05/16/2012 05:49 EDT | Updated 07/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Measha Brueggergosman, Feist feted by Royal Conservatory

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman and singer-songwriter Feist, two Canadian artists who have achieved international success, are the latest honorary fellows of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

The pair were feted at a Toronto gala Tuesday night at the conservatory's Koerner Hall.

"I can't tell you how unexpected this honour is and with how much humility I accept it," the Fredericton-born Brueggergosman said upon taking the stage.

"The whole aspect of early music education and the conservatory and this whole area of Toronto where you have so much creativity and so much blood, sweat and tears being poured out... I am so thrilled to be a part of that," added the singer, one of the school's famed alumni.

"I am so thrilled to be an ambassador of sorts for this incredible institution."

The evening included performances by the two honourees as well as conservatory students and faculty. Tuesday's concert and gala was part of The Royal Conservatory's larger 125th anniversary celebrations.

Founded in 1886, the conservatory has trained and/or tested some of Canada's greatest musical artists, including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, R. Murray Schafer, Jon Vickers and David Foster.

The renowned institution is also working with New York's Carnegie Hall to roll out its music education system across the U.S.