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Memorable Manitobans: Peggy Agnes Sharpe (1914-2005)

Musician, educator.

Born at Brandon on 26 July 1914, daughter of Herbert S. Sharpe and Agnes Houston, at the age of 17 she graduated from what is now known as the Royal Conservatory of Music then studied at Brandon College, followed by Northwestern University at Chicago, Illinois. In 1943, she joined the teaching faculty of Brandon College and helped to develop what would eventually become its School of Music into a widely acknowledged centre of excellence. She served several terms as Acting Director of the Music Department, from 1947-1948, 1953-1954, and 1961-1962. She became the first director of the Conservatory, holding the position until 1981. In 1998, she was given an honorary doctorate in music by Brandon University in recognition of her 50-year relationship with the institution. She died at Brandon on 28 September 2005 and was buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

Sources:

“Sharpe major influence on BU’s School of Music”, Brandon Sun, 1 October 2005, page 86.

Cemetery transcription, Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 September 2012

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