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SUBJECT: Drs. Jean and Angus Bruneau make significant contribution to Memorial University’s School of Music

DATE: Jan. 15

The Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland is being created through a generous donation of $1 million from Drs. Jean and Angus Bruneau. The announcement was made today at Memorial’s School of Music on the university’s St. John’s campus.
The new centre will promote and foster research and community projects that seek to understand, encourage and enhance the powerful impact that choral singing can have on individuals and communities. It will support projects that have the potential to stimulate excellence in community music-making locally, nationally and internationally.
“This generous gift from Drs. Jean and Angus Bruneau will provide our students, faculty and community with first-rate choral opportunities and resources,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University. “The centre will foster choral research and professional development through internships, participation in national and international festivals and through collaborations with the world’s finest choral artists.
“The Bruneaus’ continued support for Memorial over the years has had a significant positive impact on our students,” he said. “I thank them once again for being such great friends to our university.”  
Dr. Ellen Waterman, dean of Memorial’s School of Music, also welcomed the gift.
“The Bruneaus have a wonderful vision for choral music in Newfoundland that builds on an already existing tradition of excellence,” said Dr. Waterman. “They recognize that choral music is right at the heart of musical culture; by singing in choirs, people build strong communities and express their identities. This centre will engage university and community researchers and musicians in a range of far-reaching projects. It’s a tremendous opportunity!”
About Memorial University of Newfoundland
Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Newfoundland’s war dead, Memorial University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the largest in Atlantic Canada, with about 19,000 students. Memorial provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in virtually all disciplines. With locations in St. John’s and Corner Brook in Newfoundland, Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, the French-owned island of Saint-Pierre, and Harlow in England, Memorial is committed to experiential learning. The university’s many interdisciplinary programs abound with opportunities for experiential learning, ranging from on-campus employment to work terms around the world.
Outstanding research and scholarship, extraordinary teaching and a focus on community service are the university’s hallmarks. Many teaching and research activities reflect our mid-North Atlantic locations; these unique settings and our cultural heritage have led to the creation of highly-regarded academic programs and specialized facilities in areas such as music, linguistics, folklore and human genetics, as well as earth sciences, cold-ocean engineering, rural health care and archaeology. For more information about Memorial University of Newfoundland, please visit   

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