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VIU Music Department Instructor Hans Verhoeven sits on a rock near a pond holding a drum.

Cozy Classrooms, Biomusical Beats, and Crime and Punishment Explored in Colloquium Series

September 23, 2019

Lectures allow VIU faculty to explore questions and share their passions with students, colleagues and the public.This fall, three Vancouver Island University (VIU) drummers will attempt to merge into a single entity of sound during a performance of Nebojša Živković’s Trio Per Uno.The piece, which requires the musicians to play on multiple percussion setups, combines quick tempos,... Read more


Cloudhead Games, VIU Alumni staff

A Career in the Clouds

September 17, 2019

For most people, the prospect of spending days immersed in virtual reality worlds is a pipe dream made possible only by winning the lottery or some other turn of good fortune. For the folks at Qualicum-based Cloudhead Games, five of whom are VIU alumni, this is their everyday.Up against heavy competition from AAA studios for games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim, the virtual reality game development... Read more


VIU Jazz Studies alum finds harmony

Alum of the Month: Jonathan Bauer

July 23, 2019

Moving to New Orleans gave multi-talented trumpeter and composer Jonathan Bauer the chance to hit the ground running after graduating from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies program in 2014. Since then, he’s gotten a master’s degree, toured parts of the world, started playing with the infamous New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and recorded his own album. His secret?... Read more


Drummer Brain, Prison Theatre and Heritage Graffiti Featured in Colloquium Talks

September 24, 2018

Free public lecture series hosted by the VIU Faculty of Arts and Humanities covers range of themes From how drummers, prisoners and 16th Century Scottish women think; to the role graffiti plays in the art world; to an investigation of how media creates a sense of belonging, a free public lecture series at Vancouver Island University (VIU) investigates a wide range of topics. Every year,... Read more


Alumni of the Month: Liam Ross Gibson

June 6, 2018

Growing up in Nanaimo, Liam Ross Gibson (Diploma in Jazz Studies ’10) had his passion for music fuelled by a summer jazz program that VIU faculty ran at the time. He has followed his passion all the way to graduate school, completing a master’s degree in composition from the University of Manitoba earlier this year. He recently settled back on Vancouver Island, and a piece of music he composed is... Read more


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