Director of Development named for Conservatory Canada, a nationwide non-profit organization

    LONDON, ON, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Conservatory Canada, a not-for-profit,
federally incorporated educational institution of professional musicians and
volunteers serving student and teachers through programs of study, training,
examination, recognition and performance is pleased to announce the recent
appointment of London native Mary P. Brown as its new Director of Development.
    "Hiring a Director of Development for Conservatory Canada is a strategic
move on the part of its board of directors to increase the necessary resources
so that the organization can continue its key role in ensuring excellence in
music education throughout Canada," said Trevor Clark, chair of Conservatory
Canada's board of directors.
    As Director of Development, Ms. Brown is responsible for directing the
Conservatory's fundraising programs for which its goals include increasing its
current endowment from $1.1 million to $5 million in the coming few years.
    Mary comes to Conservatory Canada with several years of fundraising
experience in the charitable sector plus previous years of similar experience
as a Private Wealth Consultant at BMO Harris Private Bank in London, ON and as
a professional gift planning fundraising consultant. Most recently she was
Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer at Brescia College in London, ON.
    Mary attended the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and has extensive
certification from UWO in not-for-profit management.
    "We were impressed not only by Mary's skills in the field, but also by
her warm personality and clear passion and enthusiasm for the job. As Mary put
it, she would like to '...make a difference in the world, one person at a
time,'" commented Victoria Warwick, executive director of Conservatory Canada.

    Conservatory Canada's roots go back to 1891, when the London Conservatory
was first founded. In 1934 they were incorporated under the name Western
Ontario Conservatory of Music. The reach became truly national in 1997 through
a merger with The Western Board of Music (established in 1934, serving all of
western Canada, and based in Edmonton, Alberta). Conservatory Canada now works
with teachers and students nationwide.
    In recent years Conservatory Canada has undergone tremendous changes in
its programming with the introduction of a series of new jazz-based syllabi.
"The attrition rate of young music students is surprisingly high," says Ms.
Warwick. "We feel that students will continue their studies longer if they are
learning and performing music that is familiar and engaging for them. Music
teachers are calling our new Contemporary Idioms curriculum a 'student
    Contemporary Idioms subjects now include voice, piano and guitar with
plans for more disciplines in the future.
    For more information contact Conservatory Canada at 1-800-461-5367 or

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For further information: Press Release Information Contact: Victoria
Warwick, Executive Director, Conservatory Canada, Covent Garden Market, 130
King Street, London, ON, N6A 1C5, (519) 433-3147 Tel, (519) 433-7404 Fax,
(800) 461-5367 Tel,,

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