Montreal philanthropist gives McGill’s music school $7.5 million

Posted on: May 1, 2015

“Montreal businesswoman, philanthropist and opera lover Elizabeth Wirth has given $7.5 million to McGill University—a sum that will provide endowed support for new student programs at the Schulich School of Music,” writes Scott Tresham on Thursday (4/30) at the CBC website. “In recognition of this and several previous gifts from Wirth, McGill is naming the modern addition to its music building on Sherbrooke Street West in her honour. The building formerly known as the New Music Building will now be named the Elizabeth Wirth Music Pavilion. The gift and the renaming of the building were announced Thursday, at a special event attended by the Minister of Culture and Communications Hélène David…. Wirth’s gift will support new awards for outstanding students in undergraduate, graduate and diploma programs, a new Student Initiatives Fund, and an annual $25,000 prize to be awarded to a voice student…. Wirth has supported and championed an array of initiatives…. In 2013, Wirth spearheaded a highly successful $1.3 million fundraising campaign to transform the facilities adjacent to the School’s state-of-the-art Music Multimedia Room…. She has since matched contributions from more than 50 donors.”

Posted May 1, 2015