In July, 1997 the first Morningside Music Bridge (MMB) established a new benchmark for international summer programs and garnered national and local media coverage in both Canada and China. Conceived by Paul Dornian, former Director of the Mount Royal University Conservatory, and Andy Chan, Morningside Group, the program brought together Canadian and Chinese young musicians to perform on an international stage and measure themselves against the very best young performers globally.
The program was hosted by Mount Royal University until 2015. In the intervening years it grew to include outstanding participants not only from the two original participating nations and Poland (a core partner since 2003), but from many other countries worldwide. It has evolved into Canada’s most extensive and comprehensive summer music training program for young artists, and was described as “without peer in Canada and among the very best in the world.” (Dr. Douglas McNabney, on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage)
The 20th Anniversary Celebration in Beijing (July 2016) marked the fifth time Morningside Music Bridge has been held outside Canada. In 2006 the 10th Anniversary celebrations were held in Shanghai, China, hosted by the Middle School attached to the Shanghai Conservatory, and the 2009 program was held in Gdańsk, Poland, with the generous support of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Stanisóław Moniuszko Academy. In 2017, the program was held at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and in 2018 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
After a lively discussion about the pros and cons of moving the program around the world, or establishing a new long-term home, the Board of the Morningside Music Bridge Foundation decided in favor of a long-term home. In considering locations, MMB was looking for a locale that would be attractive to Canadian and International young artists and faculty, with an appropriate venue in a community that would welcome an international program of its stature.
To that end we are pleased to collaborate with the New England Conservatory to hold the program in Boston. The Morningside Music Bridge Festival program remains an educational festival program of The Calgary Philharmonic Society in partnership with the Morningside Music Bridge Foundation, a not-for-profit Canadian Foundation.