Woo-hoo! Edward and Anne-Louise!Friday, October 25, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Algoma U's Musicians in Residence receive Fulbright Grant
Duo Turgeon wins prestigious grant to fund European concert
SAULT STE. MARIE - Algoma University would like to congratulate their Musician's in Residence, Duo Turgeon, pianists Dr. Edward and Dr. Anne-Louise Turgeon, for their recent winning of a United States Department Fulbright Grant to cover their recent concert in Europe.
"Duo Turgeon is an outstanding new addition to the Algoma University community and we are proud to welcome Edward as a colleague and faculty member," said Dr. David Schantz, vice-president academic and research. "We are extremely pleased to see the Duo's efforts in Europe made possible by the Fulbright scholarship and are excited about the opportunities opening to Algoma University resulting from their outstanding work."
The Fulbright Award Program provides over 8,000 grants annually to faculty and professionals to help fund and undertake advanced research and university-level teaching and lecturing, as well as artistic exchanges.
The program is highly competitive and prestigious, and helps to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries through the exchanging of persons, knowledge, and skills.
The husband-and-wife piano duo have established themselves as one of North America's prominent piano duos, having performed hundreds of concerts around the world.
Since launching their career over one decade ago, they can be heard on seven CDs, with two new records currently in production.
They are also featured performers in the television documentary on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Two Pianos - One Passion, and can be heard on radio stations around the world.
Currently, Edward Turgeon is the University's director of music, while Anne Turgeon is the University's Musician in Residence and Keyboard faculty member.
Edward Turgeon also taught at the University 25 years ago.
Duo Turgeon received $4,000, which covered all expenses for their European performances and masterclasses in Chisinau, Moldova.
Duo Turgeon is honoured to have received this award to fund their concert.
"Fulbright assistance is an incredible honour, and a tremendous vote of confidence. With the award, there is a responsibility to act not only as artistic ambassadors of the United States Government, but as ambassadors of Algoma University... Ultimately, our hope is that such creative activity abroad may enhance Algoma University's Music Department's recruiting efforts, while drawing more attention to Algoma University throughout the world," said Dr. Edward Turgeon.
Duo Turgeon would like to thank Algoma University for their continued support of this project.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic and Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit www.algomau.ca.