Jan. 11, 2024Print | PDF
Wilfrid Laurier University mourns the passing of Terry Kroetsch, a beloved member of the university's Faculty of Music and the Laurier Academy of Music and Arts. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music from Laurier in 1981, Terry began his journey teaching with the Faculty of Music in 1987, dedicating more than three decades to nurturing musical talents and enriching lives through his passionate teaching
A multifaceted musician, Terry made a lasting impact on thousands of students, leaving behind a legacy of musical and pedagogical excellence. His influence extended beyond the classroom, with significant contributions as a piano teacher, accompanist, adjudicator, and member of the American College of Music Judges. His commitment to new music, world music, dance, and drama was evident in diverse contributions, including staging recitals of John Cage's music at prestigious institutions.
Terry's brilliance went beyond his musical expertise; his joy, humor and camaraderie created a memorable community. His crafted puns, pranks and his genuine friendship will forever be etched in the memories of Faculty of Music members. As a soloist and founding member of the New Art Quartet, Terry played a pivotal role in commissioning works by Canadian composers, enriching the Canadian musical landscape.
In addition to his contributions at Laurier, Terry dedicated many years to teaching at the Beckett School, Laurier Academy of Music and Arts, and the University of Waterloo. His influence reached far and wide, as he traveled across the country working with renowned institutions and adjudicating music festivals.
Terry's life was dedicated to the joy of music and the profound connections it creates. May his legacy continue to inspire generations of musicians to come.
As Laurier mourns the loss of Terry, the university is focused on offering support and ensuring the well-being of students, faculty and staff. Laurier reminds students, staff and faculty of the support services available: