Growing up in Stirling, Ontario, Michael Faulkner remembers sitting on his mother’s knee at age two with a big smile on his face, mesmerized by the piano. He fondly recalls playing the piano duets Jesus Loves Me and Music Box Dancer with his mother at age five. He also loved to watch his grandfather and mother play with happiness and joy. Michael remembers being fascinated with the organist at his childhood church, thinking that one day he would like to do that. Michael went on to do just that. Michael began piano lessons with his mother at the age of four, and by the age of 11 started teaching piano lessons and playing the organ for his church.
Known for musical insight, beautiful tone, and technical command, Michael studied at Queen’s University and is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T., Piano and Voice Performance and Pedagogy). He participated in music festivals and competitions, where he received many top awards.
Michael has enjoyed a rewarding, 36-year career as teacher, performer, collaborative pianist, church musician, adjudicator, workshop and masterclass clinician and Conservatory Canada examiner. He is an active member of the ORMTA, Kingston Branch and is currently Eastern Zone rep for Provincial Council. He sits on the Ontario Music Festivals Association Board and local festival boards such as Stirling Festival of Sacred Praise, and consults for the Quinte Rotary Music Festival. In addition, Michael maintains a thriving music studio and directs a popular 60-voice choir, “Let’s Make a Choir”, which performs two seasonal concerts entirely for charity, supporting the local Christmas Sharing Program, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, Adopt-A-Child Warm Winter Clothes program and other local charities.
As a piano teacher, Michael takes pride in the everyday successes of his students and fosters his students’ ability to collaborate and communicate their love and joy of music. He is also delighted to have a few exceptional students make it through the Associate and Licentiate levels and finds it very rewarding when a student pursues a career in teaching music or performance themselves. As an examiner and adjudicator, Michael loves to help others reach their goals and dreams. Michael explains that we are all “in it” together and that it truly does take a community to make it happen. Alongside a life-long passion for music, Michael is an avid animal lover and enjoys theatre, gardening, travelling and hiking.
From the Branch:
Kingston Branch of ORMTA is delighted to nominate Michael Faulkner for this award for 2020. He is most deserving of this recognition. During Michael’s 10 years of dedication to ORMTA, he has demonstrated great support for all of our branch’s teachers and activities. He brings his students to Kingston for festivals and recitals, tirelessly advocates for them, and encourages them to offer their own talents to benefit others. He willingly offers his technical, administrative and musical expertise, and he is incredibly generous, as demonstrated by his donations of money collected at his student recitals to various local charities. We are grateful to him for helping on the committee to put together our successful bid to host the 2022 convention. As well, Michael is simply one of the most kind, humble and compassionate people you will ever meet.