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June 9, 2015

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June 9, 2015
For immediate release

WATERLOO – Laurier has appointed Marlin Nagtegaal as interim director of the Beckett School at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Beckett School of Music, which was gifted to the university in April 2015 by owners William J. Labron and Lynn McRuer, will become part of a new Laurier Conservatory of Music in fall 2015. Nagtegaal has taught at the Beckett School of Music for over 25 years, and in Laurier’s Faculty of Music for over 15 years.

“Marlin is ideally suited to this position. He is well known and respected at the Beckett School, at the university, and in the community, and has a relaxed but efficient administrative style ideally suited to the task at hand,” said Glen Carruthers, dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Music. “Marlin will work with faculty and staff to ensure a smooth transition of the Beckett School to Laurier. I’m very grateful that he’s agreed to assume this important role.”

Nagtegaal holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, a graduate degree from Western University, and an advanced performance diploma from the Rotterdam Conservatory. He has served in a number of administrative capacities and has performed recitals across Canada, the Netherlands and Germany. He has also has performed many times on radio and television.

“It is an honour and privilege to be appointed to the position of interim director,” said Nagtegaal. “This promises to be an exciting time for both Laurier and the Beckett School with endless possibilities of servicing our community at large.”

Nagtegaal’s appointment is for one year, effective June 15, 2015.

Marjorie and Garth Beckett founded the Beckett School of Music in 1980. The school began operations in uptown Waterloo, offering instruction in piano, theory, and early childhood music education. In 2000, the school moved to Michael Street in downtown Kitchener, and acquired more studio and classroom space to become the largest music school in the area, with approximately 1,000 students and 40 teachers.

Laurier’s Faculty of Music, founded in 1975, offers two undergraduate programs (Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Therapy) and two graduate programs (Master of Music Therapy and Master of Arts in Community Music). The Bachelor of Music offers concentrations in Music Theory, Music Education, Music History, Composition/Improvisation and Performance. The Bachelor and Master of Music Therapy, and Master of Arts in Community Music, are the only programs of their kind in Ontario.

The Faculty of Music limits undergraduate enrolment to 400 students, a number large enough to allow for a full symphony orchestra, three choirs, wind orchestra, opera program and ensembles in jazz, percussion, contemporary music and several other areas. The faculty’s programs are widely known for their exceptional quality and student demand is high. This year, the Faculty of Music received approximately 450 applications for 90 first-year spots.

To register for lessons at the Beckett School at Laurier, please call 519-578-3640.

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Renée Ellis
Administrative Manager
Faculty of Music
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x2631


Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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