Have a vision for choral music in Newfoundland and Labrador? Now is your chance to dream big.
Thanks to a generous gift of $1 million from Drs. Angus and Jean Bruneau, the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music (BCECM) is funding projects that will stimulate excellence in choral music-making across the province, nationally and internationally. The centre proposes the dispersal of up to $100,000 a year for the next 10 years.
The BCECM will fund projects that stem both from the university and from the wider choral community through an annual call for proposals, beginning in 2014. Application details and forms will be available on the BCECM website, www.mun.ca/music/research/bcecm.php, early in 2014.
Established at Memorial University, the centre will promote research and community projects that seek to understand, encourage and enhance the powerful impact that choral singing can have on individuals and communities with a particular aim to grow capacity in choral music in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In addition to co-ordinating ideas for choral excellence, the board will consider the potential for collaborative partnering to maintain the thrust of the centre beyond its initial 10 year mandate, said Dr. Douglas Dunsmore, director of the BCECM.
We believe the Bruneaus vision will build on the long tradition of choral music in Newfoundland and Labrador. We encourage anyone with a passion for developing excellence in choral music to consider how the BCECM can help in their community.
Dr. Dunsmore and Dr. Ellen Waterman, dean of the School of Music, will hold public consultations in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Clarenville and St. Johns this month.
A schedule is below:
Corner Brook, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Glynmill Inn, Conservatory
Grand Falls-Windsor, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., 14 Conway St.
Clarenville, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., The Wave Hotel
St. Johns, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m., School of Music, Memorial University, Suncor Energy Hall.