The focus of Mount Allison's musical activity is the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, which was opened in 1966 and which provides outstanding facilities for the Music department. The building houses studios and offices, practice rooms, ensemble rehearsal rooms, a computer lab, classrooms, the music library, and separate choral and instrumental music collections. It is also home to the 314-seat Brunton Auditorium performance hall.
The recently expanded Alfred Whitehead Memorial Music Library holds thousands of books, recordings, videos, scores, and periodicals, as well as listening, video-viewing, and study areas. The University has an outstanding collection of special instruments including two Casavant organs, two harpsichords, two 9' Yamaha concert grand pianos, as well as numerous other instruments. Practice and performance facilities are readily accessible to music students.
The "Conserv" is like a school within a school, and there is great camaraderie among faculty and students. The student Music Society organizes variety shows, parties, banquets, and other events that contribute to the quality of our student life. The Conservatory is truly the "home away from home" for our students.
The Conservatory is open the following hours:
Fall and Winter Terms (Sept-Apr)
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Summer Term (May-Aug)
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: Closed
Practice rooms and rehearsal facilities are freely available in the Conservatory for B.Mus students.
Non-B.Mus students may use practice rooms from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. only. Use of the department's equipment and instruments beyond those found in the practice rooms require approval from the Music department.