“One of Canada’s preeminent composers, John Rea has filled a catalogue of nearly 80 original works encompassing chamber music, vocal genres, symphonic works, ballet, music theatre, opera and electroacoustic music. His music has been performed by ensembles around the world, including Canada, the United States, Argentina, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

It’s been a long, wonderful journey for Rea who, as a young boy in Toronto, used to practice his scales on a keyboard made of paper.

Today, Rea, Professor Emeritus at the Schulich School of Music, marked another leg of that journey as he was honoured during Fall 2020 Convocation ceremonies as one of three winners of the McGill Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement…”