November 9 in London, Ontario
LONDON, ON, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Conservatory Canada is delighted to
announce Helen Dahlstrom as the recipient of its 2013 Honorary
Licentiate Diploma. The honour will be posthumously presented to
Helen's daughter, Carol, at the conservatory's annual Convocation
ceremony, held this year in London Ontario on November 9.
Born in 1917 in Saskatchewan, Helen showed early promise as a pianist.
Growing up in Radville SK, she travelled regularly to Regina for
lessons, earning her Associate diploma from the Royal Conservatory of
Music at the age of 13 and her Licentiate diploma one year later.
Helen enjoyed an extensive career as a concert pianist, accompanist, and
choral conductor and continued teaching until her retirement in 2009.
She served as president of the BC Registered Music Teachers'
Association and Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association and
was instrumental in starting Canada Music Week.
"Helen's lifelong devotion to the advancement of Canadian music and
musicians is an inspiration to everyone at Conservatory Canada,"
Warwick says. "I think it is very fitting that we are able to honour
her remarkable career in this way."
When Helen passed away in July at the age of 96, Conservatory Canada
learned that she had asked friends and family to make donations to the
organization in her memory.
"There are two aspects of Conservatory Canada that Mom especially
appreciated," comments Carol. "Its emphasis on Canadian content and its
policy of giving students immediate feedback from the examiner after
their examination through mini-lessons - a personal and progressive
This year's Conservatory Canada Convocation ceremony gets underway at 3
pm at London, Ontario's Best Western Lamplighter Inn. The event
includes performances by participants of the Lillian & Don Wright
National Voice Master Class, followed by a student recital at 5 pm and
Each year, the conservatory awards more than 200 medals of excellence
and more than $30,000 in scholarships. It also presents Associate and
Licentiate Diplomas, including an Honorary Licentiate Diploma awarded
to a Canadian who has made a significant contribution to music in
Canada. Past Honorary Licentiate recipients include Peter Appleyard
(2012), Gwen Beamish (2011), Maureen Forrester (2010), Robert Murray
Gordon McConnell (2009), Senator Tommy Banks (2008), Jeff Healey (2007)
and Mary Lou Fallis (2006).
About Conservatory Canada
Conservatory Canada is a national charitable organization that focuses
on advancing the Performing Arts through music education. With roots
dating back to 1891, our accredited centre of excellence promotes
musical achievement through a comprehensive program of study,
evaluation and recognition for students and teachers in every region of
SOURCE: Conservatory Canada
For further information:
Victoria Warwick, Conservatory Canada National Executive Director,
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