Gilbert Munroe

ARCT, LRSM, BA (Manitoba), B ED (Manitoba), B MUS (Manitoba), M MUS (Alberta)

Gilbert Munroe. Pianist, teacher, administrator, was born in Winnipeg and studied piano with his mother, Zoë, and later with John Melnyk, as well as theory with Frans Niermeier.  He won the Aikins Memorial Trophy at the 1949 Manitoba (Winnipeg) Music Competition Festival, and continued piano study 1954-6 in London with Harold Craxton and John Simons.

He returned to Canada and, after teaching music in Winnipeg schools for several years and performing occasionally, became music director at Medicine Hat College and founding director of the Medicine Hat Conservatory of Fine Arts in 1971. He also served 1974-5 as vice-president of the Allied Arts Conference in Alberta. After a sabbatical in England 1977-8 he returned to Winnipeg, where he taught privately for a year. He taught at the Victoria Conservatory 1979-81 and returned as of 1989. In the interim years he returned to Alberta, teaching in schools in Medecine Hat and Edmonton, and at Grant MacEwan Community College.