McGill Conservatory of Music to close at end of summer

June 23, 2022
McGill University’s Conservatory of Music, a community program of the Schulich School of Music, is set to close at the end of the summer. McGill noted that the number of students enrolled at the conservatory and the number of instructors have both fallen in the wake of the pandemic, and projections indicate that next year’s enrolment would not exceed 100 students. McGill says that the space that the Conservatory uses is also at a “critical premium” as the university expands its programming. “[W]e will always be proud of the generations of pre-school to adult learners who have furthered their musical education through the Conservatory—and of the generations of instructors who made those educations possible,” stated Schulich Dean Brenda Ravenscroft and incoming dean Sean Ferguson in a release. Raad Jassim, head of the McGill Course Lecturers and Instructors Union, has voiced concerns about the decision to close the conservatory altogether, saying that with reduced enrolment, the program will need less space. McGill | CBC | Montreal Gazette | CTV News (QC)