Welcome to the Hanover-Walkerton Branch 
of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association

"To promote excellence in music education, to promote a life-long love of music in our students,
and to provide fellowship and professional growth among members."

Branch Executive:

President - Dawn Toombs

Secretary - Beth Cruickshank

Treasurer - Margot Hundt

Workshop Convenor - Laura Gray


Search for our Branch Facebook Initiative at "ORMTA Students Share"

Hanover-Walkerton Branch Events:

Workshop and Zone Competition 2019

On Saturday May 25, 2019, the Hanover-Walkerton Branch hosted an ORMTA sponsored workshop, followed by the annual North Central Zone Competition.

The morning began with registration and snacks followed by Frances Balodis' workshop: Understanding the Student, Understanding the Teacher.  We were thrilled to have a good turn-out for this very interesting exploration of the DISC system for relating to our students and their parents. Each person has their own attributes such as being goal-oriented, outgoing, sensitive, or cautious. Frances' stories were practical and relevant to us because they were based on her music teaching experiences. We came away with a new way of sensing how we can better connect  with others.

Following lunch, we enjoyed a delightful afternoon of music at the Zone Competition. We were so proud that our Zone had such technically advanced and musical students whose performances were all outstanding and all deserved the first class marks they were awarded. Frances Balodis was our very competent adjudicator. Winners were: Junior Vocal - Rhys MacMaster Gormley, Junior Instrumental - Connor Taylor, Provincial Vocal - Alexis Bateman, Provincial Instrumental - Evelyn Liang.

The gifted participants at the North Central Zone Competition, adjudicated by Frances Balodis.


Winners Rhys MacMaster Gormley, Connor Taylor, Alexis Bateman, Evelyn Liang at the North Central Zone Competition, adjudicated by Frances Balodis.

April 6, 2019 Branch Young Artist Competition


On Saturday, April 6, our branch held it's annual Branch Young Artist Competition at Shoreline Baptist Church in Port Elgin. We enjoyed performances by some very talent young performers and the following adjudication by our very competent adjudicator Mary Lynn MacLean. Congratulations to the winners of our fairly new Novice Level, Rishab Roychowdhury and Alex Oestricher. Also congratulations to Michelle Wang, our Junior Student Instrumental winner, and to Cindy Lu, our Provincial Student Instrumental winner, both of whom advance to the zone competition to be held in Hanover on Saturday May 25.


October 26


Meeting at Pianovations to play group 'ensembles' on their many pianos. A good opportunity to explore upcoming festival material. Meeting and lunch afterwards at Cowbell.




September 7

We celebrated our students' achievements in their exams with the distribution of certificates and medals.

May 4, 2018

Yesterday our branch met at the home of Susanna Lyman in Goderich where she introduced us to her historic Fortepiano. After explaining about the building, tuning, repairs, and workings of the instrument, Susanna performed to demonstrate. Then we all gave it a try. We found it interesting that the keys were smaller than those of a piano, and the top notes were lighter. The damper pedal was operated by pressing your knee upwards. We met afterwards at Beach Street Station for lunch and a meeting and were happy that retired member Gail Lear was able to join us.








April 7, 2018 
Branch Competition, Port Elgin, Ontario. 
We were pleased to welcome Catherine Robertson as our adjudicator:




  • December 1, 2017
We had a great meeting ending with a fun workshop portion on studio policies, helpful tips, and a winter composition activity!




  • June 3, 2017
                   Celebration of Music for Canada's 150th
                   More details on our facebook page ORMTA Students Share
  • May 27, 2017, 10:00 am
    • North-Central Zone Student Competition and Teacher Workshop
    • Adjudicator, Martha Hill-Duncan
    • contact Owen Sound Branch for more details
  • March 25, 2017 
      Branch Competition, Hanover, Ontario:





Memories of Recent Events


Our October 2017 branch workshop with Debra Wanless showcased Canadian music selections for the Mid-Western Ontario Rotary Music Festival.  The hands-on approach made for a very enjoyable morning!


At Pianovations in November 2013:





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