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Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO

Over the past decade, The Royal Conservatory has set in motion a series of far-reaching and evolutionary changes in the role of arts organizations and their ability to affect society.

Dr. Peter Simon was appointed President of The Royal Conservatory in September 1991, a time when the venerable Canadian institution founded in 1886 was re-emerging as an independent entity and faced substantial financial, operational and program challenges. 

Since that time Dr. Simon has led a dynamic transformation of the programs and facilities of The Royal Conservatory resulting in a dramatic expansion of the number of participants, earned and donated revenues, endowment funds, and scholarship support for students. Today the broad array of RCM programs is used by 500,000 people annually.

When first appointed Dr. Simon sought to create a climate in Canada in which the arts were broadly recognized as an important means of furthering the personal, intellectual, and social development of all people.  He firmly believed that the arts were the best means available to foster creativity and innovative thinking in all areas of endeavour, and that this made them an indispensible element in the future social and fiscal success of our nation. Ultimately, he sought to promote a society in Canada in which the arts were a central part of the daily lives of all people and viewed as an integral element of a fulfilled life.

As a consequence in 1991 the mission of The Royal Conservatory became to develop human potential through music and the arts. Through this expanded mission Dr. Simon initiated a series of steps which would re-define the role of a Conservatory in society, one which offered the highest levels of excellence in performance and instrumental training but also developed, distributed, and offered a wide range of arts based programs which fostered human development. 

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Media Highlights

The Royal Conservatory of Music Goes Online to Connect with Students
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

Peter Simon / Royal Conservtory: Creative Innovation
Wah Keung Chan, The Music Scene 

Mr. Music, Please
James Bradshaw, The Globe and Mail 

Simon Says
Alec Scott, Toronto Life 

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