From the Branches Please join us on May 24, at 7 PM, at St. Matthew’s United Church in Richmond Hill and listen to some lovely music performed by teachers and alumni on piano, violin, flute, cello and voice. This season we welcomed again new members who are eager to get involved in our activities. They bring their expertise and experience that we are all looking forward to share, and also contribute to the diversity of instruments taught in our group. Other activities that we are engaged in: workshops, master classes, participation in the AGM, meetings to share and discuss different issues in connection with our work. North Bay Honour Recital.
NORTH YORK/YORK REGION The members of our branch, North York/York Region, love combining teaching with performing; consequently, our students love learning but also performing. The love of music is passed on from teachers to students and, through our recitals, it is passed on to our audiences. Let’s start with our students. We have two auditions – November and April – leading to two recitals in December and May. The December recital promotes Canadian music; the highest marks received in a performance of music by Canadian composers are recognized with special awards. The performers who receive audition marks of 80 and over perform in an enthusiastic Awards Festival in June. It is fascinating and heartwarming to watch these kids performing with such energy and talent, and to follow them over the years as they grow
both in musicality and size, from reaching the pedals to playing like angels. We are very proud of the quality of our recitals where pianists, singers and string players enjoy listening to each other, hearing different pieces of music and sharing their talents with the audience. They also perform together in duets, duos, trios and accompany each other with different musical instruments. They have a good example in their teacher-performers who participate in bi-annual teacher recitals. This year, a new idea came to life: alumni students were invited to take part in this concert to perform and to tell the audience how they keep music in their lives while pursuing further studies or careers. We renamed this recital “Teachers and Alumni Recital”, a nice sounding name, and we are very excited to have our “old” students coming back to the concert stage.
We are preparing to choose a clinician for our next workshop in 2015 and to pick a topic of interest for all the members. We will look at different possibilities and decide together the direction we want our next workshop to take. A voice masterclass conducted by Roland Fix will offer adult singers an opportunity to work with an adjudicator and also to listen and to learn from each other. And finally, our thrice a year general meetings are a riot of discussion, participation, opinions, views, laughter, sometimes visiting babies, coffee, finger foods and cookies. As we conduct them in the homes of our members, we feel like belonging to a close knit family, while receiving fresh blood with new members joining in. We are looking forward with anticipation to all this array of events coming our way in the next few months, and we feel fortunate that we can do all this for the love of music. – Myriam Shechter
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