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Below is a list of presentations, masterclasses and workshops being presented by the convention’s featured musicians, invited clinicians (listed in alphabetical order by name) and other speakers.


Do check the Schedule for the exact times for all events listed below. Please note that Presentations and Workshops are only open to people who have paid either the full convention registration fee or have purchased a single-day pass. 

 

Full and single-day Convention Registration packages also include access all Masterclasses and Competitions. Additionally, tickets will be available for purchase by the public to attend any of the Masterclasses and/or Competitions, along with the Friday Night Concert, through the IBCPA Box Office, beginning June 1, 2022.



Email convention@ormta.org with any inquiries


ℹ️ ORMTA Convention 2022 COVID-19 Protocol


FEATURED MUSICIAN PRESENTATIONS

 

The five featured musicians performing on the Friday night concert are also contributing to the convention in the following ways:

Lessons for Inspired Teaching, Learning and Living. Canadian singer, actress and stage director, Lesley Andrew, provides strategies to help one take responsibility for personal change and growth that reveal new approaches to teaching, learning and self-awareness. A mixture of stories, poignant memories, humour, lessons to be learned and inspiration, Lesley’s presentation will include performances of songs.

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About Lesley Andrew
About Lesley Andrew

Lesley Andrew (MMUS, HBA, HBFA, Diploma in Opera) has made soloist appearances with many of Canada’s finest orchestras and choirs.  Known for her extraordinary vocal range and versatility in many genres of music, she often ‘switches hats,’ performing as the soprano and alto soloist, from opera to show tunes, oratorio to jazz. 

 

Immediately following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Lesley began an extended tenure with the Stratford Festival, including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Twelfth Night, Cyrano De Bergerac, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Music Man and Patience. She has performed many major concert and recital tours, including Argentina, European, North America, and aboard the QE II 1999 World Tour. Lesley has made special guest television appearances on The Tonight Show, Oprah

Winfrey, To Tell the Truth, Donny & Marie, The Comedy Network, YTV, and many more.  

 

Lesley adjudicates and conducts masterclasses at festivals, universities and colleges around the world. She runs her voice and drama studios - Dream in Progress Productions from London and Windsor, Ontario, and online around the world! Her ‘Summer Glee’ program (theatre and music for youth) is now in its twenty-fifth year, with more programs offered each summer in communities across Canada.  


Lesley’s professional activities have included teaching and stage directing appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University, at the Universities of Windsor and Western Ontario, The Guelph Spring Festival, SOLO (Southern Ontario Lyric Opera) and as Head of Vocal Music at George Brown College. She continues to work as a soloist, actor, collaborative recital artist, stage director, adjudicator, and motivational speaker.

 

www.dreaminprogress.com

Michel Fournier: Senior Piano Masterclass–French Impressionism

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About Michel Fournier
About Michel Fournier

Praised both as a soloist and a chamber player, Canadian pianist Michel Fournier (DMus) has performed with a number of orchestras and is widely appreciated for the many recitals he has given in Canada, Europe and United States. His repertoire covers a broad spectrum of piano music from different eras and styles. He has a special fondness for French music and has earned critical acclaim for the originality of his interpretation and his refined sound.


Dr. Michel Fournier toured extensively with world class musicians and ensembles; he has several Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recordings, many albums and movie soundtracks to his credit.


Highly appreciated as an educator, Michel Fournier has provided guidance to thousands of musicians, teaching masterclasses, coaching and adjudicating national competitions for young musicians across North America, Europe and Asia. As a teacher, many of his student are award-winners in national and international competitions (Tureck International Bach Competition, American Protégé, Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, Canadian Music Competiton, National Music Festival in Canada and others). His private music studio in Montreal welcomes students from around the world for artist residency.


As a student of French pianist Yvonne Hubert, Michel completed a Master’s degree before continuing his studies in France and Austria. He also studied under legendary pianist Menahem Pressler at University of Indiana. He earned a Doctorate in Music from University of Montreal.


Michel Fournier’s numerous CD’s have won public and critical acclaim all over Canada.


https://standremanagement.com/?projects=michel-fournier

Valery Lloyd-Watts: Intermediate Piano Masterclass–Visualization: An Essential Tool for an Aural Art

Valery Lloyd-Watts will present the following Keynote Address at the Saturday Night Gala Dinner: Navigating the Waves of Change While Desperately Trying Not to Drown!

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About Valery Lloyd-Watts
About Valery Lloyd-Watts

Valery Lloyd-Watts invites you to explore with her how music transforms sound into an emotional reaction. Performing some of the world’s finest classical music, Valery shares her understanding of this process, greatly enhancing how listeners perceive music.


At the age of four, Valery began playing piano and made her debut with the Vancouver Junior Symphony Orchestra at age 12. Having received numerous awards by age 16, she was invited to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


Valery is a graduate, scholar and medalist of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada and received her Masters in Music from the University of Wisconsin. She was a scholar at the Royal College of Music, London where she played concerts and performed on the BBC.


After moving to Kingston, Ontario in 1970, she continued performing as well as developing the methods of Shinichi Suzuki as applied to piano. Valery and music partner, Carole L Bigler wrote Studying Suzuki Piano: More Than Music and Valery recorded the entire Suzuki repertoire. Wishing to share learning music with others, Valery and Carole created More Than Music, Inc. which presented an annual music camp, Suzuki Kingston, for 32 years.


Valery recorded over 50 CDs which include The Healing Heart of Music, Music for your Baby, Music for a Better Brain, Classically Romantic Piano and Great Movie Themes. She made an award-winning TV series, Music Meant for You, and travelled much of the Western world, performing and teaching.


In 2008, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) designated Valery one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.


https://valerylloydwatts.com

Patricia O’Callaghan: Presentation/Vocal Masterclass–The Art of Cabaret. Cabaret as a theatrical form of entertainment incorporating music, song, dance, recitation and drama, has a rich tradition in many European countries dating back to the late 19th century. Renowned for her own shows and recordings of this repertoire, in this presentation, Patricia O’Callaghan will describe some of the considerations in teaching and performing cabaret-inspired songs, ending with a coaching session of a performance by a young singer.

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About Patricia O'Callaghan
About Patricia O'Callaghan

Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel with a career that has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions. Her recording career spans six solo CDs and many interesting guest collaborations. Most recently Patricia started an appointment at Queen’s University’s DAN School of Drama and Music in September 2021, where, in addition to teaching a studio of private voice students, she is directing the School’s Music Theatre Ensemble.


A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, and she is considered a specialist in the music of Kurt Weill. Patricia has performed his Threepenny OperaSeven Deadly Sins, and Kleine Mahagonny with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Edmonton Opera, and Vancouver Opera, to name a few. She has sung with some of the world’s great ensembles and artists (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don Byron Quartet, Bryn Terfel), and has performed in venues that range from London’s Royal Opera House to New York’s Noho cabaret Le Poisson Rouge.


Patricia also writes and co-writes songs and has had the honor of premiering many new compositions, from both the classical and pop worlds. It has been her great privilege to work with such creators as R. Murray Schafer, David Braid, Dennis Lee, Christos Hatzis, George Aperghis, Steve Reich, and Steven Page, to name a few. Her film, theatre and television credits include her own Bravo! special, The CBC produced Ken Finkleman series Foolish Heart, and the semi-autobiographical Rhombus/Westwind film Youkali Hotel, which has won several prizes, including a Golden Sheaf Award for best female performance.


http://www.patricia-ocallaghan.com

Explorations in Soundscapes Workshop. Join Interdisciplinary Artist, Yessica Rivera Belsham, for an Ollin Soundscape of deep relaxation through the exploration of vibrations created by the frequencies with different sized Quartz crystal singing bowls, various drums and other percussion instruments, along with vocalizations in which Yessica combines her own intuitive vocalizations with traditional songs. Participants are encouraged to lie down on the floor, or on yoga mats if available, or sit in chairs to achieve a deeper state of relaxation and self-awareness.

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About Yessica Rivera Belsham
About Yessica Rivera Belsham

Founder of Ollin.ca, Yessica Rivera Belsham is an Interdisciplinary Artist from the tail of Turtle Island, México. She is grounded in her heritage while her love of life and her passion of world rhythms, colour, movement and healing arts are combined in one as she celebrates visual arts, dancing, drumming, and singing in her daily life while walking gently with Mother Earth. Yessica has a background of working with a wide range of various populations within México and Canada while promoting growth within individuals, families, and communities in a compassionate and embracing manner with workshops and events fostered in inclusion, diversity, and equity within the province of Ontario as Ollin.ca.


INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Riding the Rollercoaster: The Future of the Arts and Creativity. 


A timely presentation by Tricia Baldwin, the Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University and the co-creator of Queen’s Master in Arts Leadership program to develop the next generation of arts leaders. Prior to joining the Isabel, Tricia Baldwin was the Managing Director of the internationally acclaimed Tafelmusik. Tricia has been awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ John Hobday Award in Arts Management and the Queen's Human Rights Initiatives Award.

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About Tricia Baldwin
About Tricia Baldwin

Tricia Baldwin is the Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University. She and her talented team have established the Isabel as a noted arts presenter of local, national, and international talent and an arts incubator for new works. Tricia is the co-founder of the Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts with curator Dylan Robinson and the Isabel Human Rights Arts Festival where social justice and the arts interconnect. Prior to the Isabel, Tricia Baldwin was the Managing Director of the internationally acclaimed Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra from 2000 to 2014. Tricia Baldwin has been awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ John Hobday Award in Arts Management and the Queen's Human Rights Initiatives Award.

Blobs, Blocks and Beats: Surprising Versatile Online Music Education Tools.


Robb MacKay, a Queen’s faculty member and Kingston public school teacher introduces a variety of free, accessible online tools, geared toward elementary and secondary school-aged learners and ways to integrate them into both private and group music lessons, online and in person. 

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About Robb MacKay
About Robb MacKay

Robb MacKay teaches at Rideau Heights Public School in Kingston. He delivers music programs to students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 and collaborates with secondary school music teachers. He is also an adjunct lecturer at The Dan School of Music and Drama at Queen's University where he teaches courses in popular and world musics. Robb’s research interests include gender and equity in music education and the arts in special education. He makes frequent media appearances to discuss current events in popular music. Robb is a multi-instrumentalist with passion for musics of all origin and description. 


Bodies of Repertoire: The Embodied Transmission of Knowledge in Music.


Queen’s faculty member, Dr. Colleen Renihan, will explore the myriad ways we communicate knowledge without language in the discipline of Music. What does it mean to transmit musical knowledge implicitly through gesture, demonstration, imitation, and touch? What are the implications of this work? After sharing preliminary results from a research study on the intergenerational transmission of embodied knowledge among Canadian singers, Dr. Renihan welcomes attendees into conversation about this topic that affects all music teaching.

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About Dr. Colleen Renihan
About Dr. Colleen Renihan

Dr. Colleen Renihan is Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Music Theatre and Opera at the DAN School of Drama and Music, Queen's University. She holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of Toronto. Colleen has published chapters in several edited collections on opera, and in the journals twentieth century musicThe Journal of the Society for American MusicU of T Quarterly, and Music, Sound, and the Moving Image. Her book, The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History, was published by Routledge in 2020 in its Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera series. A second book project that examines operatic innovation in Canada 1970-2010 is underway. Colleen is also co-directs a SSHRC and CFI-funded project on inclusive and accessible community music theatre.


PEDAGOGICAL PRESENTATIONS

Cécile Desrosiers and Eleanor Gummer

Music by Women: Discovering Hidden Gems


Cécile and Eleanor will explore works by women from the 1700’s to the early 20th century, discussing why these works were hidden, and who these women were. Difficulties in accessing and deciphering the scores along with remarkable stories of these women and their music will be discussed. Representative composers to be presented include Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Anna Bon, Maria Anna Martinez, Mel Bonis, Pauline Viardot, Hedwige Chrétien and others. Discover how you can add these works to your teaching repertoire along with pedagogical ideas including how to interpret music written for the harpsichord on the modern piano.

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About Cécile Desrosiers
About Cécile Desrosiers

Pianist and harpsichordist Cécile Desrosiers holds a B.Mus (McGill University), L.Mus (Guildhall School, London, U.K.) and an M.Mus (University of Western Ontario). She has also studied with harpsichordists Eric Lussier, Hank Knox and Colin Tilney. Ms. Desrosiers has appeared as guest soloist with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brandon University Orchestra and McMaster University Chamber Orchestra. She has been heard on WQXR-FM (New York) and on numerous CBC and Radio-Canada broadcasts. Cécile Desrosiers currently teaches at Carleton University, works as a Conservatory Canada examiner and is sought after as a music festival adjudicator. 

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About Eleanor Gummer
About Eleanor Gummer

Eleanor Gummer has been teaching children of all ages for over 40 years. She holds a MMus in Piano Performance (McGill University), as well as a BMus (U of Manitoba), Fellowship and Licentiate diplomas (Trinity College of Music, London) and an ARCT. Ms Gummer studied in Europe, New York and has performed across Canada. She is a Conservatory Canada examiner and is actively involved in researching music by women. She is also the author of Pianokids® Violinkids® and Guitarkids® and the founder and director of Whitby School of Music. Ms Gummer is active as an adjudicator, clinician and composer. 

Natasha Finlay

Baroque Dance for Musicians


Bring the purpose of Baroque Dance to life with historical context. Play a Baroque dance to accompany a costumed dancer, cultivating interpretation and technique. Connect Baroque dance steps to musical phrases, and choreographic patterns to compositional form. Instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to bring their own scores; elementary-level repertoire for piano and strings will also be available to sight read. Learn a group dance from the palace courts to develop rhythm and artistry. Discover the link between physical gestures to counterpoint and modulation. All levels of physical ability are welcome. Embody your approach to music.

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About Natasha Finlay
About Natasha Finlay

Natasha Finlay, ARCT, is a dance notator for The National Ballet of Canada. She holds two Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medals for Piano Pedagogy and has taught in Paris, London, Montreal and Toronto, including at The Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists. She is a piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and runs a French-English piano studio in Toronto.

Nisreen Jardaneh

Creative Use of Music Technology for Teaching Students of All Abilities

 

Every student can create music with proper guidance and support. Some misconceptions about music composition are that you must be able to read and notate music and be a skilled player. I have been using music technology to open opportunities for students of all abilities and backgrounds to enjoy creating original songs and arrangements. This interactive workshop will provide ideas on how to use music technology creatively in music lessons for composition, improvisation, arrangements, and more. I will cover Chrome Music Lab and GarageBand, adaptable to all levels. You are welcome to bring your iPad and enthusiasm to follow along!

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About Nisreen Jardaneh
About Nisreen Jardaneh

Nisreen Jardaneh believes that every child should have access to music education. She has been teaching for many years in group and private settings as well as elementary and secondary schools. She holds a Graduate Research Certificate in Piano Pedagogy, MA from the University of Ottawa, and a Masters in Music Education from Université Laval. Nisreen is always eager to find creative ways into teaching music and embraces the effective use of technology to accelerate music learning. She is a pianist but also enjoys playing accordion, ukulele and any other instrument she can put her hands on.

Molly Luhta

Contemporary Music Theatre: Vocal Styles and Performance Practice


It’s no surprise that music theatre has become its own individual area of study. The world of music theatre has blown up and the lines between genres have blurred. Through the exploration of selected examples you can feel confident teaching students of any age this new repertoire.

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About Molly Luhta
About Molly Luhta

Loving music as long as she can remember, Molly Luhta has cultivated her passion and is now a lyric soprano. Her opera performances have taken her across Canada, and she performs regularly as a soloist in concerts and recitals. She has adjudicated for regional festivals, as well as for CFMTA's 2020 Canada Music Week Festival. In 2019, she debuted "Clear Shining Moment", written for her by Martha Hill-Duncan (RCM Voice, Level 8 Repertoire). In 2016, she won 1st Place at the National Canadian Music Competition. She holds degrees from Western University (M.Mus, Voice Literature and Performance) and Queen’s University (B.Ed, B.Mus).

Audrey Marshall

Freedom and Ease at the Piano: How the Body Works Best


This talk will describe how we can move fingers, hand, and arm in a unified way to create free and comfortable technique at the piano. It is based on the work of Dorothy Taubman, a Russian-trained pianist who spent 50 years studying and researching how the body moves best to achieve this result. The talk will include how to work with children and beginning students to set guidelines for this coordination from the first lesson. It will also cover physical attributes of the piano that we can use to further beautiful sound and express the meaning of music we play.

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About Audrey Marshall
About Audrey Marshall

Audrey Marshall, an RCM examiner and adjunct faculty member of the Golandsky Institute, studied piano in Scotland, and at age 12 was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music (London). After a career as a practicing orthoptist and lecturer, she immigrated to Canada with her husband. She has continued piano study, including at the Dorothy Taubman Institute of Piano Technique; with Edna Golandsky, founder of the Golandsky Institute (Princeton, NJ); and with Taubman proponent Ilya Itin. Audrey has worked with compromised pianists for 25 years. She has a private studio in Kingston and teaches in Toronto and online.

Dina Namer

Clara Schumann: Wonder Woman of the 19th Century


Research on the life and works of composer and pianist Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896) has increased in recent years, owing to the added investigation of previously neglected women composers during our time. This workshop will explore the many facets of Clara Wieck Schumann’s life in her multiple roles as virtuoso performer, composer, wife and mother, as well as her critical role in promoting the works of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The workshop will include performances of Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio op. 17 and Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, op.20 for solo piano.

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About Dina Namer
About Dina Namer

Pianist Dina Namer is well known to chamber music lovers in Canada. She has had an extensive career in both the United States and Canada as a harpsichordist and pianist, performing and recording a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary Canadian works. Dina has had a long association with the musicians of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, recording frequently for CBC and Radio Canada. She is presently a Continuing Adjunct Lecturer in Piano at the Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University, where she teaches collaborative and solo piano performance.

Lori Lynn Penny

Teaching Music Theory with, about, in, and through Music


Consistent with the pragmatic premise of learning-by-doing, I will present interactive teaching segments, featuring selections from The Royal Conservatory’s elementary/intermediate piano repertoire, that succinctly demonstrate the practical relevance of an integrated pedagogical approach. Imagine teaching music theory from a music-first perspective!

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About Lori Lynn Penny
About Lori Lynn Penny

Lori Lynn Penny has taught all subjects of music theory at all levels for more than 40 years. She is a member of The Royal Conservatory’s College of Theoretical Examiners, marking rudiments, harmony, history, and analysis examinations. She co-authored the Celebrate Theory series – preparatory to level 8. Lori Lynn has a BMus in Elementary School Music; a DipFA in Music Education (Kodály Method); an MA in Music Theory; and a PhD in Education (Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation), researching Music Theory Pedagogy. She is also Treasurer of the Ottawa Region Branch of ORMTA and Director of the Gloucester Music Club.

Lee Watson

Physical Health While Teaching Online: The Ergonomics of Your Studio


Is your body feeling the strain of multiple hours sitting in front of your computer to lead lessons digitally? Recommendations for setting up your online teaching studio with your physical health and ergonomics in mind.

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About Lee Watson
About Lee Watson

Lee Watson’s musical journey started at age 7 with piano lessons and unlocked a love for music, arts, and teaching especially. She advocates for every student, especially those in need of encouragement. She wishes to see every student (young and old!) find joy in music no matter their skill level or talent, and regularly organizes community events where students can perform, such as Woof A Roo, long-term care homes or Stroll the Streets. She holds an MTS (Tyndale University, Toronto), BMus (University of Windsor) and an ARCT (RMC). She is president of ORMTA’s Windsor-Essex branch and a Certified RCM Teacher.


VENDOR & SPONSOR PRESENTATIONS

Counterpoint Music Library Services

The Canadian Opera Aria Anthology: A first of its kind for Canadian opera


Presenters: Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa, Victor Davies, Korin Thomas-Smith


This new and invaluable resource for singers and voice teachers delivers a diverse collection of exciting Canadian repertoire into your hands. Join us as we explore some of the Canadian operas featured in this work through their story, history, and music.


Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa will be presenting this workshop on the Canadian Opera Aria Anthology, based on her doctoral thesis and published by Counterpoint Music Library Services. There will be live performances of repertoire from this series, from the Soprano edition, by Stephanie Nakagawa, accompanied by our special guest the prolific, accomplished, resourceful and entertaining composer Victor Davies, honoured with the Order of Canada for his work. A selection from the in-progress Baritone/Bass edition will be performed by the young and talented baritone Korin Thomas-Smith. Named to the CBC Music’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” list for 2021, you will enjoy hearing what this young baritone can do.


This workshop is presented by Counterpoint Music Library Services. Learn more about them at www.cpmusiclibrary.ca and please visit their vendor table.


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About Victor Davies
About Victor Davies

Victor Davies has crossed many musical boundaries. His work has been commissioned and performed by performers from around the world and has earned him one of Canada’s highest honours, being named to the Order of Canada in 2015.  Born in Winnipeg Canada, he studied at the University of Manitoba, and Indiana University graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Composition, and has studied conducting with Pierre Boulez in Switzerland.  He has worked as a freelance composer, pianist, and conductor, working with major artistic organizations, as well as the CBC, The National Film Board and independent producers and has written dramatic and documentary scores in a variety of styles, for radio, film and television.  Davies’ music, aimed at a wide audience is melodic and brilliantly orchestrated, and though he looks to popular idioms as a source of inspiration, his style is eclectic. His diverse catalogue includes major theatre works, film scores, a full-length ballet, chamber music, oratorio and numerous operas. Arias from some of his operas have been included in the recently published Counterpoint Music Library series Canadian Opera Anthology.

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About Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa
About Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa

Soprano, Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa, has a great passion for Canadian opera. Her outstanding contribution to the field and her research work, A Canadian Opera Aria Anthology for Soprano, has been recognized by the Canadian Music Centre with the Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence. Stephanie completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and Opera from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s degree from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Music in Opera from UBC, and ARCT Performance Diplomas in both piano and voice. She was also awarded the Voice National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Stephanie is an active performer and recitalist, and has performed across Canada and internationally. In addition to performing, Stephanie loves working with young aspiring singers as a teacher and adjudicator. She is also the music director and conductor  of the Vancouver women’s chamber choir, Coro Cantare.

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About Korin Thomas-Smith
About Korin Thomas-Smith

Canadian baritone Korin Thomas-Smith is a graduate of the University of Toronto Masters of Opera program, a former fellow of the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency program at the Royal Conservatory, and is currently completing his Masters of Musical Arts in Opera at Yale University. Performances for 2021-2022 include Dulcamara in Elisir d’amore and Baritone soloist in Beethoven’s 9th in Koerner Hall, with former roles including Conte Almaviva and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park, and Schaunard in La Boheme. Korin is a frequent collaborator with Toronto companies Tapestry Opera and Against the Grain Theatre. Korin will be a fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Festival in the summer of 2022, previous programs include the Music Academy of the West and Aspen Music Festival and School. Korin was named one of CBC Music’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 for 2021.

Long & McQuade

Discover and Explore the Work of Ukranian Canadian Composer Larysa Kuzmenko


Presenters: Larysa Kuzmenko, Natalya Gennadi


Larysa Kuzmenko is a Juno Award nominated composer known for writing music that people enjoy hearing and playing. She has a large and diverse body of work. This workshop will be looking at some of her piano work including a new piece written and being premiered on this occasion by the composer. The workshop will also feature her piece Voice of Hope, with a new solo piano accompaniment, written to the text of a young 16 year old woman whose family was starved to death in Stalin’s Ukrainian purge of 1932-33, known as the Holodomor. While this is about an event which happened 90 years ago, as we have seen, history has been repeating itself and this powerful work resonates today. It will be performed by the Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated, highly-talented Ukrainian Canadian soprano Natalya Gennadi. Her rich and gorgeous voice is captivating and convincing in this piece. Don’t miss it!


Jointly sponsored and presented by Long & McQuade - Canada’s Music Store www.long-mcquade.com and Larysa Kuzmenko’s publisher, Counterpoint Music Library Services www.cpmusiclibrary.ca. We welcome you to visit their vendor tables.

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About Larysa Kuzmenko
About Larysa Kuzmenko

Larysa Kuzmenko is a Toronto-based composer, pianist, educator and Juno nominee, of Ukrainian heritage. Her music has been commissioned, performed, broadcast and recorded by many outstanding musicians all over the world. Her works demonstrate a strong affinity towards the mainstream of classical music. She imbues her music with a strong melodic sense, and a firm rooting in traditional, albeit extended tonal processes. Her music is published by Counterpoint Music Library Services who has recently contracted with her to publish all remaining unpublished works as well as all future works. Some of her pieces have been published by Boosey and Hawkes (choral), Plangere (piano), and Frederic Harris (The Piano Odyssey Series). Her solo piano works receive over a hundred performances a year. Her choral works Winds and Stars are performed regularly all over the world. Larysa has been awarded commissions to write a wide variety of pieces including choral, orchestral, chamber and solo. She is currently on staff at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, where she teaches piano, harmony, and composition. You can find out more about her at her website: www.larysakuzmenko.com

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About Natalya Gennadi
About Natalya Gennadi

Ukrainian - Canadian soprano Natalya Gennadi is gaining attention in North America for her performances inwide-ranging repertoire. After receiving her Masters in Opera Performance at University of Toronto, Natalya caused a sensation in the leading role of Tapestry Opera’s Oksana G, receiving a Dora Award nomination. Natalya understudied Tatiana in Eugene Onegin at Hawaii Opera Theatre, sang Mimi in La bohème with Highlands Opera and Violetta in La Traviata with Opera York. In 2021, Natalya starred in the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur in a digital production with Voicebox:Opera in Concert. Natalya shares her love of Slavic music as a professional diction coach and is an avid supporter of Ukrainian vocal repertoire, which she has proudly performed at recent benefit concerts in Toronto and Montreal.

Christopher Norton

Wendy Edwards-Beardall Norton - A New Voice in Canadian Music


Wendy Edwards Beardall-Norton was born in Toronto. She had her first piano lessons at the age of 5 and later studied piano at Loretto Academy in Hamilton. Dance and vocal study were also a major part of her musical development. It was with husband Christopher Norton’s encouragement that Wendy returned to composing. She has now produced many published works - 4 books of piano pieces, a book of art songs, settings of words by John Wesley and major contributions to the Micromusicals series (Boosey & Hawkes) and Songs from the Micromusicals (80days Publishing). Wendy and Christopher now live in Stratford.

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About Christopher Norton
About Christopher Norton

Composer, arranger, and teacher, Christopher Norton is universally regarded as the leader in his field. Born in 1953, he is a New Zealand-born, now Canadian-based composer. His long and fruitful association with Boosey & Hawkes has resulted in the world-famous Microjazz series, the Preludes for piano, 2 Concert Collections for piano and, with his wife Wendy, 30 Micromusicals. The Connections series has also expanded to include duet volumes, teacher accompaniment books and books for flute, clarinet and violin with piano accompaniment. Christopher now lives, with his wife Wendy Beardall-Norton, another published composer, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Magnopere Corporation

Ultra-smooth Online Music Collaboration with SuperConductor


Presenter: Xingbo (Isaac) Wang (founder)


SuperConductor is an easy-to-use web application for real-time remote music collaboration and performance using digital instruments. SuperConductor is purpose-built to address the numerous challenges in virtual music teaching and playing. It is a fully-featured application providing essential tools to enhance music learning, inspire creativity, and unlock the potential of online jamming.

 

In this workshop, we will

* Discuss challenges faced by musicians in a virtual environment

* Provide a brief overview of audio/MIDI technology and limitations

* Introduce SuperConductor - our unique solution

* Showcase current and upcoming features

* Conduct a live demo with musicians across Canada

* Present an exclusive offer to attendees

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About Xingbo Wang
About Xingbo Wang

Xingbo (Isaac) Wang, founder of  Magnopere Corporation is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist with a passion for music. He received his Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2014 and his Masters of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2016. He was a software developer at a Canadian music technology start-up during his post-secondary studies between 2012-2015. Since 2016 he has been working in the aerospace industry as a systems engineer and lead software developer for UAV start-ups in Canada and the US, as well as a member of technical staff supporting Canadarm 2 operations on the International Space Station. In 2022, Isaac founded Magnopere Corporation with the goal of bringing state-of-the-art technological advancements to the music industry, with a focus on remote music collaboration.

Musicology

Online Teaching Made Easy


Presenter: Rebecca Featherstone (President & CEO)


Explore the history and differences of video conferencing solutions over the years and how new technology like Musicology is enhancing teachers and students online globally through low latency, layered sound and interactive music features that even a child can navigate. Walk through a visually appealing demonstration of the interactive and collaborative features for Musicology like the whiteboard, metronome, file upload, MIDI keyboard and draggable musical palette. View an example of a student engaging on the platform online and gain some very valuable tech tips in the meantime!

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About Rebecca Featherstone
About Rebecca Featherstone

Rebecca Featherstone, a graduate of Mohawk College for Applied Arts (2000) and McMaster University BA in Music (2002), has been teaching piano for over 20 years. Owner of a multi teacher studio in Toronto since 2008. In 2020 Rebecca created Musicology, a robust video conferencing platform with collaborative and interactive tools designed to teach music online with the highest quality audio unique to Musicology alone. Available for iOS and a Web App for Chrome globally, Musicology allows the student to fully participate in their lesson as naturally as possible and as similar to an in-person lesson without the need for extra accessories or equipment.

One Eye Publications

Modern Approaches to Piano Lessons with Traditional Concepts


Presenter: Eleanor Gummer (CEO)


One Eye Publications features methods books for young beginning students with Pianokids® Violinkids® and Guitarkids®. This back-to-basics approach teaches reading from the initial lesson with clean, uncluttered pages and an easy to follow format. Children are drawn to the imaginative pieces and fun activities. Come experience this fully integrated approach with an exciting method and motivating technology. Pianokids® is also available in digital format. Children are drawn to technology and the SuperScore app for iPads is a wonderful way to enhance the lesson, internalize rhythm and create a “practice buddy.” Discover how to make lessons fun and motivating for young children.

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About Eleanor Gummer
About Eleanor Gummer

Eleanor Gummer has been teaching children of all ages for over 40 years. She holds a MMus in Piano Performance (McGill University), as well as a BMus (U of Manitoba), Fellowship and Licentiate diplomas (Trinity College of Music, London) and an ARCT. Ms Gummer studied in Europe, New York and has performed across Canada. She is a Conservatory Canada examiner and is actively involved in researching music by women. She is also the author of Pianokids® Violinkids® and Guitarkids® and the founder and director of Whitby School of Music. Ms Gummer is active as an adjudicator, clinician and composer. 

Red Leaf Pianoworks

Red Leaf Pianoworks in Concert


Presenters: Joanne Bender, Susan Griesdale, John Burge & Martha Hill Duncan (Composers)


This official launch of Red Leaf’s third anthology, Branches,  takes teachers and students to new heights - performing Levels 6 & 7 piano repertoire. Red Leaf’s first two anthologies, Sprouts (2018) and Saplings (2020) nurture the budding beginner and junior pianist. This latest collection brings new life to the intermediate student. These anthologies offer the unique opportunity to sample the works of all 13 Red Leaf composers, including the newest members of the collective, American composers Wynn-Anne Rossi and Amy Stephens. Thanks to the generous support of the SOCAN Foundation.

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About Joanne Bender
About Joanne Bender

coming soon!

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About Susan Griesdale
About Susan Griesdale

Susan Griesdale is an award winning Composer, Piano Teacher, Clinician, and Adjudicator.  She earned her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and studied Composition with Composers Heather Schmidt, Michael J. Rudman and Julian Miran. An Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Susan has published collections for piano, violin, flute, and choral works. You will find her violin music in the 2021 RCM Violin Series, her piano music in the 2022 RCM Piano Syllabus and Celebration Series, the Conservatory Canada Syllabus, the ACNMP’s Contemporary Showcase Syllabus and the US National Federation of Music Teachers Bulletin.

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About John Burge
About John Burge

Dr. John Burge began teaching at Queen’s University in 1987. A Juno-winning composer, in 2014 he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada for his success as a composer and support of the Arts in Canada. Having completed his A.R.C.T. in piano performance while still in high school, John Burge has continued to perform throughout his career, usually in presentations of his own music. John Burge enjoys working with musicians of all ages and has adjudicated music festivals across Canada. A passionate advocate for Canadian music, he served as the President of the Canadian League of Composers from 1993-2007.

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About Martha Hill Duncan
About Martha Hill Duncan

Martha Hill Duncan is a composer, piano teacher, and a founding member of RED LEAF PIANOWORKS. Her vocal works have won numerous prizes and she was a finalist for the 2020 Louis Applebaum Composer award. She graduated from The Houston High School for Performing and Visual Arts and The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in composition with studies in voice and piano. Her piano and vocal solos are included throughout music educational syllabi and publications. A teaching artist for the Festival for Creative Pianists, and former RCM piano examiner, she directs the Kingston, Ontario choir, SHE SINGS!

Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

One Masterclass, Two Locations


Presenters: Steve Butterworth (VP Sales & Marketing, Musical Instruments Department, Yamaha Canada) & Dr. John Burge (Professor, Dan School of Drama and Music)


Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. proudly presents a Masterclass like no other - with the Yamaha Disklavier, piano sounds and key actions will transmit in real time between Kingston and Markham. The true pinnacle of reproducing technologies, the Disklavier series offers the highest resolution recording and playback paired with the best quality acoustic pianos. Say goodbye to laggy Zoom lessons and hello to unlimited possibilities with real-time music-making online! This Masterclass will be conducted by Dr. John Burge with introduction by Steve Butterworth. Participating in the Masterclass are Yamaha students Riley Chan and Melody Qu under the tutelage of Yamaha Education veteran Kian-Boon Yeo.

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About Steve Butterworth
About Steve Butterworth

Vice President Musical Instruments & Education Division, Steve Butterworth is a music industry veteran with 34 years of experience in the musical products and music education fields. With studies in low brass and jazz at Humber College and a B.A. in Music from McMaster University, he is also a 21-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy Band. He has been a frequent workshop facilitator and adjudicator for concert and jazz bands at regional and national music festivals. He has a passion for creating opportunities for all to know the joy of learning and performing music together with others.

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About Dr. John Burge
About Dr. John Burge

Dr. John Burge began teaching at Queen’s University in 1987. A Juno-winning composer, in 2014 he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada for his success as a composer and support of the Arts in Canada. Having completed his A.R.C.T. in piano performance while still in high school, John Burge has continued to perform throughout his career, usually in presentations of his own music. John Burge enjoys working with musicians of all ages and has adjudicated music festivals across Canada. A passionate advocate for Canadian music, he served as the President of the Canadian League of Composers from 1993-2007.

Yamaha Music School Markham

Yamaha Music Education System - the Best Kept Secret in North America


Presenters: Ruby Chung (Marketing Specialist, Music Education Department, Yamaha Canada) & Craig Milner (National Course Supervisor, Music Education Department, Yamaha Canada)



Did you know the Yamaha Music Education System (YMES) is in over 40 countries and has graduated over 5 million students since 1954? With our humble beginning in Winnipeg back in 1966, there are now more than 30 Yamaha Music Schools across Canada. The Program’s emphasis on Comprehensive Music Education, Aural Training and Creativity have been strong pillars of the YMES brand. Come learn how this beloved Music Method has transformed the lives of millions and how you can get involved as music educators.

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About Craig Milner
About Craig Milner

Craig Milner is the National Course Supervisor for the Young Musicians Course (YMC), Piano Club (PC), and Keyboard Club (KC). He is also the coordinator for Yamaha Grade Exams and the Junior Original Concert Program (JOC) across Canada. Craig is a strong believer in nurturing creativity and during the past few years his students have been selected for concert performances of their own compositions in the USA, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

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About Ruby Chung
About Ruby Chung

Ruby Chung is the Marketing Specialist for Yamaha Canada's Music Education Department. Ruby began her music training at Yamaha Taiwan at the age of four. With her diploma in ARCT piano performance and pedagogy as well as a B.A. in Commerce from Queen's University, Ruby's biggest passion is to bring the best music education to all in Canada. Ruby is a certified Yamaha group music instructor and holds the Yamaha Grade 4 Teachers Certificate. She is also a teacher trainer for Yamaha Music Schools in regional teaching seminars across Canada.


The ORMTA 2022 Convention in Kingston gratefully acknowledges the significant support provided by the DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, the Ballytobin Foundation and the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area in presenting this convention at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

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