Student Success

Sonny Day Rider plays piano in studio one

Day Rider pursues passion with help of Indigenous Graduate Admission Award

Wind Orchestra virtual mentorship

Wind Orchestra mentors middle-school band in virtual partnership

Jess Tollestrup, aeolian harp

Repertoire selection inspires student, faculty member to build aeolian harp

Leonard Menon photo by Madison Johnson

Leonard Menon receives boost in funding for two research projects

Kierian Turner in Studio One

Kierian Turner (DAA) received a 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship

Ryland Moranz and Amandine Pras in Studio One

Ryland Chambers-Moranz (DAA) receives two undergraduate research grants

Past Recipients of the Joyce & Ron Sakamoto Prize for Research & Development in DAA

Leonard Menon

Supervised by Dr. Amandine Pras

Ryland Chambers-Moranz

Supervised by Dr. Amandine Pras

Kierian Turner & Carter Potts

Supervised by Dr. D. Andrew Stewart

Keegan Herperger

Supervised by Dr. Arlan Schultz

Max Hopkins & Alex Bohn

Supervised by Dr. D. Andrew Stewart

Andrew Spencer & Shae Brossard

Supervised by Thilo Schaller

Shaun Bellamy

Supervised by George Burleigh and Dr. Arlan Schultz

Curtis Litchfield & Calvin Shiu

Supervised by George Burleigh and Thilo Schaller respectively


Digital Audio Arts Special Projects

Scherzo and the Chinook Brass Quintet

In 2018, Scherzo (composed by John Cheetham) was performed by the uLethbridge student quintet, known as the Chinook Brass Quintet, including Music Department Studio students. The project was recorded in the University Recital Hall by a team of professional engineers and Digital Audio Arts students.

Chinook Brass Quintet:
Max Gunther (trumpet)
Elleen Humble (trumpet)
Alexis Leadbeater (horn)
Andrea Norman (trombone)
Jaret Jacobs (tuba)

Ensemble Supervisor: Dr. Josh Davies

Recording Production Professor: Dr. Amandine Pras
Guest Audio Engineer: Bo Brink (DPA Microphone)
Student Audio Editor and Mixing Engineer: Matt Wiebe

Sxueak for Squeaky Toys and Computer by Matthew Burtner

Yangke Li, graduate student (2013) produced the recording of Sxueak for squeaky toys and computer by Matthew Burtner Performed by Montreal-based ensemble In Extensio

Hamlet and the Silent Drum

Hellawell composed incidental music, using the Silent Drum, for Theatre and Dramatic Arts’ production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (directed by Brian Parkinson), in February, 2012. He also gave a solo performance as part of Experience Fine Arts Day, 2012, and in concert for Integra Contemporary and Electroacoustics Ensemble. Development of a digital musical instrument, known as the Silent Drum, by DAA student, Mathew Hellawell as part of course on Applied Research in Digital Audio Arts based on an Original design of Silent Drum by composer Jaime Oliver.

Old King Hamlet's Revenge


Meta Saxophone

DAA student Shaun Bellamy constructed a "Meta Saxophone”, augmented instrument funded by a Mentors in Creative Research Grant (Research and Innovation Services). Bellamy composed for, and performed on the Meta Saxophone. He developed a solo piece for his graduation recital in Composition, as well as composing a group composition featuring Meta Saxophone, piano, and digital turntable.

Metamorphic Blues for Piano, Meta Saxophone and CDJ 2000

Integra Contemporary & Electroacoustic Ensemble

Integra Contemporary & Electroacoustics