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Volume 20 Issue 6 - March 2015

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Cost: 50!!The Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute(TBSI) is a world-renowned training programin instrumental and vocal baroque performancepractice. Since its inception in 2002, TBSIhas continued to attract high-calibre musiciansfrom far and wide, last year receiving over175 applications. Consider joining an amazinggroup of musicians to delve into the world ofbaroque music: we promise you an intensivelearning experience, as well as a great deal offun!●●Toronto School for Stringsand Piano Summer Musicand Arts Day CampDeer Park Public School, Toronto OntarioJuly 20 to 31, 2015Contact: Mary Fisher416-968-0303info@torontoschoolforstrings.comwww.torontoschoolforstrings.comDeadline: May 15, 2015Cost: 1 Week 5; 2 Weeks 5;Half Day Program availableCamp Hours: 9:00am-4:00pmDay program!!The TSSP Summer Music and Arts Day Campwill inspire and encourage your child on theirmusical journey where they will meet andbecome friends with others. Faculty are highlytrained teachers with many years of experience.Children ages 4-12 enjoy a diverse programwhich includes art, rhythm class (Orff), instrumentalclass, music literacy/theory, chambermusic, orchestra, dance and choir. Each weekconcludes with a concert on Friday afternoon.The Camp takes place in a well-maintained TDSBschool in midtown Toronto. Teens may apply tobe volunteers in order to receive CommunityService hours.●●Toronto Summer MusicCommunity AcademyEdward Johnson Building, U of TFaculty of Music, Toronto, OntarioAugust 2 to 9, 2015Contact: Natasha Bood647-430-5699info@torontosummermusic.comwww.torontosummermusic.comDeadlines: Rolling (before June 30,first come first served)Cost: 0-0Day program!!The TSM Community Academy invites adultamateur musicians to take their skills to a newlevel while spending a week with the artistsof the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Threeincredible programs to choose from: ChamberMusic with TSO Principals and Guests, PianoMasterclass with James Anagnoson or ChamberChoir with Mathias Maute and Laura Pudwell.Visit for moreinformation and to apply!●●TuckamoreSt. John’s, NLAugust 10 to 23, 2015Contact: Krista Vincent709-330-4599info@tuckamorefestival.cawww.tuckamorefestival.caDeadline: Postmarked March 1, 2015Cost: 00, including tuition, roomand board. Scholarships available.!!Each August in historic St. John’s, Newfoundlandand surrounding area, the TuckamoreFestival brings together aspiring young musiciansand renowned faculty and guest artiststo present two exciting weeks of music. For our15th season, the Young Artist Program offersan opportunity for gifted string players, pianistsand composers to immerse themselves inchamber music and solo repertoire. Up to 25 talentedmusicians will be chosen for this intensivetwo-week festival that offers mentorshipand chamber music coachings from faculty andguest artists, as well as private lessons, workshops,and master classes at Memorial University’sSchool of Music. This year’s featured guestartists include Janina Fialkowska, the Duke Trio,Mark Fewer, David Samuel, Evelyn Hart and theAriel String Quartet.IT’S TIMEFOR CAMP!Enrol in Royal ConservatoryMusic Camps• March Break Camp for ages 7–12(March 16–20, 2015)*• Summer Camps for all ages andmusical abilities (July–August, 2015)Join the fun! REGISTER TODAY!Go to call 416.408.2825for more information.*Minimum one year musiceducation recommended.Enter promo codemusicwow andsave 10% off theregistration fee.CAMMAC Music CentreSUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMJune 28 to August 16, 2015in Quebec’s beautiful LaurentiansCome make musicSince 1953with family and friendsSeven weeks of great music-makingfor all ages, all levels! • 819-687-3938 #1CAMMAC Music Centre • 85, ch. CAMMAC, Harrington, Qc, J8G 2T262 | March 1 - April 7, 2015

WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDRENMarch’s Child | Jean StilwellMJ BUELLJOHN LOACHJean Stilwell’s international career as a concert artist and operatic and lyric theatre mezzo-soprano has taken her all over the world but shehas a well-maintained artistic presence in Canada. Her warm rich voice is currently familiar to many as radio co-host of Good Day GTA:Classical Breakfast with Mike Duncan & Jean Stilwell (weekdays 5-10am on the New Classical 96.3FM).Some readers will remember Stilwell fromthe 1980’s in Stratford Festival Gilbert &Sullivan productions – including alternatingwith Maureen Forrester as the Fairy Queen inIolanthe. Her first major operatic role in Canadawas Olga (Eugene Onegin with the VancouverOpera) followed by her very first Carmen (LucianPintilie’s Expo 86 production). Subsequentengagements to sing Carmen include more thana dozen different companies. In Ontario Stilwellhas sung a wide range of roles with OperaAtelier, Ottawa’s Opera Lyra, the Canadian OperaCompany, Opera in Concert and Tapestry NewOpera, and made numerous guest appearanceswith orchestras. Her ongoing cabaret and smallstagecollaborations – in particular those withlong-time musical friend Patti Loach (pianistand writer) – round out what continues to be anadventurous career.Earliest memories of hearing music? Mymother [Margaret Stilwell] was a singer andpianist and my father [Bob Stilwell] was a pianistand organist (I love the pipe organ). But anytime we got in the car they would always singsomething that was on the radio. It was classicalmusic. I remember my mother and father singingin harmony. I was in the back seat of the car andI wondered how they did that – was it an instrument?I was fascinated by the vocal coloursthey were making and how their harmonymade me feel.I listened to CJRT and CBC as a child and Ioften heard my mother on the radio. My fatherwas always playing records – I remember a lot ofHaydn and Vaughan Williams. For fun he wouldplay us Rossini’s William Tell Overture andAaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Rodeo,Fanfare for the Common Man. And of coursethere wasn’t one Christmas that went by whenwe weren’t listening to Handel’s Messiah …First experiences of making music? Iremember playing with sticks and tambourines –Orff method music in kindergarten. When I wasseven the teacher asked us to sing a ChristmasJean Stilwell lives in the Leslieville neighbourhoodof Toronto with her son, “Freddy Speer, who‘scurrently studying double bass performance andcomposition at McGill University. He takes afterhis dad, Robert Speer, who plays bass for theCanadian Opera Company and the National Ballet.Freddy is very excited these days as he just got intothe National Youth Orchestra – we’re all thrilledfor him!”song. We were in rows. If you got tapped onthe head, you were in the school choir. I gottapped on the head.Early experiences of making music withother people? This gives me great pleasureto answer. My mother was the alto soloist atGrace Church on-the-Hill. When I was 15Derek Holman very kindly accepted me intothe choir. I stood beside my mother, who was acontralto. Every time Derek Holman played achord and we had to find our note I marvelledat how my mother always found the note. Icouldn’t figure it out for the life of me but Ijust loved how she did it. So this is how my eardeveloped. It was as simple as listening or atleast it felt that way to me.Do you remember the point at which youbegan to think of yourself as a career musician?Yes, when I was 18-years-old and gotinto The Festival Singers of Canada.A longer interview with Jean Stilwell canbe read at thewholenote.comNEW CONTEST!Who is March’s CHILD?~ ~ Drum roll please ….~ ~ I’ve just announced another greatseason of concerts at a royally fine hall!~ ~ Born in Austria, raised in Montreal.~ ~ A child of the theatre and concert stage.~ ~ A working actor for many years,including at the Stratford Festival,before taking leadership roles atRavinia (Illinois) and the KimmelCenter (Philadelphia).~ ~ His grandfather founded a symphonyorchestra.On stage with famous dad – Place Des Arts,Montreal, circa 1964Know our Mystery Child’s name?WIN PRIZES! Send your bestguess by February 24, tomusicschildren@thewholenote.comCONGRAULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! HERE’S WHAT THEY WONEarnest, The Importance of Being (Apr 29 & May 1 to 3, Jane Mallet Theatre) is a Canadian operetta premiered by Toronto OperettaTheatre in 2008. Victor Davies’ and Eugene Benson’s rollicking parlour comedy is based on the famous Oscar Wilde play, and thisproduction features Jean Stilwell as the formidable Lady Bracknell, along with Charlotte Knight and Christopher Enns. This is the finalshow in TOT’s 30th season – Larry Beckwith conducts. A pair of tickets each, for opening night, is waiting for Bill Simpson and LizDonaldson.Carmen Unzipped is the recording of a live cabaret show by mezzo Jean Stilwell and “piano chameleon” / writer PattiLoach – one of several collaborations by the duo. This one includes a sizzling signature Stilwell performance of the“Habanera” from Bizet’s opera Carmen, as part of a musical ride through real life passions, delusions, loves and losses,with repertoire from opera and music theatre, cabaret and jazz standards. Stilwell & Loach’s other cabaret projectsinclude the recent What Was I Saying, and they have a brand-new show in the works. Carmen Unzipped (the CD) goes out to TanyaLong and Dorith Cooper.Music’s Children gratefully acknowledges Henry, Chris, Patti, Barbora, Margaret and Bob, March 1 - April 7, 2015 | 63

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