Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music,
CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Designed by the architectural firm of Brown, Brisley & Brown, and officially opened on 3 October 1966, the building houses Mount Allison's Department of Music. Though faced with the typical Mount A red sandstone the building with its three-winged layout and sweeping curved walls is strikingly different from the other structures on campus.
The facility houses studios and offices, practice rooms, ensemble rehearsal rooms, a computer lab, classrooms, and separate choral and instrumental music collections. It is also home to the 314-seat Brunton Auditorium performance hall. The Alfred Whitehead Memorial Music Library holds thousands of books, recordings, videos, scores, and periodicals, as well as listening, video-viewing, and study areas.
The building is named for Marjorie Young Bell, wife of Mount Allison's first Chancellor Ralph Pickard Bell , and like him a very generous benefactor of the University. A bronze bust of her stands in the foyer of the building.
Leroux, John and Thaddeus Holownia, A Vision in Wood & Stone: The Architecture of Mount Allison University , (Kentville, N.S.: Gaspereau Press, 2016), pp.171-176.
Music Facilities , Mount Allison University web site.
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