Message from the Chair

Ed Turgeon

Dear Young Artist,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Edward Turgeon. I‘m a Canadian musician living in Sault Ste. Marie, working at Algoma University where I enjoy my position as Chair of Music and Visual Art, Associate Professor, and with my wife Dr. Anne Louise-Turgeon, Artist-in-Residence as a member of the award-winning piano duo, Duo Turgeon.

Algoma University’s exciting music program is a great choice for advanced music studies. The music program follows a holistic approach to music instruction, striking a balance between ensemble playing, refinement of solo skills, technical, artistic, and aural growth, supported by a rich array of music technology, audio, theory, and history courses. We train young musicians to embrace their chosen art specialty as a vital, living language. When words fall short – music takes over!  Music’s potent communicative force binds humanity, transforms lives, and transcends social and political differences to create an even playing field through which the human species can co-exist.  At Algoma, we believe that music is an essential part of the human experience. Whether at a play, a musical, in the concert hall, at the ballet, the dance club, or a sports event, music is always there, bringing meaning to every imaginable life context.

Algoma is a small, dynamic university that delivers a very big education.  Our well-designed, highly respected Music program is delivered by a cohesive group of outstanding pedagogues who possess masters and doctoral degrees from top schools such as McGill University, University of Brandon, University of Toronto, University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana, North Carolina School of the Arts, Indiana University, Yale University, Memorial University, University of Western Ontario, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Our music faculty members enjoy active regional, national, and international teaching and performing careers, success with grants (including Fulbright sponsored touring), prolific research, recording careers with labels such as EMI/Marquis, Albany, and Vanguard Classics, touring activities in Canada, United States, Europe, Russia, and Asia, as well as participation in high profile pedagogy conferences. They are respected clinicians, adjudicators, Royal Conservatory of Music senior examiners, and international competition jurors.

Our music faculty members place a high priority on inspiring students to realize their full human and artistic potential in the context of a vibrant music program and rich campus life. Our students succeed during, and perhaps most importantly, after their studies. Over the past three years, music enrolment has grown 25 per cent. A destination for fine music students, Algoma is committed to offering some of the lowest tuition rates and most generous entrance scholarships in all of Ontario. Applicants with a high school average of 80 per cent or above are guaranteed a renewable scholarship. In addition, for 2016/2017, there are several new music program entrance scholarships created as a result of successful fundraising efforts over the past two years. It is now possible for an incoming music major to garner more than $16,000 in support over the course of their degree work, depending on incoming grades.

Algoma University has cemented a reputation for quality, attracting fine students regionally, nationally, and increasingly, from a variety of international locales. When graduates are asked “If you could do it over again, would you attend Algoma?” a large percentage say definitely yes!

Sault Ste. Marie has come into its own over the past few decades. There is an energy and optimism in the community.  A vibrant arts scene has grown to include galleries and expansion of the Sault’s already robust music scene. A world class concert series (Algoma Conservatory Concerts) has, since its inception in 2001, become one of the highest quality concert series in North America, attracting the best performers from around the world. Sault Ste. Marie’s culture is on a par with Canadian cities many times larger, all without the traffic, congestion, and stress of large urban centres.  Another draw is low room and board cost, compared with more expensive locales such as Toronto or Vancouver.

If you can envision breaking away for an on-campus visit, I would be more than happy to take you out for a gourmet lunch followed by a tour of our outstanding music facilities and the main campus. The University is able to offer substantial assistance with your transportation and accommodation costs. If an in-person visit is not possible, Skype auditions are possible. I can also journey to your home town for a live audition/interview. Many parents, students, and teachers have expressed their appreciation for this personal approach and commitment to your success.

I look forward to speaking with you about your musical goals. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns. I can be reached at 705-989-6879 weekdays between 9:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. On behalf of all the students, staff, and faculty at Algoma University, I look forward to the possibility of meeting you and serving your musical needs.

Whether or not you come to Algoma, I wish you all the best for your chosen program of study, and nothing but success for a most rewarding career.


Dr. Edward Turgeon
Associate Professor and Chair, Music
705-949-2301 ext. 4382