Research professor Nancy Vogan (’67) explores the history of music teaching at Mount Allison BY ALOMA JARDINE When Nancy Vogan retired in 2012 after 40 years of teaching music education and music history at Mount Allison, she did not entirely leave academia behind. The Music professor emerita was appointed to a three-year term as a research professor, a term that has just been renewed for three more years. The position provides Vogan with the opportunity to carry on with her research work, which has taken her to Ireland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Princeton as she delved into the history of singing schools and tune books. She is currently working on a book on this topic. Her other major project is closer to home and closer to her heart: Vogan is also researching the history of music teaching at Mount Allison. “I’ve always been interested in this area — I worked on the history of music teaching for most of my career,” she says. “I found I was quite fascinated with the history at Mount Allison because it goes back to the early days of the Ladies’ College and I also found students asking, ‘Who was Brunton? Who was Marjorie Young Bell?’” In answer, Vogan put together a lecture before she retired called “Names in the Conservatory: Who were these people?” “What I discovered when I went looking to find photos and documentation was that there were great gaps in the holdings,” she says. “That was the real impetus for this project.” Vogan herself has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Music program at Mount Have photographs, programs, or a memory Allison. She received her first Music degree at Mount A, as of the Music program you would like to share? did her brother Wayne, and Contact Nancy Vogan at nvogan@mta.ca was in one of the last classes to study in the old Music Conservatory, which housed Vogan is hoping to hear from alumni and Beethoven Hall, and one of their families who can help provide insight the first to move into the Marjorie Young into the Music program at Mount A. Bell Conservatory of Music. The siblings took Mount Allison Local Centre piano “Anyone who has photos, programs, or any exams while growing up in Moncton, NB other materials related to Music on the and their piano teacher, Hilda Hudson (’35), campus or concert tours that they did, we was a student of Dr. James Noel Brunton’s. would love to have the originals or scans or copies for the archives,” she says. “Even “I still remember taking my Grade 1 piano if a photo isn’t in good condition, we would exam from Dr. Alfred Whitehead,” Vogan still be interested because it may identify says. the people.” Vogan has worked with University Archivist Vogan is also interested in interviewing David Mawhinney to identify people in alumni or hearing memories or stories from archival photographs and to make the relatives of alumni. current holdings as accurate as possible. She is also on a mission to collect information and archival materials to fill in the gaps. “I want to collect as much of the history as I can before some of these people are no longer with us,” she says. “Mount Allison has a really interesting history and was an influential part of music education in the Maritimes and in Canada.” “This is going to be an ongoing project for a lot of people,” she says. “I’m trying to gather materials so the people coming after me have some things to help them understand their heritage. We have to look to the future, but it is also interesting to look at where we have come from. I am trying to preserve that for other generations to explore.” Photo page 10– The old Music Conservatory, which housed Beethoven Hall in the 1960s 1. Nancy Vogan, left, and University Archivist David Mawhinney with some of the music-related items in the University archives, including a bust of Beethoven that once sat in Beethoven Hall in the old Music Conservatory 2. Aude Urbancic (’15) and Hiroko Hanamura (’15) perform a duet on Brunton Auditorium’s two concert grand pianos 1 2 11