McGill's Schulich School of Music is the largest university-based school for professional musical training and music research in Canada. Founded as the Conservatorium of Music in 1904, and incorporated as a Faculty in 1920, the School moved to its current location in the impressive and historic Strathcona Music Building (formerly the main section of Royal Victoria College) in 1972. During the 2004–2005 centennial season, the School added a new eight-storey building that contains the Marvin Duchow Music Library, Tanna Schulich Hall, CIRMMT (the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology), the MMR (Multimedia Room), the Wirth Opera Studio, and administrative offices.
McGill's Schulich School of Music is renowned for its orchestral, choral, opera, jazz, chamber, contemporary, and early music programs, and for its award-winning creative and research work in composition, music theory, musicology, music education, sound recording, and music technology. Pollack Hall (capacity: 600), Redpath Hall (capacity: 300 and housing the University organ) and Tanna Schulich Hall (capacity: 187) are among the busiest and best concert venues in Montreal. The intimate Clara Lichtenstein Hall (capacity: 80) is scheduled for renovation in the summer of 2012. In addition, facilities include the Wirth Opera Studio (an opera rehearsal room), and the Multimedia Complex Suite, including the Multimedia Room (a scoring stage/acoustical research lab), three isolation booths, a small recording studio, and three control rooms of different sizes. The three floors of the Marvin Duchow Music Library contain well over 100,000 scores, recordings, books, and periodicals; in addition, the Gertrude Whitley Performance Library has performing parts for over 6,000 titles.
Both old and new buildings house labs for numerous specialized functions: digital composition and electronic music, music education research, multi-channel sound recording, music perception and cognition, sound processing and control, computational modeling, and more. There are state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching studios, and over 100 practice rooms. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) is an inter-faculty, inter-university, international consortium of scholars that brings together researchers in music, sound recording, music technology, psychology, neuroscience, engineering, and medicine.
Current student enrolment is approximately 550 at the undergraduate level and approximately 250 at the graduate level. Teaching staff includes 60 full-time and over 140 part-time members. Students, faculty, and staff play major roles in Montreal's vibrant cultural scene, presenting over 700 concerts and events annually, as well as master classes, lectures, and symposia, all enhanced by active music student societies, a gig office, and stellar administrative and support staff.