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Volume 20 Issue 5 - February 2015

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Volume 20 Issue 5

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Classified Advertising | the WholeNote’s BASIC CLASSIFIEDS and BOXED CLASSIFIEDS start at just for 20 words or less. Add .20 per additional word, and .00 for a box. Discounts are offered for multiple insertions (3x,5x,9x). BOOK NOW for the March edition! Contact: Deadline: Monday February 23. AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES Available pro bono positions for musicians at the KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA: 3rd (bass) Trombonist, Tubist, sectional Violinists, Violists, Cellists and Contrabassists. The KSO is an auditionedbased community orchestra that rehearses once a week (Tuesday evenings) at the state-of-the-art Cornell Recital Hall in Markham (407 ETR and 9th Ln). Led by the charismatic Maestro Kristian Alexander, the Orchestra is enjoying an enormous popularity among York Region’s residents and continues to attract avid audiences across the GTA. Interested musicians are invited to e-mail General Manager Jobert Sevilleno at and visit for more information. COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA ( welcomes volunteer musicians for Monday evening rehearsals, downtown Toronto. We’re especially looking for trombones and strings. Email DO YOU DRIVE? Do you love The WholeNote? Share the love and earn a little money! Join The WholeNote’s circulation team: 9 times a year, GTA and well beyond. Interested? Contact: INSTRUCTION & COURSES CHILDREN’S PIANO LESSONS: Friendly, approachable - and strict! Contact Liz Parker at 416-544-1803 or liz.parker@ Queen and Bathurst area, Toronto. FLUTE LESSONS with experienced and highly trained teacher. Contact Dr. Izabella Budai at 416-881-7972 or All levels and ages welcome. FUN & SYSTEMATIC LESSONS WITH EXPERIENCED TEACHERS. Piano, Violin, Cello. Beginner to Advanced. Suzuki, RCM, Auditions & Competitions. 647.668.6697 NOW ACEPTING PRIVATE STUDENTS: International Concert Pianist: 30 years teaching experience, formerly faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music and University of Toronto, now accepting students, all ages and levels welcome. Central location. helena., 416-546-6664. PIANO LESSONS: personalized instruction by experienced teacher, concert pianist EVE EGOYAN (M. Mus., L.R.A.M., F.R.S.C.). All ages and levels. Downtown location. eve. or 416- 603-4640. PRIVATE VOICE/PIANO/THEORY LESSONS: Experienced, BFA Certified Teacher located at Christ Church Deer Park (Yonge & St. Clair). Prepares you or your child for RCM exams, competitions & auditions. Contact Jessika: jwithakmusic@ (647) 214-2827. FLUTE, PIANO, THEORY LESSONS, RCM EXAM PREPARATION Samantha Chang Royal Academy of Music PGDip, LRAM, FLCM, FTCL, ARCT 416-293-1302 WARMHEARTED PIANO TEACHER with sterling credentials, unfailing good humor, and buckets of patience. Royal Conservatory washouts and shy or overwrought teens/adults especially welcome. Lovely Cabbagetown studio, with German grand and Kleenex. Testimonials: “Best teacher ever!” - Riverdale girl, age 14. “Bach is more affordable than talk therapy!” - Beaches fellow, 40s. “Beats studying with those Quebec nuns!” - Rosedale lady, age withheld. Peter Kristian Mose, 416-923-3060. www.MoseMusicalArts. com. My students have never won any prizes, except for love of music. (And loyalty.) INSTRUMENTS: FOR SALE / WANTED Lorée OBOE & ENGLISH HORN - STOLEN from car on Sept 11 2014, Bloor/Bathurst area. 0 reward for information leading to return of these instruments. Serial #’s: oboe TA 78, English horn HV 25. Please call Karen 416-656-4312 or 416-323-2232 x.26 MASON AND RISCH UPRIGHT piano for sale. Circa 194O. Lovely tone. Best offer. Please call 416-929-1797 WHILE YOUR GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS: Garage band days just a hazy memory? Your lovely old guitar / violin / clarinet is crying out to be played! 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On The Road: Filling in the Summer Blanks SARA CONSTANT Looking at a forecast of dishearteningly subzero temperatures – and having only just left behind what was apparently one of the coldest winters on record – it’s admittedly a little hard to believe that summer is on the horizon. And yet, the summer months ahead are just where music presenters are beginning to focus their attention. Almost exactly midway through a busy concert season, it’s at this time of year that 2015/16 season announcements have started to surface and faculty positions for summer workshops are being finalized. At this point in the season, amidst their day-to-day workload, musicians are getting down to the business of filling in the blanks in their summer schedules. In an industry where the typical concert season more or less coincides with the academic school year, music educators in particular have their work cut out for them. It was a press release from the Toronto Summer Music Festival about their brand-new Community Academy for amateur adult musicians (see the ad on page 51) that got us realizing that when it comes to musical planning, intensive educational initiatives can take place during those longer, lazier days of summer when all of us tend to have a little more spare time on our hands. This summer looks to be particularly jampacked. With the revival of the Canadian Opera Company’s childrens’ summer camps, the launch of a brand-new orchestral program with the Vancouver Symphony at Whistler, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival’s announcement, 2015 looks like it will be the year, for teachers as well as students, to try something musically new. So, where does this leave local musicians at this time of year? Most are juggling both the demands of February’s musical life and the planning of a summer’s worth of engagements, which more often than not includes some kind of stint as an educator as well as some time on the road for a summer festival circuit. And especially for those involved in these brand-new educational initiatives, musical multitasking at this point in the planning process is a vital part of the job. Each summer, The WholeNote runs a feature called “On the Road,” where we ask musicians from across our community what they’re most looking forward to each summer, both as listeners and performers, and what their plans are for the concert season on the other side. This month, we got in touch with two of the key players in this summer’s new music education initiatives to get a first look at where this year’s musical path will take them. Chris Thornborrow is one of those key players. A Toronto-based composer working with a focus in chamber music, opera and film scores, Thornborrow is in the midst of tackling another season as co-founder and artistic director of the Toy Piano Composers, as well as a number of other personal and collaborative projects. Summer 2015 will find him at the Four Seasons Centre, working with the Canadian Opera Company to help run their new and revamped children’s summer camp program for ages 5 to 15. What are we interrupting – what musicrelated activity are we taking you away from? I am currently creating an immersive electroacoustic opera ​called The Moon, based on a tale by the Brothers Grimm. This will be premiered at the Music Gallery on June 13 and will feature members of the vocal group Grex and stage Chris Thornborrow direction by Erik Thor. I am also doing sound design and orchestration for an original musical called Brantwood, which will open in Oakville in April...Finally, I’m just getting started on co-composing a soundtrack for a feature film called Sleeping Giant with the band Bruce Peninsula. Musically, what do you have in the works already for the summer ahead? ​Two years ago, librettist Julie Tepperman and I ​created a short opera entitled Cindy + Mindy = BFFS 4EVR!!, which explored the world of cyberbullying. The performance received a really great response, and we’re thrilled to have been commissioned by Tapestry Opera to expand this into a one-hour show. I will be composing beginning in June and finishing in the fall. What will your role be with the COC this year? Do you have an idea already about what the structure of the program will look like? ​I will be the musical director for a summer camp that runs for the month of July at the Four Seasons Centre. In collaboration with a designer and stage director, we will be creating programs for children 5 to 15. I spent many summers working at a camp in Switzerland, and I’m looking forward to bringing that experience to Toronto. It is particularly exciting for me because we’ve been given carte blanche to design the program from scratch. I would like to build a program that explores the world of opera in a fun and engaging way. And since I’m a composer, I am also looking forward to working with campers who will write, design, and perform their own original opera! My hope is to actually have them perform on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre. What, if anything, are you most looking forward to as an audience member between now and the end of the summer? ​I’m really looking forward to R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis which is being done at the Luminato Festival. ​This is a work for hundreds of performers, and because it’s such a demanding work, it is one of those pieces that only comes along once in a lifetime. For me, this is the must-see show this year. St Clement’s Anglican Church, in the Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood, is accepting applications for the position of Organist/Director of Music. Applications are to be submitted no later than February 28th, 2015, to Rev. Jenny Andison, For the full profile please visit February 1 - March 7, 2015 | 53

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