The Royal Conservatory The Glenn Gould School

“The most valuable part of studying at The Glenn Gould School for me was the way our education was integrated with developing a career outside of school, so that when we graduate, if we have taken advantage of the opportunities given to us, we already have the groundwork laid to begin performing professionally.”

Wallis Giunta
Alumna, Mezzo-soprano, Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble

“Anyone who wants to log the hours practicing can always find a room.”

Rory McLeod
Alumnus, Violist, former Glenn Gould School Student Council President

“What I enjoy about teaching is the interaction and energy between the student and myself. That energy then transforms into a ‘make music’ and ‘let’s sing’ phenomenon that allows the student to enter a place outside of themselves, which is really important in projecting the vocal instrument.”

Jean MacPhail
Faculty, Mezzo-soprano

[The Royal Conservatory] is a leading centre of excellence offering an extraordinary program of professional training and education.

Leon Fleisher
Ihnatowycz Chair in Piano, Faculty and Master Class Artist

“The most important thing for me when I was at The Glenn Gould School was that I was given the freedom and flexibility to pursue my goals in the way that was best for me. When I presented ideas or projects to faculty or administration, they were supportive and willing to help me.”

Adam Zinatelli
Alumnus, Principal Trumpet, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

“An orchestra is really a collection of ensembles – that’s why great orchestras have always encouraged their members to participate actively in chamber music. The sense of ensemble and musical collaboration musicians develop through playing in quartets and trios is ultimately what makes them successful orchestral players. And of course, chamber music can also be a viable career option for some students.“

Barry Shiffman
Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music, faculty member, violinist; Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition; Artistic Director of Rockport Music; and founding member, St. Lawrence String Quartet

“Mastery of your instrument or voice comes first. It is why you get 90 minutes a week with your studio teacher every year. From there we add the other pieces you need to be successful in your career: knowing the repertoire, collaborating with other musicians, and most of all, learning the importance of thorough, detailed preparation.”

James Anagnoson
Dean, The Glenn Gould School

The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of Canada’s most treasured and enriching cultural institutions... and the facilities and level of instruction at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto are truly world class.

James Ehnes James Ehnes

“What attracted me to The Glenn Gould School was the faculty — they are second to none. It’s a small you get to know everyone and there’s lots of individual attention. The newly renovated heritage building and Koerner Hall are inspiring. How much better can it get than performing in a world-class concert hall where Midori or Yo-Yo Ma performed the night before? I’m incredibly lucky to be here.”

Melissa Wilmot
Alumna, violinist

I came to The Glenn Gould School because I knew the teaching here would put me over the top, allowing me to become the best player I could possibly be.

Alexander Seredenko
Alumnus, pianist, Rebanks Fellow 2016-17, Hamamatsu Academy Competition winner, Ihnatowycz Scholarship recipient