Faculty of Music

Donald McKellar Event

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Donald McKellar is professor emeritus at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University. As founding associate dean and founding chairman of the Music Education Department, he helped develop the Faculty into one of the largest in Canada. Don also served as acting dean from1970 to1971.

To recognize some of Don’s many accomplishments, The Faculty of Music plans to name space in its new facility. He spoke about this building at a gathering of friends at the end of March. Please help us continue his legacy by making a gift today. Together we can ensure Don’s name lives on in this new space, and that future students will gather in it to learn and rehearse.

Donations are tax deductible, can be pledged over time and paid in installments. Visit our secure site at www.westernconnect.ca/musicbuilding or contact Kim Malcolm at 519-661-2111, ext. 85695 or kim.malcolm@uwo.ca.

Don’s speech Part 1  Part 2


Professor McKellar is known as a builder of musical education programs. He was:


Don is a graduate of:

Early years:

London school music programs today are considered to be among the finest in Canada.

Professional achievements:

As part of the 1978 celebrations of Western’s 100th anniversary, Don chaired the World Congress
of the International Society of Music Education. More than 2,000 delegates from around the world attended, and 60 youth ensembles and
internationally acclaimed clinicians performed. It was the largest and most successful congress held by ISME up to that time and placed the Faculty of Music at Western as a leader in the field of music education in the world.


In 2005, Gary McPherson, then president of ISME wrote: "ISME conveys a very special thank you to Don for his magnificent work over many
years developing music education in Canada and internationally. Thank you Don for your efforts to develop the world of music education."

Recent accomplishments:

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