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We are relocating to Mill Square in September 2014

Welcome to the Algoma Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music school afilliated with Algoma University. Established in 1971, Sault Ste. Marie has become home to one of the largest and finest music schools in Ontario. From our professional violinists, singers, flutists, guitarists and pianists, to our many youth orchestras and choirs - there is hardly a music event in Sault Ste. Marie which does not involve one of our many resident instructors or the students they train. Many of our faculty have relocated to Sault Ste. Marie from across Canada to teach at the Conservatory and through Algoma University's Music & Fine Arts Programs, bringing their performance and teaching experience to hundreds of students every year.

A full range of group music classes are offered for young children, as well as private instrumental and vocal lessons for all ages with outstanding teachers. In addition there are several levels of youth orchestras, group violin & cello classes, youth choirs and guitar ensembles; as well as music theory and history classes to meet the requirements for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. We also host many student concerts and special events including: Algoma Conservatory Concerts - featuring some of the finest Canadian and international touring ensembles and soloists.

Other community services at the Conservatory include the Sault Ste. Marie Music Festival; an instrument rental program and sales of top quality Yamaha pianos at excellent prices.

The Conservatory's extensive educational programs and concert series are maintained through support of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Sault Ste. Marie and many of our community's businesses and individuals.

Guy Traficante Sincerely,

Guy Traficante, Principal

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New Home for the Conservatory!
September 2014
New Home for Algoma Conservatory Historic New Home for Algoma Conservatory of Music.
For Immediate Release, November 2013 - The Algoma Conservatory of Music has acquired the historically designated General Administration Building at the former St. Mary's Paper Mill site, now known as Mill Square. This extraordinary sandstone structure was completed in 1901 by Francis H. Clergue as his North American headquarters. It will become the new home of the Algoma Conservatory in September 2014. It is located downtown on Huron Street about a two minute drive from Station Mall.

Building on its 42 year reputation of excellence, the Conservatory can now expand programs that were limited because of inadequate space. A Phase 1 Capital Campaign will be launched later this winter to fund the purchase and required renovations. This will establish one of the most distinctive music education centres in Canada, will assist in the redevelopment of the Canal District and Mill Square, and breathe a second century of life into this irreplaceable local landmark, establishing a music legacy for Sault Ste. Marie.

Featuring unique and elegant studios with soaring ceilings, massive oak framed windows, stained glass, slate roof and a picture perfect staircase, this is certainly one of the most remarkable buildings in Sault Ste. Marie. Only minimal room alterations will be required, making it possible to preserve the heritage character. Renovations will bring the building up to code and will create a state-of-the-art music education and performance centre.

In addition to teaching studios the Conservatory will house an elegant performance space with outstanding acoustics and excellent sound, lights, projection and recording equipment. There will also be a reception/dining area and kitchen. This new venue will be perfect for the Conservatory's many smaller events and will be available for a wide range of community functions including concerts, films, business meetings and weddings. A perpetual parking easement will provide convenient free parking.

The Conservatory is the only building at Mill Square currently protected through a Canadian Historic Site designation. The community is fortunate that Blueforest Ventures Inc. took great effort to preserve all five of the historic sandstone buildings, the foundation for the site's re-invention as Mill Square, a vibrant mixed-use, urban village development founded on Algoma's natural wealth in arts and culture as well as the wilderness experience. The Conservatory is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new downtown development.

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