Our musical heritage began with our founding college head George Tatham – a distinguished geographer and highly accomplished pianist. When York's founding president Murray Ross invited Tatham to become head of McLaughlin College, the latter said he would only take up of the position if the college was given a Bechstein piano. President Ross acquired the piano for the college and the stage was set.
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Made up of faculty, staff, Fellows and students, the McLaughlin College Community Choir is a truly unique and vibrant part of our community. If you're interested in singing, this is the place for you.
Composed mainly of McLaughlin College students, this club is dedicated to all things musical, including maintaining the college's instruments.
Our Accomplished Connections
A number of highly accomplished, world-renowned musicians have been attracted to McLaughlin College because of its strong foundations in music. Canada’s greatest jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, was appointed a Fellow of McLaughlin College, and frequently practiced and performed here. Students and visitors of the college could often hear Peterson, who served as York University’s chancellor from 1991 to 1994, playing his distinctive jazz piano compositions on the college’s Steinway grand piano. Many musicians also make up our McLaughlin College Fellows including Peter Appleyard, the renowned Canadian vibraphone jazz musician, composer and band leader; and Stephanie Martin, world-renowned musician, composer, conductor and York music professor.
Our Priceless History
Thankfully, McLaughlin College still has two of its most precious musical instruments which are integral to its history in so many ways: the Bechstein that George Tatham insisted on and the Steinway piano Oscar Peterson so enjoyed playing. With such a rich and distinguished musical foundation and history, music is clearly very much a part of McLaughlin College.