McGill University to close community-focused Conservatory of Music this fall

Posted on: June 24, 2022

“After more than a century, McGill University’s Conservatory of Music will close by the end of summer 2022,” writes Kalina Laframboise in Tuesday’s (6/21) Global News (Canada). McGill Conservatory is a community program of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, which is not closing. “McGill announced the decision Monday, citing … rising costs and a lack of space as other university-level programs grow. There has also been a sharp drop in students during the COVID-19 pandemic.… ‘Our best-case projection for in-person enrolment for next year would not exceed 100 students,’ said Schulich School of Music dean Brenda Ravenscroft and incoming dean Sean Ferguson in a joint statement…. The Conservatory, which is [a community program] overseen by the university’s Schulich School of Music, is ‘no longer financially viable nor sustainable.’ Thousands of students from McGill and the city at large have passed through its doors since the institution was founded in 1904.… The university says students who are currently registered with the Conservatory will be able to complete their courses, but no new registrations will be taken beyond the summer.… The union representing some of McGill’s professors is vowing to fight the closure.” The complete announcement is here.