Our Music Program
Our music program follows a holistic approach to music instruction, striking a balance between ensemble playing, refinement of solo skills, technical, artistic, and aural growth, supported by a rich array of music technology, audio, theory, and history courses.
Our three-year Bachelor of Arts degree provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to explore music as a career by developing the fundamentals of performance, theory, and musicianship. We strive to create an inclusive, learning-centred experience, which involves all music students at a comfortable level. Development of reliable performance skill is nurtured through weekly performance classes, where you will discover and develop your musical voice. We offer courses in performance, audio arts, conducting and a variety of music theory courses. We also provide an extensive variety of jazz-based courses. Performance courses are offered in the following areas: piano, organ, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, jazz piano, and jazz guitar.
Our music faculty demonstrate a profound commitment to their craft through continued national and international active recording, teaching and research careers. We train young musicians to embrace their chosen art specialty as a vital, living language. When words fall short – music takes over! At Algoma U, we believe that music is an essential part of the human experience.
For those who choose to enter the workforce upon graduation, below is a list of some of the career paths our graduates have chosen or can choose with a music degree: arranger, arts administrator/arts management, composer, copyist, transcriber, cruise ship entertainer, educator, entrepreneur, film , TV, video game scoring, freelancing, lyricist, music industry, music therapist,musical theatre, musicologist, orchestrator, performer, pit orchestra musician, religious music – sacred music, songwriter, summer camp music director/staff, and many more.
What You Can Expect
Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.
“Where else would you find professors who encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone because they know you will do great and achieve success?! Everything is going so well here, I cannot imagine having these opportunities anywhere else.”
“Upon my arrival at Algoma University, I was greeted by the most amazing unit of musicians who hold so much itelligence and real life experience to offer at all times. I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge through this program, and some of my experiences include being a part of many Algoma University Ensembles (Choir, Musical Theater. Jazz Ensemble), singing for keynote events, as well as performing with Professors at Carnegie Hall in New York City! This program is a community, and being part of this Music family has been a blessing”
“At Algoma University, Music isn’t just another department, it is family. The one-on-one interactions and support that I received from the team of professors at Algoma is something that I do not think I will ever receive again. The Music Program offers something special that other departments cannot.”
“Algoma University is a great place for those who seek higher education. The Music Faculty were great and always helpful when I needed it. The Music Program really helped me develop as a musician and prepare for medium and long term educational and artistic goals”
“AU features an excellent, personalized Music Program. The faculty care about you and your progress. Small classes lead to strong bonds with classmates and teachers. There is a high expectation, yet goals are attainable, and reasonable in the context of such a supportive and creative environment. The high level of education and absorbed wisdom can be applied to everyday life. This program helped me find myself via artistic expression through my instrument. Bonds forged with like-minded individuals will last a lifetime. ”
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Study the instrument of your passion
With performance courses offered in piano, organ, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, jazz piano, and jazz guitar, students have the opportunity to study and perfect their skills on the instrument they are most passionate about.
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Share your talent with others
Our ensembles, the Algoma University Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Music Theatre Ensemble, are very active within the local community, and provide our students with ample opportunity to perform at public venues.
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Study the great composers, producers and musicians
In our program, students will study the iconic historical figures and their musical influence on society, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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Sault Ste. Marie’s vibrant arts scene
The Algoma Conservatory of Music is a non-profit music school affiliated with Algoma U. It has become one of the highest quality concert series in North America, attracting the best performers from around the world.
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The Mill Square houses an elegant performance space with outstanding acoustics and excellent sound, lights, projection, and recording equipment. Algoma U’s music program shares this location, which allows the program to expand and establish a formidable music legacy for Sault Ste. Marie.
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Preparing for your audition
Students applying to our Music program must audition as part of the application process. Audition requirements vary greatly by the instrument.
Great Lakes International Summer Music Institute
A two-week university credit program opportunity
Algoma University “Great Lakes International Summer Music Institute” is designed as a two-week university credit program opportunity for advanced musicians at a pre-professional level; specifically for students in secondary school (Grade 11-12) and/or college/university students.
Meet our Faculty
Our Department of Music is made up of faculty who are experts in the field. Get to know them!
Dr. Edward Turgeon, BMus, MMus, MMA, DMA
Director of Music, Professor, Musician-in-Residence (Duo Turgeon)View Full Bio
Frank Deresti, BMus
Adjunct Professor: Coordinator of Guitar and Jazz Studies; Director of Algoma University Jazz EnsembleView Full Bio
Dr. Anne Louise-Turgeon, BMus, MMus, DMA
Adjunct Music Instructor: Piano, Composition, Musician-in-Residence (Duo Turgeon)View Full Bio
Agnes McCarthy, BMus, MMus
Adjunct Professor: Coordinator of Vocal Studies; Director of Algoma University Musical Theater EnsembleView Full Bio
Paul Dingle, BMus, MMus
Adjunct Professor: Music History, Algoma University Choir, pianoView Full Bio
Bobbi-Leigh McLean-Gasparelli, Hon.B.MusEd, BED, OCT
Adjunct Music Instructor: ClarinetView Full Bio
Adjunct Music Instructor: Saxophone and JazzView Full Bio
Dr. Robert Ollikkala, BMus, MMus, PhD
Dr. Robert Ollikkala, BMus, MMus, PhDView Full Bio
Adjunct Music Instructor: PianoView Full Bio
Ken Piirtoniemi, BMUS, BED, AMUS Performance
Adjunct Music Faculty: BrassView Full Bio
For those who choose to enter the workforce upon graduation, the left is a list of some of the career paths our graduates have chosen or can choose with a music degree.