She got a music PhD. Then she gave $1m

She got a music PhD. Then she gave $1m


norman lebrecht

January 27, 2021

Elaine Keillor was the first woman at the University of Toronto to gain a doctorate in musicology.

That was back in 1976.

Elaine spent her entire career researching the music of her native Canada.

She has just given $1 million to continue that research at her alma mater.

Read here.


  • JussiB says:

    Check out the “Messiah/Complex” with beautiful Canadian scenery! (and Native American soloists singing in their native tongues)

  • Straussian says:

    Brava Dr. Keillor!

  • Maria says:

    Very generous and worthwhile.

  • violinist says:

    Quite a price for a UT certificate.

    • V.Lind says:

      What are you denigrating — the lady, or a doctorate from a first-rate music faculty?

      • violinist says:

        No denigration implied , just an observation on
        what ever floats the boat you happen to be
        sitting in.

        • V.Lind says:

          “Certificate”? not the way most of us refer to a Ph.D. WHICH she earned many years before the donation, so your unpleasant remark does not even make sense.

          And University of Toronto is NEVER referred to as “UT.” That particular designation refers to the University of Texas at Austin.

  • PHF says:

    Probably that million did not came from her faculty salary, but that’s not our problem. Very honorable attitude.