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Convocation date: May 12, 1969
Special Convocation: Diamond Jubilee convocation
Discipline / contribution: music - education ; music - performance
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Lyell Gustin.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Lyell Gustin was born in Fitch Bay, Quebec, of French and United Empire Loyalist ancestry. He attended Stanstead College, Quebec, from which he obtained, at the age of 16, the Associate Diploma in Piano, with the highest marks in Canada.
In 1912 he came to Saskatoon with his family and continued his music study with Blanche St. John Baker, pupil of Godowsky. Later he studied in Chicago under Jeannette Durno, in New York with Madeley Richardson, and in Europe.
Returning to Saskatoon in 1920 Mr. Gustin established himself as an outstanding musician, teacher and leader in musical circles. He was chairman of the committee that presented the Music Teachers’ Registration Act to the Provincial Legislature. Upon passage of this Act, in 1947, Saskatchewan became the first province to grant professional status to its music teachers. Mr. Gustin was one of the founders of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and for five years was National President of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers, of which organization he is an honorary life member.
In 1955 Mr. Gustin won the University of Alberta award for the development of the Arts in Canada — for the first time presented to a western musician.
Mr. Gustin is founder of the Musical Art Club, founder and patron of the Young Artists Series which provides concert tours for outstanding young musicians. He has been a member of the Senate of this University, and was chairman of the
Music Committee of the Saskatchewan Arts Board for 17 years.
He is in great demand as an adjudicator and examiner from coast to coast.
For 26 years he has been an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto,
at which distinguished institution he was guest lecturer during the summers of 1950 and 1968.
The number and quality of his pupils, many of whom have national and indeed international reputation, and the great regard in which he is held in Saskatoon and throughout Canada attest his brilliance as a performer and his skill as a teacher, but perhaps even more his patience, his warm kindness, and his deep interest in music and musicians.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Lyell Gustin, and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: R.N.H. Haslam, Vice-principal, Saskatoon campus
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