Memorial University announced Wednesday a renaming of the School of Music’s Petro-Canada Hall to Suncor Energy Hall.
In 2005, Petro-Canada, now a Suncor Energy business, invested $1.2 million in the creation of the School of Music’s Petro-Canada Hall. The hall was constructed and furnished to enhance the study and performance of music in Newfoundland and Labrador, and originally opened as Petro-Canada Hall in March 2005.
In recognition of Suncor Energy’s continued investments in Memorial’s School of Music, Petro-Canada Hall was officially renamed Suncor Energy Hall.
A $50,000 contribution from Suncor Energy to Dare To: The Campaign for Memorial Universitywas also announced. This contribution has supported repairs and upgrades to core technologies in the School of Music’s Suncor Energy Hall (formerly Petro-Canada Hall), including audio recording, sound reinforcement, theatre-style lighting, and audio-visual presentation and production. This contribution is helping to maintain the hall’s status as a state-of-the-art facility.
“Today’s renaming recognizes the long and steadfast relationship we enjoy with Suncor Energy – a strong relationship as evidenced by its most recent investment in music education,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University of Newfoundland. “With this support, we are enhancing music technology in our School of Music, helping us better prepare the musical leaders of tomorrow. On behalf of performers, both current and future, I thank Suncor Energy for their generosity.”
“Suncor Energy Hall is an important resource, both for students and faculty at the School of Music, and for the many community groups who perform there,” said Dr. Ellen Waterman, Dean, School of Music. “It’s a gem of a hall, and this new investment will ensure that it continues to provide a superb concert experience for all of its users.”
“Our support reflects the diversity of our organization, and the community in which our employees live,” said Sandy Martin, VP, East Coast, Suncor Energy. “Suncor Energy Hall represents the quality of our relationship with Memorial University, and the pride we feel to be a part of this community.”