Friday, July 27th, 2018

Welcome to Ottawa Events

Sponsored by the Ottawa Region Branch

Convention attendees have an opportunity to visit two cultural gems in Ottawa: The University of Ottawa’s Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory and the Period Instrument Studio, and the Northern Lights, Sound and Light Show at the House of Commons.

Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory

The Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility meeting international high technology standards. Its infrastructure makes it possible to directly observe specific visual or auditory phenomena in order to measure the complex activity of learning to play the piano. The laboratory’s sophisticated hardware enables a variety of experiments in a controlled environment. A student’s performance can be digitized, saved on computer or on videotape, and converted into statistical graphs and measurements. The enhanced access to multi-media technology has resulted in new levels of excellence in teaching and research.

Visitors will be invited to move through the different rooms of the Research Laboratory. They will be shown equipment and will be informed of some of the on-going research projects.

Workshop with Dr. Elaine Keillor

The Period Instruments Studio provides a unique opportunity to experience music firsthand in its historical context. Matters of performance practice and instrument capabilities are explored with the purpose of broaching questions regarding musical authenticity.

The collection includes a Graf pianoforte, a John Morley clavichord, a Lindholm-Söderström clavichord and a Broadwood pianoforte.

This workshop will be a demonstration of repertoire written specifically for and played on clavichord, harpsichord, Walter fortepiano, 1823 replica fortepiano as well as a Pleyel will show how particular approaches to keyboard writing and execution were influenced by the instruments available.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. Combining bold digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings, the show illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision at the heart of our country. Audiences have been captivated by sound and light shows on Parliament Hill for more than 30 years. Key figures, events and achievements from Canadian history are brought to life using five distinct artistic styles. All are presented in spectacular detail, with stirring narration and an original score, against the backdrop of the Centre Block and Peace Tower.


6:30 PM: Bus pickup at Infinity Convention Centre

7:00 – 9:00 PM: University of Ottawa, Period Instrument Archive Tour and Lecture with Dr. Elaine Keillor, and Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Tour

9:00 – 10:00 PM: Free time to walk 1.4 km to House of Commons (Rideau Mall, Starbucks, Chapters, Rideau Canal, Chateau Laurier, Confederation Park, War Memorial)

10:00 PM: Northern Lights – Sound and Light Show at the House of Commons

10:30 PM: Bus return to Infinity


Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th 

Vendor Show 

Shop and learn in Vendor Show. List of vendors


Master Classes

Clinician Dina Namer Junior/Intermediate Piano Master Class with local ORMTA students. 

Clinician John Avey will lead a Vocal Master Class with local ORMTA students. Any level.

Clinician Nadia Boucher will lead a Small Ensemble Master Class with local ORMTA students. Any level.



Susan Blyth-Schofield - Performance Anxiety

Lori Lynn Penny – Teaching Tips for Theory Teachers

Dr. Elaine Keillor - Period Instruments (in partnership with the University of Ottawa)

Kathy Schmidt - Learn About Your ORMTA Membership

Sponsored Workshops

Derek Oger (Conservatory Canada) - Conservatory Canada's New Syllabi

Martha Hill Duncan, Susan Griesdale, Joanne Bender and Dr. John Burge

(Red Leaf Pianoworks) - The Playful Piano

Gayle Dunsmoor & Marya Ricker (QuenMar Music) - Creative Piano Skills

Eleanor Gummer (One Eye Publications) - Integrating Technology with the Young Pianist

Glory St. Germain (Ultimate Music Theory) - Discover the Three Master Keys

Dr. Janet Lopinski (Royal Conservatory) - What's New at the Royal Conservatory


Saturday Evening Gala Dinner

Dr. Gilles Comeau - The Passion of Being a Music Teacher


Sunday Morning Concert

Kyung-a Lee - Solo Piano Recital


Saturday Awards Luncheon

The Awards Luncheon will celebrate the ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award (OCTA) recipients and the Pedagogy Award recipient. 

The ORMTA has an abundance of members who dedicate much time and passion to teaching their students, helping this organization, and volunteering within their communities. It is with this spirit that the ORMTA recognizes these exceptional individuals on an annual basis with an ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award (or OCTA, previously Special Teacher Award). Nominees will be recognized for their achievements and receive a certificate at the annual ORMTA Awards Luncheon.

The Pedagogy Award is presented annually to a student studying pedagogy with an ORMTA member in good standing, who receives the highest mark in Ontario in the written portion of their Associate pedagogy examination. The recipient will receive a cash prize, certificate, feature in NOTES Magazine, and an invitation to ORMTA's Annual Awards Luncheon.


Sunday AGM Luncheon

ORMTA's AGM Meeting will be hosted over lunch. 


Competition Rehearsals and Competition

ORMTA Provincial Instrumental Competition - performance competition for instrumentalists performing at a Grade 10 or Associate Level.

ORMTA Provincial Vocal Competition - performance competition for vocalists performing at a Grade 9 level or higher.

ORMTA Provincial Young Artist Competition - Most prestigious of ORMTA competitions, instrumentalists and vocalists perform a recital program in the hopes of winning a scholarship and concert tour of Ontario.

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