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Atlantic Young Artist 2014 winners L to R Timothy Brennan, Amy Logan, Rebecca Apps, Willem Blois, Amy Dalziel.

AYA Winner 2014 - Willem Blois

St. JohnÕs hosted the Atlantic Young Artist

The public was invited to the Suncor Energy Hall, November 29 for an exciting concert by twenty-three year old pianist, Willem Blois as part of his seven-city Young Artist Tour throughout the Atlantic Provinces. In the Spring of 2014 Willem was chosen from five accomplished competitors at the Atlantic Young Artist Competition to perform as the 2014 Atlantic Young Artist.

Willem performed works by Haydn, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Chopin and Canadian composer Fran¨ois Morel. This concert took place on Saturday, November 29th at 6:30pm at the Suncor Energy Hall, Memorial School of Music. It featured a prelude concert with young students studying with NLRMTA registered music teachers, all performing works by Canadian composers in honour of Canada Music Week.

Willem Blois has been praised as a musician with tremendous commitment to his craft. Beginning studies in classical piano at a young age, he received a medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music for his final practical exam and won the Piano Rosebowl at the Nova Scotia Provincial Music Festival. Recently, Willem represented Nova Scotia at the Federation of Canadian Music FestivalÕs National Competition in Kelowna, BC.

Willem studied music at Acadia University and in Montreal with pedagogue Marc Durand. Willem has also attended the Orford Arts Academy, performing in masterclasses led by Marc Durand and Maneli Pirzadeh. In spring 2014, Willem graduated from Dalhousie University where he studied solo and collaborative piano with Lynn Stodola. The Atlantic Young Artist Competition and Tour are projects of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations and its provincial counterparts in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. The competition is open to pianists, singers and instrumentalists high calibre who are currently studying with a Registered Music Teacher. For more information on the Young Artist Series please visit www.cfmta.org For more information on the Canadian Federation of Music TeachersÕ Associations and its projects, please visit www.cfmta.org

Annual Scholarship Recital
On May 8, 2010, the NLRMTA was pleased to present our annual Scholarship Recital in the Hutton Choral Room at the MUN School of Music. This is always a special event. Krista Vincent was our adjudicator and commented aptly and appreciatively on the performances.

Most special of all, though, was the high quality of performance we witnessed. We are, I’m sure, very proud to belong to an organization which produces such good musicians.

The winners :
  • Junior - The Richard Furlong Memorial Award of $100
    Nader Tabrizchi

  • Intermediate – The Ignatius Rumboldt Memorial Award of $200
    Danielle Greene

  • Senior - The Andreas Barban Memorial Award of $300
    Timothy Brennan

    Other recipients:
  • The Parsons Award of $50 – Shannon Woodrow
  • The Clarke Award of $50 – Jennifer Mong
  • The Woodrow Award of $25 – Caroline Freake

    All in all, a most rewarding evening.
    Catherine Cornick

Special Events

Piano Recital Fund Raiser
Averill Baker gave a piano recital for the Newfoundland Registered Music Teachers' Association on May 6, 2005 in the D. F. Cook Recital Hall. Mrs Baker played to a sold out house. This was an immense success musically with great comments by all musicians who attended (these included many of our finest).

Averill was the 2nd place finisher at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs and also adjudicated our Scholarship Recital Competition on May 7, 2005.

CFMTA National Convention Peak Performance
Calgary, July 3 – 9, 2005

Jeannine Maloney

CFMTA National Piano Competition
The CFMTA National Piano Competition was held in Calgary, July 3 - 9, 2005. This competition is part of the Biannual National Convention of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association. The 2005 Newfoundland representative for this competition was Jeannine Maloney. Jeannine also performed a recital featuring her programme for the competition, at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall on June 21. This recital featured works by Bach, Beethoven, Ginastera, McIntyre (Canadian) and Chopin.

Rosza Foundation Voice Competition
In addition, Peter Barrett from Corner Brook was the featured Newfoundland participant in the Rosza Foundation Voice Competition – a special vocal competition for this convention in Calgary. He received third place with $2000.00 and the Mountain View Festival of Song and Chamber Music Recital Award.

Jane Steele made an Honorary Member of the NLRMTA - ( text by Lorne G. Buick )

The dinner held on Jan. 4th to honour Jane Steele was well planned, well attended and well appreciated; in short, a resounding success in every sense.

The Bowring Park Bungalow was a warm and congenial setting for the event; the dinner itself was excellent; and MC Chad Stride did a great job of keeping the proceedings moving along, including reading the "telegrams" (of course now mostly emails) from former students who couldn't be there in person. Of those who were there in person to offer reminiscences, Ronalda Hutton had a few particularly notable anecdotes.
Chad Stride - MC

(l-r) Jonathan, Jane, Tommy

The evening included two outstanding (and very different) performances by Jane's former students, Thomas Yee and Jonathan Monro (on a piano generously provided by Reid Music). Tommy Yee's choice was Chopin, and it seemed an ideal setting to hear it - among friends and colleagues as in the Paris salons where Chopin himself played, as opposed to a concert hall. Jonathan performed two of his own songs (playing and singing himself), in fine Broadway style; the Tango was especially noteworthy. Jonathan prefaced his performance with some stories of his time studying with Jane-it seems patience was certainly one of her virtues as
a teacher, while concentration was not Jonathan's forte! To hear such fine and contrasted performances shows how Jane managed to nurture and encourage very different personalities within her studio.

The highlight of the evening was of course the reunited Giocoso Singers, conducted by the young "Jane Steele" herself-Chad Stride, in authentic "period costume". The quality of the performance certainly speaks to the excellent training all these singers received as young students,

not to mention the difficulty added by the distracting conductor! I'm not sure how they managed to sing with straight faces (most of the time…). Being from away and therefore never having had the chance to see the original choir with Jane Steele conducting, I cannot vouch for the authenticity of all the gestures and mannerisms that Chad incorporated into his performance, but judging from the laughter and looks of recognition around the room he must have hit several nails on the head.

All in all the evening showed a tremendous spirit of respect and affection for this outstanding member of the St. John's musical community. It also demonstrated how close the community itself is, with almost a sense of family coming together around the room. It was truly a treat to be part of the gathering. Congratulations and thanks to all the organizers of the event, particularly committee members Judy Snedden (far left), Joan Woodrow (2nd from left), Barbara Clarke (far right) and Margie Murray Reed (2nd from right).