Medicine Hat College is rightfully proud of its Conservatory with a long and rich history dating back to the college’s earliest years in the late 1960s. Founded on the assumption that a small college in a small centre could still provide the very best cultural education and artistic enrichment to its community, the conservatory worked hard to attract professional musicians and dancers, often of a national stature, to serve as faculty and to enrich the city’s cultural life. Students have regularly continued to win outstanding recognition in competitions and festivals from local to international, and many have been recruited by top schools and embarked upon professional careers in music, dance and the arts. Through performances and other cultural events, the community continues to be blessed by a high level of cultural enrichment that is the envy of far larger centres.
Both the city of Medicine Hat and the college have grown tremendously since the earliest years of the college and conservatory, in size as well as diversity of opportunity, cultural and otherwise. But the place of Medicine Hat College’s Conservatory in the community – as a shining gem in the city’s rich cultural crown – remains unchanged. Currently, over 1000 students benefit annually from quality education in music and dance. The conservatory continues to celebrate the success of its students, including singer and violinist Kalan Porter, winner of Canadian Idol 2005.
The Medicine Hat College Conservatory is devoted to instructing students to reach their potential as musicians and dancers and to enrich their lives through a greater appreciation of the performing arts.
We invite you to join our rich variety of programs.