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Volume 10 Issue 7 - April 2005

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"How I met my Teacher"

"How I met my Teacher" continued I am grateful because many times I have had w learn a concerto in several week time. For the CBC record "Canadian Piano Concerti .. \ ith Bramwell To\ley and the Winnipeg Symphony I had only 2 weeks lO learn the Glenn Buhr concerto. It was nominated for a Juno. I worked with Rosina Lhevinne for 3 year . She had wonderful teaching assistants, especially Jeaneane Dowis. who prepared everyone in New York. She had Lhevinne 's technique at her fingertips and after Lhevinne's death I kept working with her. Mme Lhevinne passed away al the age of 96 l remember a celebration at Lincoln Centre for her birthday. All her students came to wish her well. We thought that she wouldn't remember us. She saw· me,. mentioned almost all che piece we worked on and asked how my mother was. (She liked my mother's borscht. which I'd had to bring every week.) She was a woman of few words but I still remember today what she said when I was making my Paris. France debut, still in my teens. She told me not to concentrate so much on the notes but to remember that being a woman, wife and mother should always come before piano. "Being a pianist is nothing without love." I remember ,tho?e words every time I look at my children and l always perform better· when I think of them. The magic of Rosina Lhevinne wi II last forever in all her students. What advice, above all would you give co someone looking for a teacher for a young person, or for themselves? Know what you hope to achieve with lessons: a professional career? or just love of music? Do your research. Find our as much about the teacher as you can. Do they still perform? What degrees do they have'l What is their speciality - conservatory exam training, improvisation, pop or jazz music'l I believe that the teacher should be a role model for the student as well as an inspiration. While I think that parents should do their homework in searching for a teacher, most importantly there should be an intuitive understanding and respect between teacher and student. 1 f the teacher inspires confidence in the student they will perform better and erijoy the music. Christina Petrowska Quilico plays RIVERS - the compleie cycle, by Ann Southam, for solo piano, Tuesday, May 3. 2005, 7:30 p.m. at The Music Gallery, St. George rhe Martyr Church. 197 John St. ar Stephanie Uust north of Queen St. W.). Tickets are $10- (i. e. $10 seniors and students). For more information and ticket reservations, call 416-204-1080 or'visit Christina's current CD releases are "Rivers" by Ann Southam on 3 CDs - a Cemrediscs recording from the Canadian Music Centre and "16 Portraits" by Michel-Georges Bregem, a 2 CD set also from Centrediscs (to be released in May). Upcoming CDs influde "Gems by Groovy Gals" (neglected women composers) and "Tango Gems" a 2 CD set of the Brazilian tangos of Ernesto Nazareth. (On a more personal, biographical note, Michel-Georges Bregent was Christina's first husband who died young. The late baritone Louis Quilico was Christina's second husband, with whom she recorded and performed extensively in recital. "Vocal Gems" with Louis Quilico is available on the internet at, as well as "Romantic Gems". "Gems with an Edge" is available through the Canadian Music Centre). CORRECTION: Sister with a singing habit, still . . . Suzie LeBlanc would like us co know that our reference in this column last month to her first mentor as " ... Lorette GaJant (then Siste'r Lorette Galant)" (March WholeNote, p. 63) ... " was in error. She is still Sister Lorette Galant, and pointed this out to Suzie when she read the article' WholeNote regrets the error. SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATION: LA TE LISTINGS As customary, one of the March WholeNote editorial focusses was on opportunities for summer music education. The complete feature can still be found on our wehsire at by following the "Special Feature" link back to March. The following two listings arrived too late for inclusion last month. NO STRINGS THEATRE PRODUCTIONS Phone: 416-588-5845 Fax: 416-588-1961 www .nostringstheatre. corn Contact: Denise Williams Location: Rehearsals: .First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Ave W. Performance: Al Green Theatre, Bloor JGC. Application deadline: April 1 for early bird registration Audition dates: May 1 Program dates: July 6·28 Non residential Ages: 13-19 Level: all levels NORTH TORONTO INSTITUTE OF MUSIC Phone: 416-488-2588 Fax: 416-488-9053 www Contact: Mary Kenedi, Director Location: North Toronto Institute of Music Application deadline: Summer registration May 1 until June 15 Program dates: Pre-School Classes: July 4-25. Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 · 10:45 am; Summer School dates: July 4·Aug 20; Programs include Private lessons in most instruments, Voice. Theory, Preparation for RCM exams, Jazz private and jam sessions Non·residential Ages: all ages Level: Beginner to advanced VOX CURA: VOICE CAii. SPKMl.lSIS A CLINIC THAT OFFERS A UNIQUE, INNOVATIVE APROACH TO DIAGNOSING AND TREATING SINGING AND SPEAKING VOICES • ALL UNDER ONE ROOF. THIS APPROACH IS MULTI-DISCIPLINARY: CUTTING-EDGE DIAGNOSTICS FOR ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT WITH A MEDICALLY TRAINED VOICE SPECIALIST, AN EXPERIENCED SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST AND A VOICE COACH • PSYCHOTHERAPY AND CHIROPRACTIC ALSO AVAILABLE. YOUR VOICE IS THE MIRROR OF YOUR SOUL. YOUR VOICE IS YOUR LIFE. BRIAN HANDS, MD FRCS (C) AARON LOW, MS CCC-SLP 200 ST. CLAIR AVENUE WEST SUITE 404 TORONTO M°4V 1R1 0416.922.0070 Early Bird Registration ends April 1: Fee 0 July 6 - 28, 2005 Auditions begin May 1 Final Performances July 26, 27 ages of 13 and 19 and enjoy the ins and outs of stage production, come join us this summer for the NO STRINGS THEATRE Summer program. This year's production is Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella No Strings Theatre is a professional theatre training camp for teens in Down town Toronto Call 416-588-5845 to arrange an audition. Please visit for more details. WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE .COM APRIL 1 - MAY 7 2005

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