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Contents Calendar of Events


Privacy Policy


From the Editor


From the President


From the Branches


Beware of Email Scams


New ORMTA Website: Member Section


Music Writing Competition 2013: Adjudicator’s Report


Music Writing Competition 2013: Results


Contribution to Teaching Award Recipients


Dear Teaching Colleague


ORMTA Member Happenings


From the Registrar’s Desk




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Calendar of Events July 1

Deadline for 2013-2014 BRANCH EXECUTIVE LISTS

July 1

Branch concerns to Zone Representative for presentation at Council meeting

July 19

Provincial Council Executive meeting

July 19

Provincial Council meeting

July 20


July 20


July 20


All events on July 19 and 20, 2013 will take place at the Ramada Plaza (formerly The Stage West Hotel), 5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON.


Barrie Branch Evaluation Day Recital winners (March 2013)

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from your NOTES Editor! Summertime ... and the living is, well, if not exactly easy, then at least a lot less frantic than during the teaching year. The rhythm of life changes to become a lot more Billie Holiday and a lot less ‘boogie woogie’. It’s a chance to take a little time to explore new music, new teaching practices, reflect and grow. We can also step back from the whirlwind of teaching to renew and refresh.

So why not sit down in your favourite spot with ice clinking in your favourite beverage glass, put on some music and get caught up on the latest news from our members in this Summer issue of NOTES? Congratulations to the Contribution to Teaching Award recipients who feature on our cover. The biographies of the winners certainly reflect a remarkable range of individual accomplishments as well as a total commitment to their profession/ art. We will be introducing two new columns in future issues of NOTES. Details for submissions can be found on pages 33 and 34. Do please email me any stories you feel may be of particular interest to your fellow members and I will try to include them in future issues. Frank Horvat has written a very interesting article on Email scams which I would strongly encourage you to read – and take note of. Also, be sure to check out the winners of the Canada Music Week Music Writing Competition. Congratulations to all the student composers and their teachers on their fantastic work. Wishing you all a fun, relaxing, and musical summer! Yours in music, Patrick McCormick Editor

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From the President It seems rather unbelievable to me that almost a year has gone by since Charline handed me the Provincial President’s gavel in Burlington. It just goes to show that time really does fly when you’re having fun. We DO have fun at our Provincial Council meetings! This is a hard working, dedicated team and I am grateful to them all for the work they do on behalf of ORMTA and for the fact that they are not afraid to share a laugh or two. I am very pleased to say that

Frank’s initiative, we are trying two

underway! Convention weekend will

Elizabeth Tithecott has agreed to

new columns for publication in Notes

be held at the Westin Prince Toronto

become our Second Vice-President

“ORMTA Members’ Happenings”

Hotel on July 26 and 27, 2014. Yes!

and I look forward to working with

and “Dear Teaching Colleague”.

A weekend. This was something that

her. Unfortunately, we are saying

was requested in the convention

good-bye this July to Mimi Spencer

I can’t mention Council without a

survey we conducted last year – to

who has handled Funding and then

huge thank you to our Secretary/

make the convention shorter and to

the Young Artist Tour in her three

Registrar, Ron Spadafore and

hold it during a weekend instead of

years on Council. We also said good-

Treasurer Nancy Dale. I think they are

during the week. Wish granted!

bye to Maureen Harris who resigned

two rather indispensable individuals

in April due to the many demands

who constantly amaze me with their

I hope some of you are able to attend

of her business. We are grateful to

knowledge of ORMTA matters.

the CFMTA convention in Halifax July

both of them for their contributions to ORMTA.

3 - 6. Our own wonderful Charline I hope to see many of you at the

Farrell takes over the position of

ORMTA Summer Extravaganza

CFMTA President and I know you will

Vice-President Frank Horvat is now

(Annual General Meeting, Awards

join me in wishing her well and much

producing “Grace Notes”, a monthly

Luncheon and Competitions) at the

success in her new journey.

e-newsletter with little tidbits of

Ramada Plaza Airport Hotel (formerly

ORMTA news. In additon to that, of

the Stage West Hotel) on Saturday,

Summer is almost here and with it

course, he has been the force behind

July 20, 2013. It is a wonderful

comes that all-important opportunity

our new website. This spring was

opportunity to catch up with friends

to kick back and take a bit of a

the first time we impemented our

and colleagues, to honour our fellow


online billing system. As with all new

colleagues and to listen to our very

things, there were a few bumps along

talented students’ performances in

Wishing you all an easy, breezy,

the road, but nothing our intrepid

the competitions.

relaxing summer!

As you may be aware, Provincial

Sue Jones

Council is hosting the July 2014

President, ORMTA

Treasurer, Nancy Dale, could not handle. Also, check out pages 33 and 34. At


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From the Branches BARRIE To our amazement, we began our May meeting with a blanket of newly fallen snow! What a reminder of all of the past dates we have celebrated this teaching year. The many recitals and competitions included our Canada Music Week, our Student Scholarship Evaluations Day and awards recital, and our Branch Competition. The Canada Music Week Recital was a successful day of music making. Awards were presented to students receiving the highest marks on their RCM practical and theoretical exams. Our much anticipated Student Scholarship Evaluations Day had many students receiving gift certificates for the highest marks adjudicated by John Graham. This was then followed by an awards recital. This year our Barrie Branch decided to have Michael Berkovsky (www.michaelberkovsky. com) come to adjudicate our Branch Competition with a pre-morning “Inter-active Master-class” for those students in senior grades in piano. The audience was up close and personal with a question and answer period at the end of the Materclass. We wish to thank Michael Berkovsky for his inspiring and novel teaching techniques. We all left the master-class feeling rejuvenated and ready for our next student in the upcoming week, in order to try these many pedagogical suggestions into practice. Michael Berkovsky will also be a part of Barrie’s Midsummer Sound Camp this year, where students will receive private lessons with him every day of the Camp.

( Many thanks to the branch volunteers who put this well thought-out event together. There were a record number of students who participated in our Branch Competition this year! Tabitha Johnson performed and won in her Young Artist level. Pamela Cioroch won the Level B with Namrata Joy Francis as the runner up. There were eight students in the Level C and all were nicely prepared with Kristine Molinaro as the winner (all students of Cheryl Graham) followed by Rachel Looby as runner up (student of Nena LaMarre). These talented young pianists will be representing our Barrie Branch at the Zone Competition in HanoverWalkerton. Our Annual General Meeting promises to be warmer with a yearend luncheon and discussion on pedagogical topics. We wish everyone a wonderful summer of making music. – Sarah Lawton

techniques - something we can all use. At the Fall general meeting we enjoyed two presentations on tools for student reflection and planning, using both traditional journaling and iScore. The new year started off with our Winter general meeting, where branch members were treated to a screening of the film Autumn Journey, a 1981 film about German baritone and conductor, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Our Artists in Concert event on March 17 saw some of our members take to the stage in an eclectic and rewarding afternoon of performance. The money raised from this event went to our newly enhanced student scholarships. We also hosted a vocal workshop featuring our very own Denise Williams. All of this was in addition to our increasingly popular Fall and Spring auditions and scholarship recitals. As a result of these we have sent three candidates to Zone competition! In the upcoming weeks there will be an Adult Student Recital. It is either the first ever, or at least the first in a long while.

CENTRAL TORONTO The Central Toronto Branch has had a busy and exciting year. The Executive worked hard to ensure that there were events and activities that would foster participation by both teachers and students. In the Fall we presented an Alexander Technique workshop with Tanya Berard and learned about relaxation

The Central Toronto Branch is hoping to provide more performance opportunities for all of our students, and we are very proud to be having this adult recital on June 1st. Our year caps off with our AGM and potluck on June 9th. – Anita Beaty

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From the Branches ETOBICOKE – MISSISSAUGA We held our Annual Scholarship recital the last week-end in May at Christ Church; followed by our AGM and dinner at Symposium Cafe Restaurant in Mississauga. We are again hosting a Harmony Refresher Course with clinician Joe Ringhofer. This will take place Monday August 26th, to Wednesday August 28th, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at Christ Church, 1700 Mazo Cres., Mississauga. The topics will be, Analysis of Fugues, Sonata/Rondo Form and Lieder. In the Fall, Joe will do a further workshop on the analysis of Modern Music. The date for this will be announced at a later time and will be posted on the ORMTA website. The fee for the August course will be $156.00. We are very pleased to again be participating in such a wonderful review of our Analysis requirements. This course is beneficial for all teachers, whether we teach this subject or not, as it enhances all areas of our teaching. On Sunday September 29th, 2013 we are hosting a “Young Artist” Concert at 2:00 P.M. at Christ Church, Mississauga. Monday September 30th, 2013, Dr. David Gerry, from McMaster University, will speak on Musical Training and the Very Young. Registration is at 9:30 A.M., Workshop to begin at 10:00 A.M., Lunch 12:00 P.M. to 12:30 P.M. At 12:30 P.M., one of our members, Daisy Suderwalla will enlighten us on amazing ways to teach beginners. We look forward to this exciting morning. Sunday, October 20th, 2013, our young students will be


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performing in a Halloween Recital, taking place at Christ Church. Monday Oct. 28th, 2013, our clinician will be William Aide. Mr. Aide’s topic will be: Tone and how to Produce it, and Teaching Problems Grade 8-10. Registration 9:30 A.M., with the workshop beginning at 10:00 A.M. Lunch will be at 11:30 A.M, with the workshop resuming at 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. The venue will be Christ Church, Mississauga. We look forward to November, as our teachers and their students perform at Mississauga City Hall’s Annual Christmas Marketplace, and we also participate in our Branch’s Canada Music Week. We enter our students in Contemporary Showcase, Mississauga, a celebration of Contemporary Canadian Music. Our first Assessments will be the first week-end in December, with our Annual Christmas Social at Alioli’s Restaurant in Mississauga Sunday, Dec. 1st, 2013. Please join us in our Fall Workshops. – Virginia Taylor

HANOVER/WALKERTON The Hanover/Walkerton Branch is completing another busy and enjoyable year, and our members are almost ready for summer vacation. We began our year by welcoming the new North Central Zone ORMTA Representative, Tracy Lai, and a new member to our branch, April Martin. Our annual Awards Concert was held in Palmerston, where attendees were treated to a delightful program of

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piano and vocal numbers. Medals and certificates were presented to the students who achieved the highest marks in their practical and theory examinations. Our members enjoyed a social time at a local restaurant following the concert. Winter meetings were a challenge this year, due to snow storms and road closures. We reconvened in March, and were treated to a selection of vocal numbers by international performers Gary and Anna Relyea, who are now cottagers in our area. Our branch Young Artist competition was well attended. Congratulations to our winners: Adrian Little, student of Sahar Hassanien; and Jessica Batte, student of Gertrude Weber. Margot Hundt and Beth Cruickshank designed our new branch banner, which was on display at the competition. It was admired by both our members and adjudicator Susan Robinson. Our Hanover/Walkerton members held April recitals that raised scholarship money for the Midwestern Ontario Rotary Music festival. Some of our members serve on the festival executive committee, organize the event, and co-ordinate the Highlights Concert. Our new banner was on display there, too! The Hanover/Walkerton Branch hosted the Zone Workshop and Young Artist Competition this year. Clinician Christine Tithecott gave an informative presentation entitled “The Modern Piano Teacher”, using social media in a pedagogically responsible manner. After lunch, the zone competition was held, with

From the Branches Finally, we hosted the ORMTA instrumental competition, Eastern zone level, on May 25, with five students from Oshawa, Kingston and Brockville performing. Congratulations to winner Matthew Knights, student of Elizabeth Lambert of Oshawa, who will go on to the provincial finals in July. – Meg Freer


Tabitha Johnson winning the Young Artist Competition, Pamela Cioroch winning the Provincial Instrumental Competition, and Jessica Batte winning the Junior Provincial Competition. Our year will conclude with a business meeting and potluck lunch at the home of our incoming President, Laura Gray. On behalf of the Hanover/Walkerton branch members, I wish all our fellow ORMTA members a very happy summer! – Beth Mimnagh

KINGSTON The Kingston branch is pleased to welcome several new members: Jennifer Tindale (cello), Julia Brook (piano), Jodie Compeau (piano), Lisa Draper (violin), Sharon Dewey (piano).

Several teachers and their students have been recognized for their achievements recently. Loretta U’RenKivinen of Brockville was inducted in March into the Brockville and Area Music and Performing Arts Hall of Fame, and her piano student Kathryn Jonker won Best in Festival in April in Brockville’s Lion’s Club Festival. Dr. Rena Upitis (who this year retired as an ORMTA teacher), a music education professor at Queen’s University and an iScore teacm leader, gave a lecture in Oshawa in April on the essential role music plays in our lives as part of the Life in 2030 series. Her son Hayden Rasberry, student of Martha Hill Duncan, won the top piano award at Kingston’s Kiwanis Music Festival. Many other teachers’ students also won awards at the festival. We held an Evening Stars recital in early May and will hold our AGM and dinner in June with Martha Clarke, longtime coordinator of our Kiwanis Music Festival, as our guest speaker to talk about her experiences in that capacity.

Spring events kept our branch very active this year. March 2 we held a Popular Repertoire Concert. Rachel Sixt and Christine Zaza did a fabulous job of organizing this event. We branched out to the community with the donation of jeans which were taken to Ray of Hope in Kitchener. March 4, our general meeting took us to Stratford where we got a presentation on Early Instruments by Ron and Ruth Moir. After trying out their harpsichord, clavichord, and piano forte, the meeting adjourned for a gourmet lunch at Mercer Hall Restaurant in Stratford. Donna Mak organized our Spring Recital on May 11th. 34 musical selections were performed with much enthusiasm. After the recital, the Ritz Larsen Awards were presented by Louise Harback and Joanne Bender who convene the awards committee. KW ORMTA Teachers were eligible to choose one student from their studio, submit their name to the awards committee with a short paragraph explaining why they would be an appropriate winner and the students were then honored with a gift certificate to a music store.

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From the Branches May 25 we hosted the provincial branch competitions as a prelude to the zone competition. Lisa Pardys did a wonder job organizing as a first time convener. Catherine Robertson, a music instructor at Conrad Grebel College, U of Waterloo was the adjudicator. The winner of the Junior Student Competition was Michael Wong, student of Joanne Bender who advanced to the Zone Competition. The Junior Student (Vocal) Competition was won by Alexandra Delle Donne, student of Marion Samuel -Stevens. Alexandra won the combined branch/zone competition. The Provincial Student (Vocal) Competition was won by Emily Grignon who also won the combined branch/zone competition and will advance to the provincial final competition in July. The winner of the Provincial Student (Piano Competition) was Anneli Loepp Thiessen, student of Marnie Van Weelden who advanced to the Zone Competition.

Provincial Student Instrumental Competition was Anneli Loepp Thiessen, student of Marnie Van Weelden. She will go on to compete at the Provincial Finals in July. Second place went to Timothy McDougold, Brantford, student of Nelson McClinchey. – Lorrie Tennant

NORTH BAY The North Bay edition of Contemporary Showcase took place on February 23, 2013 and was held at Christ Church Anglican. Our adjudicator this year was Damien Laframboise and we were pleased to see an increase in participation with a total of forty-six entries. Our “Teens in Jeans” event was also well supported with approximately

May 26 we hosted the Central Zone branch competition. This year the Brantford Branch of ORMTA sent the winners of their branch competition, This is a Central Zone first for many years and we hope to hold many combined zone competitions in the coming years. Lorrie Tennant was the convener of this competition. Anya Alexeyev, a music professor with Wilfrid Laurier University, was the adjudicator, Anya did a wonderful job of critiquing and work shopping the pieces for our pianists. Winner of the Zone Junior Student Competition was Michael Wong, student of Joanne Bender. Second place went to Ariela Dabrowski of Brantford, student of Naomi Morrison. Winner of the


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twenty performers who enjoyed a pizza party following the recital. With the arrival of spring, comes the Kiwanis Music Festival which this year had over two hundred and fifty piano entries and over eighty vocal entries. Doran Minotti adjudicated the piano classes while Barbara Young was the vocal adjudicator. Our branch took over the Awards Presentations which were held May 4 at Casselholm. Fourteen individuals wrote R.C.M. Theory exams which were held in early May. “Winter Time” a duet written by branch member Frances Balodis was accepted by “Northern Lights” and will be presented in July at “Summer Sizzle”. Frances gave a workshop for us at Jessica Brooks Academy on June 1. The topics were covered: Performance Anxiety and Memorization Tips.

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We held our final meeting of the season Following the workshop. Our end of season barbeque was hosted by June de Sousa at her home later the same day. This is always an enjoyable event and a great way to cap off the year. – Brian McDowell

OTTAWA It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of one of our very special members, Grace Davies. Her amazing outlook on life, her deep love of music and her dedication to ORMTA are only a few of the many wonderful qualities that made her one of the most extraordinary individuals I have ever had the pleasure to call friend. She will be missed.

Spring was quite busy in Ottawa – we celebrated our adult students with masterclasses, workshops and a recital and we give many thanks to convener Carol Wood for her amazing work and dedication to these events. We also had the opportunity to attend two Information Sharing Sessions; the first in March with Susan Blyth-Schofield who offered suggestions on how to deal with performance anxiety and the second in May with Ioulia Brechun who did an informative presentation on the life and music of George Gershwin. On top of that we had another successful masterclass at the University of Ottawa for our younger, senior level students with Professor David Jalbert. At our AGM, held at the beautiful Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club, we said so long to our President, Sandra Menard who kept us in check for two

wonderful years and we welcomed new President, Tania Granata. With her enthusiasm, dedication and good humour she is sure to make the next term speed by! Our year ended as busily as it began with our Zone, Provincial and Young Artist Competitions as well as the Gala Recital – all held at the University of Ottawa, Freiman Hall. We thank Ken Lauzon who generously donated a beautiful Steinway Grand for us to use at these two events. We are also thrilled to have the opportunity to begin a masterclass relationship with Carleton University. On June 2, Mauro Bertoli will be working with four of our talented young students and we look forward to continuing this relationship into the new teaching year.

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From the Branches At this time we bid a fond farewell to Greg Hartley who was our branch president from 1999 to 2001. He and his wife will be moving to British Columbia this summer. I remember attending many events in my early years as a member of ORMTA. Greg was always present and you could count on him to make you feel welcome. I remember that we would often share a joke or two and he was instrumental in persuading me to join our council. Thanks Greg and Good Luck! Anyway, as we head into a warm and sunny summer, catching up on some relaxation … I wish you peace. – Ann Empey

SARNIA The Sarnia Branch had a relaxing start to the New Year. Our first general meeting of the year was held on January 10, 2013 at the home of our Secretary, Donna Taylor. During the winter, our Branch updated the Sarnia Branch duties and responsibilities of elected officers. Thank you Donna for creating a printed copy of the new duties. The pace picked up again for our Branch in the spring. Sharon Sedgeworth hosted the second general meeting of the year on April 12, 2013. The teachers accomplished a lot at this meeting, including preparing for our spring events, making recommendations for the piano classes in the Lambton County Music Festival, and preparing for a fall fundraiser. The Branch Competition was held on April 27, 2013 at the Sarnia Library Theatre, and we were pleased to have Marion Miller as our adjudicator. Jaime Rowe (senior winner) and Jeff Lee (junior winner) moved on to compete at the Zone Competition in Woodstock. Thank you to our Vice President, Cathy Kihle, who hosted our Branch Competition. The Sarnia Branch is currently preparing for our June events. The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for June 7, 2013 at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club. After the meeting, we will hold our Annual Awards Ceremony and luncheon for students who received the highest marks in 2012 examinations.


TIMMINS Happy summer from the Timmins Branch! Our Branch has been busy this past spring with a Mother’s Day-themed recital on May 7th entitled, “Celebrate Mothers.” After each student performed, he or she took a carnation from one of four vases on the stage and presented it to his or her mother sitting in the audience. Also featured in this recital were performances by our students who achieved the highest marks on conservatory practical exams for 2012. Each of these students received a scholarship for their efforts. We look forward to hosting the North East Zone Convention to be held in Timmins in September along with the Young Artist Recital. Please check www.ormta. org for more information as it becomes available.

We hope that everyone has an enjoyable summer break!

Wishing everyone a restful and safe summer.

– Sarah Pilat

– Audrey Jean Wells

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BEWARE OF EMAIL SCAMS Unfortunately, it has become quite

Here’s an example of such an email…

common for music teachers to receive

This is Jessica Lauren. I am from the United Kingdom, my son will be coming for an holiday in the Canada and i wont want him to be less busy,so i just want to know maybe you can always come and teach him great things on MUSIC Lessons every afternoon.If this is possible,i will want you to get back to me with the cost of your teaching for two weeks in November (1st-14th).Looking forward to read from you.

emails from people enquiring about lessons for their children that have a suspicious nature to them. One must be very careful to ensure that by replying to teaching requests you are not being duped into a scam.

The typical warning signs are that the email contains poor spelling and grammar. These emails will also make outlandish requests such as lessons take place everyday. Also the email will not be very specific to your teaching approach or promotional material. A reputable enquiry will most likely mention something they noticed in your credentials or how they heard about you (perhaps a referral from a colleague or an online listing). As with most scams, the prime motivation is money. If you were to reply to such an email, the scammer will offer to mail you a cheque for the lessons. When you receive the cheque, it will be for an amount way more than what you had quoted them. You will email them back stating that it is for too much. They will ask if you would quickly wire the extra money back to an account that they supply you with. When you deposit their cheque, your bank will usually let you withdraw those funds from your account shortly thereafter. It will take 2-4 weeks to bounce. Meanwhile you have already wired back to their account the “extra” money from the bad cheque. By the time you realize what has happened, you are out the money, the student never shows up and the email address that you had used to contact them no longer works. To avoid such a scam, don’t reply to these emails. Never give any bank account info to anyone you don’t know. Never accept a cheque from anyone you don’t know. And, if in doubt, ask a trusted friend or colleague for advice! Have you ever received a similar email? Any other advice to avoid scams like this? Share your comments at www. Special thanks to the Suzuki Association of the Americas discussion board that supplied ideas for this article

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WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THE MEMBER SECTION OF THE NEW If you’re an ORMTA member and you’re logged into the new, you’ll notice an item at the bottom of the left navigation menu called “Members Only”. This section of the web site will provide you with a wealth of information and resources that will make your ORMTA membership experience more convenient.

Here’s a summary of what’s available in this section of • Affiliate Report - Affiliate 1 and 2 members, download your annual report form here. • Membership Changes - including switching membership levels, adding subjects, changing branches. You’ll find forms and instructions here. • Discussion Forum - online message boards discussing pedagogical concepts and ORMTA affairs. This is the spot where you as the member can have your say and discuss with colleagues various issues. • ORMTA Act – Did you know that ORMTA was provided it’s own Act by the Province of Ontario on April 5, 1946? Read the Act here. • ORMTA By-Laws - The document that provides guidelines in all of ORMTA’s governance and administration. • Studio Policy Card – Need some help with text for your studio policies? Check out ORMTA’s template. • Branch Resources – If you’re on your Branch Executive, this page will provide you with guidelines and forms on organizing workshops, Canada Music Week events and Zone Competitions.


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WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT Etobicoke- Mississauga Branch

September 30, 2013 Branch: Etobicoke-Mississauga Clinician: David Gerry Topic: Musical Training and the Very Young Contact: Lita Zagala 905-848-4488

October 28, 2013 Clinician: William Aide Topic: Tone and How to Produce It Teaching Problems in Grades 8-10 Contact: Lita Zagala 905-848-4488

SPACE Drawings by the participants of AjaxPickering Branch’s Canada Music Week Concert (Fall 2012). Each child was to draw a picture of their music or what their music meant to them.

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Congratulations to Daniel Hammill winner of the 2013 ORMTA Pedagogy Award! Dan Hammill, a native of Clinton Ontario, completed his Bachelor of Music in music history at the University of Western Ontario. He has recently completed his ARCT in piano pedagogy with Jenny Regehr while maintaining a piano studio in Ottawa. He has also completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa while teaching piano part-time. He hopes to combine school teaching and piano teaching in the future. Dan Hammill and Jenny Regehr


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It was a tremendous honour to adjudicate the compositions

composers and teachers. It was thrilling for me to see the

in this year’s competition. I was really impressed and

creativity, imagination and dedication displayed in the

touched by the outstanding quality of the pieces. Many were

submissions. Congratulations to all who were involved! You

done in a very professional manner and would be suitable

are keeping our Canadian music scene vibrant and growing!

for concert performances. I came to realize that within

As I played and listened to each composition, I assessed its

our province we have many talented and hard-working

overall effectiveness based on the following questions:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Is it attractive? Does it make me want to listen? Is it cohesive? Does it seem to have an idea or theme which holds it together somehow? Does it have enough variety ex. changes of register, texture? Does the composer demonstrate an understanding of the instrument for which the piece is written? Does the composer have a good sense of melody, harmony and counterpoint suitable for the level of the piece? If there is a text to be sung, does the vocal part fit the words rhythmically and melodically? Does the composer develop the ideas successfully? Does the music portray the title? Is it notated clearly with markings for tempo, dynamics and articulation so that another performer could perform it well?

I commend students and teachers who took part in this competition, and I encourage all of you to keep up your good work. Keep playing piano and other instruments. Continue to study theory. Listen to all kinds of music. Love music! Sincerely, Joanne Bender There were 43 compositions in all. Adjudication standards were applied as follows: First Place – minimum mark of 90; Second Place – minimum mark of 85; Third Place – minimum mark of 80 Here is how the marks were distributed: Class P1 Class A1 Class A2 Class B1 Class B2 Class C Class D

Number of entries 8 years and under instrumental 2 11 years and under instrumental 16 11 years and under vocal 2 15 years and under instrumental 11 15 years and under vocal 3 19 years and under instrumental and/or vocal 5 OPEN 4

Range of marks 86-87 84-92 81-84 80-93 (3 over 90) 86-94 85-90 86-93

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Music Writing Competition RESULTS OF THE 2013 CMW

Class P1 (8 years and under – instrumental) 1st

not awarded


Nina Zabojnikova, Kingston Student of Martha Hill Duncan


Sara Buzdugan, Ottawa Student of Lorraine Griffith

Class A1 (11 years and under – instrumental) 1st

Joseph K Naszady, Kingston Student of Loretta U’Ren – Kivinen


Maala Brickley, Ottawa Student of Pam Kennedy


Storm Lussier, Brantford Student of Laura DeVries Chloe Hataley, Ottawa Student of Pam Kennedy


Ryan Spurgeon, Ottawa Student of Pam Kennedy Nicholas Chronis, Central Toronto Student of Tanya Tkachenko

Class A2 (11 years and under – vocal) 1st

not awarded


not awarded


Lili Tompkins, Ajax-Pickering Student of Jennifer Faric

Class B1 (15 years and under – instrumental) 1st

Anika-France Forget, Ottawa Student of Colin Mack


Adam Adler, North York/York Student of Katya Pine Alexander Nediak, Kingston Student of John Burge


Anthony Kubelka, Ottawa Student of Colin Mack


Tony Domzella, Kitchener-Waterloo Student of Kristen Penner Madeleine Davis, Ottawa Student of Hoda Nassim John Harder, Ottawa Student of Pam Kennedy


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Class B2 (15 years and under – vocal) 1st

Anika-France Forget, Ottawa Student of Colin Mack


Troy Lebane, North York/York Student of Katya Pine


Mira Meickle, Hamilton-Halton Student of Linda Fletcher

Class C (19 years and under – any style) 1st

Peter Bedford, Hamilton-Halton Student of Philip Corke


Mark McGugan, Ottawa Student of Lorraine Griffith Joseph Freund, Kingston Student of John Burge


Pamela Ciorich, Barrie Student of Cheryl Graham Erik Frechette, Timmins Student of Ron Spadafore

Class D (Open) 1st

Paul Chenarev, Hamilton-Halton Student of Leon Karan


Katerina Gimon, Hamilton-Halton Student of Philip Corke


Peter Koning, Hamilton-Halton Student of Philip Corke

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Contribution to Teaching Award Recipients Adelaide, born in Toronto, studied

first International Piano Concerto

piano with Helen MacCuaig, an

Competition, playing the first

ORMTA member, and Wilfred Powell,

movement of the Tchaikovsky

who was the ORMTA President at the

Concerto No.1 with the Liverpool

time. She decided quite early that

Philharmonic. She also gave recitals

music would be her life’s work, and

in London churches, such as St.

dropped out of high school when the

Martins in the Fields, and made her

math teacher asked her one time too

professional debut at Wigmore Hall.

many “what is more important- your school work or your music?”

Returning to Toronto, she resumed

After she received a mark of 91

teaching, gave recitals in Toronto

and the silver medal for her Grade

and Ottawa, and a Brahms series

10 exam, she began to teach

at the Toronto Music Library. She


piano and became a member of

was Music Director for the Unitarian

Etobicoke Mississauga Branch

ORMTA. After receiving two ARCT

Congregation of South Peel for six

diplomas (Performer’s and Teacher’s),

years, where she played the piano for

Adelaide Bell was born into a family

Adelaide continued her studies

services and directed a small choir.

that was musical, but had little formal

at the University of Toronto and

training. Her grandmother had been

Chautauqua, NY. She was a finalist

Adelaide enjoys playing one-

a London Music Hall chorus girl.

on “Nos Futures Etoiles” (Our Future

composer recitals, and prefers to

Her father played piano by ear, and

Stars) on CBC French Network in

immerse herself completely in one

violin in a theatre orchestra for silent

Montreal, played at a Toronto Star

style at a time. When some adult

movies. Her mother played the piano

Concert, gave an all-Chopin recital,

students asked for some music

a little, and sang with a beautiful,

and performed the first movement of

appreciation classes, she started

but untrained voice. A fortune-teller

the Brahms D Minor Concerto with

to do lecture-recitals at her home.

predicted that she would have a son

the Royal Conservatory Orchestra,

Student recitals are twice a year, and

who would play the violin. Instead,

conducted by Dr. Boyd Neel.

during anniversary years the second half of the recital features works to

she had a daughter who would play the piano.


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England, where she entered the

last two were Liszt in 2011 and

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Debussy in 2012. She has recently

Gilles Comeau was born and raised

a liaison that for the past ten years

played in teacher and student/

in Hearst Ontario. His first music

has university professors volunteer

teacher recitals for ORMTA.

teachers were nuns from the Order of

their expertise to advanced students

Sisters of the Assumption, all of them

of local teachers.

Adelaide’s house is over 100 years

ORMTA members. The nearby town

old. Three rooms have been made

of Timmins was a popular destination

Between 1995 and 2005 Dr. Comeau

into a space for recitals. She has a

for ORMTA student workshops. After

operated Studea Musica, a venture

beautiful Bechstein grand from 1897

a summer course at RCM on the Kelly

designed to bring to the younger

and an upright piano for concerto

Kirby Kindergarten Piano Method

student a deeper awareness of


with then 92-year-old May Kelly Kirby

Canadian music and Canadian

the teenaged Gilles placed an ad for

composers. A summer highlight was

She also has Judges Certificates in

students in his local paper. Forty-five

a week-long camp in the beautiful

floral design and Horticulture fro the

students responded and a career

pastoral setting of Orford, offering

Royal Botanical Gardens. She is an

path was launched.

training in Dalcroze, piano, strings

environmental tree-hugger and has

and pedagogy, some of which could

a garden that has become rather

Teaching had to be set aside for

be taken for university credit. At

wild since she developed arthritis in

the university years. Dr. Comeau’s

home, Studea Musica published

her knees. Three cats live with her-

Master’s thesis was the basis for

compositions for younger students

Topaz, Ebony and Rascal. Ebony

the 1995 publication Comparing

by Canadian composers, notably

loves music and comes into the

Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly; choosing

Ann Southam and Mary Gardiner. So

studio to listen when anyone plays

your approach to teaching music, of

they could listen to this new music

the piano.

which copies still sell in the original

eminent Ottawa pianist and Carleton

English and French versions as well as

University professor Dr. Elaine Keillor

the recent Chinese translation.

performed over 250 such pieces on a

GILLES COMEAU Ottawa Region Branch

Studea Musica produced CD. Regular travel to l’Université de Montréal for PhD and post doctoral

Since 2001 Dr. Comeau has served as

studies in piano pedagogy with Gilles

Professor and Director of the world-

Manny and Marc Durand followed,

class University of Ottawa Piano

preparation for setting up what

Pedagogy Research Laboratory.

became a highly successful private

Despite the demands of academic

studio in the city.

life he continues to be open to and supportive of Ottawa’s music

It was at this time that Ottawa Region

teaching community. Ottawa Region

Branch President Brenda Eisener

Branch is delighted to acknowledge

invited the newly minted PhD to join

his unique and invaluable

ORMTA’s Executive Committee. One

contribution to teaching with this

of his most satisfying recollections is


establishing the University of Ottawa/ ORMTA masterclass event,

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She taught in Montreal, in Windsor,

“Divertimento for Piano and Strings”

as well as in Amherstburg for nearly

by the Canadian Composer Arsenio

Windsor Essex Branch

35 years. There she founded the

Giron, then went on to perform a

Marie-Rose Music School and was

revised version of the same with

principal and piano teacher for 20

the University of Western Chamber

years. She also taught Music For


Young Children (MYC) for several years. After selling the Music School

In addition, Claire has adjudicated

she moved to Windsor to take up

festivals in Newfoundland,

residence with her Sisters at Holy

New Brunswick, North Bay, and

Names Convent on Peter Street.


When the Sisters were obliged to

Her volunteer work has included

sell their convent and move to the

playing the organ and piano for

Devonshire Seniors’ Residence, Claire

Masses at St John the Baptist Parish

moved to a house in South Windsor,

in Amherstburg, as well as directing

teaching now in her own home where

the choir there for nearly 8 years.

Sister Claire Durocher was born and

she has approximately 50 piano

At present she plays the piano every

raised on a farm in Sandwich West,

students ranging from ages 4 to 76.

Sunday at the Devonshire Seniors’ Residence where she continues to

Ontario (now referred to as South Windsor). Being the youngest of four

Claire holds a B.A. from the

connect with her Community of

children, she heard a lot of music in

University of Windsor, a M.Mus.


the home. She began exploring the

from the University of Montreal at

piano at an early age, studying first

Ecole Vincent d’Indy and an Artist

Claire has also continued to practise

with her mother at age 4 and later,

Diploma from the University of

her piano and keep up her skills,

age 7, at St. Mary’s Academy with

Western Ontario having studied with

meeting with other music teachers

the Sisters of the Holy Names of

Dr. E. Gregory Butler, Mme Yvonne

weekly where they play for each

Jesus and Mary. When in Grade 8 in

Hubert and Prof. John-Paul Bracey

other. She has also collaborated

school, Claire inherited her sister’s

respectively. Additional studies have

with these teachers to give

organ post at Our Lady of Mount

included summer coaching with

annual concerts for the seniors at

Carmel Church and played for daily

Marcel Ciampi and Yvonne Lefébure


Masses through her High School

in Paris. Her hobbies include crocheting,

years. She also played for ballet and


tap classes held in the basement of

Claire has performed solo recitals

sewing, baking, connecting with

the church.

in Montreal, London ON, Rome

friends via e-mail, attending concerts

N.Y. and San Diego CA. She has

and playing Free Cell on her

After completing Grade 12 in 1959 at

also given benefit concerts in South


St. Mary’s, she entered the Novitiate

Western Ontario. As part of the

of the Holy Names Sisters in Montreal

Amherstburg Performing Arts’

and made final vows in 1966.

Tenth Anniversary, she premiered a

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[G.R.S.M.] diplomas respectively.

After the birth of Ilva’s two children,

Kitchener Waterloo Branch

The cultural diversity of London

she continued to teach in her

enriched her life tremendously. After

home studio and volunteered her

graduating, she taught in a high

services at the local United Church

school in London where she was in

regarding adult and children’s choirs

charge of the choirs, instrumental

and Sunday services. She assumed

groups and music theory. There was

the direction of the Goulbourn

never a shortage of concert venues in

Jubilee Singers [a community-


based choir] and with much hard work and determination several

Through the British Council, she

productions of Gilbert and Sullivan

applied to come and teach in

operettas and selections of other

Canada as a music specialist at

light operettas were performed. This

a private boarding school in the

was a very stimulating and exciting

Ilva’s love for music began at a very

Eastern Townships of Quebec. Pierre

time for her. The choir comprised

young age, thanks to her mother who

Trudeau’s mother had attended this

of amateur and semi-professional

was an accomplished pianist. It was

school. Here she had a busy piano,

singers of diverse backgrounds. She

a busy household with six siblings

theory class and choir work. She

was fortunate enough to engage

who were all engaged in music-

played the organ for Sunday services

the help of talented, support

making. Her Goan heritage, her

in the local church and surrounding

production staff including one who

British education and her Canadian

areas. Being an Anglican school, the

worked at the National Arts Centre’s

experience are a big part of who she

choir was invited to perform at the

wardrobe department. Ilva was


Anglican Cathedral in Montreal for

awarded a Bicentennial Certificate

special occasions.

from the Ontario Government for her community involvement and

She attended boarding school in England at the tender age of eleven.

As fate would have it, she met her

Music played an important role in the

future husband, David in Ottawa.

school and she performed in several

Following their wedding in Sonning-

In 1984, Ilva’s family moved to Regina,

festivals and recitals throughout her

on-Thames, UK, they set up their new

Saskatchewan as her husband was

school life. Musical theatre really

home in Ottawa and Ilva was gainfully

transferred there to set up a regional

interested her and she was fortunate

employed at a high school in the

office of Environment Canada. Here

to take on principal roles in Mozart’s

Outaouais Region. She encouraged

she established a busy and successful

“Magic Flute” and Purcell’s “Dido

the students to take part in musical

studio in her home. Ilva served on

and Aneas.” Her appreciation of

productions and enlisted the help

several committees with the RMT

Plain Song and Sacred Music was

and co-operation of several school

and became President for a two-

developed here.

departments. At this time, Ilva

year term, co-chairing and chairing

founded an adult choir (Western

two Provincial Conventions. Over a

The Royal Academy of Music was her

Quebec Choir) which enhanced the

period of thirteen years, she made

next challenge where she obtained

above productions.

contact, negotiated the programmes

her Licentiate [L.R.A.M] and Graduate

leadership skills

and contracts with national and

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international artists for the Regina

country, Canada, culminated in a

Musical Club which is now well over

cycle of songs for voice and piano

a hundred years old. Ilva served

entitled Singing From the Northland:

as president of the Club for three

A Celebration of Canadian Poetry

years and was fortunate to host

in Song. There are fourteen songs

special events with three succeeding

in the cycle, three of which are

Lieutenant Governors General, as

duets. Martha’s direction of the

patrons of the Club.

Kingston women’s choir She Sings! has produced several works for

Waterloo beckoned to Ilva and

treble choir, many based on native

husband in 2003 and they were

Canadian texts. Several choirs in

delighted to be back in Ontario. For

Kingston have commissioned her

the last ten years, Ilva has enjoyed


the camaraderie of fellow colleagues and she finds it inspiring to play in

composing and improvising soon

Martha has also been a dedicated

the KW-ORMTA Music Club.


private piano teacher for over twentyfive years. Many of her students,

When time permits, David and Ilva

She was a member of the first

have won the top prize, the Rose

love to travel to distant shores.

graduating class of the Houston

Bowl, at the Kingston Kiwanis Music

They appreciate the cultural riches

High School for Performing and

Festival, including consecutive

of Europe. Recently, they toured

Visual Arts. She earned a Degree

winners for the past several years.

South America and last fall enjoyed

in Composition from the University

She has found inspiration through

a wonderful tour of Turkey’s

of Texas at Austin. In 1982, she

her students and has written

historic past. Ilva’s hobbies include

immigrated to Canada with her

many solo and ensemble pieces,

gardening, reading, crossword


of varying degrees of difficulty, with them in mind. Some of these

puzzles, needle arts, languages and attending public lectures. The

Martha’s early compositions

include Isla Vista Suite and Angular

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony,

embodied her appreciation for

Measures: 4 Studies in Black and

Stratford and the Canadian Opera

serialism and minimalism, often

White. Selections from these works,

Company play a big part in their lives.

with an earthy and organic twist.

as well as The Sunken Garden, are

Over the years, however, her writing

included in the ACNMP (Association

Ilva thanks her branch for this special

has developed a richer and more

of Canadian New Music Projects)


complex rhythmic and harmonic

Contemporary Showcase syllabus,

vocabulary— contemporary and

and many works are included in the

improvisatory leanings with an

RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music)


unabashedly evocative and sensitive

syllabus. Many of her compositions,

Kingston Branch


too numerous to mention, have won prestigious awards.


Martha Hill Duncan (b. Pasadena,

She loves working with and writing

Texas) began piano lessons age eight

for singers. This ongoing interest

She is an Associate member of

and started experimenting with

and recognition of her adopted

the Canadian Music Centre, as

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well as a member of ORMTA,

During eleven years before his

Hendersonville, North Carolina.

SOCAN, Association of Canadian

immigration to Canada, Leon taught

In 2004-2005, Leon held the

Women Composers, and the Suzuki

piano at the Central State Music

position of the Vice-President of the

Association of the Americas. She

School for Gifted Students in Minsk

Ontario Registered Music Teachers’

is also a founding member of Red

and shared with another colleague

Association, Hamilton/Halton Branch.

Leaf, a composer’s

on the faculty the position of Piano

Leon has been active in the larger

collective and online websource

Department Head. He concurrently

community in many other ways. Since

for new Canadian piano repertoire

taught a piano methodology course

1995 Leon has been conductor and

launched in 2008. Ms. Duncan is

at the Music Teachers’ University

accompanist of the JSS Chai Choir

also a piano examiner for the RCM,

and was also well known as an

in Hamilton and has arranged and

as well as a clinician and frequent

experienced piano tuner.

printed music especially for those

adjudicator. She lives in Kingston,

voices. Under his leadership, the

Ontario with her husband and has

Upon arriving in Canada November

choir performs charity concerts once

two grown children.

1991, Leon and his wife and two

a month at a variety of retirement

children settled in Hamilton, Ontario

homes and participates in numerous

and Leon began teaching piano at

multicultural events organized by the

the Merriam Music School in Oakville

Hamilton Police Association.

and at the Caskey School of Music in Hamilton, later joining the faculty

In 2009, Leon joined the faculty

at the Hamilton Conservatory for the

of The Academy of Performing


Arts in Dundas, Ontario, with the intention of helping to implement the

In 1993, he performed with the

enrichment of the music curriculum in

Symphony Hamilton Orchestra as

the Hamilton public school system.

guest piano soloist. In that same year,

Leon has always taken great interest

he founded his own Leon’s Music

in all his students and shares with


them his passion and love for music.

In addition to his private teaching

During the fifty years of his teaching

he joined the faculty at the School

career he has enjoyed working


of the Arts, McMaster University and

with thousands of students from

Hamilton-Halton Branch

in 2005, he designed and directed

beginners to ARCT and Bachelor of

Leon Karan, M.F.A., B.Mus., R.M.T.

a Piano Pedagogy Summer School

Music levels.

Began his professional career in

course at McMaster University, which

music as a piano teacher at the

was the first of its kind there.

Music Culture College in Mogilev,

Every year his students have received scholarships and high awards in

Belarus. He later added positions

In addition to all his other musical

local and provincial competitions,

as accompanist at the Ural State

activities, Leon is an experienced

among them are students who have

University, Russia and piano teacher

piano technician and tuner who

earned Juno Award Canada and the

at the music school affiliated with the

holds the title of Expert-Technician

Cora B. Arhens Award for pedagogy

same University.

from Piano Life-Saver Company in

excellence, over the years a great

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many have become professional

abandoned her musical studies at

active piano studio and ORMTA


16 years old to focus on gaining

commitments, she is also organist

entrance to Digby Stuart College

and choir leader at Our Lady of Grace

Music is Leon’s lifetime passion and

in London, England from where

RC Church in Aurora, a position she

he intends to contribute all his efforts

she qualified as a Home Economics

has held for 32 years.

toward higher standards in teaching

teacher. She embarked on a fruitful

in order to bring more enjoyment

career as a high school teacher,

to people’s life around him through

travelling for several years with her

exploring music.

husband and young family of three, before settling in Aurora in 1978. After a 20-years break from music, Madeleine finally succumber to its pull (partly nudged on by the new pastor at her church who needed an organist), studying piano and pipe organ with Marie Devereux. Under Ms. Devereux’s guidance , Madeleine achieved her A.Mus in piano performance while also teaching piano to relieve Ms Devereux of her studio overload.



As well as enriching her musical life

Newmarket & Area Branch

with vocal work in exams, festivals


and extensive choral experience,

Central Toronto Branch

Jean Madeleine Swain has enjoyed

Madeleine supplemented her

a life-time commitment to music,

performace qualifications through the

Maxine Willan is a Toronto pianist,

sharing her joy of music-making with

study of pedagogy with Ron Schmoll

teacher and composer. She has

students, friends, parishioners and

who encouraged her to join ORMTA.

composed many works for piano,

family. Born into a musical family,

Her contribution to ORMTA involves

voice, music theatre, jazz band and

Madeleine inherited her love of

helping organize auditions and

orchestra. She has her Associate

music from both parents. Her father

assisting at recitals, which Madeleine

of Music of Australia, (A.MUS.A.)

was a pianist for a dance band, and

believes is an invaluable opportunity

in Performing, and is an Associate

her mother was a music teacher,

for students to practice performing

of the Royal Conservatory of

church organist and Madeleine’s first

within an encouraging and enriching

Music (A.R.C.T.) in Piano Teaching,

piano teacher at 4 1/2 years old.


Composition and Theory.

Although Madeleine enjoyed many

Madeleine now finds herself

Maxine was born in Australia, and

successes in festivals and exams

completely surrounded by musical

completed her basic classical piano

with both piano and voice, she

endeavors: alongside her very

studies there from the age of 6

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until she emigrated to Canada after

won a prestigious Rob McConnell

Syllabus for Contemporary Showcase,

completing her A.MUS.A, in 1970.

arranging scholarship.

the annual music festival sponsored by the Alliance for Canadian New

By this stage, she had fallen in

Darwyn Aitken was also responsible

love with jazz and the music of

for helping Maxine to begin work as

North America but felt restricted

a pianist in the Four Seasons hotel

Apart from performing, Maxine

in being able to increase her jazz

chain, and from there she broke into

also has a teaching studio in her

and improvising skills in Australia

the more commercial music ‘scene’

home and enjoys passing on the

at that time. These days things

and worked for most of the top

musical knowledge that she has

have changed considerably. Even

hotels and clubs in Toronto.

been privileged to acquire, to the

in Canada at that time, there was limited instruction available.

Music Projects.

next generation as well as to mature She works as a professional pianist


in Toronto performing as a soloist, However, through a couple of

as leader of her own ensemble,

In her teaching, she tries to combine

coincidences, she found a wonderful

and as a member of other musical

the piano technique required for

piano teacher, Darwyn Aitken, who

ensembles, classical and jazz. She

advanced piano repertoire, both

had studied with David Saperton

has performed in many jazz festivals

classical and jazz, along with the

in New York, and who worked as a

and all of the top hotels and clubs in

ability to read chord symbols as well

so-called ‘commercial’ pianist in the


as to be able to improvise.

Maxine is currently working on A

Her students are a combination

Darwyn helped her to make the huge

Jazz Piano Concerto by Canadian

of beginners to more advanced

transition (at that time) from ‘classical’

composer Victor Davies which will be

RCM examinees as well as those

to more commercial music, whilst

performed with the Cathedral Bluffs

just wishing to play for their own

retaining and increasing her piano

Orchestra in April, 2013.


felt in command of the instrument.

Maxine also worked as a Theory

Maxine lives in her home in Toronto

He also introduced her to the

examiner for the Royal Conservatory

with her partner, saxophonist and

harmony and modern orchestration

of Music for 10 years but due to

investment manager, Kurt Lund.

of the late Gordon Delamont who

exam marking always falling on the

was a leading author and educator

rare moments of rest in the working

in arranging and composing music

year, she took a leave of absence

for modern orchestras and big swing

from that venture, but it was a great



Maxine then went on to spend

Her own compositions have been

many years studying with Gordon

performed in schools across Canada,

Delamont who encouraged her to

at Stratford Summer Music, Toronto

complete a Film Scoring course at

Theatre Festival and in concerts.

the Eastman School of Music. While

Some of her piano and vocal

studying with Gordon Delamont, she

compositions are included in the

clubs in Toronto.

technique to the level that she finally

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Ottawa Region Branch

Andrea Yau:

Central Toronto Branch; Associate Branches: North Toronto and North York/York Region

Yuan Tian:

Hamilton - Halton Branch; Associate Branches: Etobicoke - Mississauga Branch and Kitchener - Waterloo Branch

Susan Quach:

North York/York Region Branch; Associate Branches: Etobicoke - Mississauga Branch and Central Toronto Branch

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Hamilton - Halton Branch; Associate Branch: Etobicoke - Mississauga Branch

Jingting Zhang:

North York/York Region Branch

Theresa Thibert:

Thunder Bay Branch

Ana Lucia Prica:

Scarborough Branch

Jenna Burke:

Bolton, Brampton, Caledon Branch; Associate Branch: Etobicoke - Mississauga Branch

Charlotte Hughes:

Peterborough Branch

Joanna Ng:

North York/York Region Branch; Associate Branch: Markham - Stouffville Branch

Laura Gresch:

Thunder Bay Branch

Mary-Jo Wilson:

Barrie Branch

Susan Chambers-Stothart: Hamilton - Halton Branch


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Thank you to so many members for taking the time to

If you click on your profile, then on view/pay invoice, you

navigate around the new website.

will see this info (above in quotes) and a link to the waiver at the bottom of the page.

This seems like a good opportunity to address and clarify

Branch levies:

some website questions.

Some 2013-14 invoices include the branch levy.

NOTES hard copy:

13 branches accepted the courtesy offer from the Province

All members with email addresses are automatically

to collect the branch levy: Ajax-Pickering, Central

listed as viewing the digital issue of NOTES online. The

Toronto, Hamilton-Halton, Kingston, Markham-Stouffville,

subscription fee for hard copy NOTES is $12.00 and is not

Newmarket, Niagara Falls, North Toronto, Ottawa Region,

included in the electronic invoice. If you change your mind

Oshawa District, Oxford County-Woodstock, Peterborough

at any time (prefer the hard copy delivered), please inform

and Timmins.

us and the annual subscription fee of $12 will be applied. Due to the field limitations of the site, our tech wizard,

Membership fees:

Frank Horvat, rolled together the Branch levy and the

The membership fee seems a little high this year due to the

Branch portion (invoiced every year) since both these fees

$5.40 increase in the insurance. The Provincial and Branch

will be returned to the branch during the summer months.

portion fees were increased by the CPI rate of 0.8%. The

You may print your invoice from the site or your email and

current fee breakdown of all levels can be found on P35/

you are most welcome to continue paying through regular

hard copy NOTES-recent edition or P36-40/digital online

mail as stated on the invoice.

copy of NOTES/home page The CFMTA fee is mandatory for all categories except


Retired and Semi-Retired, where this fee is optional. The

Some members, who have declined the Insurance option

CFMTA fee is not applied to the Auxiliary membership fee.

in the past, have understandably questioned its inclusion in the invoices. Insurance is still optional and the required

The Special Projects fee is also mandatory. It is a portion of

proof is the completed waiver as always. Please read the

the Provincial fee designated for a specific project or event.

opt-out process below:

The direction of the 2013-14 Special Project fee will be decided at the July meetings.

“All ORMTA members (except Retired & Auxiliary) will be invoiced for insurance annually and must respond each

Thanks to those who sent supportive and constructive

year. This is a result of the CFMTA ruling that all members

messages. Your feedback has been very helpful. Please

must participate in the insurance program unless they

continue to provide us with suggestions for improvement.

sign a waiver each year and provide proof that they are already sufficiently insured (on form: Independent coverage

Have a wonderful summer.

verification information). Nancy Dale, Provincial Treasurer You may send me the insurance waiver electronically or

through the mail. I will adjust the site and issue a corrected invoice once the waiver is received.�

Nancy Dale, Provincial Treasurer

PO Box 1639 Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0

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ORMTA Provincial Council 2012-2013 Executive PRESIDENT

Sue Jones - 259 Crocus Ave., Ottawa, K1H 6E7; Phone: 613-523-5317 E Mail: Grant Applications; Fundraising; CFMTA Delegate


Frank Horvat - 24 Louisa St., Toronto, M8V 2K6; Phone: 416-354-2633 E Mail: Special Projects; Finance; CFMTA Delegate


Charline Farrell - 26 Cardinal Crescent, Chatham, ON , N7L 3V3; Phone: 519-354-4380 E Mail: Bylaws; Workshops


Nancy Dale - Box 1639, (58 Shakespeare Ave.), Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0; Phone: 905-468-5639 E Mail: NOTES Advertising


Ron Spadafore - Box 635, Timmins, P4N 7G2; Phone: 705-267-1224; Fax: 705-264-0978 E Mail:; Office Hours - Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Zone Representatives CENTRAL

(year 2) Naomi Morrison - 276 German School Road, Paris, N3L 3E1; Phone: 226-388-3640 E Mail: Canada Music Week & Music Writing Competitions


No Representative


(year 5) Frank Horvat - 24 Louisa St., Toronto, M8V 2K6; Phone: 416-354-2633 E Mail: Special Projects; Vice President; CFMTA Delegate, Collegiate Membership (year 2) Sonya Kalverda - 30 Thorsby Court, Brampton, L6V 3T9; Phone: 905-453-2153 E Mail: Prizes (year 3) Mimi Spencer - 32 Maidstone Cres., Brampton, L6S 2Z5; Phone: 905-792-7215 E Mail: Young Artist Tour


(year 1) Tracy Lai - 2754 Dempster Ave., Innisfil, L9S 1C1; Phone: 705-436-2236; E Mail: Membership


(year 2) Audrey Jean Wells - 661 Eyre Blvd., Timmins, P4N 4Z3; Phone: 705-264-0066 E Mail:


No Representative


(year 2) Ann Empey - 66 Hawley Cres., Kanata, K2M 1T6; Phone: 613-592-1252 E Mail: Competitions (year 1) Sandra Menard - 6023 Meadowglen Drive, Ottawa, K1C 5V4; Phone: 613-834-3052 E Mail: ORMTA Pedagogy Award


(year 2) Doranne Minotti - 3529 Yale Crescent, Niagara Falls, L2J 3C4; Phone: 905-354-1842 E Mail: ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award (OCTA)


(year 2) Elizabeth Tithecott - 34 Gladstone Ave., Chatham, N7L 2C1; Phone: 519-351-6387 E Mail: Affiliate Teacher Liaison

BOARD OF EXAMINERS Nancy Hughes, Derek Oger, Frances Balodis


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