Conservatory Opens

Reverend Robert Laing founded the Conservatory of Music with the Halifax Ladies College.  It was founded under Chapter 91 of the Acts of the Legislature of Nova Scotia. Location was the Halifax Ladies College on Pleasant St (now Barrington St.) Our doors opened on September 15, 1887.

Above photo is The Halifax Ladies College, our original home.

1887
1910's

The Gray Sister

Conservatory moved to The Grey Sister located at the corner of Spring Garden Road and Summer Street.

Incorporation

The Halifax Conservatory of Music was incorporated by a special act of the Province of Nova Scotia.

1921
Early 30's

St. Mary's College

Conservatory moved to St. Mary’s College on Windsor St. located behind St. Pat’s High School.

Maritime Academy of Music

Harry Dean left the Halifax Conservatory of Music to establish the Maritime Academy of Music. Located at the Phillae Temple at 5835 College Street.

1934
1947

Ballet Department Founded

Irene Apine and Juis Gotshalks formed the Ballet Department.

Gunter Buchta Director

Gunter Buchta directed the Dance Department. He started the Buchta Dancers who were regulars on Don Messer’s Jubilee show on the CBC.

1950
1952

Halifax Ladies College

Dissolved our connection with the Halifax Ladies College.

Reunited

On August 1, 1954, the Halifax Conservatory of Music bought the assets of the Halifax Conservatory of Music and changed our name to Maritime Conservatory of Music. 

1954
1968

The Oaks

St. Mary’s College sold to the city. Conservatory moved to The Oaks at 5920 Gorsebrook Ave.

Scared Heart School

Conservatory moved to Sacred Heart School on Spring Garden Road.

1985
1996

Chebucto Road School

Conservatory moved to present location at the Old Chebucto Road School.

Name Changed

Conservatory changed our name to Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

1998
2006

Conservatory Name Approved

Our name was legally changed by the Province of Nova Scotia under The Maritime Conservatory Reorganization Act.