MUNN, Professor Alexandra Munn, Emeritus -
September 16, 1934 - September 30, 2023
Professor Alexandra, Pianist Extraordinaire. All who love her mourn her passing.
At age three, she was recognized as a prodigy.
Sandra had perfect pitch, the ability to sight read like no other, and exuded a love for performance.
Accepted to the Juilliard School on a honorary Scholarship in the piano class of Irwin Freundlich in 1953, completing a four year course in two years! In her third year, Sandra accepted a Teaching Fellowship with the Juilliard Piano Faculty. However, Family and Calgary called her home to Alberta. In 1957, Sandra made her debut with the Calgary Philharmonic, playing Beethoven's Concerto No.3 to great success. Sandra was invited back many times, playing Racmaninoff's Concerto No.2 and later, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
In the summers 1953-59, Sandra Coached pianists and singers at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Then, in 1962, Richard Eaton persuaded her to come to the University of Alberta and teach pianists and singers, encouraging them to be better than they could ever imagine, and created Art Song Classes.
Sandra loved Performing with colleagues, accompanying and conducting the Richard Eaton Singers, finally leading them to a festival in England, a first trip abroad. Da Camera Singers was created. In 1992, Sandra retired from the University of Alberta.
Professor Emeritus not finished yet, Sandra joined the staff at Alberta College Conservatory of Music, teaching pianists, performing with other musicians and creating Art Song Classes.
Retiring in 2018, Sandra created a collaborative Bach Project for pianists and singers, successfully launched at All Saints' Cathedral.
She was recognized by the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame and Queen's Gold Medal.
A funeral Service will be held at All Saints' Cathedral, 10035 103 Street, on October 21, 2:00 -4:00 p.m. Donations can be made to your charity of choice or the Alexandra Munn Fund Edmonton Community Foundation.