Monthly Archives: March 2015

I’m excited to be included in the new RCM 2015 Piano Syllabus with pieces listed at the grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 levels.  My Arctice Voices and Piano Mime Collections are represented.  The Grade 3 Celebration Series Repertoire book contains my piece Arctic Voices.

RCM Piano grade 3

I have a new duet available! Called Jester’s Dance, it’s a playful, upbeat piece at the early intermediate level, using polytonal scale pairings. Designed to fall easily in the hands makes it easy to play for both players. You can hear a sound sample and see some of the score on my Composition/Duets page

Jesters Dance Cover for web

I was invited to present a composition workshop to the students of the ‘Piano For Everyone’ Music Studio in Toronto. The students prepared compositions ahead of time and we had a great afternoon exploring their work and discovering way to enhance their music even more.  It was a fun afternoon with some very engaging and creative budding composers!  

I had the priveledge of adjudicating the Kingston Contemporary Showcase Music Festival this year at Queen’s University.  Such a wonderful group of students and the standard of performance was impressive indeed. Thank you to the organizers, especially Kristin Rae,  for your wonderful hospitality and for putting together such a well run music festival! 

The pieces of my flute collection Voices from the Earth’ have been beautifully performed and recorded by renouwned flautist Dianne Aitken. Click on Dianne Aitken bio Sept 2014  to read Dianne’s bio and then hear her performances on the Composition/Solo Instrumental page. Thank you Dianne!

Leaf for web copyOne of the highlights of my summer was co-presenting a session at the ORMTA ‘O Canada’ Convention in Toronto on Celebrating Canadian Composers, given by Janet Fothergill of the RCM. Matthew Fava of the CMC (Canadian Music Centre) was also invited to co-present. I introduced the music of the Red Leaf Pianoworks Collective in which a number of the composers were in attendance to perform their own compositions. Thank you to Beverly Porter, Martha Hill Duncan, Joanne Bender, and John Burge for your outstanding performances.