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Volume 17 Issue 6 - March 2012

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SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATIONHere are their answers (some of them quite surprising):WINTER PHOTO SHOOT, Isabel Bader Theatre, February 2011, fromleft to right: Nicole Li, Anna Vertypolokh, Annie Zhou, Daniel Hass(partially obscured), Leslie Ashworth, Daniel Temnik and Lily Chapnik.SUMMER AND BEYOND continued from page 10 • youngest prize winnerat the competition. Violinist Ashworth was this year’s gold medalistfor the “Passion of Music 2012” American Association for theDevelopment of the Gifted and Talented competition, and also performedin the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition.For the five musicians I spoke to, their performances this pastyear haven’t been limited to gruelling competitions; performanceopportunities, in recitals and concerts, have also proliferated. Listarted 2011 playing solo violin at the United Nations Headquartersin New York City for the Forum for Human Settlements. She hasalso branched out into other areas of music, emceeing two musicalsoirees at the University of Toronto Schools. Hass has spent the yearas principal cellist for the Young Artists’ Performance AcademyOrchestra at the Royal Conservatory and the Toronto SymphonyYouth Orchestra, and has been playing in a piano trio and string octet.He will be performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra ina debut concert later this year. Ashworth has been busy performingat children’s concerts and fundraisers around Toronto and will betravelling to New York to play March 10 at Carnegie Hall! Andclarinettist Lily Chapnik, fresh from her first year of university, willperform a solo recital on May 16 here in Toronto, as the recipient ofthe Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award. The only thing that theyhaven’t done this year is stand still!It’s funny how things come together sometimes. As I explained,my annual WholeNote investigation into summer music programmesacross Canada and in the US was summarily interrupted for thisstory; but the fact that summer music education was therefore on mymind led rather serendipitously to my next question for these fivemusicians: just what are they planning to do this summer? Will theyspend it adding fuel to the fire with practising or summer music programmes,or will they be taking a break to avoid musical overdose?NICOLE LI This summer, I will be volunteering at the HollandBloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital every day for children withmultiple complex health conditions. I will also be participating in amedical mission trip (like I did last summer) to El Salvador with theGlobal Health Outreach (a team of doctors, specialists, and students),to establish a makeshift health clinic where locals can receive freeaccess to healthcare. This fall I will be heading to university.ANNIE ZHOU I have been invited to participate in the Gina BachauerInternational Young Artists Competition near the end of June,in Salt Lake City. I will be the only one in my group actuallycoming from Canada and one of the youngest participants. It willdefinitely be very tough for me. Then, in July, I will go to Italyfor the fourth time. I will give a solo recital, and have my soloistdebut with Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. After that,I plan to give myself a short break, some time to relax and indulgein my favourite novels and discover new books. Then, I will needto start preparing for my upcoming performance with the TorontoSymphony Orchestra as a soloist in the concert “Behold the BoldUmbrellaphant,” one of the TSO’s Young People’s Concertsnext season.LILY CHAPNIK My summer is hugely busy with both musical andnon-musical endeavours. My plans include my solo recital for theBen Steinberg Award on May 16, and in June I will sit my Licentiateof the Royal School of Music (LRSM) practical exam, a full markedrecital, in France. In July, I plan to go abroad for some kind ofJewish studies (yet undetermined), probably in Hebrew or Yiddish,and in August I will participate in Klez-Kanada, a week-long musiccourse devoted to Jewish music. I will be working on music theoryand practising throughout the summer.DANIEL HASS Since the age of 13, I have participated every summerand every winter in the Perlman Music Program. In the summerit is a six-week session on Shelter Island, NY, and there I studywith Ronald Leonard. The sessions include daily practice, chambermusic, orchestra, choir and many other musical and social activities.I love being there and playing (not only music) with my friends,whom I get to see twice a year. So this coming summer I will be inNew York doing the same programme.LESLIE ASHWORTH During the summer I will be practisingthe violin for the Lipinski and Wieniawski International YoungMusicians Competition in Lublin, Poland, in which I will beparticipating in September. I hope to attend the Perlman MusicProgram Summer Institute and/or the National Arts Centre SummerAdult “VOCAL” WeekVocal training and choral camp for adult choral singers!SN BianCAtheWholeNote SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATION 2012Dr. Lee Willingham, conductorJamie Hillman & Janet Obermeyer, cliniciansJuly 4 – 7, 2012Participants: 0 (5) Auditors: 0 (5)Registration Deadline: May 14, 2012Information & registrationChoirs Ontario • t: 416 923 1144 • 866 935 • www.choirsontario.orgConnect ChorallyMake Life Sing!60 thewholenote.comMarch 1 – April 7, 2012

Institute in Ottawa.I applied for both ofthese programmesbecause I have heardsuch great, positivefeedback from othermusicians. I also willbe playing my ARCTPerformance Exam onthe piano, which is mysecondary instrument.Finally, a personalconfession: as a musicianmyself (althoughadmittedly a lazy one), I am all too wellacquainted with the required hours that mustbe spent on small details like tweaking ofhand positions and embouchures, checkingand re-checking intonation, working outfingerings and bowings — but never beforehave I had any kind of clear idea just how tofill the gaping void of summer as early on asFebruary! But the factors involved in sculptinga formidable performance career multiplyinfinitely from all these basics. And foranyone as young as these Toronto SinfoniettaConcerto Competition winners, a life inmusic is a balancing act between school,extracurricular activities, family and friends.Maybe this is the link between these musicians:a knack for looking into the futureto find new opportunities and goals toward“SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES at whatever level of musicianship youaspire to ...” Shown here: participants at Guitar Workshop Plus.which to work. Competitions provide motivationto strive for excellence. Performancesexpand an audience network. Summerprogrammes provide new inspiration and abroader musical scope at the time of yearwhen Toronto’s heat leaves most of us feelingwilted. It’s the drive to constantly seekout opportunities for growth that broughtthese musicians to the Toronto SinfoniettaConcerto Competition, and it’s this drive thatwill take them into the summer and, pastthat, the great exciting beyond.To whatever level of musicianship youaspire, perhaps one of the many summeropportunities in this issue of The WholeNotewill do the same for you! All you have to dois turn the page.—Adam WeinmannNOSTRINGSTHEATRE.COMNo Strings TheatreSUMMER MUSIC THEATRE FOR TEENS+ (13-21)Summer ProgramPerformancesJuly 2-July 29 July 25-July 2820122012ANNOUNCING OUR 2012 SHOWBY KANDER AND EBBThe makers of CHICAGO, CABARET, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMANA comedy musical murdermystery in 2 Acts.Introducing ourSummer Pit Orchestra Program!Same dates! Same show!Our next Music Theatre WorkshopMarch 25th, 2012EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONDEADLINE MARCH 25, 2012FOR MORE INFO: 416-588-5845directors@nostringstheatre.comJeanne Lamon | Music DirectorIvars Taurins | Director, Chamber ChoirBaroque Summer InstituteTafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute SponsorJune 3-16, 2012At the Faculty of MusicUniversity of TorontoToronto, CanadaA 14-day residency ininstrumental and vocalperiod performance.For advanced students,pre-professional andprofessional musicians.Application Deadline:March 21, Music Education atwww.thewholenote.comis updated throughout the springtheWholeNote SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATION 2012March 1 – April 7, 61

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