About the Conservatory

130 Years of Arts Education

The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts has fostered excellence in arts education in Nova Scotia for more than 130 years, a significant milestone in the history of arts education in Nova Scotia. Before Dalhousie University established its Music Department, the Conservatory was conferring Bachelor of Music degrees in affliliation with Dalhousie. The School’s Ballet Department was created under the direction of Juris and Irene Gotshalk who were later instrumental in the development of the National Ballet of Canada. The Halifax Conservatory Symphony is considered to be the predecessor of modern-day Symphony Nova Scotia. Today, the Conservatory sets the standard for quality education in Music and Dance and continues to work closely with community Arts organizations.

The Conservatory takes great pride in the work of its faculty of over 60 highly qualified teachers in the Schools of Music and Dance and the growing Kindermusik program. From newborns and parents in a Kindermusik class, through the Pre-Twinklers of the Suzuki violin group to the advanced dancers in the Professional Program, there are classes for everyone.

MCPA Faculty Association

The Association, open to all faculty members, provides a forum for teachers to meet socially, to share ideas or voice concerns and to have an active link with administration. Each spring the Faculty Association sponsors awards of equal value to the Schools of Dance and Music.

Photography Credits

Thank you to the following photographers for their contributions to this website.
In alphabetical order, by last name:

  • Jacob Caines
  • Michelle Doucette
  • Rachel Dyer
  • Jennifer Farrell
  • David & Diane Krochko
  • Darcy MacCallum
  • Kate Mitchell
  • Karen Veinot