Mount Royal breaks ground for new Conservatory

April 27, 2011

Mount Royal University held a sod-turning ceremony Tuesday for its new $73-million Bella Concert Hall and Conservatory. Slated to open in fall 2013, the new venue will provide the university and Calgary with a state-of-the-art performing arts venue and arts educational hub. The 750-seat concert hall will feature a stage large enough to fit a 100-piece orchestra and nearly 100 singers. The Conservatory will include 79 teaching studios, 9 of which are earmarked for Early Childhood programs. The project's financing includes a combined $50-million investment from all 3 levels of government, $3-million worth of land from Mount Royal, and a $20-million gift from the Taylor family, whose matriarch Marybell Taylor is the concert hall's namesake. Calgary Herald