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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 6, No. 5

Prime Minister and Madame Chrétien Attend Convocation

February 1, 2001

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On January 21, 2001, The Royal Conservatory of Music held its annual Convocation ceremony at the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Graduates from across Canada gathered in Toronto to receive one of ve diplomas ranging from The Royal Conservatory of Music's Associate Diploma (ARCT), to Performance Diplomas and Artist Diplomas from The Glenn Gould Professional School.

In addition, honorary fellowships were conferred on Aline Chrétien, Leon Fleisher and Edith Lantos. Madame Chrétien, Honorary Chair of The RCM's National Advisory Board, has been a long time supporter of The RCM's Learning Through The Arts™ program. Leon Fleisher, considered one of the greatest pianists of our time, is a guest artist and conductor at The Glenn Gould Professional School and has been involved with The RCM for many years. Edith Lantos is a Kodàly specialist who trained with Zoltan Kodàly in Hungary and has in uenced the musical education of thousands of Canadians through her long teaching career. The Honorary Fellows and special guests attended a pre-ceremony reception at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art at the Toronto Centre for The Arts.

Pianist André Laplante performed for an audience of over eight hundred attendees including Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, RCM staff and faculty, more than one hundred graduates from across the country, their family and friends and other special guests. The graduating address was given by Leon Fleisher.

RCM Annual Program Marks Its Sixth Year

By Brian Quinn

The Royal Conservatory of Music's Annual Campaign is once again in full swing. Its mission is to foster awareness of The RCM amongst its alumni and friends and to raise funds to help support The RCM's initiatives.

Since 1996, we have been hard at work communicating with friends from across the country. While updating our alumni on The RCM, we are often able to hear and respond to your views and concerns as well.

Annual Program donations are very important to the life of The RCM and its many programs including Learning Through the Arts™, our school transformation initiative. While The RCM receives a small amount of government support, it generates most of its own revenues and the support of its friends and alumni is vital for its survival and the maintenance of its standard of musical excellence.

The levels of support range from the "Annual Supporter"level at $50 up to our Chairman's Circle at the $1000 level. "Supporters"receive a CD, featuring alumni and students of The RCM, and our national magazine, Music In Our Lives as well as our alumni newsletters, Impromptu and Communicator. All gifts of $20 or more are tax deductible.

We are pleased to announce that donations to The RCM can also be made on-line through our website, www.rcmusic.ca (look for the blue "Donate Now"button) or through www.charity.ca. All donations received through this site are eligible for tax receipts as well as membership privileges.

When a telephone representative calls, please step forward and answer the call to support The Royal Conservatory of Music's Annual Program. And, to our many friends who have already helped, we sincerely thank you.

To become a supporter, please complete the attached application form or contact us at The Royal Conservatory of Music at (416) 408 2824 extension 451, or call our toll-free number at 1 800 709 0888.

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