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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
November 22, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

The Maureen Forrester Legacy Collection and The Maureen Forrester Archive



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Wilfrid Laurier University has been afforded the honour of housing the archives of Maureen Forrester.  A former Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, Ms. Forrester is an international figure, having represented Canada as the most pre-eminent operatic star of the last half of the twentieth century.  

Taking on the responsibility of preserving the legacy of a Canadian music icon is one that we take enthusiastically and seriously, and we will uphold the respect and celebration that Maureen Forrester so rightly deserves.  A gifted musician and warm, generous human being, Ms. Forrester invested her time, talents and resources to Wilfrid Laurier University as Chancellor, and paid special interest to the students and faculty of the Faculty of Music’s Voice Performance Program.  By being home to this magnificent collection of over 4,000 scores and memorabilia, Laurier will carry out her wishes of making the music come alive once again through teaching, learning and performance.  Although there are extraordinary pieces within this collection that cannot be made available for student use, Laurier will respect their cultural heritage and her wishes to share them through performance and public exhibition. 

The Faculty of Music at Laurier plans to honour this great Canadian artist through The Maureen Forrester Legacy Collection – memorabilia associated with Ms. Forrester’s long and distinguished career, displayed in the foyer of the recital hall that bears her name – and through the Maureen Forrester Archive – a collection of her scores and other related music memorabilia that will serve as an invaluable resource to students, faculty, and visitors to Laurier.  Our plans for the collection include the following:

CALL FOR MEMORABILIA

Laurier would like to expand the public exhibition portion of the collection to include additional memorabilia from friends and fans of Ms. Forrester.  If you would like to donate or loan memorabilia or other archival items to the collection, please contact Janice Dobbin, Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Music, 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5, (519) 884-0710 x2956, or jdobbin@wlu.ca.

We thank you in advance for your interest in supporting this important project. 


The Maureen Forrester papers are held at the Laurie Archives http://library.wlu.ca/archives