Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1991

Officer of the Order of Canada, 1980

Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1991

Recognized internationally as one of the five most outstanding Canadian composers, Murray Adaskin was Head of the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan from 1952 until 1966. He then was the University's Composer-in-Residence, the first composer to receive such a post at any Canadian university. As conductor of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, he helped make Saskatoon a major centre for the performance of contemporary Canadian music. He was one of the founders of the Canadian League of Composers and served as a member of Canada Council. His many awards celebrated and honoured his life and years of work as a composer of solo, chamber and orchestral works which created a strong Canadian atmosphere.