November 28, 2007: RBC donation benefits Capilano’s emerging artists

      Wednesday, November 28, 2007
      Contact: Jessica Thoms at 604.984.1765

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – A $25,000 donation presented November 28 by RBC to Capilano College will enable students in the bachelor of jazz studies degree program and the bachelor of music transfer diploma program to build their ability to pursue successful careers in the arts.

      Capilano will use the money to purchase several new musical instruments, including a trombone, piccolo, euphonium, tuba, flutes, clarinets, an oboe and other equipment that is vital to the learning experience of its students.

      “We are extremely grateful to RBC for this generous gift in support of our music programs,” said Dorothy Jantzen, dean of Fine and Applied Arts at Capilano. “These instruments will be played by hundreds of young budding artists for years to come who will, in turn, please thousands of visitors attending performances in our Performing Arts Theatre.”

      The four-year bachelor of music in jazz studies degree is noted as the best of its kind in the country. It is a unique and attractive option to those who wish to pursue music as self-employed professionals, teach music in the public school system, or continue their musical development as part of a liberal arts education. The Jazz Studies department is comprised of a wide range of specialized faculty, most who are top professional musicians who bring extensive practical experience to their classes. CBC Radio Canada has recognized the quality of the program by awarding one of Capilano’s students with its CBC/Radio-Canada Jazz Award of Merit three years in a row.

      “At RBC, we believe that investing in creative vision and artistic talent is essential in building healthy vibrant communities,” said RBC branch manager, Simone Doucette. “That is why we are so pleased to support Capilano College’s emerging artists and music programs.”

      The bachelor of music transfer diploma program provides a rich learning environment, which nurtures the artistic and creative potential within each student. Small class sizes with innovative and creative teaching enhance the students' educational experience and prepare them for a wide array of professions in the music field. Participation in Capilano’s award-winning choir allows for concert and touring opportunities, while developing ensemble skills and rehearsal techniques. This two-year diploma is transferable toward a bachelor of music degree and also provides the foundation for further studies in music therapy, music education and the liberal arts.

      “Real-life experiences, such as student performances and concerts, are what make a Capilano education so unique,” Jantzen said. “With the gift from RBC, our students will have more tools available to make the most of these opportunities that will help them develop their talents and skills.”

      Known for its innovative programs‚ some of which are unique in Canada‚ Capilano is committed to enabling the success of its students. Its three campuses, located in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt, serve 6,700 credit and 7,000 non-credit students annually.


      Jessica Thoms, director, Capilano College Foundation, 604.984.1765
      Jennifer Cabeldu, manager, Donations, Royal Bank of Canada, 604.665.4031