The History of the School of Music

A history of the University of Victoria's School of Music in celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2017.

1966-06-01 00:00:00

First Chair Appointed

The founding Chairman of the Department of Music, Dr. Gerald Henrie, a noted British organist and musicologist, was appointed in 1966.

1966-06-01 23:42:37

Gerald Hendrie

Associate Professor; Chair of the Division of Music 1966-69

1966-06-06 05:24:02

Jack Kessler

Director of Instrumental Ensembles; Music Instructor, Violin

1966-08-11 00:43:53

Howard Barnett

Associate Professor, Education

1967-06-01 00:00:00

Division of Music established

Music courses were previously offered through the Department of Arts and Humanities since 1964. In 1967 the Division of Music, as part of the Faculty of Fine Arts, was established.

1967-06-01 00:00:00

First BMus students accepted

The first 6 candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree, mainly transfers from other institutions, were accepted to work under 4 full-time faculty and several part-time instructors.

1967-06-01 00:43:53

Hugh MacLean

Assistant Professor, Musicology, Organ

1967-06-01 01:47:22

Charles Palmer

Conductor of the University Choir

1968-06-01 01:47:22

Roger W. Bray

Assistant Professor

1969-06-01 01:47:22

Graduate degrees authorized

While graduate degrees were authorized in 1969, it was a few years before the department accepted graduate students.

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