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Support the Mount Royal Conservatory

“It is absolutely on honour for me to receive a scholarship from you this year. The Academy program has always been a huge part of my life and I cannot thank you enough for all your support towards young musicians like myself. Your continuous appreciation and support of the arts will always inspire me to become a better musician. Thank you so much for ensuring that young and aspiring musicians can receive the best music education possible.” - Angela, 2018 Recipient of the Jack and Patsy Steen Scholarship in Music Performance

The magnificent Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts is home to Mount Royal’s world-renowned Conservatory. MRU Conservatory offers music and speech arts education for every age and stage all in our state-of-the-art facilities. Each year more than 3,500 students participate in Conservatory programming.

The Conservatory delivers programs that inspire music education and training among youth, but it comes at a significant cost. Instrument maintenance, best-in-class instruction and world-class programs require support beyond what MRU is able to support on a sustained basis.

Conservatory Piano Maintenance and Enhancement Fund: Maintaining (and on occasion replacing) the concert piano fleet is a critical aspect of our operations. A fund needs to be created to care for these valuable assets.

Conservatory Academy Program Guest Artists Fund: Academy students greatly benefit from guest artists leading masterclasses. Honoraria and travel costs for these guest artists are required to continue offering this valuable experience.

Scholarships and Bursaries for Conservatory Students: Support a budding musician directly by helping to offset the cost of receiving world-class instruction.

Taylor Centre Concert Series Support Fund: The Taylor Centre’s amazing Bella Concert Hall is renowned as among the best acoustically-designed concert halls in Canada. While its intimate size allows for an unparalleled concert experience, its size is also one of the facility's greatest challenges. The limited number of tickets sold per performance drives down revenue. To continue to give audiences this amazing opportunity to see and hear world-class talent, we are creating this fund.

“Past guests, including singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith, blues singer Ruthie Foster and pipa player Wu Man, who plays in cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, stopped their respective performances to comment on how beautiful the hall was and the exquisite sound it creates.” - Brad Mahon Dean, Continuing Education + Conservatory of Music, Mount Royal University