During the Don Wright Faculty of Music Reunion Weekend (September 30th-October 2nd) the Alumni concert featuring the Alumni choir conducted by Joan Andrews (class of 66) and the Faculty Brass Quintet (Musica Quinta) will be dedicated in memory of Don McKellar.

Alumni and guests are invited to attend the concert on Saturday, October 1, which will begin at 4 p.m., von Kuster Hall, Don Wright Faculty of Music. Please register at . Other tributes will be planned as the year unfolds.



Memorial contributions to Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University would be appreciated. On your computer screen, click DONATIONS at the right side of the page to place a memorial contribution.

BY MAIL: write cheque to Western University with memo Donald McKellar Memorial for Don Wright Faculty of Music and send to: Annual Giving, Suite 110, Westminster Hall, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7


COMPLETE AS FOLLOWS: Where would you like to direct your gift? Select “Music Building for the Next Generation" Is this gift in honour or memory? Select “Yes" Under Tribute Information, enter the name Don McKellar in the “Honoree" field


50 Years


Donald A. McKellar

Death Notice

McKELLAR, Donald A. - At University Hospital on Sunday, August 28, 2016, Donald Andrew McKellar, MM, Mus Bac., ARCT, Amus, Professor Emeritus Don Wright Faculty of Music Western University. He was predeceased by his parents Dr. Hugh Ellar McKellar and Ellenora May McKellar (Andrews), his first wife Wesanne (nee Anderson), second wife Judy (Nancekivell), daughter Ellen Mary and brother Ian. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Laura Jean McCann (partner Allan Leitch) of Thorndale, Donald Ellar McKellar (partner Kathleen MacDonald) of Vancouver, grandchildren Wesdon McCann (husband Gabe Traczuk), Laran McCann, Andrew McKellar, Colin and Kate MacDonald McKellar, and sister Jean Dollar (husband John) in London. Donald was born in St. Thomas, Ontario on May 25, 1926. His teaching career began at Nepean High School, Ottawa in 1950, continuing at Wheable High School in 1956 where he introduced the first curriculum Secondary School music program in London. At the Don Wright Faculty of Music from 1961-91, he was a Founding Chairman of the Music Education Department and Founding Associate Dean. He was President and Honourary Life Member of many Provincial, National and International Music Education organizations and was an Internationally recognized conductor and adjudicator. Don travelled the world extensively presenting in concert Canadian Youth Music organizations, Canadian music teachers, and adult music groups. He also authored articles in several noted music education journals. Don was the producer of many music productions at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. He was the Musical Director at the London Little Theatre, now the Grand Theatre. In later years, he was conductor of the Mocha Shrine Historic Concert Band. On Saturday, October 1, the Alumni concert at the Don Wright Faculty of Music will be dedicated in memory of Don McKellar. Cremation followed by private graveside service at Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University would be appreciated.