LATEST SAD NOTE AT LAURENTIAN: NORTHERN ONTARIO UNIVERSITY CUTS ITS MUSIC PROGRAM

'To lose this program here in Sudbury is a huge, huge mistake,' says department chair

Yoko Hirota is losing her job as chair of Laurentian University's music department. The four-year program is the latest casualty as the Sudbury, Ont., school restructures. (Markus Schwabe/CBC)

The music program at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont. has been cut — the latest casualty as the Sudbury school restructures.

The program was built over more than 20 years, and contributed far more to the arts community than its small size might have suggested, said department chair Yoko Hirota.

“They just brutally cut everything,” she said.

Hirota and her husband, composer and fellow professor Robert Lemay, will lose their jobs.

She’s a trained concert pianist and plans to return to her artistic career.

“I think they should have left at least a minor in music, which is just a small portion of the music program, at least, so that they can rebuild in a couple of years back to major when the financial crisis has gone,” said Hirota.

“To lose this program here in Sudbury is a huge, huge mistake.”

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