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Volume 19 Issue 4 - December 2013

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Classified Advertising | classad@thewholenote.comAUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIESAVAILABLE PRO BONO POSITIONS FORMUSICIANS AT THE KINDRED SPIRITSORCHESTRA: Principal Oboist, PrincipalBassoonist, Associate (or 2nd) Trumpeter,Associate (or 2nd) Trombonist, 3rdTrombonist, as well as sectional Violinists,Violists, Cellists and Contrabassists. TheKSO is an auditioned-based communityorchestra that rehearses once a week(Tuesday evenings) at the state-of-the-artCornell Recital Hall in Markham (407ETR and 9th Ln). Led by the charismaticMaestro Kristian Alexander, the Orchestrais enjoying an enormous popularity amongYork Region’s residents and continuesto attract avid audiences across theGTA. Guest soloists for the 2013.2014concert season include pianists AntonKuerti and James Parker, violinistJacques Israelievitch and Canadianteenage sensation, violinist Nicole Li.The repertoire features symphonies byBrahms, Schumann and Shostakovich aswell as masterworks by Handel, Wagner,Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns. Interested musicians are invited toe-mail General Manger Jobert Sevillenoat and visit for more information.BEL CANTO SINGERS ARE LOOKING FORNEW MEMBERS! We are a 40 voice SATBchoir, under the direction of Linda Meyer.Repertoire includes classical, music theatre,folk, jazz and pop tunes. Rehearsals areTuesdays at St. Nicholas Anglican Church.Website: ContactElaine Joly at 416-699-4585.COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITYORCHESTRA ( volunteer musicians for Mondayevening rehearsals, downtown Toronto.We’re especially looking for trombonesand strings. Email EAST YORK CONCERT BAND hasopenings for tuba players. Also will considerapplications from trombone and bassoonplayers. Rehearsals near St. Claire East andVictoria Park. For more information, contactpresident@eastyorkconcertband,caTHE YOUNGEST SHAKESPEARE COMPANYoffers professional classical theatre trainingfor young people aged 8 – 15: classes inToronto; full production in May. For info andbrochure call Member of TAASFOR SALEFRENCH HORN: one owner, excellentcondition, suitable for advanced student orworking musician. built 1983, practicalinterpretation of Yale-Ruckers, 1 set of stringsplus buff, easy maintenance, good rehearsalpiece, London, Ontarioamooney@rogers.comSTEINWAY TYPE A, GRAND PIANO: ebony,exquisite bell-like tone, pristine condition.Serious queries only please, Toronto416-440-1700.WASTING AWAY IN A CLOSET? Your lovelyold violin / clarinet / trombone is crying outto be played!. And there’s someone out therewho’d love to breathe new life into it. Sell,or donate your silent unused instruments!contact to findout how.INSTRUCTIONCLASSICAL GUITAR LESSONS: beginnerto advanced from one of Toronto’sfinest classical guitar instructors andnationally renowned author of manyguitar publications. Located in midtownToronto., LESSONS FOR STRING PLAYERS!I am an experienced improviser, fiddler, jazzviolinist and I can help you learn new skills onyour instrument! Contact me to start rightaway! 416.837.8027FLUTE, PIANO, THEORY LESSONS, RCMEXAM PREPARATION: Samantha Chang,Royal Academy of Music PGDip, LRAM, ARCT.416-293-1302, LESSONS: Beginners – advanced.All levels Royal Conservatory of Musicand beyond. Intensive course for adults.Lessons are given on a 9 foot Steinwayconcert grand. 416-449-1665PIANO LESSONS: ECE ARCT diplomas.Preparation for examinations. Childrenand adult beginners or returners. ORMTAmember. Questions? Katharine 416-783-6245.katharine.williams99@gmail.comPIANO LESSONS: personalizedinstruction by experienced teacher,concert pianist EVE EGOYAN (M. Mus.,L.R.A.M., F.R.S.C.). All ages and levels.Downtown location. eve.egoyan@bell.netor 416- 603-4640.WARM, SEASONED PIANO TEACHER,American immigrant with sterlingcredentials, unfailing good humor, andbuckets of patience. Royal Conservatorywashouts and nervous teens/adultsespecially welcome. Lovely Cabbagetownstudio, with German grand piano and ampleKleenex. Testimonials: “I was paying 0/hour for therapy: Bach is better!” – Beachesman, 50s. “Sure beats studying with thoseQuebec nuns!” – downtown woman, 65+.“Best teacher ever!” – Riverdale girl, age 13.Peter Kristian Mose, 416-923-3060; My students havenever won any prizes, except for love ofmusic. (And loyalty.)MUSICIANS AVAILABLEARE YOU A PARTY ANIMAL?The WholeNote gets inquiries from peoplelooking for musicians to provide music forreceptions, weddings and other festiveoccasions. We can’t recommend yourensemble, but YOU can!, by January23 to book your February ad.BARD – EARLY MUSIC DUO playing recorderand virginal available to provide backgroundatmosphere for teas, receptions or otherfunctions – greater Toronto area. For ratesand info call 905-722-5618 or email us AND INCOME TAXSERVICE for small business andindividuals, to save you time and money,customized to meet your needs. NormPulker, B. Math. CMA. 905-251-0309 or905-830-2985.DO YOU HAVE PRECIOUS MEMORIESLOST ON OLD RECORDS, TAPES, PHOTOSetc.? Recitals-gigs-auditions-air checksfamilystuff. 78’s-cassettes-reels-35mmslides-etc. ArtsMediaProjects will restorethem on CD’s or DVD’s. Call George @416-910-1091.VENUES AVAILABLE / WANTEDARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT ORRECITAL? Looking for a venue? ConsiderBloor Street United Church. Phone: 416-924-7439 x22. Email:, SECURE, AFFORDABLE ACOUSTICREHEARSAL STUDIO available in Leslieville.Perfect for private rehearsal and pianoteachers. FMI contact Matthew: REHEARSAL AND STORAGESPACE NEEDED for January 2014 (possiblylonger). We are a concert band programof mature adults. Six band classes perweek. Bands are approx 30 people each.We can be flexible with days and times.Evening and days times needed. Call DanASAP at 647-201-8780.REHEARSAL / PERFORMANCE SPACEAVAILABLE: Yonge / Wellesley. Weekdayrates: /hr., Evening (events) 0/night.Seats 40-60 people. Contact TEACHERS! Prospective students want to know:who you are | the instruments and/or subjects you teach | the musicalgenres you embrace | the levels of students you teach | lessonformats offered (one-on one, group, ensemble) | whether you offerperformance opportunities | the general location where you teach(postal code) | how to contact you.The WholeNote is developing a searchable online resource formusicians offering music instruction and their prospective students –LIVE AND SEARCHABLE ONLINE IN MARCH 2014.Make yourself eligible for the THE ORANGE PAGES MusicEducation Directory for absolutely no charge by filling out thequestionnaire now.DON’T DELAY! Answer these simple questions online | December 1, 2013 – February 7, 2014

SEEING ORANGE | EDUCATION WATCHWho Needs Music?ALLAN PULKERThere is mounting scientific evidenceto substantiate what just about everyonewho has studied music knows to betrue, that making music makes a differenceto the quality of one’s life. Studies nowabound indicating that playing an instrumentcauses the cerebellum to develop in ways thatit just doesn’t in the absence of music, thatmusic makes us more intelligent, preventsthe deterioration of mental functions in theelderly and that it makes a difference in theway we relate to one another.“If you put an instrument in the hands of achild, he will never pick up a gun,” said Dr.José Antonio Abreu, founder, El intensive social program ... to inspire childrenat risk to realize their full potential asstudents, musicians and citizens.” In Abreu’swords, “The huge spiritual world that musicproduces in itself overcomes material poverty.From the minute a child is taught how to playan instrument, he or she is no longer poor.”El Sistema sees itself not primarily as a musicprogram but as a social development programthat uses music as a way of transforming childrenby teaching them the habits, attitudesand practices of people who leadfulfilling and successful lives.Abreu was awarded the Glenn GouldPrize in 2009. A little less than two yearsbands at three different levels, ranging fromabsolute beginners to advanced players, theaverage age is about 60, with members asyoung as 36 and as old as 90. What motivatesthem to participate, according to Kapp, is“their love of playing music in a band,” goingback decades to their “fond memories of bandin high school, the excitement of performing,travelling, close friends and the sense ofaccomplishment when you get a hard passageunder your fingers.”“Playing a musical instrument is one ofthe very few things you can do that engagesthe whole mind at one time. It involves anddevelops memory, problem-solving, physicalco-ordination, gross and fine motor skills,muscle use, lung capacity, mental focus/attention span and self-discipline. It alsoI am reminded of one Valent Lesso, amulti-talented Toronto musician who tradedhis violin in for a handgun at a pawn shop,changed his name to Steve Suchan andjoined the notorious Boyd gang around 1950.He subsequently shot and killed a Torontopoliceman. It seems Suchan’s need to belongto a gang outweighed his love of music.This need to belong is central to thethinking behind El Sistema, the ensemblebasedmusic instruction method developedin Venezuela by Abreu. It is significant thatEl Sistema rejects the “traditional” methodof one-on-one instruction and daily solitarypractice, in favour of group instruction fivedays a week for three hours. Co-operation,collaboration and mutual support are frontand centre in the method.El Sistema’s most tangible goal is to trainmusicians. To say that it has been successfulin this endeavour is an understatement:Gustavo Dudamel, a graduate of the programand now the conductor of the Los AngelesPhilharmonic Orchestra, is only one of manyexamples of this success. Its mission, however,goes well beyond this goal. Sistema Toronto’smission, for example, is “to build and sustainlater, in September 2011, the fledgling ElSistema Toronto began its first classes.New Horizons: Although music educationin Ontario public elementary and secondaryschools has generally lacked the intensityof El Sistema’s three hours a day it used tohave a profound effect on many who experiencedit. Out of this past success a new andequally remarkable musical enterprise hascome into existence,the New Horizons Bandprogram, under thedirection of retiredmusic teacher, DanKapp, now in its fourthyear at Long andMcQuade’s Bloor Streetcomplex. The concept,Kapp told me, is “a safegroup environmentwhere mature/retiredadults can come tolearn to play a musicalinstrument for the firsttime or reconnect withone they haven’t playedin decades.” Withaddresses the need to care for our emotionalwell-being, self-esteem, self-worth, andsocial interactions with friends who genuinelycare for you.” Many of the mature adultsin Dan’s bands acquired skills and habits inhigh school band classes that have helpedthem throughout their lives. They are participatingin his programs in order to continue todevelop those skills and habits. It’s too late forSteve Suchan, but if you’re reading this, it’snot too late for you!So the New Horizons program grows and!!SISTEMA TORONTO IS COMPETING in the Aviva CommunityFund, an annual competition in which several charities and communitygroups across Canada share in a million prize. Sistema is in therunning for 0,000, which would be a major boost in its effortsto sustain its two current “Playing to Potential” programs, and toexpand them to other GTA neighbourhoods. Winning the award isdetermined by popular support from voting online from December 2to 11. Anyone can vote by going to the main Aviva Community Fundwebpage. You’ll need Sistema’s contest code which is ACF16874. Eachvoter gets ten votes – one for each day of the campaign – so votingevery day is essential. Voting ends at 12:00 midnight on December December 1, 2013 – February 7, 2014 | 67

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