Sean Ferguson

Message from Dean Ferguson

Campaign McGill’s success has had an extraordinary impact on the Schulich School of Music – an impact worthy of a standing ovation! Thanks to so many generous contributions – many coming from devoted music lovers – the School is taking audacious leaps forward in several key areas, achieving unprecedented distinctions along the way.

Founded in 1904, the School embodies the highest international standards of excellence in professional training and research, and is renowned for its performance programs in orchestra, opera, jazz, early music and contemporary music. It does all this and more through meaningful donor engagement.

Philanthropic support enables students and faculty to create inspirational musical experiences, to produce ground-breaking research and to increase musical awareness and knowledge. The School is reaching new levels of excellence in core areas of musical training, while embracing – and leading – technological innovations and community outreach.

One of McGill’s greatest benefactors, Seymour Schulich, has provided, among his many gifts to McGill, $20 million to create scholarships, endow chairs and support the New Music Building. Mr. Schulich also created the prestigious Golden Violin Award recognizing a top string musician in his or her final year of study, the largest award of its kind for a music student in Canada.

The Heart of the City Piano Program connects McGill students with children interested in musical training, many of whom would not otherwise have access to such opportunities. The program, supported in part through annual gifts to McGill’s Alma Mater Fund and Seeds of Change programs, has been sponsored by donors to the School over the course of Campaign McGill.

The Wirth Opera Studio will be enhanced – thanks to a further gift from benefactor Elizabeth Wirth – to refine the studio’s acoustics and complete its transformation into a truly visionary space. She has also generously provided audio and video recording resources that allow students to record and assess their performances.

On behalf of the Schulich School of Music, I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for your outstanding generosity. As we look beyond Campaign McGill, we will continue our momentum with exciting encore performances, pushing ahead into previously undiscovered realms of musical knowledge and leaving a lasting artistic, scientific and cultural legacy for generations to come.

Sean Ferguson
Dean, Schulich School of Music