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Volume 12 - Issue 9 - June 2007

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ANNOUNCEMENTS ... WORKSHOPS, ... ETCETERAWORKSHOPS*June 1 7:30-1 Opm: Recorder Players'Society. Opportunity for recorder and/orother early instrument players to playRenaissance & Baroque music in uncoachedgroups. Church of the Transfiguration, 111Manor Rd. East. 416-694-9266. D(CAMMAC member), $12(non-member).*June 3 1 :30-4pm: Toronto Early MusicPlayers Organization. Workshop forrecorder orchestra led by Avery Maclean.Music to be supplied in advance. LansingUnited Church, 49 Bogert Ave. 416-778·7777. D, members free.*June 6, 7, 8 7:30: Tapestry New OperaWorks. Wordplay. Festival of librettoreadings including the short operas of Opera toGo 2DD8, & readings from several full lengthworks in development. Ernest Balmer Studio,Distillery Historic District, Bldg. 58, Studio315, 55 Mill St. 416·537·6D66 x221. D,(st).*June 910am-11:30am: BrantfordSymphony Orchestra/Ontario EarlyYears Centre: Brant Early LiteracySpecialist. A Morning with the Orchestra -Calling All Mommies/Interactive musicaleducation program about the importance ofmusic in a child's early years, featuringperformances & talks by musicians VivianMinden, flute, Nancy Nelson, oboe & MelanieEyers, bassoon. Meet the musicians and tourthe OEYC: Brant to learn about the sevicesoffered for you & your newborn. Ontario EarlyYears Centre: Brant, 33D West St., Brantford.519· 759-3833. Free (registration required).*June 20 7:30: Toronto ShapenoteSinging from Sacred Harp. Beginnerswelcome. St. Stephen-in·the·Fields, 103Bellevue Ave. 416- 922· 7997*June 25 7:30: Toronto Early MusicCentre. Vocal Circle. Recreational reading ofearly choral music. Ability to read musicdesirable but not essential. 12 Millbrook Cres.416-92D·5D25. Members free, (nonmembers).*June 26 B:DO: Toronto Folk Singers'Club. An informal group that meets for thepurpose of performance & exchange of songs.T ranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. 416 ·532-D9DD.*June 28, July 5, 12, 19 7-9pm: ClaimYour Voice Studios. Adult Summer SingingWorkshops. Basic vocal technique/health,improv, singing world songs, private lesson.Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square,Toronto. 416-523-1154. $ lOD or bring afriend .*July 7, 14, 21, 28 10am· 12 noon: ClaimYour Voice Studios. Adult Summer SingingWorkshops. See June 28. 87 BeechwoodAve., Hamilton. 9D5-544· 13D2. DD orbring a friend .*All The King's Voices. Summer Sight·Singing and Vocal Technique Courses. All levels& styles, with instrumental accompanimentprovided. June, July & August. Info: 416-225-2255 or king44@sympatico.caMetropolitan United Churchpresents~@JfpKIDS AT MET PERFORMINGDAY CAMP FOR THE PERFORMING ARTSAugust 27- August 31Ages 4-6 mornings,full days for 7 through teensSinging, instrumental music, drama, danceInformation: 416-363-0331 Ext. 26for Singers:Performance Opportunitiesand• The Vocal Art ForumWE ARE All Music's CHILDRENcontinued from page 25May's Child ... Maestro Boris BrottBorn in Montreal (1944), Boris Brott studiedviolin first with his father, AlexanderBrott, and performed at the age offive with the orchestra of LesConcerts symphoniques de Montreal(MSO) at a young people's matinee.Today he is one of Canada'smost internationally recognizedconductors, appearing as guestconductor, educator, motivationalspeaker and cultural ambassador, withgreat commitment to the development ofnew audiences and young artists. Hefounded the Brott Summer Music Festival in1988 and the National Academy Orchestra in 1989.In May, 2006 he was voted one of the top five Greatest Hamiltoniansof all time by Hamilton Spectator readers."My earliest musical memory is standing in a crib watching my parentsrehearse a string quartet. We lived in a room in my grandparents'house. I'd have been 18 months or 2 years old ... "."My 'cellist mother encouraged me to enjoy performing. To this daywhen I look at an audience, there's some part of me that sees a wholebunch of friendly teddy bears wearing bow-ties ... "."I was always in the company of accomplished musical people. Itwas a very enriched childhood. But at 9 or 10 I became aware that Ihad little or no communication with my peers, and I stopped playingviolin for about a year. I learned hockey and football. I also learned thatit was not really my thing (hey .. .I really am a nerd!), redoubled my effortswith the violin, and never looked back. "If you could time-travel - meet face to face with the little boy in thatphoto, is there anything you would like you tell him?"Yes! I'd tell him to really enjoy kindergarten and spend time learningto relate to people of his own age. I was around adults so much - thiscost me dearly later on. The little boy in the photo was allowed to becreative and I am so grateful to my parents for that. But ... everythingI needed to learn I should have learned in kindergarten ... interactiveskills. Musicians tend to be loners as learners. We tend to be insecure,introverted. Often we learn to hide insecurity by being overly assertive."" ... So I'd tell little Boris to stick around. Get along with the otherchildren in the playground. I'd say make the extra effort to get to knowthem, let them get to know you, and in so doing you will get to know ...yourself. "Celebrating Twenty Years: Since 1988 The Brott Summer Music Festivalhas grown from a five-concert event in Hamilton into Canada'slargest orchestral music festival , presenting over 45 events with an emphasison the non-traditional and multidisciplinary. The National AcademyOrchestra (orchestra-in-residence) draws principal players and soloistsfrom across Canada. This training program pays its students, andis the only program of its kind in now registering for itsSUMMER MUSIC THEATRE PROGRAMFOR TEENS+ (13-21) JULY 3-27, 2007classes in singing, acting, dancingThis year's production is SEUSSICALby Lynn Ahrens and Stephen FlahertyJuly 25 & 26, 2007 *Al Green Theatre Miles Nada~CC(416) 588-5845 www.nostringstheatre.com48 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM JUN E 1 - ] U LY 7 2007

MUSICAL LIFE (1)West Coast 18-year-old wins piano competitionGrand Performance Garners Grand PrizeRozalyn Chok,from West Vancouver,is only 18.She goes out withfriends, and playsvolleyball (to thehorror of her pianoteacher) . She travelswith a luckystuffed dog. She'sa math whiz - goingto UBC in thefall to study science,thinking ofbecoming a doctor. But she's goingto continue her piano lessons.Rozalyn has just won the TorontoSymphony Orchestra VolunteerCommittee's Bosendorfer NationalPiano Concerto Competition,which took place at the Universityof Toronto's Faculty of Music,May 11-13.As part of the prize package,which includes 00, use of aBosendorfer for a year, and a concertopportunity in Vienna, Rozalynwill return to Toronto November10 and 11 to perform the ChopinConcerto No. l in E minorwith the TSO.Rosalyn gave a live-to-air lunchtimerecital on Toronto's Classical96.3 FM on May 14, playingworks by Chopin, Bach, and twocontemporary works includingBY MJBUELLScenes from a Jade Terrace byToronto's Alexina Louie.Other winners (among 22 finalistsbetween the ages of 16 and23), included: Philip Chiu ofMontreal, TSO Volunteer CommitteeSecond Prize of , 000 cashand a performance with MooredaleConcerts; Roger Yuen of Toronto,The Fred and Freda GrahamPrize for Best performance of aSonata; Nicki Ning Wang of RichmondHill, The Pasquale SabatinoPrize for Best Performance of aRomantic Work; Jonathan Chan ofBurnaby, The Victor FeldbrillPrize for Best Performance of aContemporary Work; andMagdalena von Eccher of Lethbridge,Best Performance of a CanadianWork.Rosalyn commented that compe-MUSIC DIRECTORet; The Etobicoke Centennial Choir, a 50-~ . voice auditioned community choir in itsW creative visi~n and a collaborative"'"""''NLOJ.c11m• 4oth season seeks a Music Director withleadership style, commencing September2008. The choir performs a wide range of repertoirepresented in three concerts during a 10 monthseason. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from7:30 -10:00 pm at Islington United Church .The successful candidate will have experienceconducting adult choirs; a background in voiceproduction; post-secondary education in vocalperformance/choral conducting or equivalent; athorough knowledge of choral repertoire; experiencein motivating and inspiring amateur choristers; andthe ability to work effectively with a volunteer Board ofDirectors.Preference will be given to applicants who reside inthe GTA.Qualified applicants should submit a resume withcovering letter to or toEtobicoke Centennial Choir Search Committee, c/oIslington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Road,Etobicoke, ON M9A 1 G9 by June 29, 2007For further information. visit www.etobicokesings.comtaro ntoa rtsi:;o u nci IPAX CHRISTI CHORALEStephanie Martin, Artistic Director2007-2008 Concert SeasonAUDITIONS•the 80-Voice Oratorio Choir•• Chamber Choir •• Choral Scholars (honorarium position) •• Professionals interested in solo work •To arrange for an audition, please contactLaura Adlers, General Managerlaura@lauraadlers.comwww.paxchristichorale.orgJ UNE 1 - J ULY 7 2007 WWW, THEWHOLENOTE.COM 49

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