Events Summary 2019-2020

Mon., October 7, 2019 Visiting Artist: Chad Wackerman (drums)
Sat., November 16, 2019 Visiting Artist: Tom Luer (saxophone)
Mon., March 9, 2020 Visiting Artist: Heather Bambrick (voice)
Sat., March 21, 2020 Visiting Artist: Peter Hum (piano)
Mon., March 30, 2020 Visiting Artist: Gilad Hekselman (guitar)
  StFX Vocal Ensembles

Visiting Artist Series 2019-2020

Unless otherwise specified:

  • Concerts begin at 8pm and take place in Schwartz Auditorium (SCHW 110) on the StFX campus.
  • Tickets are $10 each, free for StFX students and the non-salaried.

For information, including group rates for high-school students, please contact the Music Department Office at 902-867-2106 or

Monday, October 7, 2019     Visiting artist: Chad Wackerman

The StFX Music Department is proud to present phenomenally-skilled jazz and rock drummer Chad Wackerman in concert.

Chad’s professional career began in 1978 with the Bill Watrous Band, followed by a seven-year association with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured the USA, Canada and Europe and recorded 26 albums. He also recorded six albums and toured with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, and toured and recorded with artists as diverse as Steve Vai, Men at Work, Andy Summers, Dweezil Zappa, James Taylor, Joe Sample and John Patitucci, just to name a few!

As a band leader and composer, Chad has five critically acclaimed CDs, including Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations released in 2012, and a DVD with his trio, tilted Hits Live. Described as having ‘a beautiful ear for harmonies and melodies that let your inner musician soar’, Chad’s drumming combines the power and conviction of rock with the sensitivity and finesse of jazz. His playing is remarkably free of predictable patterns and licks, and instead relies on invention and interplay with the musicians around him.

Mark your calendar for what is sure to be a sold out event.

Location: Schwartz Auditorium

Tickets are $20 each; free for StFX students (with ID) and the non-salaried.

High school music directors, please contact the Music Department Office at 902-867-2106 or

Sat., November 16, 2019     Visiting artist: Tom Luer

StFX Music presents Tom Luer in concert with StFX Music faculty.

Tom Luer is a highly sought-after saxophonist based out of Los Angeles, California. As a freelance musician, Tom has toured with such artists as Engelbert Humperdinck, Queen Latifah, Poncho Sanchez, and the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.

His recent recording activities include two records with John Beasley’s MONKestra, one with Lee Ritenour, Dave Slonaker’s Grammy-nominated Intrada, and Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling's The Brill Building Project.

Performances for television include Sports Illustrated’s 50 Years of Beautiful on NBC, Fox’s X-Factor, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the American Music Awards.

In 2011, Tom released his first album Project Popular which received critical acclaim.

He is a member of the faculty of California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California.

Tom Luer with StFX Music Faculty                                                                                                                                                                         November 16, 8pm, Schwartz Auditorium

This event is FREE of charge.

Monday, March 9, 2020     Visiting artist: Heather Bambrick

The StFX Music Department is proud to present vocalist, Heather Bambrick, in concert.

Heather Bambrick has been described in the music press as "one of the finest jazz singers in the country".

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, she moved to Toronto in 1993, and has stayed busy ever since.  

Her recordings - both on her own and with others - have earned several JUNO nominations and East Coast Music Association Awards.  She was named Jazz Vocalist of the Year at the 2004 Canadian National Jazz Awards. Her latest album ‘Fine State’ was released in June 2019.

Besides her singing career, she is also well-known as a radio broadcaster (JAZZ.FM91, Toronto), a voice actor for television (Get Ed, Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and more) and has voiced characters for several television series.  She is also a founder of JAZZCAST, a Toronto-based internet radio station.

Her shows have been described as “Ella Fitzgerald meets Carol Burnett at a Newfoundland kitchen party".

Location: Schwartz Auditorium

Tickets are $10 each; free for StFX students (with ID) and the non-waged and are available at the door or by contacting the Music Department. 

High school music directors, please contact the Music Department Office at 902-867-2106 or

Saturday, March 21, 2020     Visiting artist: Peter Hum

StFX Music presents Peter Hum in concert with StFX Music faculty.

During the 1980’s, Peter Hum performed weekly at Montreal’s Upstairs jazz club, and later, led a sextet that won the 1986 Lowenbrau Jazz Search and represented Quebec at the 1987 Montreal International Jazz Festival's Alcan Jazz Competition.

Peter’s first album, Alpha Moment, was reviewed by Canadian jazz broadcasting icon Katie Malloch, saying "I think the music is wonderful. I love the shapes of your melodies... Having the CD makes me wish I still had a show to play it on!” And with Of a Boy’s Journey, Radio-Canada producer Andre Massicote said “Hum presents well-crafted, inspired music that has what it takes to please the most demanding fans of jazz.”

This Canadian-born jazz pianist will release his third album in March 2020 titled Ordinary Heroes in which he has performed alongside fellow musicians Kenji Omae, David Smith, Mike Rud, Alec Walkington and Ted Warren.

As a highly regarded figure in Ottawa’s jazz community, and largely self-taught, Peter has collaborated on his own projects with Joel Miller, Frank Lozano, Roddy Ellias, Andre White and Ted Laing; and has performed with legendary jazz musicians such as Sonny Greenwich, Phil Nimmons, Pat LaBarbera and Reg Schwager.

Don't miss your chance to see him live!

Location: Schwartz Auditorium

This event is FREE of charge.  

Monday, March 30, 2020     Visiting artist: Gilad Hekselman 

In performance with StFX Music Faculty

At age 9, Gilad Hekselman picked up the guitar and, thankfully, he hasn’t put it down! Since his arrival in NYC from Isreal in 2004, he has established himself as one of the leading voices in jazz guitar. 

Gilad has performed all over the world, including major NYC jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club and Smalls. He’s shared the stage alongside some of the greats from the NYC jazz scene – Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding and Jeff Ballard, for instance.

He tours world-wide and has played most noteworthy jazz festivals and venues including Montreux, Switzerland; North Sea, Montreal and San Francisco Jazz.

His first album release, 2006’s Spitfire, received rave reviews. His seventh, and most recent, Ask for Chaos, was released in 2018 and features both of his new working bands.

The StFX Music Department is proud to present Gilad Hekselman. 

Location: Schwartz Auditorium

Tickets are $10 each; free for StFX students (with ID) and the non-waged and are available at the door or by contacting the Music Department. 

High school music directors, please contact the Music Department Office at 902-867-2106 or

March --, 2020     StFX Vocal Ensembles

Event information will be available in 2020.