I was honoured to receive the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association (MRMTA) Holtby Scholarship. I am and will always be immensely grateful for this award as it encourages my musical studies. Music is my passion and I have been lucky enough to study piano with Ms Jane Petroni, MRMTA member, for the past 8 years. It is very inspiring to be part of a community that encompasses so many incredible teachers.
Music education should be placed on a pedestal in our society and the MRMTA is greatly contributing to this goal. I have participated in MRMTA events such as the scholarship competition and the Musicthon, which were very positive experiences. I enjoy learning from a wide range of masters, and look forward to the MRMTA-organized masterclass with Jon Kimura Parker in September. It is opportunities like these that can really enrich a student's path.
I am thankful for this scholarship as I begin the 2017-2018 musical year. I am planning to perform my ARCT performance exam, as well as three RCM theory exams (studying with Jane Nicolas). I will be participating in the Winnipeg Music Festival, the University of Manitoba Prep Studies Concerto Competition, the MRMTA scholarship competition and the Canadian Music Competition. It is heartening to know that as I enter this busy year, I am being supported and encouraged by the MRMTA through the Holtby Scholarship.
I would like to thank the MRMTA and congratulate the other recipients of this scholarship.
July 29th, 2017
Letter from the President August 2017
Short and Sweet, like our Manitoba summers, that's my letter this August! In concise point form, here's some information for everyone to start thinking ahead for the year. Enjoy this issue of Take Note! Read it cover to cover to get excited for the 2017-18 year of activities!
- Check out the calendar of events and mark it into your personal calendars.
- Come to the AGM on September 24th! Cheap! $30 for lunch, AGM and concert by our National Piano Competition winner Paul Williamson. You don't want to miss that! We will be honoring members of 20, 30, 40, and 50 years. Also, enjoy the article about Honorary Life Member Dorothy Lother, by her daughter Carla. Thanks Dorothy for your wonderful influence on the musical community of Manitoba!
- Saturday September 9th is the date of the Master class with Jon Kimura Parker. Read the details in this issue! Thanks to the Pre-Diploma group led by Michele Leclerc for organizing these annual master classes in along with Virtuosi.
- Welcome to Lee Houghton Stewart who will take on the Canada Music Week event. Details will be available soon.
Congrats to Tiffany Wilson our past president who has now officially taken on the role of President with CFMTA/FMCAP. All the best to you in this new job Tiffany, and thanks for continuing to be a sounding board for Manitoba's provincial association as Past President.
Everyone, go enjoy the rest of your summer, finish your questionnaire for the MRMTA Anniversary book, and get it in by August 31st to be eligible for a draw to win a free edition of this book. It's our story so please help write it!
June 3, 2017
Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association
c/o Leanne Hiebert, MRMTA President
56 Garnet Bay,
Dear MRMTA Scholarship Committee,
I am filled with gratitude as I write this letter. I would like to thank the MRMTA from the bottom of my heart for granting me one of the 2017 Holtby scholarships, as it is enabling me to continue to follow my dream of completing the Grade X and ARCT in piano performance.
When I began taking piano lessons, I fell in love the beauty of music. Music has become woven into the threads of my identity, and has significantly developed my character. Lessons of discipline, devotion, and determination have rippled into every facet of my life, and I cannot imagine being without the ability to create such a divine form of art. Playing piano has provided me with some incredible opportunities, such as performing in the Winnipeg and Manitoba music festivals, performing at pre-concerts for the WSO with my piano studio, and most recently, performing at the Janina Fialkowska masterclass. To be in the place I am now would not have been possible without the unwavering guidance of my teacher, Ms Jacqueline Ryz. I am so grateful that she has been my mentor for so many years. Her expertise is what has shaped me into the pianist I am today.
Right now, I am still fifteen years old. That being said, I am still unsure of the direction my life will take. Regardless of the path I follow, I know that playing the piano will always be something as constant in my being as the sun in the sky. My family and I are unbelievably grateful for the generosity of the MRMTA. This scholarship is a gift that I am so blessed to receive, and I will eternally be humbled for being chosen to be a recipient of this honour. I intend to use the valuable opportunities this scholarship has made available to myself to the absolute fullest.
Haley Kim, Nika Martinussen, Kathleen Murphy, Janina Fialkowska, and at the front, Jammie Lee.
Congratulations to our Manitoban competitor, Paul Williamson for placing 1st in the CFMTA/FCAPM National Piano Competition March 21st in Baltimore, Md. Bravissimi to Paul and MRMTA teacher, David Moroz!
Competitors from L-R:
Louisa Lu (AB), Markus Masaites (BC), Christine Pan (Quebec), Paul Williamson (MB), Andrew Fu (ON), missing: Kathryn Wagner (NS)