Summer 2011 Combined Piano Recital
The Piano Teachers Federation keeps growing. This summer recital featured so many teachers we had to open up a second date at the Vancouver Masonic Centre.
Sunday May 29th featured a special series from the BCRMTA Student Teachers Auxiliary. Over 120 guests were treated to works by Chopin, Mozart, and others as well as a violin accompaniment. More than a dozen members and students performed with great passion flare and were greeted with a rave response from the audience.
The Student Teachers Auxiliary is a diverse group of very talented, up-and-coming teachers who work together to grow their skills and establish their teaching practices. The Piano Teachers Federation is very proud to work with such a vibrant and enthusiastic group of teachers and help give them the resources and tools they need to build their careers. For more information about the STA: Student Teachers Auxiliary
It is hard to imagine being more impressed but we were for the second series of the day. Susan Kiddie of Burnaby brought her MYC students who had been practicing for weeks to prepare for the recital. More than 15 students aged from 3-8 performed a variety of pieces from the MYC curriculum that included bells, keyboards, and a little bit of jumping - everyone had a good time.
Of particular note, two of her students received citations from the MYC global composition competition, one with an honourable mention for Western Canada and another placing first in all of Canada. It was great to witness the excitement of the children and parents when being presented with the certificates.
Twice during the recital a long term student of Susan Kiddie's, who started as a 4 year old and is now taking her grade 9 RCM exams played for us to highlight not only her skill but also the possibility for students for when they practice and persevere in the very challenging world of piano.
Part 2 of our annual summer recital took place on Sunday June 5th and with equal success. 7 teachers featured more than 100 of their students to play before more than 400 ecstatic family and friends throughout the day. Many of the teachers have taken the opportunity for their students to perform at our recitals at previous occasions as well as some new additions. Performances ranged from a phrases to Bach's Sinfonia No. 7, Mozart's Rondo AllaTurca, Beethoven's Sonata in E-, and Liszt's Consolation No. 3. Many of the students performed at our previous recitals and it is an inspiring experience to see how they have progressed and the challenging pieces that they have taken on.
A special congratulations to all of the teachers who participated, without whom and whose hard work, there would be no students to perform.
Blair Galston, Tami Rizzo, Claire Arthur, Torey Zachary, Laura Tyrrell, Daniel Mahlberg, Susan Kiddie and more.
It gives us great pleasure to be able to support the music community by hosting these recitals for our dedicated teacher members. The Piano Teachers Federation is grateful to Pacey's Pianos for letting us use their fantastic 9ft concert grand piano and providing the tuning.