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UNB law student and music instructor Phil Dwyer invested into Order of Canada

Author: Communications

Posted on Dec 4, 2014

Category: myUNB , In the Media , UNB Homepage , UNB Fredericton

Phil Dwyer, who’s pursuing a law degree at the University of New Brunswick, was among the 42 recipients of the Order of Canada honored at the investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday, Nov. 21.

David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over the ceremony. The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Internationally renowned pianist and saxophonist Phil Dwyer, who hails from Toronto and Victoria and currently resides in Fredericton, was chosen for the award thanks to his work as a performer, composer, producer, and mentor.

Dwyer is pursuing a change of pace in his career, having enrolled in the faculty of law at UNB this fall. While pursuing full-time schooling takes up most of his time, the Juno Award-winning musician has begun offering private lessons through the UNB Conservatory.

“After having been through Fredericton several times over the years in my ‘previous career’ as a touring musician, I was especially pleased to be accepted in to the faculty of law at UNB, said Dwyer.  “Now that I’m here I am even more pleased. Fredericton has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty, engagement with the arts, a diverse political landscape and many other notable amenities,” said Dwyer.

The UNB Conservatory is thrilled to be adding Dwyer to its roster of instructors. The opportunity to study with such an influential figure in the world of jazz is a treat for musically inclined students and community members.

“Phil is a great addition to our conservatory roster of teachers,” said Richard Hornsby, director of music at UNB Fredericton. His knowledge and experience will be invaluable for anyone interested in jazz saxophone or jazz piano. We are really pleased that he is continuing his contributions to Canadian music, and sharing his considerable talents with the people of Fredericton through teaching at the UNB Conservatory. People here now have a unique opportunity to study with one of Canada’s great jazz musicians.”

In addition to his recent solo project Changing Seasons, Dwyer has worked as a featured performer, arranger, composer and/or producer on hundreds of recording sessions including Juno Award-winning albums with Hugh Fraser, Dave Young, Guido Basso, Joe Sealy, Don Thompson, Molly Johnson and Terry Clarke. He has also toured extensively in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.

While he is fully-engaged in his studies at the UNB law school, he hopes to participate in the musical community in Fredericton to the extent he is able. 

“Thanks to everyone here who have been so welcoming, and I am very much looking forward to seeing how the next few years unfold,” said Dwyer.

Those interested in pursuing lessons with Phil Dwyer or any other UNB Conservatory instructor may inquire at conserv@unb.ca or 506-453-4697.