Schulich School of Music

Kevin Drennan: a piano major’s internship experience

By making annual gifts to the McGill Alma Mater Fund, you’re doing more than just providing students with a world-class education. Your generosity supplies students with the tools for a lifetime of continuous learning, the skills to deepen their musical literacy, and the confidence to let their creativity come alive in inventive and meaningful ways.

Take Kevin Drennan, a fourth-year piano major in the Schulich School of Music. Kevin is the recipient of a Greville Smith Scholarship, an award that has given him the financial freedom to take part in several life-altering internships. He has interned with the Artistic Department of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and with the Conductors and Instrumentalists Department of IMG Artists in New York City. This exposure to talented musicians and creative professionals inspired Kevin to expand his passion for music beyond the stage, and is pursuing a Minor in Management to prepare for the field of arts management.

Please support McGill students like Kevin by making your annual gift to the Alma Mater Fund today. By doing so, you will be making an immeasurable investment in a gamut of important academic programs, groundbreaking research, community outreach initiatives, scholarships, and internship opportunities.

A message from Dean Ferguson

Dear Alumni, Friends and Loyal Supporters,

At the Schulich School of Music, we are in a unique position to merge tradition and innovation in exciting new ways. We are host to Canada’s leading university-based professional training, humanities and scientific/technological programs in music. Our emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and our unmatched facilities create opportunities for our students and staff to reach across traditional boundaries, from opera to early music, from music theory to perception, from the lab to the concert hall, and many more. We are expanding existing areas and creating entirely new ones.
Your support over the past year has enabled the School to provide financial assistance for a diverse range of activities and projects such as:
  • The Dorothy Morton Visiting Artists Series, which featured pianists Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow in a wonderful performance and educational masterclass.
  • Thrilling opera productions, such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea.
  • The 10th anniversary celebrations of Schulich’s annual Bassoon Day, presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Ottawa), with special guest Dorian Cooke of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague.
  • Student travel, including the McGill Baroque Orchestra’s successful concert at the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival, a hub in North America for Early Music.
  • Scholarships and bursaries that enable the best students from around the world to attend the Schulich School of Music.
We have accomplished a tremendous amount over the past few years, but there is much more to do – with your support. You will soon be invited to take part in this year’s annual appeal for the McGill Alma Mater Fund. I hope you choose to help us inspire even more students to take the initiative, in the classroom and beyond.  
Thank you for your continued commitment to our School and our University, and for making a powerful difference in the lives of our students, professors, artists and researchers, today and into the future.
With best regards,
Sean Ferguson
Dean, Schulich School of Music

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