22, 2001, Gazette)
Music to the
By Mary MacGillivray
A number of students, faculty and staff here at Memorial are
enjoying what may be one of the best-kept secrets around. The
Music Resource Centre, located in the school of music on the
St. Johns campus, is a great place to relax and listen
to music. From Rachmaninov and The Rolling Stones, to John Coltrane
and Joni Mitchell, this library is well stocked with a large
selection of sound recordings to explore. There is also sheet
music and books about music in general available to the Memorial
community. Access to an online catalogue is available through
The Music Resource Centre is a branch of the QE II library, and
library cardholders can use them at the music library. The collection
spans from the middle ages up to modern and even pop music.
Many genres of music are available, such as blues, jazz, opera,
solo song, orchestral, choral, concerto, soft and hard rock.
There are musicals, ballets, and brass ensembles, a small collection
of heavy metal, and a large collection of ethnic music to explore.
Basically, theres more than a lifetime of listening pleasure
waiting there. One of the best parts is its free to alumni,
students, faculty and staff of Memorial.
The approximate number of sound recordings available to members
of the music library is over 10,000. There are over 2,400 CDs,
and 3,500 LPs (records) in the general collection. There are
also the gift collections to consider. These are donations from
private citizens. As well as a lot of LPs, there are 1,100 CDs
in the O.B. Sharp collection. There are 700 CDs in the George
Adams collection. This does not include cassettes or laser discs
that are also available. In keeping up with the technological
tide, the centre plans to have videodiscs available in the future.
The environment of the music library is usually perfect for taking
advantage of the listening facilities. There are CD, cassette,
and record players on hand with big comfy headphones to listen
through. Individual booths make the experience cozy and private.
There is also an electric piano for people to come and play,
Joy Tillotson and Gina Waclawek manage much of the functions
of the Music Resource Centre, making sure that all is well organized.
A collection of over 20 plants sit in the picture window, the
private collection of Ms. Waclawek. There are also three student
assistants working here, almost all of whom are students of music.
There are various courses offered to non-music majors through
the School of Music. Popular American Music of the 20th Century
is one example. Students of this course find it an advantage
to become acquainted with the services of the music library.
Whether youre taking a course in music or just curious
to know more about Rubenstein, the music library is an excellent
resource here on campus and a snazzy place to spend an afternoon.
Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday
from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday open at 7 p.m.
close at 10 p.m. To further inquire about courses, call the School
of Music at