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About the Conservatory

The Mount de Chantal Conservatory of Music at Wheeling Jesuit University is the center for fine-arts activities at WJU - an ideal venue for intimate concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, rehearsals, exhibitions and classes. Housed in the University's Center for Educational Technologies, it features an elegant recital hall, practice rooms, a parlor for students and visitors, office space, and the Sisters of the Visitation Gallery, a museum-like room displaying art, antiques and archival materials from Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy.

The Conservatory is the home base for the University's choral groups under the leadership of Robert Troeger, and its growing symphonic band under the leadership of Dr. James Gourlay. Maestro Gourlay is the Director of Instrumental Music and University Bands at WJU and General Director and Conductor of the River City Brass - a popular Pittsburgh-based orchestra that performs with the WJU Symphonic Band.

Each year, one incoming female freshman who participates actively in one of the conducted ensembles receives a $10,000 Mount de Chantal Scholarship, renewable annually, through the Mount de Chantal Fine Arts Education Fund.

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