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Remembering Ann Corcoran

Remembering Ann Corcoran

Published on July 20, 2022

The Royal Conservatory community recently lost a very dear friend and supporter.

The Corcorans
Ann Corcoran, beloved wife of Robert Corcoran, was an integral figure for more than 25 years at The Royal Conservatory, as a champion of music programs and an ardent supporter of the next generation of Canadian performing artists.  

In 2022, their generosity had a transformative effect on The Glenn Gould School with an endowment to create the Robert W. & G. Ann Corcoran Concerto Competition. The inaugural competition, held in April, established an important annual event for GGS students, featuring young musicians performing concerti at Koerner Hall. Five finalists competed for the top prize as well as a solo performance with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. 

"My wife Ann and I are pleased to be supporting these exceptional students and promoting their talent so that they may receive the recognition they deserve," said Bob Corcoran when the competition was announced. 

The Corcoran’s indelible support for music students also included several scholarships and the establishment of two student practice studios at The Royal Conservatory, in addition to helping to fund the renovation of Mazzoleni Concert Hall and being long-time supporters of The Royal Occasion and Season Galas. 

Beyond the RCM, the Corcorans have been active philanthropists throughout Toronto, supporting several causes and arts organizations, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where Bob serves as co-chair of the Honorary Governors' Circle. 

"On behalf of everyone at The Royal Conservatory, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the Corcoran family. Ann was a wonderful person whose love of people radiated from within her being," said Dr. Peter Simon, President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory. "We are deeply appreciative of Ann and Bob Corcoran’s generosity which will have an extraordinary impact on our capacity to support students, and achieve our mission."