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Since 1886, The Royal Conservatory of Music has been a national leader in music and arts education. To provide an even wider reach for its innovative programs, the Conservatory has launched the Building National Dreams Campaign to build a state-of-the-art performance and learning centre.

Opening in 2006, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning will be one of the world's greatest arts and education venues and a wonderful resource for all Canadians. This stunning facility will feature new academic and performance space. Technologically sophisticated, it will be the heart of creative education in Canada.

The Performance and Learning Centre will : Create a complex with a national agenda, global reach, and modern music, education and technological facilities
Provide improved service to young artists - attracting, identifying and showcasing more young performers to the world
Provide a magnificient new multipurpose concert hall and broadcast centre allowing Conservatory and community events to reach global audiences
Allow for increased user demand and create administrative efficiencies
Contribute to the transformation of Canadian society through revitalized education and cultural programming

The new facilities will include: An acoustically superb 1,000-seat Michael and Sonja Koerner Concert Hall
A new-media and broadcast centre
Fully wired practice and teaching studios
Breathtaking lobby facilities for events and concerts
Rehearsal, studio and meeting rooms
A comprehensive music library, a bookstore and retail store, a café and catering kitchen


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The Michael and Sonja Koerner Concert Hall

This 1,141-seat, acoustically excellent concert hall will serve the entire nation not only as an important cultural venue with a vibrant concert season, but also as a tremendous educational resource, accessible nationwide to students, teachers and artists via a whole range of distance learning tools.

The Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria
With gorgeous vistas of the University of Toronto green space, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto skyline, the spectacular new lobby of the Performance and Learning Centre will be one of Toronto's most inviting and glamorous venues for a whole range of social, business and academic events.

The Wilmot and Judy Matthews Family Centre for Integrative Education
Housing the Conservatory's acclaimed Learning Through the Arts public school initiative, the Centre for Integrative Education will bring together teachers, schools, parents, businesses and artists from across Canada and around the world. The Centre will provide specialized, technologically advanced teaching and training facilities suited to a full range of arts disciplines, including dance and visual arts.

The Evelyn and Bert Lavis Promenade
Named in memory of the parents of Mrs. Marilyn Thomson, the new Promenade will flow from the new entrance on Bloor Street into the sky-lit court, connecting with the Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria.

Theatre for the Future
A multipurpose performance and rehearsal hall that will serve a diverse set of artistic disciplines and special presentations. It will be an excellent venue for cutting-edge experimental music, giving new composers an inspiring platform from which to promote their work to new and established audiences. It will also provide flexible rehearsal space for the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and other performing arts companies.

The Library will be specially designed to meet the needs of Conservatory artists and faculty, resulting in a facility that will be among the most practical, welcoming and widely used within the new Centre. This facility will include 12 state-of-the-art listening stations and easily accessible storage for the Conservatory's extenstive collection of LPs, CDs, music scores and reference books, as well as the Conservatory's archival materials.

The Koerner Antique Instrument Collection
The Koerner family's collection of antique instruments will be displayed in specially designed, climate controlled cases located along the promenade leading to the Michael and Sonja Koerner Concert Hall. The instruments, which include four harpsichords, two bureau organs, a clavichord, five flutes, two oboes and two serpents (bass cornets) will be available for use by Royal Conservatory students and faculty.
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