work with Jane’s Party has included four full-length albums, collaborations with Ewan Currie (Sheepdogs, BROS), Leland Whitty (BADBADNOTGOOD) and Skratch Bastid among others, and multiple singles on regular rotation on Indie 88.1, 102.1 The Edge, and CBC Radio 1 and 2. The band has opened, toured and/or played alongside Blue Rodeo, Arkells, Tom Odell, Sam Roberts Band, Jefferson Starship, LIGHTS, Matt Mays, and Stars among others.

In 2011, Tom attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music led by Dave Douglas. Tom holds a master of music in jazz guitar performance from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of education from York University.

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Will Jarvis

Toronto-born musician Will Jarvis is a busy freelance bassist, composer and educator who has been performing professionally since 1980. He is a graduate of the Humber College/TRU Bachelor of Music program and holds a Master of Arts in Composition from York University in Toronto.

Will has gained a reputation as a very versatile player and is equally comfortable playing jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, and jazz fusion as well as Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music.

Will has had the pleasure of performing with Latin jazz artists Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paquito D'Rivera, Hilton Ruiz, Hilario Duran, Luis Conte and Dave Valentin. He has also performed and recorded with many outstanding Canadian artists including David Clayton-Thomas, Vernon Dorge, Bruce Cassidy's Anti-Gravity Machine, The Code, Jackie Richardson, Carlos Del Junco, Louise Pitre, Trevor Dick Band, Sinal Aberto and many more. Along with his own group, Will currently performs and records as a member of the multi-award-winning group Manteca.

In 2015, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Con Gracias, featuring some of Canada’s premier musicians including Hilario Duran, Bill McBirnie, Luis Orbegoso, Rosendo Chendy Léon Arocha, Kevin Turcotte and Don Thompson. The award-winning recording features a collection of all-original Latin jazz compositions based on an array of contemporary and traditional Afro-Cuban styles containing beautiful melodies and sizzling grooves.

As an educator, Will has been teaching at the college and university level for over thirty years. In addition to teaching at Humber College he is also on the music faculty at Mohawk College with previous positions at McMaster University and York University.

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Brad Klump

Music educator, musicologist, composer/songwriter, producer, author and guitarist, Brad Klump received his master's in music education at Indiana University (studying with David Baker) and undertook PhD work in ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (with Bruno Nettl and Lawrence Gushee) and York University (with Rob Bowman).

As a guitarist, he has performed with such jazz artists as Bob Mintzer, Steve Houghton, Orin Isaacs, and Sam Rivers among others. As a composer, Brad has scored music for film and commercials, produced dance remixes, and wrote songs for many artists including Speech of the Grammy-award winning group Arrested Development. Brad was hired full time in 2004 to design, implement and oversee Humber’s innovative Bachelor of Music degree. He became the first professor in Canada to offer a credited course in bluegrass music.

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Kevin Lau

Described as a "self-assured voice" (Barczablog) with "masterful control over his idiom" (Classical Music Sentinel), Kevin Lau has established himself as one of Canada's leading young composers. Awarded the 2017 Victor Martyn Lynn-Staunton Award by the Canada Council for Outstanding Achievement, Kevin's music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles across North America, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Made in Canada, Octagon, Piano Six, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, TorQ, and the Houston-based River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Recent collaborators on new works include violinist Jonathan Crow, clarinetist Yao Guang Zhai, cellist Rachel Mercer, violinist Scott St. John, erhu soloist Andy Lin, oboist Charles Hamann, and oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs. In 2021 he will serve as composer in residence for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

In 2016 Kevin composed the score for the National Ballet of Canada's original full-length ballet Le Petit Prince, featuring choreography by NBOC principal dancer and choreographic associate Guillaume Cote. His second ballet score, Dark Angels, was commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra for its Encount3rs project in 2017, and was described as riveting (Ottawa Citizen) and extraordinarily accomplished (Artsfile). His most recent large-scale work, an opera-film hybrid (Bound) commissioned by Against the Grain Theatre and recorded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was hailed by the Globe and Mail as "a brilliant creation."

Kevin's discography includes two JUNO award-winning albums: Detach (Redshift) featuring harpist Angela Schwarzkopf, and Mosaique featuring Ensemble Made in Canada. Other albums include Solo Seven (ATMA Classique) featuring violinist Marc Djokic, which won Best Album at the 2020 East Coast Music Awards; the JUNO-nominated Spin Cycle (Centrediscs, featuring the Afiara Quartet and DJ Skratch Bastid); Encount3rs (Analekta) featuring NACO; The Sounds of Our Time (Naxos) featuring cellist Rachel Mercer, and Premieres (Cambria Records) featuring violinist Conrad Chow.

In addition to composing concert music, Kevin is also active as a film composer, arranger, and pianist. He has written the scores to over a dozen films, including Ben Shirinian's Lulu (which won Best International Short Film at the 2020 Milan International Film Festival) and Charles Officer's acclaimed feature documentary Invisible Essence: The Little Prince (2018), and has created arrangements for artists such as singer-songwriters Sarah Slean, Dan Mangan, and Suzie McNeil; composer Christos Hatzis; and groups such as the Art of Time Ensemble. He has performed many of his own works and collaborates frequently with artists such as Scott St. John (violin), Lynn Kuo (violin), and Victor Cheng (piano).

Born in Hong Kong, Kevin moved to Toronto at the age of 7. In 2012 he received his doctorate in music composition from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Christos Hatzis, and has guest-lectured at U of T for the past six years. He served as composer in residence for the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (2010-12), the Banff Centre (2012), and was artistic director of the Sneak Peek Orchestra (with conductor and co-founder Victor Cheng) until 2014. He was the youngest composer to be appointed RBC Affiliate Composer for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2012-15), and was composer in residence of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra from 2018-19.

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Larnell Lewis

Larnell Lewis is a Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. Based in Toronto, he has established himself among the most diverse and in-demand drummers in the world. 

Since 2012, Larnell has been playing with three-time Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy. Larnell leads successful ensembles of his own and has toured the globe with highly reputable contemporary musicians, including Quincy Jones, Laila Biali, Jeremy Ledbetter, Etienne Charles, Gregory Porter, Benny Golson, Lalah Hathaway, Jacob Collier, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Lisa Fisher, Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, and moreLarnell’s immense talent, fierce creativity, and evolving musical style keep him in demand as a collaborator for artists internationally. 

In June 2018, Larnell independently released his debut album, In The Moment. This project explores Larnell’s deep connection to jazz, fusion, and his Afro-Caribbean roots. The album features performances from a wide range of musicians such as fellow Snarky Puppy band mates Shaun Martin, Mark Lettieri, Juno Award-winners Mike Downes, Robi Botos, and many others. His latest release, Relive The Moment (2020), is a reimagining of his compositions from In The Moment, with new drum performances, recorded at Jukasa Studios. In addition to his success as recording artist, performer, and director, Larnell is a dedicated music educator. He is a professor of music at Humber College, Canada’s most respected institution for post-secondary music education. 

Whether performing on the world stage with internationally acclaimed artists, or playing local gigs in Toronto, Larnell Lewis is consistently a passionate and joyful creator, as well as one of the most skilled, musical drummers today. Larnell Lewis is endorsed by Yamaha DrumsZildjianPromarkEvansD’AddarioPrologix, and Latin Percussion.

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Hannah Burgé Luviano

Hannah is the program manager for all Humber Music diploma and degree programs and is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University. She served as a research fellow at Queen’s University for the Toronto’s City Diplomacy: Arts, Heritage, and Culture project, affiliated with the North American Cultural Diplomacy Institute (NACDI). Her dissertation research explores musician communities in Mexico City and Toronto. Hannah is a member of the City of Toronto Music Advisory Committee. Her debut album, Green River Sessions (2014), charted on US college radio and received sustained worldwide airplay on more than three hundred stations. She headlined the Polanco International Jazz Festival in México City with her band in 2016, and performed as a soloist at the National Library of Congress in Washington. Hannah co-produced the only Canadian recording of Byzantine Greek liturgical music, Imnos: Hymns of Faith, in collaboration with the St. Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox community and alongside producer and bassist Paco Luviano. Her compositions have garnered international attention, both for her debut album, Green River Sessions, and also for the Canadian independent film release The Devil’s Tail. Produced by Ardent Pictures, this film highlighted the perils of border crossing between México and the United States; the film was nominated for and won several film festival prizes. Hannah is co-composer with Paco Luviano for the work “Espera, Esperanto,” (arr. Hilario Duran), featuring Dorjee Tsering (late) on the 2018 release Kuné: Canada's Global Orchestra (Universal Canada). In January 2020, Kuné and “Espera, Esperanto” had their Canadian symphonic debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

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Kirk MacDonald

With an established reputation as one of Canada’s leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thirteen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres. He has performed on over fifty CDs as both leader and sideman, and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio.

In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, he has also performed in the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Monaco, Australia, Korea, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

For over 30 years, Kirk MacDonald has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, American and international jazz musicians including Claude Ranger, Dave Young, Sam Noto, Sonny Greenwich, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Harold Mabern, Walter Bishop Jr., Tom Harrell, Vic Juris, Peter Bernstein, Adam Nussbaum, Rich Perry, Kurt Elling, David Virelles, Ralph Bowen, Dick Oatts, Ben Monder, Seamus Blake, Jonathan Blake, Lorne Lofsky, Bob Mover, Pat LaBarbera, John Taylor, Ron McClure, Jack DeJohnette, Mike Stern, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Vince Mendoza, John Clayton, Chris Potter, Glenn Ferris, Maria Schneider, Dave Grusin, Danilo Perez, Adam Rogers, Dennis Mackrel, Nancy Walker, Barry Romberg, Andre White, Rob Smith, Brian Dickinson, Denny Christianson, Bernie Senensky, Phil Nimmons, James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, and the Humber College Faculty Ensemble.

Over 100 performances of Kirk MacDonald’s compositions appear on 25 albums, both as leader and on recordings by other artists. Kirk has established a substantial body of original work as a saxophonist/composer over the past three decades. As a followup to his award-winning recordings Symmetry, with Tom Harrell, and Vista Obscura, with Harold Mabern, MacDonald released Common Ground, a double CD of his compositions arranged by Joe Sullivan for Jazz Orchestra, and Silent Voices, a co-led quartet outing with renowned saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, featuring American jazz great Adam Nussbaum on drums. MacDonald’s 2019 recording, Generations, brings him back full circle to his roots in a program of jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. Generations features three generations of musicians: the legendary pianist Harold Mabern at age 82 and MacDonald’s wonderfully talented daughter Virginia MacDonald, at age 23, on clarinet. Kirk's latest CD, Trane of Thought, co-led with Pat LaBarbera received a 2021 Juno nomination for best jazz recording.

Kirk MacDonald has been active as an educator for 30 years at leading jazz studies programs such as The University of Toronto, Humber College and McGill University. Through his work with these programs, numerous live performances, recordings, master classes and workshops throughout Canada and internationally, Kirk has become one of Canada’s most respected and in-demand educators.

For close to three decades, MacDonald has been a leader in his field of performance, composition and education and has had a huge and lasting influence on many of Canada’s younger generation of musicians. Many former students have gone on to forge national and international careers in many genres of music.

Professional highlights as a leader:

  • 16 CDs as Leader/Co-Leader
  • 2 JUNO Awards, 7 Nominations
  • 1 East Coast Music Award, 2 Nominations
  • 2 Jazz Report Awards
  • Toronto Musicians’ Association Life Time Achievement Award
  • SOCAN’s Hagood Hardy Award for Composition
  • International Jazz Soloist Award - Monaco
  • Over 100 performances of Kirk MacDonald’s compositions appear on over 25 recordings

Professional work/education:

  • Over 40 CDs as Sideman with 4 JUNO Nominations
  • 2 Distinguished Faculty Awards
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Steve Mancuso

Toronto-born drummer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Steve Mancuso has been active as an educator, and performing artist on the Canadian music scene since 1988.

In 2008, Steve earned his MA in ethnomusicology (Cuba, Africa) at York University. He is presently completing a PhD (ABD) at York University under the guidance of South Indian master drummer Dr. Trichy Sankaran, focusing on the art of Konnakkol, the spoken rhythmic language of the Carnatic musical tradition. He has also studied privately with master educators such as Francis Kofi Akotuah, Bruce Becker, Jim Blackley, José Luis Quintana, and Marcos Suzano, among others.

Steve is currently on faculty at both Humber College and Centennial College (MIAP) where he instructs contemporary drum set, world percussion, and various performance and pedagogical ensembles. In addition, Steve is an educator and clinician endorsed by Bosphorus Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Remo Drum Heads.

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Andrew Mullin

Andrew Mullin is an audio engineer and educator who is passionate about capturing and shaping sound and empowering musicians to realize their artistic vision. Whether running a large-format console in a commercial studio or operating his mobile recording rig in a one-car garage, Andrew is distinguished by his ability to enhance the creative potential of those around him. Andrew completed a bachelor’s degree in music in 2006 at McGill University and went on to earn a master’s degree in sound recording in 2008. During this time, he studied with George Massenburg and completed post-production work with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance audio engineer, Andrew has been fortunate to collaborate with a wide range of artists including The O’Pears, Justin Dunlop, Bear Mountain, The Wooden Sky, Nick Doneff, Vivienne Wilder, Gord Hyland, Union Duke, Georgian Bay, The Ladom Ensemble; with projects by Amanda Tosoff (Words) and Mark Kelso (The Chronicles of Fezziwig) earning Juno nominations. Andrew joined the music production team at Humber College in 2010 as a staff engineer, recording and mixing over 50 student EPs before transitioning to teaching full time.

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Haruka Nagata

Haruka Nagata is an audio engineer based in Montréal, Canada. Holding a master’s degree from McGill University, she focuses her work in the field of classical music.

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Dave Neill

Born and raised in Ottawa, saxophonist Dave Neill moved to Toronto in 1995 to pursue a jazz performance degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Alex Dean and Mike Murley.

Working as a performer, adjudicator and clinician, Dave is active on the freelance scene, including jobs with Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, Frankie Valli, Regis Philbin and Nikki Yanofsky. He has adjudicated at festivals across Ontario, including the national Musicfest finals, and has given a clinic at OMEA entitled “Breaking Down Barriers for Jazz Improvisation.”

Now a full-time professor at Humber College, Dave teaches a variety of courses, including Business for Creative Industry and Song Materials, as well as private lessons in the woodwind area. Previously, he taught at the University of Toronto from 2004-2016 and the Humber College Community Music School from 2000-2015, as well as mentoring the next generation of performers at the Youth Jazz Canada’s Summer Jazz Workshop and the IMC Jazz Camp.

Dave completed his master’s in jazz performance at the University of Toronto, and has released two CDs as a leader. His debut quartet CD, All In, featured his original compositions, while his follow-up CD, Daylight, was named as one of the top Canadian Jazz CDs of 2014 by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen.

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Brian O'Kane

M.Mus. (Jazz Performance) - University of Toronto
B.Mus. (Jazz Studies) - Thompson Rivers University
Diploma (Honours Music) - Humber College

Brian is very active in the Canadian music scene, having performed and recorded with groups including the Rob McConnell Tentet, The Boss Brass, John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra (Juno Award 2010), Hilario Duran’s Latin Jazz Big Band (Juno Award 2006), the Bernie Senensky Quintet and the Barry Elmes Quintet. He has also backed up a lengthy list of international artists including Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Diana Krall, and has appeared on dozens of radio/television jingles as well as theatre productions.
Brian has also performed with a variety of classical ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and True North Brass. He has performed at jazz festivals around the world, most recently as a featured artist in Daejeon, South Korea. It was an honour for him to perform as an artist/clinician at the 33rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Banff, Alberta.
Brian loves working with young musicians and has been a guest performer/clinician at numerous colleges and universities nationwide. He is an Endorsing Artist for the Edwards Brass Instrument Company (Elkhorn, WI) as well as the Gard Instrument Bags (Kolkata, India).

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Anthony Panacci

Anthony Panacci attended the Humber Music jazz program from 1976 to 1980 and has also received his grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is currently on faculty at Humber teaching jazz piano and in the recording studio department.

Since 1976, he has been playing extensively in the Canadian music scene both live and in the studio. Anthony is a very versatile musician who plays jazz in festivals and clubs across Canada, notably in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. In 1986, he toured Canada with classical guitarist Liona Boyd. He has played and recorded pop and country with David Clayton Thomas, Petula Clark, Shirley Eikhard, the Mersey Brothers and Pete Wade, and Latin jazz with the Montuno Police, Robby Ameen and his own project, Eclectica Latino, featuring Raul Pineda and Roberto Viscaino.

Anthony also owns a full digital recording studio in his house where he engineers and produces for bands, singers and music for TV, radio and many different jazz projects, including his own, Eclectica Latino and Blues for Jazz, and his wife Mary’s Her Perfume.

In 2016 and 2017, Anthony played in the house band for the CBC Canadian Screen Awards with Norm MacDonald and Howie Mandel. He was Mississauga's musician of the year award in 1999 and received the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for Mississauga.

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Erica Procunier

Erica Procunier is a Canadian composer for film and other media. Her credits include scores for film, television, theatre, advertisement and interactive productions. She was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto International Film Festival to compose the score for DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver, a live film-concert for the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. The film premiered live in concert with the TSO and toured across Canada to be performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.

Erica recently scored Apple TV+'s Emmy-winning show Ghostwriter. For the CBC, she has scored the rowdy comedy series Little Dog and the children’s series Detention Adventure. Erica has worked on critically acclaimed films such as Pat Mills’ hit misfit comedy Don’t Talk to Irene, starring Geena Davis, and Thyrone Tommy’s anxiety-ridden drama Mariner, both official selections at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her composition, "Precipice," was the centrepiece of Seneca College's Nuit Blanche exhibition in Toronto, which included artwork by over 60 students and faculty all inspired by the same piece of music.

Erica was selected to attend Berlinale Talents 2019 and is an alumna composer of the Canadian Film Centre’s Slaight Family Music Lab. She is on the board of directors of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and holds a Master of Music Composition from Western University.

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Kim Ratcliffe

Kim Ratcliffe’s experience covers a wide variety of musical endeavors. As a teenager in Victoria, he was playing six nights a week in bar bands, studying classical guitar, and discovering jazz. Known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays mandolins in the Toronto production of Come From Away and co-leads the jazz/rock band 13go, which has featured special guest Vernon Reid. He has been a member of Paul Delong’s fusion group One Word, the Walrus Guitar Quartet (chamber music with David Occhipinti, Ted Quinlan and Roddy Elias), the jazz quartet Rat4, and toured or recorded with singers Holly Cole, Colm Wilkinson, Ron Sexmith and others. He has been a member of genre-bending new music ensemble Hemispheres and avant funk band Gotham City, studied and performed with composers David Mott and James Tenney, worked in theatre and played in many of Toronto’s top dance bands. Kim has taught at Humber and Mohawk Colleges, and currently has a couple new projects on the way.

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Andrew Scott

Dr. Andrew Scott is a guitarist, writer and educator.

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Amanda Tosoff

Amanda Tosoff is a B.C.-raised, Toronto-based pianist, composer and educator with six albums to her credit. As a bandleader and side-woman, she has performed across the country and abroad, and has been the recipient of such honours as the Montréal Jazz Festival Grand Prix de Jazz, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award and a JUNO nomination for her 2016 album Words. As an educator for almost 20 years, Amanda has mentored students at her home studio and various music institutions, including Humber College’s Community Music School and Bachelor of Music programs. She has been a featured lecturer at many universities and arts councils, including the Canadian Jazz Summit at the University of Manitoba and the Canadian League of Composer’s workshop series in 2020. Amanda is also the co-founder of an online education company, Music Arts Collective, where she has been working on courses, an artist interview series and several projects that feature and highlight women in jazz. Amanda holds a BA in Jazz Performance from Capilano University and an MA in Musicology/Music Theory from the University of Toronto.

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Ministry Consent

Humber College has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting July 15, 2020.  Humber College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
      • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
      • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • Online Audition

  • As part of the application process, all applicants must complete an online audition and testing in theory and ear training. This audition evaluates a variety of musical competencies.

    Applicants will submit an audition video with the requirements outlined, via Slideroom (submission instructions below). Additional instructions for a number of instrument areas can be found within Slideroom.

    All auditionees will be asked to demonstrate competency, and be evaluated on, the following:

    • Musical Performance: Applicants are asked to perform one piece of their choosing. The composition should be a minimum of 32-bars in length and the student should demonstrate familiarity with the musical idiom in which this composition and performance resides stylistically. Applicants will be evaluated on their musical interpretation of the chosen piece here.
    • Musical Improvisation: Applicants will be asked to improvise over a song of their choice demonstrating competency with the improvisatory language and conventions specific to the instrument (including voice) on which they are auditioning.
    • Musicianship, technique, musicality and sound: Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate musicality on their instrument and are evaluated upon the competency of their instrumental or vocal technique and tone, musicality and sound. *Musicianship means instrumental rudiments for non-harmonic instruments and scales/arpeggios for harmonic instruments and vocalists.
    • Theory & Ear Training test: Applicants will be tested on Music Theory and Ear Training competencies. Details about how to complete this test are available on Slideroom.

    Submissions Instructions

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $8,796.54*
  • international $14,800.

*Note: Price will vary according to instrument profile.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber Degree Scholarships

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement. See this following chart for details. Some of the scholarships are renewable each year if you maintain an average of 80 per cent or more.

95%+ $4,000 renewable
90 - 94.9% $3,500 renewable
85 - 89.9% $3,000 renewable
80 - 84.9% $2,000 renewable
75 - 79.9% $1,500 one time

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to students entering any Humber degree program who have completed a two or three-year diploma from a publicly-funded college. Students who have achieved a program GPA of 80% or better will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level. Diplomas do not have to be related to the degree program of choice and are not tied to the eligibility for advanced standing or transfer credit. No application is required. View Terms & Conditions of Degree Scholarships.

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM FROM:

HUMBER PROGRAMS

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

 

 

 

 

 

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Andrew Scott, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3444
andrew.scott@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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