On November 21, I had the great pleasure to join the Westman Registered Music Teachers Association as a guest artist for their annual Canada Music Week event. This was a true celebration of Canadian repertoire: 18 young students performed piano pieces at The Music Studio in Brandon. I was so encouraged by these enthusiastic performances: these students are working hard with their teachers and developing a real appreciation for the music of our time.
I performed a favourite treasure in my repertoire, Chantale Laplante’s “For Piano, Tape and Conversation” alongside “Fragments” by Jordan Nobles. The students were interested in the mixture of live performance with multi-media audio, and by some prepared piano and extended techniques I tried out in “Fragments.” After the performance, four students stayed behind for a masterclass – this was a great opportunity to explore the joy of making music and challenge our creativity together.
Thanks very much to the Westman Registered Music Teachers Association for their kind invitation – I’ll look forward to hearing these students again as they continue their development.