Board of Governors & Administration 2018-10-06T13:42:17+00:00

Governance & Administration

Everyone named on this page, in addition to our esteemed Faculty, is committed to a common goal:

Give everyone the best possible experience while they are on the Conservatory campus, whether they be students, parents or audiences.

We love our students of all ages and levels, and we are proud to play a significant role in their journey of discovering the joys inherent in the arts of music and dance. We strive to keep our costs at a minimum to make lessons accessible to everyone.

For those looking to give the gift of music and dance, please consider a one-time donation or monthly giving through CanadaHelps.

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Board of Governors

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Chair – William Webster, PhD
Professor & Dean, Health Professions, Dalhousie

Since arriving in Nova Scotia 10 years ago, my family and I have had a close association with the Conservatory. My children, Heather and David, studied voice and violin here, and participated in the MCPA Chamber Orchestra, including its wonderful exchange visit to Iqaluit. For a number of years now, I have played violin in the MCPA Adult Orchestra with Pat Wyman, the weekly practices for which are a favorite time when I can get my head out of my day time job as a university academic. With its 130 year history, the Conservatory is one of those understated and hidden gems of Nova Scotia which has touched the lives of so many families. For that reason I am delighted to Chair the Board of Governors which oversees the Conservatory and, in concert with the broader community, seeks to plan its exciting and bright future directions.

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Vice Chair – Olga Milosevich

Olga Milosevich studied music at the University of British Columbia, and then Broadcast Journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her first job was working as a news reporter for a private radio station in Vancouver. In October 1983, she moved to Halifax for a job with the CBC. She spent the first 3 years with CBC TV working as a news anchor on the “Maritimes Tonight”. During the next 11 years she hosted 2 CBC Radio network shows, “Weekender” and “Music Alive”. For the last 15 years of her career, she worked as host and producer of the regional arts show “Connections”, and produced a daily arts report for “Mainstreet”. She also emceed 15 to 20 community events each year. She retired in July 2012. In November 2012, in recognition of her community service, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. Olga is busy in retirement, sitting on several boards and committees, one of which is the MCPA. She is happy to give back to this venerable institution, which provided her daughter with excellent instruction in piano and flute.

Treasurer – Kurt MacLeod

Members (Voting) – bios to be posted shortly

  • Jack Bennet
  • Rob Gilbert
  • Lynn Loder
  • Chris McCulloch
  • Mike Shellnut
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Member (Ex-Officio, Non-Voting) – Megan Boyko, BA Hons

Megan Boyko is a cello teacher, including Suzuki cello lessons, and the Kindermusik manager at the MCPA. Megan lives in St Margaret’s Bay and is also a freelance cellist in Halifax.

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Member (Ex-Officio, Non-Voting) – Diana Rutherford

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Member (Ex-Officio, Non-Voting) – Frances Royle

BMus, piano performance, Dalhousie University
Frances is an active performer, who has played for numerous opera and musical theatre productions as well as in solo and chamber music recitals. She has served as an accompanist for the School of Dance and the Suzuki Department as well as many private voice, string, and wind students. She teaches students of all ages and levels and particularly enjoys teaching adults.

Members (Non-Voting) – bios to be posted shortly

  • John Murray


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Diana Rutherford, Dean, School of Dance
Frances Royle, BMus, Dean, School of Music

Administrative Services:

John Murray, Financial Officer/Operations Manager
Jeffrey Hale
Lynn Steeves
Christopher Murray
Catherine Kersten

Custodial Services:

John Richards


Jeffrey Hale, Daytime Front Office Reception & General Administration
Lynn Steeves, Daytime Front Office Reception & General Administration
Christopher Murray, Evening & Weekend Front Office Reception
Catherine Kersten, Evening & Weekend Front Office Reception

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