Encouraging excellence


An alumna of McGill University, Elizabeth Wirth is now a business leader, a philanthropist and an opera lover. In 2015 she made a landmark gift of $7.5 million to her old university—the funds will enhance programs at the Schulich School of Music. These programs include a suite of student excellence awards, a new student initiatives fund for internships and student travel opportunities, and a $25,000 prize in vocal performance.

A committed philanthropist, Wirth has supported and championed an array of initiatives for the Schulich School of Music, including a brilliantly successful fundraising campaign that she chaired. In recognition of her exceptional generosity and dedication, McGill has renamed its New Music Building in her honour as the Elizabeth Wirth Music Pavilion.

Founded in 1904, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University is renowned for its programs in orchestra, opera, jazz, early music and contemporary music. It is recognized as one of the major music schools in North America—it has more than 850 students and hosts some 700 concerts and events each year. The high standards in teaching and research have propelled Montréal’s musical reputation around the world.