Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.

Honorary Degree presentation - L. Marshall, May 14, 1966 (Photograph Collection, A-4501)
Name: Lois Marshall
Convocation date: May 14, 1966
Discipline / contribution: music
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, it is my distinct privilege to present to you Lois Marshall, whose name has become a household word to the music lovers of the world. Miss Marshall is a Canadian, a fact that should be a matter of pride to us all, a Canadian by birth and training, and as such she has pointed the way for young musicians of all types who are developing their talents in this country. It is perhaps appropriate that at this convocation the first graduates in the music program of this University will receive their degrees, and/that we honour such a distinguished musician at the same time will, I am sure, add lustre to the memory of this occasion. Miss Marshall studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from the age of 12, giving her first recital when only 15. From that time her story has been one of continuous success, winning the Eaton Award upon graduation, representing Canada at the Sesquicentennial celebrations in Washington in 1950, appearing in recital in New York Town Hall as a Naumberg Award winner in 1952, being chosen by Toscanini as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and by Sir Thomas Beecham for his recording of Handel’s Oratorio Solomon in 1956. She has since toured extensively in Europe, including Russia, and in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Her operatic debut was in the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme with the Boston Opera Company. Reviewers of her public performances have given her glowing praise, referring to her as “one of the most superb singers this reviewer has ever heard”, and, in the performance of Beethoven’s Mass with Toscanini, commenting that her florid passages had a liquid sound and her phrasing a natural warmth that her colleagues, for all their greater experience, never quite matched. When I informed Sir Ernest MacMillan that Lois Marshall was to be honoured at this Convocation, he wrote a very nice letter in reply and I should like to quote from his remarks: “From the earliest days when I knew Miss Marshall as a student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, she has filled me with admiration as an outstanding artist and one of sterling character. I was always convinced that she held the promise of unlimited success and her subsequent brilliant career has in no way surprised me. Our many concert appearances together have invariably brought me the keenest delight. She was always intent on giving of her best and this spirit, coupled with her superb artistry, never failed to inspire all those who worked with her, including myself”. In truth Miss Marshall is more than a singer and musician, not always synonymous terms, but may also be considered an ambassador at large, representing Canadian culture on the world stage. Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate of this University, I present to you Lois Marshall, singer and artist, and ask that you confer on her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Howard Leyton-Brown, director of the Regina Conservtory of Music
Degree presented at: University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus

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