Oscar Peterson Remembered With Music Scholarships

    McGuinty Government Providing Endowment To York University

    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is creating scholarships
in memory of Oscar Peterson to help young people study music at York
    "Oscar Peterson enriched our lives with his gift of music - so we're
honouring him by helping gifted music students pursue their own dreams," said
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    The government is providing an endowment of $1 million to create five
annual $10,000 music scholarships for talented students from underprivileged
backgrounds. There will also be a $4-million endowment for the Oscar Peterson
Chair in Jazz Performance that will allow professors to conduct in-depth music
    "As a professor of music and later as York's Chancellor, Oscar Peterson
was passionate about educating and encouraging the next generation of
musicians," said Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor of York
University. "We're very proud to help carry on his legacy by awarding these
scholarships and attracting world-class educators with this new research
    Oscar Peterson was among Canada's most famous jazz artists. He won eight
Grammy Awards and played with jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz,
Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday. He was committed to teaching young people
and published original jazz piano studies for practice. He died in Mississauga
on December 23, 2007.

    Learn more about Oscar Peterson at www.collectioncanada.ca/oscarpeterson.

    More information about studying at York can be found at www.yorku.ca.

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