Promoting the love and knowledge of music through teaching and performance.”

Yukon Registered Music Teachers offer lessons in piano, strings, orchestra, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice and theories. Instruction varies across many musical styles, from classical to jazz.

Our teachers maintain high musical and academic qualifications. It is important that students receive quality music instruction from the beginning. Students are encouraged to achieve their best musical potential.

YRMTA is committed to furthering the art of music through programs that support teaching and performance while offering professional growth and networking opportunities for teachers and musicians.  Master classes, workshops and private lessons with visiting musicians and instructors inspire students, teachers and parents.

The association presents a number of fine cultural events through public concerts and organized studio recitals. Many of the YRMTA members are active performers who contribute to the Yukon arts community.


YRMTA strives to educate and encourage teachers and students alike in their musical pursuits through its support of the following local programs and events:

Suzuki Strings Association –Camps and Workshops
RCME: Practical Exams
RCME: Theory Exams
Rotary Music Festival
Yukon Summer Music Camp

As well YRMTA cooperates with other musical organizations in the community and Territory.

From the small salon concerts of the late 60s to the present day association of dedicated  teachers, YRMTA has become intrinsically woven into the cultural fabric of the Yukon.

Any musicians and teachers interested in becoming a member of the YRMTA, or parents and students seeking quality music instruction please contact us. A directory of current music teachers is available here.

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Yukon Registered Music Teachers' Association

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Music Teachers & Friends in Concert

Please join us to promote music and music education.

On Sunday February 11, at 3pm, YRMTA music teachers and friends will hit the stage at the Whitehorse United Church for their annual recital. This is a fundraiser presented by the Yukon Registered Music Teachers’ Association - a great opportunity to hear some of our many talented music teachers perform. This year we celebrate and showcase a variety of hard working music educators within the YRMTA and throughout the community.

Featured performers include Ben Johnston-Urey, Amy Klassen, Ellen Thompson, Maxime Crawford-Holland, Connie Penner, Jerry Woolridge, Hannah Mazurek and Graeme Peters.

Admission is by donation. All proceeds go to support Yukon music student programming and professional development for music teachers.

Come on out for a fun afternoon of music!

YRMTA Annual Music Teachers Recital/Fundraiser


Sunday,  February 11, 3:00 p.m.

Whitehorse United Church – 601 Main Street

 Admission by donation

Yukon Music Teachers in Concert! 

On Sunday May 14th, at 3pm, music teachers and friends will hit the stage in the newly renovated Whitehorse United Church for their   
annual recital. This is a fundraiser presented by Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association - a great opportunity to hear some of our many talented music teachers perform. Hear performances by Keitha Clark, Andy Slade, Andrea McColeman,  Eric Desaulniers, Erica Mah, Danette Readman, Roslyn Wilson, Alana Martinson, Tom Connor, Joyce Klassen, Cheryl Wishart, Barry Kitchen and more!

Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to support Yukon music student programming. Come on out for a fun afternoon of music! Bring your mom!


Canada Music Week Concert 2022 


Check out the lovely concert happening Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 celebrating Canada Music Week!  

The show features performances by jazz pianist Andy Slade, The Fiddleheads, Vocalist Emily Ross and student performers:  Dorothy Dallaire (piano), Hera Mae Hermosa (voice),  Kenan Johnson (piano), Lucy Aasman (guitar), Ben Williams(piano), Kippen Briggs (piano), Xavier Davis (cello), Autumn Von Eccher (piano), Chloe Kennedy(piano), Daniel McLelland( guitar), Nicolas Fecteau (piano).  

The concert is family friendly and a great way to explore Canadian compositions and support young Yukon musicians.  

(Canada Music Week was started in 1960 by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association. Its goal is to highlight the importance of Canadian music to audiences, educators and students across Canada.)

YRMTA Student Composer Competition 2022 

Calling all young composers!

The YRMTA Student Composer Competition 2022 is now accepting entries. 

The YRMTA Student Composer’s Competition is open to students 19 years of age and under, currently studying music with a teacher who is a member of the YRMTA. 

Winners will be announced towards the end of May and winners in each category will be eligible to enter the Canada-wide  Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association (CFMTA) Student Composer Competition. 

Information for teachers:

  • To enter, submit an electronic copy of the music to Andrea McColeman at by May 9th. Please do not put the student’s name on the music. 
  • If possible please also send a recording of the piece – a phone voice memo quality or midi recording is fine. 
  • You may also include a short paragraph talking about your piece or a picture that tells the story of the music. 
  • In your e-mail please tell us the young composer’s name, age, and the name of the teacher as well as parent’s phone number and e-mail. 

Any further questions please contact Andrea at

Yukon Music Festival Program Now Available! 

The full program for the Yukon Music Festival is now available!

Check out the program here!

The Yukon Music Festival takes place April 21-23, 2022, and features 130 student performers!

Everyone welcome. Admission by Donation.

Save the date for some great music! 

Mark your calendars for the Yukon Music Festival: Our Students in Concert

130 performers representing 16 teachers, six instruments and four centuries of music!

Full schedule coming soon. Stay tuned!



Call for Performers: Yukon Music Festival 


Attention Yukon Music Teachers and Students!

The YRMTA and Whitehorse Concerts are inviting you to be part of the Yukon Music Festival: Our Students in Concert,  April 19-24, 2022. 

The Yukon Music Festival is a series of music showcases that provide students with performance opportunities, as well as exposure to different instruments, musical styles and playing levels. 

All students with a private music teacher are invited to participate (teachers do not need to be a member of the YRMTA). Thanks to the support of Whitehorse Concerts, all registration fees have been waived and cost to attend the festival is by donation. 

Interested in signing up?  The registration form for solo entries can be found here. Small ensemble entries (maximum 5 people) can be found here.

Registration Deadline is February 28, 2022.

Yukon Music Festival FAQ 

What is the Yukon Music Festival? The Yukon Music Festival: Our Students in Concert is a series of student showcases providing performance opportunities for Yukon music students, and sharing music programming with our community.   

When? The festival takes place April 19-24, 2022. There will be evening performances April 19-22, and afternoon/evening performances on April 23-24.  

Where? All events take place at the Riverdale Baptist Church and Whitehorse United Church.  

Who can sign up to perform? Anyone taking private music lessons is welcome to participate.  All ages and abilities are welcome, and teachers do not need to be members of the YRTMA to sign up their students. 

Is there a cost to register? Thanks to support from Whitehorse Concerts, all registration fees have been waived. 

When is the deadline to register as a performer? February 28, 2022 

How many pieces can I perform? Students can submit up to three selections, but are only guaranteed one recital slot. 

What equipment will be provided?  A grand piano and music stands. (Please note we are not able to provide amplification at this time.) 

What COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place? The Yukon Music Festival will follow all protocols recommended by the CMHO at the time of the festival. 

When will I know which showcase I am performing at? Programming will be completed by March 21, 2022.    

Need more information? Contact Yukon Music Festival coordinator Katie Avery