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Summer 2015

80TH ANNIVERSARY

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Home-based Teaching – Safety Comes First

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What Happens in Vegas...

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ORMTA Music Writing Competition

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Teaching Adults...

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Contribution to Teaching Awards

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80th Anniversary Logo Contest

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Explanation of the Bylaws

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Awards Luncheon & Competitions

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Annual General Meeting

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Calendar of Events 2015 May 31

Deadline for Zone entries in the Provincial Student and Young Artist Competitions to

“The Student Music Organizer”

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Provincial Chairperson

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Nominations for Zone Representatives, to Provincial Secretary

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Branch Delegate names re Annual Meeting, to Provincial Secretary

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Membership fees are due

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Deadline for BRANCH EXECUTIVE LISTS for 2015-2016

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Branch concerns to Zone Representative for presentation to Council Meeting

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Provincial Executive & Council Meetings

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AGM, Awards Luncheon and Provincial Performance Competitions

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Requests for ONTARIO YOUNG ARTIST RECITALS to Chairperson

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from your NOTES Editor! Summertime ... a chance to take a little time to explore new music, new teaching practices, reflect and grow.

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 and a range of interesting articles from our members in this Summer issue of NOTES?

We can also step back from the whirlwind of teaching to renew and refresh.

MUSIC Integrate your studies in performance, music history, and theory while exploring the edges of music. Discover music’s relationships to technology, film, gender, and global culture.

Each year, thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards are given to new and returning music students!

Congratulations to the Contribution to Teaching Award recipients. The biographies of the winners certainly reflect a remarkable range of individual accomplishments as well as a total commitment to their profession/art. 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 Greetings Colleagues! As this is the last issue of NOTES Magazine for the school year, I would like to congratulate all of you on a wonderful year. Many of you have worked tirelessly to bring the joy of music into the lives of your students and their families. We should never underestimate the special gift we possess, to educate. It is something we should feel pride in and cherish. As we look back at all we had achieved this past year, let’s also take time to see what there is to look forward to in the future. Whether you teach or not this summer, please take time to educate, rejuvenate, network and plan for the next school year.

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There are so many great conferences taking place this summer (many shared in ORMTA’s social media platforms and e-newsletter, Grace Notes).

the experiences of others. Get together for coffee with a friend in your local community or attend ORMTA’s Summer Extravaganza this July in Mississauga. And finally, take some time to plan your 15-16 school year. How many students do you want to teach? Is your teaching schedule balanced? What marketing initiatives can you implement? By planning in advance, you have greater odds of achieving your goals.

Take time to strengthen your knowledge and learn about new ideas that will make you an even better teacher. Take time to take care of yourself. Many of us are self-employed…it’s especially important for us to stay fit and healthy. What better time than the extra time in the summer to enjoy the great outdoors! Get together with friends and colleagues. We’re cooped up in our studios too often…we need to network and learn from

ORMTA Provincial Council is also using this time of year to plan and look forward to 15-16. Did you know that ORMTA celebrates its 80th Anniversary in 2016? We’ll be marking this special occasion to recognize our illustrious past but also look to rejuvenate for the future. With this in mind, we are going to embark on an ambitious project, 80 Years of Excellence Membership Drive. The goal is to recruit enough new members so we reach 2000 total members

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by our Provincial Convention in Chatham next July, 2016. You will be hearing about the many initiatives of this membership drive in the coming months. If we’re to continue to make our organization an important force in music education in Ontario, this membership drive will be an important stepping stone. Whether you presently volunteer within ORMTA or not, you will have an important role to play. And their will be incentives and fun as well:)! Now it’s time to hear from you… what are you looking forward to this summer and for the new school year? Please share in ORMTA’s Members Forum and various social media platforms. Happy Teaching! And Happy Summer! – Frank Horvat


From the Branches BARRIE With a cold winter behind us our Barrie Branch is looking forward to a wonderful Springtime of musical events. Many thanks go out to Nancy Telfer for her role as adjudicator at our Student Scholarship Evaluation Day in late February. An Awards Recital was held in honour of those students who achieved an A or A+ standing along with a monetary reward. This is an excellent event to reward the calibre of hard work both students and teachers in Barrie are accomplishing. Our Barrie Branch Competition will be taking place on May 2nd with Lynda Metelsky as our adjudicator. Our Senior Students will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform at the North-

Central Zone Competition on May 23rd. Our Branch has the honour of hosting this year’s North-Central Zone Competition and we are busy organizing a wonderful day. We have planned a workshop in the morning with Jennifer Knelman, our clinician and adjudicator for the day. We have also planned a light lunch. Our Year End Pot Luck meeting in June will be a time to reflect on the many rewarding times we spent together celebrating music this past year. We will also be electing our executive for the following teaching year and planning dates for next year’s events. We would like to welcome new member Vicki Cavanagh (Piano). Many thanks go out to our executive for an enjoyable year. – Sarah Lawton

CENTRAL TORONTO This spring we were blessed with a variety of opportunities that showcased, inspired, and awarded our students. First of these was the brainchild of Melissa Bencic: our inaugural Student Cabaret, held at the downtown Jazz Bistro, with its jazzy red Steinway. This was pure performance and the performances were indeed impressive and entertaining; the audience loved it! Thanks to Elaine Lau, some of our lucky piano students had a chance to work with the amazing Valerie Tryon on pieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, and Amy Beach. Miss Tryon was assuring and creative in her suggestions and frequently demonstrated her ideas on the piano. Performers and auditors all had a wonderful time and went home with inspiration galore. Our next event showcased several of our talented teachers. Coordinator Denise Williams teamed with Alice Dearden and Jeannette Roberts to put together this year’s Teachers in Concert fundraiser. The audience was treated to wonderful piano and vocal solos and duets, poetry readings, and a performance by one of our awardwinning students. Also on offer were door prizes, a silent auction and the used music sale. In April we had our Spring Auditions and Scholarship Recital, expertly run by Liz Craig, Judith deHaney, and Lucy Tonoyan. Liz has done great work streamlining the organization of these events with registration and schedules all online. This session, we have expanded from two to three recitals, one each for junior, intermediate, and advanced levels, and awarded twenty-one scholarships totaling over $1700. We were delighted by the news that we can now issue charitable receipts for these donations. An audience

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From the Branches We would also like to wish our performers who are participating in the Zone competitions well! – Abigail Freeman

HAMILTON-HALTON 2015 continued to be a hub of activities in our Hamilton-Halton, ORMTA Branch.

member at the Scholarship recital said that it will allow her to give more at these events. That’s good news! In May we look forward to our Adult Student Recital and potluck branch AGM, featuring a talk on technology. We will also see a shuffle in our executive. Eric Shaw will complete his two-year service as our branch President. He has done a brilliant job and brought many positive changes: initiating our Children’s Fun Recital and Adult Recital; supporting the Student Cabaret; increasing our web presence with a branch website (created and run by Liz Craig); initiating new and increased scholarships; and actively promoting our branch and reaching out to new members. Avila Lotoski and Liz Craig will be moving into the positions of President and Vice-President. – Avila Lotoski

ETOBICOKE-MISSISSAUGA We have had yet another busy year! Our students learned a lot in our master classes with Dr Christopher

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Foley (piano) and Marie Baron (music theatre). The younger students also enjoyed performing in the Halloween Recital and Fun Afternoon which also helped raise funds for our annual scholarships. The scholarships were given to students who earned top marks in our Winter and Spring Assessments and were awarded at the Scholarship Recital which took place on May 30-31 this year. Our annual general meeting on May 31 was a great way to celebrate the end of another full year. Looking ahead we are excited to host a History Refresher Course with Joe Ringhofer at Christ Church, 1700 Mazo Cres., Mississauga,Mon. Aug. 24th to Wed. Aug. 26th, 2015.,from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. each day. Joe Ringhofer is our amazing clinician, and he will impart the glories of Intermediate History to eager participants. And, as Joe always says, we ALL teach Music History, whenever we teach lessons with our students. The early Bird Fee is $175.00. Please contact Virginia Taylor,(416) 742-6429, or e-mail at virginiataylor@sympatico.ca for more details and to register.

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Sunday February 8th:- Our annual First Class Honours Recital and Awards Presentation was held on this date. Thirty four Students performed on the program, and including those 22 Students who were awarded Scholarship and Prize Awards that day, they brought an added warmth to the audience present in Port Nelson United Church, Burlington on this very cold, blustery winter’s day. Sunday, February 15th:- Dr. Christopher Foley, the Convener for Branch Competition was fortunate to get Dr. Sylvie Beaudette as the Adjudicator. There were 4 entries in the Junior Instrumental; 2 entries in the Junior Vocal; 2 entries in Senior Instrumental; 1 entry in Senior Vocal; 1 entry in Young Artist Instrumental. Winners from each category go on to enter the ORMTA Southern Zone Competition. Saturday March 7th:- To continue to chase the winter’s blahs away, the first ever planned Pop, Jazz & Jeans student recital was held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, Burlington. It was a nice change of pace listening to the 25 Students who performed a selection of pieces to fit in so appropriately with the theme’s genres. And most of all I believe that those Students - Teens in particular (and perhaps some Teachers) - felt more at ease wearing their casual jeans, sweats, tees, and runners to


From the Branches In addition to several piano duets and solos, we were treated to both flute and tuba music. As an extra incentive to attend, we also tried to match unusual biographical facts (submitted anonymously by the teachers about themselves) with their names. For example, we found out that our OCTA nominee, Marilyn Armstrong, won a National Anthem contest in the mid-1950s and played “God Save the Queen” to open a concert featuring Alec Templeton, a blind pianist and composer.

align with the occasion. Having had such success in student participation, I think that this recital will be added amongst others to be an annual offering by our Hamilton-Halton Branch. Monday March 9th:- General Meeting held that day followed by Branch Member, Francine Regaudie-McIsaac presenting the upcoming changes to RCM Exam syllabus. It pertained to the revised published repertoire, studies, technique and ear training in the Celebration Series. Francine has assumed the new position as Regional Representative, RCM Ontario West, and can be contacted francine.mcisaac@rcmusic.ca, or 905 912 1689 to address any concerns, questions, comments. Monday April 13th:- Branch Member, Leon Karan presented a workshop on “Evolution of Keyboard Styles”. Held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Hamilton, this free workshop was open to all Educators and Students.

Some feedbacks evaluated Leon’s presentation to be informative, engaging and insightful. Congratulations to Philip Corke as the winner in our Branch to receive the OCTA. May 3rd, 8th, 29th:- Zone Competition, Advance Student Recital, and Branch AGM & Luncheon to look forward to respectively – Kamara Hennessey

KINGSTON The Kingston branch added something new to our usual end-ofwinter line-up of events. After much reluctance on the part of several teachers, we finally held a “trial” Teachers’ Recital in April, but just for ourselves. It turned out to be such fun, that everyone agreed we should do it again!

Two other examples: “I once drove 202 kph on the Autobahn”, and “I grew up on a beef cattle ranch in Saskatchewan, and my grandmother used to ride her horse 10 miles to piano lessons”. The game turned out to be harder than we thought, with most only getting two or three right out of sixteen, and one teacher getting seven. The Kingston Kiwanis and Brockville Lions Club Music Festivals were a treat to attend, and several students of ORMTA teachers won awards at both, including the top piano award in the Kiwanis Festival. In early May we will host jointly with Queen’s Conservatory of Music a recital for our best-prepared students of all levels. We are privileged to have received a grant from the Ballytobin Foundation allowing us to hold the recital in the Rehearsal Hall of the beautiful new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, complete with a gorgeous view of Lake Ontario and wonderful acoustics. Our students and teachers are very excited to have this opportunity to perform in such a location. – Meg Freer

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and Charissa Vandikas (piano).

OTTAWA

The Newmarket and Area branch would like to welcome three new members to the branch; Lynne Moquin, George Vandikas, and Nathalie Tsoy. We look forward to your continued support for the branch in the months ahead.

An eclectic assortment of music by Ravel, Rossini, Schumann, Beethoven, Granados, and Liszt filled Brevik Hall. Also debuted, was the composition Two Cups and a Bottle of Red written by James, featuring vocalist, Seline Berish, Henry Lenz on violin, and James on piano.

February and March were busy months for the Ottawa Branch and our members were out in force despite the wintry weather. Our Annual Variety Show was held on February 7th and an enthusiastic audience was treated to fourteen fabulous performances. A week later, on February 15th, it was time for the First Class Honours Recitals. The two concerts featured voice, harp, and piano students who had excelled in their 2014 Conservatory examinations. The Branch was pleased to award ten scholarships for outstanding achievements on theoretical and practical exams.

Congratulations to Amelia, a vocal student of Heather Faris. Amelia is the Gold Medal recipient for highest mark in Grade 7 RCM vocal examination. Amelia also won the NATS most promising musical theatre high school student, as well as a high school singing competition held at Western university which was open to music students in the province.

This event also included four of our branch teachers. Thank you to vocalist Heather Faris, and duo piano team, Sheila and George Vandikas, for their outstanding performances of Barber’s Hermit Songs, and three of Piazzola’s tangos for piano. Thank you also to Janis Mitchell for her splendid piano accompaniments! The fundraiser was a tremendous success, with over one thousand dollars raised for scholarships to be awarded to our students at our annual Awards Festival in May. On Sunday, March 15, N & A cello teacher, Hannah Jackson had the pleasure of playing at the Juno Awards Ceremony, held in Hamilton. She was one of several members of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada who performed with the band, Arkells. The Arkells won the Juno Award for both Group of the Year and Rock Album of the year.

A Gala Concert and Silent Auction, held at the Aurora Cultural Centre on March 8th was a new event for our branch. We were delighted to showcase four young adults who are pursuing a career in the field of music: Timea Agszerova- Powaza (piano), James Brown (composer/ pianist), Katerina Utochkina (voice),

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The Newmarket and Area Branch completed its busy year with its annual Awards Festival. One hundred students participated in the spring auditions, with many moving forward to the festival held on May 23rd. Participants were awarded with certificates, trophies, and scholarships for those students in grade 7 or higher. We will take the summer months to refresh our minds with new ideas for our branch, students and studios! – Sheila McLean

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The final master classes in our collaboration with the University of Ottawa for 2014-15 were held on February 8th with David Jalbert and on March 8th with Andrew Tunis. Both were well attended and highly informative for both the participating pianists and the audience. A professional development workshop was held on 12 February. Members braved a blizzard to hear Debora Cossée, the financial officer for Music for Young Children, give a highly informative and entertaining presentation on the tax benefits selfemployed individuals are entitled to from the Canada Revenue Agency. Three dates in March were set aside for our adult students. On March 7th highly respected pedagogue and performer Dina Namer gave a morning workshop on strategies for overcoming performance obstacles and an afternoon piano master class. On March 14th it was the singers’ turn. In the morning Carleton University professor Susan Blyth-Schofield gave a workshop on Coping with Performance Anxiety and in the afternoon the University


From the Branches of Ottawa’s Head of Voice Christiane Riel gave a repertoire master class. The following day participants from both dates gained valuable experience by performing on a public recital. Our 9 March Information Sharing Session saw Margaret Macpherson lead a lively discussion on how piano technique is taught in the 21st century. We are all looking forward to our Competitions and Gala on the week-end of 23-24 May when our guest adjudicators will be Mario Bertoli and Carol McFadden. The Annual General Meeting and luncheon ,with entertainment by classical guitarist Louis Trépanier, will close out our year on 29 May. In addition to offering members the chance to hear about the goingson in the Branch and to catch up with each other, the AGM will provide the opportunity for us to honour our 2015 Contribution to Teaching Award recipient Helen Sinclair and to pay tribute to our out-going President Tania Granata. ’Til next time.

2015-16 Provincial Honorary Members (50+ years) Congratulations to ORMTA’s newest Provincial Honorary members. Thank you to all thirteen members for their contributions and support of ORMTA Virginia Blaha, Brantford Branch Earl Clark, Kitchener-Waterloo Branch Joanne Clysdale, Sarnia Branch Marjorie Francoz, Central Toronto Branch Jeanette Fujarczuk, Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch Bonnie Heath, Kitchener-Waterloo Branch

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FOR HOME-BASED STUDIOS, SAFETY COMES FIRST Screening of students, especially adults, is a new reality. By Janice Biehn When I was 16, while working toward my Grade X piano certificate, I got a job teaching piano through a local music school in London, Ont. I had already been teaching a few students in my home, mostly kids I used to babysit. The music school allowed me to expand my roster without doing any marketing, which I scarcely had time to do. The lessons were mostly with young people in their homes, but one student was in his early 20s. After a few lessons, he suggested he pay me directly and cut out the “middle man” music school. He would save money and I would make more. Luckily that was the most untoward thing that ever happened to me. (And I didn’t accept his offer, FYI.) In hindsight, this was a fairly risky job for a teenager. But that was the ‘80s. It was a simpler time. Today music teachers – or anyone who serves clients in their own home – must take every precaution for their own safety. Susan Gimmell (not her real name) who teaches piano in North Toronto, only teaches adult students during times when her husband is home. Her radar perked up last February after a series of bizarre interactions that still give her chills. “I had a phone call from a man who sounded very exasperated when he asked me if I taught adults,” she recalls. “When I said I did, he seemed relieved, but then he went on to tell me how angry he was that he had been turned down by so many people.” Gimmell thought perhaps his somewhat gruff phone manner may have been off-putting, so she cut him some slack.

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“Then we went back and forth over my availability. At first we had agreed on a time during the day, but then he wasn’t sure. He wanted a time I couldn’t offer.” Gimmell had to cut the phone call short with the arrival of a student so she gave him her email address. After the half hour lesson, an email was in her inbox. All it said was “Hi” and included a photo of himself, standing outside leaning against a lamp post. His first name appeared below the photo. His phone calls (a second one came during the half hour lesson) came through as a Private Number and he wouldn’t give his number to Gimmell. Gimmell might have written the entire episode off, but for the fact that she discovered a colleague had a very similar experience – a phone call followed by an email, this time with just a heart in the subject line. Are these incidents worth sharing with the police? “Definitely,” says Police Constable Tim Somers, a crime prevention officer with Toronto Police Services. He advises calling the non-emergency line at 416-808-2222, no matter how benign something might seem. As a crime prevention officer, PC Somers has some safety tips for professionals receiving clients in their own home, starting with the most basic. “Prepare an application form for all students to fill out,” he says. Give the preset form to prospective students either in person or via email. This form should include full name of student, parent or guardian if applicable, address, phone number, email address and date of birth. This is for the purposes of communication

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but also security. “If someone doesn’t want to fill out the form, then that’s your first level of screening,” says PC Somers. “You shouldn’t have anyone in your home – be it child, teen or adult – who isn’t fully identified on paper somewhere.” He notes, when the student fills it out him or herself, you also have their handwriting and their fingerprints on the paper, which are useful to police should anything actually occur. (Don’t tell people why you want them to personally fill it in though; it may cause issues with potential students.) You can also take the step of Googling potential students, says PC Somers. “Not everyone who has been arrested is potentially online, but many are reported and online, so Google is valuable,” he says, adding this kind of basic background check is legal and free. A presence on Facebook or Twitter may also offer up some clues to someone’s character. Finally, PC Somers suggests teachers consider making the investment in a camera surveillance system if they are seriously concerned. “It is legal to record in your own home without disclosing it, but if you are asked, you must acknowledge that you are recording,” he explains. From an educational perspective, recording lessons may help you improve aspects of your lessons. But in terms of safety, it can also provide evidence in the event of a physical crime, as well as if a student were to make a false allegation. Janice Biehn (Douglas) is a former piano teacher and ORMTA member who is now a full-time journalist and editor of ParentsCanada magazine.


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“WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… DOESN’T STAY IN VEGAS!” A Memorable MTNA Conference: March 21-25, 2015 Reported by Jennifer Smele “What made you decide to come to Vegas for the conference?” This was a question I was asked several times as I mixed and mingled with the mostly American piano teachers at the MTNA conference in Las Vegas this past March. Reflecting back, I guess I was ready for adventure in a city that I have always been curious about and would probably not visit alone outside the safety of an incredible gathering of passionate and like-minded piano teachers! This was my first MTNA conference and won’t be my last. I was instantly struck by the level of professionalism of my colleagues who attended and presented at the conference. There seems to be such a strong link between current pedagogical research taking place at top

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universities in the United States, and the national teacher organization who organized this event. My hope is that our Canadian organization will continue to forge a greater and greater bond between ourselves and our university colleagues. Personal highlights of the conference included Pedagogy Saturday when I had the opportunity to attend a workshop by Vanessa Cornett entitled, “Musician Health and Wellness: Mindfulness Practice for Peak Performance”, a topic that is very current in the field of piano pedagogy research at the moment. I was moved to tears by a presentation put on by Anna Hamilton entitled, “The Gift of Music: Piano in a Woman’s Correctional Institution”. Both workshops reinforced my

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belief that music lessons provide opportunities for therapeutic and life-changing transformation for both teacher and student. How privileged we are to work in this field! Each evening we were treated to performances by inspiring musicians including Sir James Galway, the Canadian Brass, and pianist Ann Schein. Lang Lang and Scott McBride Smith offered inspiring master classes as well. Between the glorious sunshine and palm trees and the warmth and inspiration from the talented musicians and clinicians at the Las Vegas MTNA, I returned to Canada ever-ready to pass on the light and joy of music teaching to my colleagues and students.


Music Writing RESULTS OF THE 2015 ORMTA

The adjudicator of our Music Writing Competition, Christine Donkin, had her work cut out for her this year, with some 64 submissions from 48 students (one eager young composer had seven entries!). I would like to particularly thank Ian Green for his promotional efforts in keeping us all aware of the competition.

Competition

Approximately 40 teachers from all over the province submitted students for this very popular competition. Most compositions were for piano, but there were also works for voice and various instruments. Here are the winners of the various classes:

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

Dhaboavan Sothivannan – Ottawa - ‘Lydian March’ Student of Lorraine Griffith – Ottawa Region Branch

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Katherine Wilson – Toronto – ‘Owls at Night’ Student of Maria Case – Central Toronto Branch

3rd

James Quinn – Toronto – ‘Walking in the Dark’ Student of Avila Lotoski – Central Toronto Branch

Class P2 (8 years and under – voice) No entries received

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

Eric Bouchard – Ottawa – ‘Duet Fantasia No. 1’ Student of Catherine Donkin – Ottawa Region Branch

2nd

Adam Kulju – Markham – ‘Echoing Voice’ Student of Michael Esch – Markham-Stouffville Branch

3rd

Polina Chernik – Toronto – ‘Tarantella’ Student of Julia Tchernik – Central Toronto Branch

Honourable Mention Avi Kirschblum – North York – ‘March of the Aliens’ Student of Myriam Schechter – North York/York Region Branch Susanna Salomon – Tillsonburg – ‘Special Friends’ Student of Marion Miller – London Branch

Class A2 (11 years and under - voice) 1st

Adam Kulju – Markham – ‘Snowflake’ Student of Michael Esch – Markham-Stouffville Branch

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ORMTA MUSIC WRITING COMPETITION 2015 Class B1 (15 years and under – instrumental) 1st

Leonid Nediak – Kingston – Sonata no. 1 in C major: Moderato Student of John Burge – Kingston Branch

2nd

Itamar Aharony – Ottawa – ‘Tohu va vohu’ Student of Paulette Price – Ottawa Region Branch

3rd

Nathan Shreve – Mississauga – ‘Longing to Emerge’ Student of Janet Fothergill – Central Toronto Branch

Honourable Mention Alexander Nediak – Kingston – Prelude in D minor Student of John Burge – Kingston Branch Itamar Aharony – Ottawa – Piano Concerto Student of Paulette Price – Ottawa Region Branch Class B2 (15 years and under - voice) 1st

Anika-France Forget – Ottawa – The Last Enchanted Lullaby Student of Colin Mack – Ottawa Region Branch

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Troy Lebane – Toronto – Picture Student of Laura Silberberg – North York/York Region Branch

Honourable Mention Anika-France Forget – Ottawa – ‘Laisser parler les nuages’ Student of Colin Mack – Ottawa Region Branch Class C (19 years and under) 1st

Haotian Yu – Ottawa – ‘Reflections on the Idea of Order at Key West’ Student of Chunson Park – Ottawa Region Branch

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Pamela Cioroch – Tiny Township – ‘Tobermory Toccata’ Student of Cheryl Graham – Barrie Branch

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Brandon Thierault – Schumacher – ‘Aspirations’ Student of Ron Spadafore – Timmins Branch

Honourable Mention Eric Sheppard – Oakville – ‘We Adore Thee O Christ’ Student of Donald Cook – Honourary Lifetime Member Ryan Baxter – Thorold – ‘Fanfare’ Student of Linda Bruch – Welland-Port Colborne Branch Veronika Henzl – Burlington – ‘Thirty Third of Januagust’ Student of Philip Corke – Hamilton Halton Branch Class D (open) 1st

Stephanie Orlando – Dundas – String Quartet no. 1: ‘Last Minute’ Student of Elaine Lau – Central Toronto Branch

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Theo Selemidis – Hamilton – Allegro in G major Student of Olga Tcherniak – Hamilton-Halton Branch

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Haotian Yu – Ottawa – ‘Not Symbols, but Images’…for Tarkovsky Student of Chunson Park – Ottawa Region Branch

Honourable Mention Adam Kulju – Markham – Rondo in G minor Student of Michael Esch – Markham-Stouffville Branch Ning Fu - Toronto – Sonatine Student of Gennady Gefter – Central Toronto Branch Alice Dearden, Music Writing Competition Convener

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ORMTA MUSIC WRITING COMPETITION 2015

Adjudicator, Christine Donkin Christine Donkin was born into a musically active family in northwest Alberta. Her approach to music composition is influenced in part by the wide range of styles and forms to which she was introduced in childhood: folk, fiddle, jazz, classical, romantic, and much more. Christine studied music composition at the University of Alberta and University of British Columbia and now composes choral, chamber, and orchestral works which are performed across the continent and beyond, including such prestigious locations as Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. She has won awards at national and international composition competitions, and six companies publish her music. Christine is active in the field of music education as a teacher, adjudicator, clinician, and arranger. Several of her pedagogical compositions, along with over seventy arrangements and figured bass realizations, appear in the Royal Conservatory of Music publications for piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet. The repertoire books of Trinity College London and the Australian Music Examinations Board also feature her music.

Comments from Christine Donkin, Adjudicator of the ORMTA 2015 Music Writing Competition “Congratulations to all the students who participated in the ORMTA Music Writing Competition 2015! It’s always so exciting for me to hear all the new and different musical possibilities that young composers are exploring. For each adjudication I tried to give helpful feedback on the composition as well as one or two ideas for future projects, in an effort to inspire each student to keep creating. I also gave everyone suggestions on score preparation (even though the younger students’ marks were not affected by these issues) since it’s important for all composers to know how to communicate their ideas clearly and accurately on paper. I hope you all continue to develop your skills!”

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Teaching Adults Changes your Whole Teaching Viewpoint! By Frances Balodis “Twenty years ago people thought that the structure of the brain develops during childhood and once that organization in the brain has been developed that there is very little room for changes and for plastic alterations. Now we know that there is enormous capacity.” Thomas Elbert, University of Knostanz in Germany and Edward Taub of the University of Alabama My oldest piano student (85 yr) Ken began as a beginner (where is C?!) two years ago. He now can play hands together, reading notes, is able to move his hands around the piano. He enjoys practicing (he is waiting for a hip replacement...and says, “What would I do, if I didn’t have piano to practice?”)! Teaching adults brings a whole new prospective to me as a teacher. I really have to “think’ about what I have valued as “important”! Ken has arthritis and struggles with “thumb under smoothly”. As long as he uses the same, repetitive fingering I no longer worry about the “right” fingering! He is unable to move his legs and feet well, so I don’t concern him with the intricacies of pedalling. Does this degrade his value of playing the piano? Not at all. I have another adult student (70 yr) who is extremely shy about playing in front of anyone, including me! He likes to learn new things from me, even writing emails to me with questions. However, he rarely wants to engage in a person-to-person lesson. This has never happened to me previously. Initially I thought this was ridiculous. However, he is progressing and immensely enjoying playing his keyboard (he has even upgraded his keyboard!). By the way, he does pay me for my help, even if I don’t also offer tips and answers in person. Many years ago, I had an adult student (48 yr) who got extremely nervous playing for anyone, including me. Our lessons were much more successful when I would not sit

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near him, instead moving over to the other side of the room! Another adult student (52 yr) that I enjoy teaching makes progress slowly and wants to repeatedly return to the earlier material that he learned. Initially I thought this was frustrating – turns out it may be more frustrating for me than for him. He has achieved success with the earlier material and finds the new material challenging...so he likes to play the earlier repertoire. Is this so bad?!! “Music making makes the elderly healthier. There were significant decreases in anxiety, depression and loneliness following keyboard lessons. These are factors that are critical in coping with stress, stimulating the immune system and in improved health. Results also show significant increases in human growth hormones following the same group keyboard lessons (Human growth hormone is implicated in aches and pains.)” – Dr. Frederick Tims, reported in the AMC Music News, June 2, 1999. A single elderly (80 yr) adult female student that I teach mainly enjoys her lessons because she enjoys having “company” in her home. I know that she looks forward to my arrival (I teach in her home) and in addition to her playing (she plays at approximately a grade III-IV level) she longs to chat with me about many community topics. Several years ago I would have really found this to be a waste of my time! However, now I view the whole adult learning experience in a different “light” and allow for a little expansion of the lesson time to include this “visiting”. In 1987, for the first time in history, Americans over the age of 65 outnumbered those under the age of 25 (Merriam and Caffarella, 1999). In Canada (2011 Census) the median age of the population is 40.6 years of age.

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The age structure shows 16.1% from 0-14 years, 68.7% from 15-64 years and 15.2% as 65 and over. 20% of children learn to play the piano and 70% of adults wish they had! (Art Fact). An adult male student (age 63 years) of mine said that the reason that he took lessons was personal. He always wondered if he could do it and wanted to learn to read and play before he retired. Another adult student (age 65 yr) said that music always had the power to immensely impact his emotions. He never had the opportunity to “make” music, although he used to “compose” music in his head to accompany his life. He decided that he would make learning to play piano a retirement priority. A female adult student (age 45 yr) said that she took music lessons because she enjoys listening to classical music. When she was young in China she didn’t have the opportunity to take music lessons. Learning to play the piano helped her relax and is gave her the knowledge to help her daughter who is taking piano lessons. An 80 year old female student said that she viewed returning to lessons as brain work as well as pleasure. I think the most unusual adult student I have ever taught was a gentleman who was terrified of making mistakes, and having me hear him! He played on an electronic instrument with the electricity turned “off”! You might wonder how this worked! It was a major adjustment for me as I had to “see” where his fingers were! He felt very comfortable in this manner. After a while he became happy to turned the instrument “on” to play for me! So, you can read that teaching adults can really turn your usual music-teacher thoughts and plans upside down! It is so worth it. I recommend it to teachers to consider expanding their student base to include adults. You will be so glad you did.


Contribution to Teaching Award Recipients

MARILYN ARMSTRONG

BEVERLEY BARRETT

Kingston Branch

London Branch For years I enjoyed a teaching career teaching generations of students to thrive successfully musically and enjoy their music-making experiences enriched also by theoretical successes.

Growing up near Owen Sound, Marilyn knew music was in her heart and soul, and as much as she helped out around the farm, music was her calling. So she pursued her passion, and in 1959 Marilyn received her RCM Grade 8 piano certificate, which was no small thing for a country girl who lived in a log house on a hundred-acre farm. After a 25-year sabbatical, Marilyn decided to finish what she had started and truly follow her passion. She went back to school, and her diligence and dedication culminated in her receiving her ARCT in 1992 and the Cora B. Ahrens Award in 1993. Marilyn also became an active member of ORMTA in 1993. But her learning did not stop there. She took singing and organ lessons and discovered the Suzuki method, all enabling her students achieve fantastic results in their music exams and personal aspirations.

It was a wonderful career choice for me as a profession, continuing to raise our children and then grandchildren along with my career. Serving as London Branch ORMTA Treasurer provided multiple opportunities to work with many teachers fulfilling each varied task of committees. Involvement with the local directory production and proofing the web listings over many years as well as the usual treasurer duties have given opportunities to share from an historical view.

experienced two strokes. With the resulting brain injuries I am unable to perform as organist or pianist. Giving up that musical enjoyment was a heartbreak for me but I wondered, would I be able to express myself musically through my students? Gradually, my class built up again and I find there is great satisfaction in making beautiful music through students. Continuing the basic harmony courses was one of the ways it challenged my brain to reconnect. I’m so grateful to my God for the healing I have been given. Currently, my students range from beginner to Grade Ten. During this process I was able to continue as branch treasurer fulfilling all the duties in spite of the problems remaining from the strokes. I did have to learn new ways to teach. No longer able to say move over, let me show you meant finding new ways to express the teaching point. Parents became involved, often taking the lesson notes. Enriching the pieces with detailed points from teacher handbooks and workbooks and the use of recordings of notable artists, most recently Angela Hewitt, provides even deeper knowledge in these teaching days than prior to the stroke. Having spent twenty-five years as a performer, I am still able to assist and identify with student performance issues. Yes, it was life-changing but not the end!

Referencing each ORMTA event with an historical financial detail provides assistance to each new venture. Life changed for me in August 2006 when, due to a heart condition, I

As London OCTA teacher 2015, I want to share my story with others. I treasure the opportunity to teach! It has been my pleasure to contribute to ORMTA London in spite of the post-strokes issues. I thank my London Branch teachers for this honour.

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and has a number of works in the syllabus of the Alliance for Canadian Contemporary Music.

HELENA LIEW

Kitchener-Waterloo Branch

PHILIP CORKE Hamilton-Halton Branch

Born and raised in Borneo Malaysia, Helena began learning piano at age 7 from Tze Tong Tan who graduated with a Master’s Degree in music from England. In her early years, she showed a natural inclination towards music and desired to become like her piano teacher. At age 12, she learned how to play the organ from Yamaha Music School and when she was 16, she volunteered as the pianist and organist at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral where she performed for weekly services.

Philip has an ARCT in composition and piano performance. He has taught piano, guitar, theory and composition for over 40 years and is a member of the ORMTA HamiltonHalton Branch, where he served as branch president, workshop clinician, composition adjudicator, teacherconcert organizer and as a member of the Burlington Rotary Music Festival music committee. He worked organizing concerts for the Keys to the Future fund-raising committee and runs a music concert series called Music at the Drummer. He has been a church music director, dance studio pianist, active performer in the Playford Players duo, as well as doing community work with dementia patients. His composition students have won both ORMTA and CFMTA awards. Philip has received awards from both the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association and The Canadian Composers’ Forum

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weddings and funerals. While living in Malaysia, she was active within the music community and became an adjudicator for music festivals and a private music tutor. She also became an executive member of the music association in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and organized concerts for international performers. Helena migrated back to Waterloo, Ontario with her husband and son in 1990 where she has been running her own private piano studio until now. She is a dedicated piano teacher and enjoys every moment with her students. In addition to piano, she teaches theory and prepares students for RCM examinations and music festivals. Her students have achieved great success in music and many have pursued music as a career in both performance and education. Helena has been a member of the ORMTA for 10 years and also served as the treasurer of the KitchenerWaterloo Branch of ORMTA for 3 years. She is grateful to have been a part of a friendly, enthusiastic, and compassionate group of teachers and would like to extend her thanks and appreciation to her colleagues for the Special Teacher Recognition.

SHERYLE MAYHEW Belleville Branch

In 1981, Helena came to Canada to study music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo under Ralph Elsaesser and Boyd McDonald. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1985, she moved back to Malaysia and taught piano and organ for 5 years under the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She resumed her position as a full-time organist at her church and also performed for

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The Belleville ORMTA Branch is pleased to nominate Mrs. Sheryle Mayhew for this year’s “Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award”. As a member of ORMTA for the past 38 years, Sherry has occupied all of the executive positions in our branch and thus brings a wealth of knowledge and teaching experience to our group. She is our “go to” gal for all complicated issues.


Contribution to Teaching Award Recipients JANIS MITCHELL Newmarket Branch

Sherry began piano lessons at the age of 7 with Emily Veley in Belleville. She notes that she received the grade 8 piano award for the Belleville Branch and received a whopping award of $8.00! Obviously our branch was flush with money back then as it is today! Sherry received her ARCT in 1976 and furthered her education at Queen’s University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in vocal and choral music education in 1983.

Janis Mitchell started playing piano at the age of 3 and first took lessons with Kelly Kirby in Toronto and later on with Harry Heap. As a youngster, her parents took her to see every major performer of the time; Arthur Rubenstein, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Beverly Sills, Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals. . . the list goes on. She was also fortunate enough to have been exposed by her teacher to a lot of piano repertoire and was able to complete her A.R.C.T. in piano performance well before graduating from high school and managed to perform 3 solo recitals during that time. Well before Janis attended university, her teacher entered her into festivals and auditions, and was taken for some lessons to Doug Bodle and Greta Kraus.

As branch members we are privileged to have Sherry as part of our group. She is an inspiration to her colleagues and a model educator. We congratulate her on her achievements.

Janis has been a member of ORMTA since 1982, serving both as President and Secretary of the Branch. She is a piano accompanist for instrumentalists and vocalists, and has been a church pianist, organist and choir director for 17 years. She has sung in a local choir for the past few years as well as performing at local seniors’ homes. She has taught privately for 42 years, preparing students for auditions, festivals, entrance into post-secondary music programs and Royal Conservatory exams. Many of Janis’ former students have pursued careers in music.

TED PARKINSON

Central Toronto Branch

Sherry’s students are her legacy. Several have continued into the music field of education, choral directing and music therapy. Her students have received medals from the RCM and many awards at local festivals. On a personal note, Sherry has shared her life with her church family as minister of music for the last 43 years. Her love of music has touched the lives of her husband Wally, 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 siamese catsPrelude, Fugue, Cadence and Diva . Even the cats enjoy a little feline choral singing!

method was published in the Canadian Recorder Magazine. After graduation, she did some supply teaching, but decided that the classroom wasn’t for her, feeling she could make more of a difference teaching privately.

Janis attended the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music where she continued to study piano with Doug Bodle and took up the harpsichord with Greta Kraus. She also had the opportunity to perform for Anton Kuerti and Pierre Souverain. Before completing her degree in Music Education, her essay on the Suzuki

Ted began his piano studies in Elementary School, but when his family moved to the other side of Oakville, he was not encouraged to continue. After earning degrees in Engineering, Ted worked in the nuclear industry for a few years before returning to Queen’s to earn a degree in Education. During this time, he returned to piano, studying for three years with the late Hugheen Ferguson in Kingston. His math and physics teaching career took him to Toronto, where he continued his studies with George McElroy. Ted finally earned his ARCT, with the help of the late Earle Moss, when he was 40! He has been working with teachers on and off, and was privileged to work with Bruce Vogt, head of piano at University of Victoria.

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Contribution to Teaching Award Recipients HELEN SINCLAIR Ottawa Branch

Helen Sinclair was born in Guelph, Ontario and grew up in nearby Acton. Her father was a musician, a church organist and an accomplished coronet player. As the oldest daughter in the family, Helen at age 12 gained valuable experience accompanying her father for his cornet solos.

When Ted retired from Branksome Hall, where he was teaching Science and International Baccalaureate Physics, he had already started to build his piano teaching practice at Logan Store Studio in Riverdale, in Toronto. Currently he has over 30 students, from ages 6 to adult. He is developing an interest in neuroplasticity, reading the work of Dr. Norman Doidge. He is beginning to introduce some of these concepts into is teaching, particularly with adult students, and into his own learning. Ted is also a strong believer in the Alexander Technique for musicians.

During her high school years, Helen continued her piano lessons with teacher, Dorothy Richardson Scull, who encouraged and guided her to begin teaching junior piano students. Singing was also a part of her early music education. She sang alto in church choirs, the high school Glee Club, the Teachers’ College Choir and participated in small ensemble groups. Helen graduated from Lakeshore Teachers’ College and enjoyed a brief career as a primary school teacher in Acton. She married Mac Sinclair in 1963 and the couple lived in Toronto, Kingston, and Sunnyvale, California. In 1971, the family settled in Ottawa with their 2 young children. In 1973, Helen accepted a position as church organist, resumed piano

Ted has sung with VOCA Chorus of Toronto under Jenny Crober, and has studied cello as well as piano, having earned Grade IX. He continues to work on piano performance and pedagogy with Peter Kristian Mose. Ted and his lovely wife Patricia Dales reside in Riverdale in a converted corner store with their 18 year-old cat Jasmine.

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studies with Irene Woodburn Wright and began building her private piano studio. She went on to receive her Associate Diplomas for Performer and Teacher from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. A desire to continue studies and to expand her musical knowledge led Helen to Carleton University where she took courses and studied with pianist Verna Jacobson. In 1993, Helen graduated with a Bachelor of Music. Giving back to the Ottawa music community, Helen played an important role in the rejuvenation of the Laurentian Junior Music Club. Helen served and dedicated her time to the LJMC as President for 9 years. Other community work includes volunteering and sharing her talents at a local seniors’ care facility since the early 1970’s. She presently accompanies a community women’s choir whose purpose is to bring entertainment to residences of seniors’ homes and providing an artistic outlet for older singers. Encouraged by Irene Woodburn Wright, Helen joined ORMTA in the early 1980’s. Her ORMTA contributions included various portfolios: Social Convener, First Class Honours Recital, Canada Music Week, New Members and presently Cards and Flower, she is always willing to volunteer at ORMTA events. Helen is grateful to the Ottawa Region Branch of ORMTA for the recognition and honour of being chosen for this award. She appreciates and values the many friendships that she has made, the opportunities available for personal enrichment and professional growth and for all the support and performing platforms that we make available for students on all levels.


Contribution to Teaching Award Recipients and performed one year at the Stars of the Festival concert at Massey Hall. Mrs. Mould also entered her and another student in singing competitions in which they accompanied each other to develop their skills. Some other events include: playing for a wedding at age 12, playing on a portable pump organ at an open-air church meeting, studying the violin and viola in high school, and also learning to incorporate “classical” music in hymn arrangements.

With a piano teaching career which has spanned some 45 years, Helen has been thankful for the wonderful people that have been part of her studio. She encourages young students to develop their abilities so that the joy of music will be a lifelong source of pleasure to them.

MARLENE TAYLOR Windsor-Essex

How many of you have gone to your piano lesson at age eleven in the middle of a hurricane? October 15, 1954, Toronto was hit by Hurricane Hazel and Marlene took the streetcar to her lesson. Her strict, but excellent, teacher was Nellie Mould. Marlene began lessons at age six and entered her first competition that same year. Lessons took place all year, as well as recitals, exams, and competitions including one at the CNE. Warren Mould was her next teacher. He coached her along until she completed her Licentiate Performance degree from Trinity College of London, England. Marlene learned on a piano that cost $50.00. Her dad and she often played fun duets together.

Church played a big part in her early years. She played for two Sunday Schools at the age of eleven including her dad’s children’s church in Cabbagetown. In her teens, she accompanied a young men’s Gospel quartet. Marlene entered many piano solo and duet competitions in Music Festivals including Kiwanis/ Toronto, East Toronto, Brampton – Peel, and CNE. Among the adjudicators were Boris Berlin and David Ouchterlony. She won many awards and scholarships

After moving with her husband and four sons to Windsor in 1983, her teaching studio grew. She joined ORMTA in 1994 and has been involved as treasurer for the last ten years. Many of her students have won scholarships and awards including the silver medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She continues to teach privately as well as lead a handbell choir at her church. She and her husband of fifty years enjoy their four sons and ten grandchildren. Marlene is honoured to be selected for this award by her talented colleagues. She gives thanks to God for her talent and accomplishments.

ORMTA 80TH ANNIVERSARY LOGO CONTEST During the 2015-16 school year, ORMTA is turning 80 so to mark the celebration, we want to showcase a special 80th Anniversary logo. Do you draw? Do graphic design? Know someone who does? Design ORMTA’s 80th Anniversary logo and it could be featured throughout the year! So let those artistic juices flow! Only rule is that the design must incorporate the present ORMTA logo.

ORMTA Provincial Council will vote on the winning design at their meeting in July. The winner will receive $180 and be acknowledged at ormta.org. Contact ORMTA’s Communications Coordinator, Ian Green (ian@ musicbyiangreen.com), to request an ORMTA logo to incorporate into your design. Then email a high-resolution, colour jpg to Ian no later than the July 1, 2015 deadline.

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ORMTA PEDAGOGY AWARD, 2015! A self-described life-long learner, Kathy Anderson grew up in Keswick, Ontario, started piano lessons at the age of eight and studied with Mary Lou Stanton in Newmarket as a teenager. Kathy began a twenty-six year career as a medical secretary at the former York County Hospital (now Southlake), got married, had two beautiful children and it wasn’t long before her passion for music education led her to begin building a private music studio.

Congratulations to Kathy Anderson, winner of the 2015 ORMTA Pedagogy Award

Kathy has always strongly believed in continuing professional development for teachers and would return to Mary Lou for lessons at every opportunity. She continued to build her pedagogy knowledge through available workshops and seminars, always sharing the new ideas and information with her students. Kathy had the opportunity to connect with Debra Wanless and began an exciting new phase of studies with her. She has

recently completed the Primary/ Elementary and Licentiate diplomas in Piano Pedagogy through the Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music and is continuing Junior Fellowship studies in piano pedagogy. Kathy is thrilled to have been asked to join the Board of Examiners for CNCM. She entertains seniors biweekly at the local retirement home in Keswick and is music director at Ravenshoe United Church where she directs a choir of twenty-five enthusiastic adults and organizes summer music camps for children. Kathy continues to teach children and adults and is always happy to host Composer and Kids sessions in her studio. Kathy is excited by this award and shares it with her very supportive husband John and her friend and mentor Debbie. Thank you for this honour.

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES Don’t let unpaid fees impede opportunities for your students! Every year, ORMTA gives out many prizes to the winners of our Music Writing competition and the Provincial Student/ Young Artist competitions. We also give the ORMTA Pedagogy Award to the student who has obtained the highest

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mark in the written portion of the Associate Pedagogy exam. Only students of ORMTA teachers who are members in good standing (all dues paid in full) will be considered for any awards that are given by ORMTA.

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It is sad to say, but in the past students have missed out on opportunities to win prizes because their teachers’ dues have been in arrears. Please take this into consideration when it is time to pay your membership dues this coming spring.


AN EXPLANATION OF THE BYLAWS:

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IN THE MATTERS FOR VOTING First, apologies! In the last issue of NOTES the Matters For Voting were printed without italics and strike-throughs. This made it impossible to see what the proposed changes were about. So, this article sets out to explain these proposed amendments. *** 1. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following bylaws to be amended to include the words in italics to comply with the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, otherwise known as ONCA, which will soon be coming into effect: 41. Notification of the Annual meeting, an Agenda, any Matters for Voting or discussion and Proposed Amendments to the By-laws and forms for proxies shall be published and circulated in an Issue of the Association magazine and/or by electronic or any other means by the Provincial Secretary at least one month but not more than 50 days in advance of such meeting. This first resolution is about complying with the coming Ontario Not For Profit Act, which will become the Act that legislates how we operate. We must allow for proxies so that voting members who will be absent from any upcoming meeting, and who wish to still have his or her vote counted, can use this proscribed form to give their vote to someone of their choosing. The other changes that I’ve put in italics are to comply with the Act. *** 42. All Matters for Voting or discussion or proposed Amendments to the By-laws shall: 1) be in the hands of the Provincial Secretary in writing not later than seven months prior to the Annual Meeting; 2) be sent to all local Branches in the form of a ballot not later than three months prior to the Annual Meeting; 3) be discussed and voted on by each Branch and the Branch Ballot recording the number of votes “For”, “Against”, and “Abstain” be sealed in an envelope marked “BALLOT-ANNUAL MEETING”. This envelope to be returned to the Provincial Secretary at least one month prior to the Annual Meeting or given to the Branch Delegate(s) to be delivered to the Annual Meeting. This bylaw is to be changed with addition of the words in italics, and again is to comply with the coming Ontario Not For Profit Act. The system that we have been using in ORMTA has counted the votes at the branch level, and then the branch casts its vote, yay or nay, to the resolution. With this new system, every individual vote shall be counted. *** 76. Removal of registration: 1) The name of a member shall be removed from the Register by Council and a member shall be expelled from the Association after 15 days written notice from ORMTA, and the member has had not less than 5 days before the end of the 15-day period to respond: (a) for unethical conduct, in respect of another member, that in the opinion of Council justifies expulsion from the Association; OR (b) upon conviction for any offence under the Criminal Code of Canada or under the law of Ontario, which, in the opinion of Council, indicates that the member has not continued to be of good character or where, in the opinion of Council, continuance of membership after the conviction would be detrimental to the Association. This bylaw is to be changed with the addition of the words in italics, and is also to comply with the Ontario Not For Profit Act. ***

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2. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following bylaw be deleted on the grounds that ORMTA should not force local Branches to send delegates to the Annual Meeting. 43. Every local Branch shall appoint delegates to the Annual Meeting. 1) Subject to 43.2), a Branch is entitled to one delegate for: (a) each unit of up to twenty-five Active members; and (b) the fifteen or more Active members remaining after the membership has been divided into units of twentyfive 2) No Branch is entitled to appoint more than six delegates. 3) Members of Council cannot be appointed branch delegates. 4) All Active members except Associate Active members are counted when determining delegate representation to the Annual Meeting. This bylaw should be replaced with the following bylaw: 43. A quorum at a meeting of the members is a 15% majority of the members entitled to vote at a meeting, whether present in person, or has voted at the branch level and was duly recorded on the ballot for Matters For Voting, or by proxy. Deleting bylaw 43 reflects Council’s opinion that Local Branches should be entitled to run their own affairs according to their own bylaws, or Policies & Procedures, and gives each branch the power to decide on their representation at meetings of the Association. The replacement bylaw governs a number for quorum, which is missing in our current bylaws, and which needs to be added to comply with the Ontario Not For Profit Act. *** 3. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following in italics be deleted from this bylaw on the grounds that ORMTA should not legislate how a branch does its business. 44. Any delegate(s) from a local Branch may attend any business meeting. The local branch may decide to reimburse any delegate(s) for expenses incurred while attending said meetings. An appointed delegate by the branch shall present in writing a report back to the branch on the Annual Meeting and/or the Convention. Again, on the grounds that Provincial Council should not be running the affairs of the Local Branches, the wording in italics should be deleted from this bylaw. *** 4. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following bylaw to be amended to clarify the process by which a branch closes. Changes are shown in italics and strike-through. 53. Where it becomes necessary to close a Branch and transfer members to another branch, these procedures must be followed: 1) the local branch shall be closed upon written approval by more than 50% of the membership of the branch, and then by a majority vote of Provincial Council. at the Annual Meeting of the Association; 2) the memberships will be transferred to the branch(es) closest to where the members reside and/or teach or if the distance is more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) they will become Non-Branch members (PART II 8G); 3) the assets of the branch shall be divided on a per member basis to the branch(es) receiving new members and to Provincial Council for the Non-Branch members; 4) the records and documents of the branch shall be sent to the Provincial Secretary for the Association archives. If a branch must be closed, there are procedures that must be clarified in our bylaws. We want to ensure that it is the wish of the clear majority of the branch to close, and that Council agrees that there is no other alternative. It should not have to go to the entire membership to make this change, consequently the strike-through wording. The wording in italics clarifies where the assets of the branch go. (The strike-through wording is to be deleted, and the wording in italics added.) *** 26

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5. Preamble: At present all Leaves of Absence must, at the recommendation of the Registrar, be passed by Council. It is an Executive recommendation that the Secretary/Registrar be given the authority to grant leave of absence requests for the following reasons: medical, maternity, paternity and continuing studies. This will streamline the process for granting Leaves of Absence. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following bylaw be amended to allow the Registrar to grant Leaves of Absence for the listed reasons without having to get Council’s approval. Changes are in italics and strikethrough. 72. At the recommendation of the Registrar, and by resolution of Council, a Leave of Absence may be granted and payment of fees suspended for a two-year period if the member: (a) will not be teaching within the province during the Leave of Absence; and (b) makes written application and provides documentation to the Registrar explaining the circumstances upon which a Leave should be granted; and is requesting the Leave due to: (i) enrolment to engage in advanced study; (ii) inability to pay fees due to maternity, paternity, or an illness that, in the certified opinion of a medical doctor, has disabled him/her from teaching or engaging in activities for the period of the non-payment; (iii) any circumstances which Council determines by resolution to be reasonable. When a leave of absence is requested, by far the most common reasons have been that of parenthood or the other reasons listed here in our bylaws. The amendment to this bylaw would give our Registrar the ability to grant leaves of absence for these stated reasons without having to bring them for approval to Council. It still leaves reasons not listed here for Council to decide. I hope this explains the proposed changes to our bylaws. Please, if you have any questions, contact your Council representative, or me at judy.home@rogers.com.

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ORMTA AWARDS LUNCHEON & COMPETITION TICKETS SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015 Sandman Signature Mississauga Hotel 5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga ON

Event

Youth (18 & under)

College/University Student

Member

Non-member

Awards Luncheon

$45

$45

$45

$45

Afternoon Competitions

$5

$10

$15

$20

Young Artist Competition & Reception

$7

$12

$20

$25

Competitions Combo Pack Online only

$8

$15

$25

$35

Full Day Pass Online only

$40

$50

$60

$70

TICKET PURCHASING OPTIONS

• ONLINE using credit card/paypal – visit www.ormta.org/july2015 • Cash or cheque at the door – Competitions only • Mailing a cheque – Awards Luncheon only (see below) No refunds or exchanges for online ticket sales.

Awards Luncheon RSVP via MAIL

Please detach the completed form, include cheque (payable to “ORMTA”) and mail to Ron Spadafore, Box 635, Timmins, ON, P4N 7G2, before July 1, 2015. I would like to reserve the following…. _____

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place(s) at $45 per ticket X

____

people = $_________

Name(s):

Branch (if you’re an ORMTA member):

Address:

Phone:

I would like to sit with:

Dietary Restrictions:

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ONTARIO REGISTERED MUSIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - SATURDAY JULY 25, 2015 Sandman Signature Mississauga Hotel 5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga ON

PROXY FORM To be handed to the Secretary or Chair of the Meeting within 48 hours of the Meeting (excluding Saturdays and holidays).

I, __________________________________________, certify that I am entitled to vote at an ORMTA meeting, and do hereby give my proxy to

____________________________________________, who may or may not be a member entitled to vote at an ORMTA meeting, but with this proxy is entitled to attend and act at the meeting in the manner, to the extent and with the authority conferred by this proxy. This proxy holder shall attend in person, or cause an alternate proxy holder to attend, the meeting in respect of which the proxy is given and shall comply with the directions of the member who appointed the person. This proxy is only valid for the Meeting dated ________________. It may be revoked by the member or the member’s attorney signing a note of revocation up to an including the day of the meeting, and received by the chair of the meeting.

__________________________________________ Signed (by the member or by the member’s attorney)

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ONTARIO REGISTERED MUSIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY JULY 25, 2015 Sandman Signature Mississauga Hotel, 5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga ON

AGENDA

5. Election of Zone Representatives

1. Call to Order

7. Open Forum

2. Introduction of Council Members

8. Results of Voting as Presented by Scrutineers

3. Minutes of the last Annual Meeting (July 2014)

9. Announcements

4. Matters for Voting

10. Adjournment

6. President’s Report

MATTERS FOR VOTING BE IT RESOLVED THAT: the Company “Bridgman & Durksen” in Niagara-on-the-lake Be Hired as Auditor for the Year 2014/2015. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following bylaws be amended to include the words in italics to comply with the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, otherwise known as ONCA, which will soon be coming into effect: 41. Notification of the Annual meeting, an Agenda, any Matters for Voting or discussion and Proposed Amendments to the By-laws and forms for proxies shall be published and circulated in an Issue of the Association magazine and/or by electronic or any other means by the Provincial Secretary at least one month but not more than 50 days in advance of such meeting. 42. All Matters for Voting or discussion or proposed Amendments to the By-laws shall: 1) be in the hands of the Provincial Secretary in writing not later than seven months prior to the Annual Meeting; 2) be sent to all local Branches in the form of a ballot not later than three months prior to the Annual Meeting; 3) be discussed and voted on by each Branch and the Branch Ballot recording the number of votes “For”, “Against”, and “Abstain” be sealed in an envelope marked “BALLOT-ANNUAL MEETING”. This envelope to be returned to the Provincial Secretary at least one month prior to the Annual Meeting or given to the Branch Delegate(s) to be delivered to the Annual Meeting. 76. Removal of registration: 1) The name of a member shall be removed from the Register by Council and a member shall be expelled from the Association after 15 days written notice from ORMTA, and the member has had not less than 5 days before the end of the 15-day period to respond: 1.

for unethical conduct, in respect of another member, that in the opinion of Council justifies

2.

upon conviction for any offence under the Criminal Code of Canada or under the law of

expulsion from the Association; OR Ontario, which, in the opinion of Council, indicates that the member has not continued to be of good character or where, in the opinion of Council, continuance of membership after the conviction would be detrimental to the Association.

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YES

NO

ABSTAIN


MATTERS FOR VOTING

YES

NO

ABSTAIN

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following bylaw be deleted on the grounds that ORMTA should not force local Branches to send delegates to the Annual Meeting. 43. Every local Branch shall appoint delegates to the Annual Meeting. 1) Subject to 43.2), a Branch is entitled to one delegate for: (a) each unit of up to twenty-five Active members; and (b) the fifteen or more Active members remaining after the membership has been divided into units of twenty-five 2) No Branch is entitled to appoint more than six delegates. 3) Members of Council cannot be appointed branch delegates. 4) All Active members except Associate Active members are counted when determining delegate representation to the Annual Meeting. This bylaw should be replaced with the following bylaw: 43. A quorum at a meeting of the members is a 15% majority of the members entitled to vote at a meeting, whether present in person, or has voted at the branch level and was duly recorded on the ballot for Matters For Voting, or by proxy. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following in italics be deleted from this bylaw on the grounds that ORMTA should not legislate how a branch does its business. 44. Any delegate(s) from a local Branch may attend any business meeting. The local branch may decide to reimburse any delegate(s) for expenses incurred while attending said meetings. An appointed delegate by the branch shall present in writing a report back to the branch on the Annual Meeting and/or the Convention. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The following bylaw to be amended to clarify the process by which a branch closes. Changes are shown in italics and strike-through. 53. Where it becomes necessary to close a Branch and transfer members to another branch, these procedures must be followed: 1) the local branch shall be closed upon written approval by more than 50% of the membership of the branch, and then by a majority vote of Provincial Council. at the Annual Meeting of the Association; 2) the memberships will be transferred to the branch(es) closest to where the members reside and/or teach or if the distance is more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) they will become Non-Branch members (PART II 8G); 3) the assets of the branch shall be divided on a per member basis to the branch(es) receiving new members and to Provincial Council for the Non-Branch members; 4) the records and documents of the branch shall be sent to the Provincial Secretary for the Association archives. Preamble: At present all Leaves of Absence must, at the recommendation of the Registrar, be passed by Council. It is an Executive recommendation that the Secretary/Registrar be given the authority to grant leave of absence requests for the following reasons: medical, maternity, paternity and continuing studies. This will streamline the process for granting Leaves of Absence. BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Bylaw Part Ix Section 72 Be Amended to Read as the Following: “To Allow the Secretary-Registrar the Authority to Grant Leave of Absence Requests for the Following Reasons: Medical, Maternity, Paternity, & Continuing Studies.

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WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS ACCEPTED SINCE OUR LAST ISSUE OF NOTES LYNNE OLIVER - ETOBICOKE – MISSISSAUGA BRANCH GEORGE VANDIKAS – NEWMARKET & AREA BRANCH VICKI CAVANAGH – BARRIE BRANCH JEFF WISEMAN – NORTH BAY BRANCH ALEXA BALL – NORTH YORK/YORK REGION BRANCH (PRIMARY); MARKHAM - STOUFFVILLE BRANCH (ASSOCIATE BRANCH) ROBERT DVORKIN – OTTAWA REGION BRANCH WEITING XU – SCARBOROUGH BRANCH JOAN HARRISON – OTTAWA REGION BRANCH SABRINA TANG – OTTAWA REGION BRANCH ANDREA BOTTICELLI – NORTH YORK/YORK REGION BRANCH (PRIMARY); CENTRAL TORONTO BRANCH (ASSOCIATE) RILEY MCINTYRE – OTTAWA REGION BRANCH IVAN HUOR – OTTAWA REGION BRANCH MARIETTE STEPHENSON – KITCHENER - WATERLOO BRANCH MARY ANNE TRENKER – OTTAWA REGION BRANCH

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Q&A time again! Some recent hot topics addressed below:

coverage verification information)..Once advised, I will adjust the site and issue a corrected invoice and waiver. You may send me the insurance waiver electronically or through the mail.”

Website use reminder: In order to make an online payment, it is necessary to login to the site and your profile. Login to the site with your email address (top right corner). If you can’t remember or have not chosen a password, click “Forgot password” (top right/to the right of Login) & you will be prompted to select a word of your choice. After logging in, you can click on “My Profile” on the ORMTA homepage directly above the logout area (top right corner). This should take you to your information including invoice. It’s all quite user-friendly once you become familiar with the site. Please keep your contact data updated since branch lists are generated from this information.

Branch levies: Some 2015-16 invoices include the branch levy. 21 branches accepted the courtesy offer from the Province to collect the branch levy on behalf of the branch: Ajax-Pickering, Central Toronto, Chatham-Kent, Etobicoke-Mississauga, Hamilton-Halton, HanoverWalkerton, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Markham-Stouffville, Newmarket & Area, Niagara Falls, North Toronto, North York-York Region, Oshawa District, Ottawa Region, Oxford County-Woodstock, Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Timmins and Windsor-Essex County. The branch fees have been separated on the invoice for clarity. Both the Branch levy and the Branch portion fee will be returned to the branch. Membership fee payment is still accepted through regular mail as stated on the invoice.

Email addresses: Please keep your email addresses updated in your profile and inform your branch and the Province if you have acquired your first email address. Thank you to those members who are taking the electronic plunge with brand new, first-time email addresses. NOTES hard copy: All members with email addresses are automatically listed as viewing the digital issue of NOTES online. The subscription fee for hard copy NOTES is $12.00 and is not included in the electronic invoice. If you change your mind at any time (prefer the hard copy delivered), please inform us and the annual subscription fee of $12 will be applied. 2015-16 Membership fees: The current fee breakdown of all levels can be found on P33/hard copy NOTESrecent edition or digital online copy of NOTES/home page ormta.org. Insurance: Some members, who have declined the Insurance option in the past, have understandably questioned its inclusion in the invoices. Insurance is still optional and the required proof is the completed waiver as always. Please read the opt-out process below: “All ORMTA members (except Retired & Auxiliary) will be invoiced for insurance annually and must respond each year. This is a result of the CFMTA ruling that all members must participate in the insurance program unless they sign a waiver each year and provide proof that they are already sufficiently insured (on form: Independent Nancy Dale, Provincial Treasurer

The CFMTA fee is mandatory for all categories except Retired and Semi-Retired, where this fee is optional. The CFMTA fee is not applied to the Auxiliary membership fee. The Special Projects fee is also mandatory. It is a portion of the Provincial fee designated for a specific project or event. The 2014-15 Special project fees have been directed towards marketing projects. The direction of the 2015-16 Special Project fee will be decided at the July meetings. Electronic payment reminders were requested by many in the membership. These reminders are automatically programmed into and generated from the site. If you have recently paid or carry a small balance please disregard the reminder. The site is not discerning and on occasion makes a poor decision! Thanks to those who sent supportive and constructive messages. Your feedback has been very helpful. Please continue to provide us with suggestions for improvement. Have a wonderful summer and hope to see you at July’s Summer Extravaganza. Nancy Dale, Provincial Treasurer nanjd@hotmail.com

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

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ORMTA Provincial Council 2014-2015 Executive

PRESIDENT

Frank Horvat - 503-16 Brookers Lane, Toronto ON M8V 0A5; Phone: 416-503-4789 E Mail: contactme@frankhorvat.com CFMTA Delegate

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Elizabeth Tithecott – 34 Gladstone Ave., Chatham, N7L 2C1; Phone: 519-351-6387 E Mail: etithecott@sympatico.ca Convention, Finance Chair

PAST PRESIDENT

Sue Jones - 259 Crocus Ave., Ottawa, K1H 6E7; Phone: 613-523-5317 E Mail: l.susan.jones@gmail.com Performance Competitions; CFMTA Delegate

TREASURER

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

SECRETARY-REGISTRAR

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

Zone Representatives CENTRAL

(year 1) Susan Robinson - 147 Brookside Cr.; Kitchener, N2N 1H2 Phone: 519-742.4129 E Mail: susan@everywhere.ca Young Artist Tour

EASTERN

(year 2) Judy Home - 4-110 Mary St. West; Whitby; L1N 8M5; Phone: 905-665-8484; Cell: 905-903-8484; E Mail: judy.home@rogers.com Bylaws

GREATER TORONTO

(year 1) Alice Dearden - 2 Norval St., Toronto, M6N 3Z2; Phone: 416-763-0490 E Mail: alicedearden@look.ca Canada Music Week/Music Writing Competition (year 1) Irene Fong Leung - Box 23552 Dexter, 5899 Leslie St., Willowdale, M2H 1J0; Phone: 416 496-9680; E Mail: irenefongleung@yahoo.com Affiliate Teacher Liaison (year 1) Eric Shaw - 172 Redpath Ave.; Toronto; M4P 2K6; Phone: 416-884-4846 E Mail: ericshaw@sympatico.ca Membership

NORTH CENTRAL

(year 3) Tracy Lai - 2754 Dempster Ave., Innisfil; L9S 1C1; Phone: 705-436-2236 E Mail: tlmusicstudio@gmail.com Advertising

NORTH EAST

(year 1) Frances Balodis - 1204 Ed Briese Rd. (Ullswater) R. R. #1 Utterson; P0B 1M0; Phone: 705-769-3449; E Mail: fbalodis@c-l-u.ca Fundraising

NORTH WEST

(year 2) Kathy Schmidt - 588 Riverview Dr.; Thunder Bay; P7C 1R7; Phone: 807-577-6999 E Mail: schmidt@tbaytel.net Professional Development

OTTAWA REGION

(year 1) Tania Granata - 89 Switch Grass; Nepean; K2J 5Z3; Phone: 613-447-2618 E Mail: taniag5@sympatico.ca ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award (year 3) Sandra Menard - 6023 Meadowglen Drive, Ottawa, K1C 5V4; Phone: 613-834-3052 E Mail: sandramenard88@gmail.com ORMTA Pedagogy Award

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SOUTHERN

(year 1) Jacqueline Huffman-Krisza - 1026 Earl Cres.; Burlington: L7T 3P9; Phone: 905-333-3128; E Mail: jjhk@cogeco.ca College/University Liaison

WESTERN

(year 6) Elizabeth Tithecott - 34 Gladstone Ave., Chatham, N7L 2C1; Phone: 519-351-6387 E Mail: etithecott@sympatico.ca Convention, Finance Chair

MEMBER AT LARGE

(year 2) Ian Green - 214 Huxley Ave. South; Hamilton; L8K 2R3; Phone: 905-483-2776 Email: ian@musicbyiangreen.com Communications

BOARD OF EXAMINERS

Nancy Hughes, Derek Oger, Audrey Jean Wells

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