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Memorial graduate has a harmonious relationship

Ref. No. 147

DATE:     May 31, 2002
SUBJECT:     Memorial graduate has a harmonious relationship

Convocation 2002 at Memorial

"My relationship with Memorial University has been a harmonious one," said Ian Sutherland, a 2002 music graduate whose academic career has been marked with excellence.

Originally from Lewisporte, Mr. Sutherland has made beautiful music at Memorial since being awarded several entrance scholarships to the School of Music in 1998. He is a recipient of the Dr. Dorothy Duff Moores Memorial Entrance Scholarship, the Robert Gillespie Reid Memorial Scholarship, the Marquis Limited Bursary in Music, the Sergeants Mess of Newfoundland Memorial Entrance Scholarship in Music, and the R. F. Macleod Memorial Entrance Scholarship in Music. He will graduate this spring with a bachelor of music (hons.) in piano performance.

"My parents always valued education and, therefore, encouraged me to play piano when I was 11 years old, as a way of rounding me out," explained Mr. Sutherland. "When I was 14, I decided that I really liked playing and wanted to become a professional musician. Music school was the natural choice."

Dr. Maureen Volk, former director of Memorial's music program, contacted the young pianist about studying with her at the university. "The program is very challenging and the professors are so knowledgeable," said Mr. Sutherland. "It brought me far beyond where I thought I could go as a musician. It was a fantastic experience."

These days Mr. Sutherland is the organist and choir master at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in St. John's, and is teaching piano to 16 students. He is kept quite busy working and is looking forward to a long life in music.

Mr. Sutherland is leaving Memorial University on an extremely high note. He is receiving the University Medal of Excellence in Music at this year's convocation ceremony. However, it is the students and faculty of the School of Music that have struck a permanent chord with this musician.

"I couldn't leave without sending a personal thank you to Dr. Volk, a professor who taught me so much," said Mr. Sutherland. "I am a better musician today because of her and because of the school."

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, with more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Outstanding research in a variety of disciplines and extraordinary teaching in more than 250 academic programs, plus a strong tradition of service to the community, are the university's hallmarks. Memorial's diverse offerings are available at in four distinctive campus locations - in Newfoundland and in England - on the Web and in field courses around the world, providing a rich learning experience for students from this province and, increasingly, elsewhere.

In addition to providing personal and intellectual growth, a Memorial University education prepares students for fulfilling careers. According to a recent survey conducted by the provincial government, one year after Convocation over 80 per cent of Memorial graduates had found full-time employment related to their field of study.

For more information about Memorial University, visit the Web site at www.mun.ca, email info@mun.ca or phone 709 737-8663. Please note photos are available at http://www.mun.ca/univrel/photos.html.


For further information, please contact Deborah Inkpen, acting manager, News Service, Memorial University, 737-8665, cell # 687-9243, e-mail: inkpend@mun.ca.


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