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LORNE WATSON (published on January 15, 2010)

LORNE WATSON Dr. Lorne Watson died peacefully at Grace Hospice on January 10, 2010. He is survived by his long-time partner, Robert J. Gardner; niece, Mrs. Suzanne Hyatt (Leamington) and nephew, David Ferris (London). Lorne was a distinguished Canadian musician whose activities as pianist, teacher, examiner, festival adjudicator and workshop clinician took him coast to coast. Beginning in 1948 as Director of Music at what was then Brandon College (Brandon, Man.), in 1967 he became Director of the School of Music, Brandon University until 1981 when he became supervisor of its conservatory. In 1988 he was honoured on his 40th anniversary at Brandon by the naming of the hall at the Queen Elizabeth II Music building, the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. In 1993 he retired and moved to Winnipeg where he continued to teach at his home studio. In 1994 he was named Professor Emeritus of the School of Music of Brandon University. Born in Leamington, Ont., Lorne began violin studies at age 5 and piano at 6. In 1936 he obtained the Associateship Diploma (Piano Performance) of the Toronto conservatory Music. In 1938, following an audition with conservatory's Principal, Sir Ernest MacMillan, he was awarded a first-year scholarship. At the Conservatory his teachers included Ernest Seitz (piano) and Healey Willan (composition). In 1941 he was awarded the L.T.C.M. diploma with the conservatory gold medal. His piano studies continued with a scholarship to study piano with Rosalyn Tureck in New York. In 1942 he joined the RCAF later becoming a radar and signals officer. On discharge he enrolled at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1948 with a B.A. (Honours Music). This is when he was recommended for the position at Brandon University. His later music study continued with a graduate fellowship to New York University where he obtained the degree M.A. (Major of Musicology). In 1961 a Canada Council fellowship took him to Indiana University where he studied with Gyorgy Sebok and obtained the degree Doctor Music (Piano). Dr. Watson's interest in artistic organizations began in the early 50's when he became vice-president of the MRMTA and later its president. In the following years be became president of the MMEA, CUMS and CMFAA, and has acted on such national executives as the Canadian Music council, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, the Kodaly Institute of Canada, Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and I.S.M.E, (Canada) Committee. Locally he had been a board member of the Winnipeg Symphony, the Eckhardt-Gramatte Foundation, and president of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. In 1996 he was recognized for his work in the arts (Education and Communication) by being awarded the Province of Manitoba Prix. He was made honorary life member of the M.R.M.T.A., the M.M.E.A. and the C.M.F.A.A. Dr. Watson was a student and colleague of S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatte who spent the last years of her life (1953 1974) in Winnipeg. She was the inspiration behind the music competition which bears her name. The E-gre competition began at Brandon University in 1976 and has continued to today. For its first 20 years Dr. Watson was its artistic director. Interment has taken place, and a memorial reception will be held between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, January 17 at the Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, those interested are invited to make a donation to the School of Music of Brandon University or to a charity of their choice. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Send expressions of sympathy to

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