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

YRMTA

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:

Whitehorse Concerts – Youth Tickets for Series and Workshops
Suzuki Strings Association – Winter 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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Exceptional Performances by Yukon Music Teachers 

Yukon Music Teachers Fundraiser/ Recital 2020

Thank You! To all who supported, performed and attended this years annual YRMTA Fundraiser/Teachers' recital.

 

Performers delighted the full-house audience at the Riverdale Baptist Church this past month.

 

 

 

 

"Music to Warm the Heart and Soul"  

YRMTA 2020 Annual Music Teachers' Recital

It is a new year and a cold Yukon January so far with record lows in the territory of -44! Happy New Year!As well as teaching and helping students to prepare for upcoming Conservatory exams and Rotary performances, Yukon  Registered Music Teachers are busy preparing for their annual Fundraiser/Music Recital and it is sure to "Warm the Heart and Soul" 

Tickets are officially on sale and available from your YRMTA teacher. Stay tuned as we introduce this years performers.

February 16, 2020 at 3pm

download a PDF copy of this poster for posting!

 

 

Canada Music Week Recital December 1st 

YRMTA music students are celebrating Canada Music Week and well,  just good music in general with performances on piano, guitar, vocals and violin.

Join us on Sunday, December 1st at the Riverdale Baptist Church, 15 Duke Road.  

Doors open at 2:40 and the recital begins at 3:00 - 4:00 .
Please join us to listen to these aspiring musicians.
Free Admission

National Piano Competition Awards Announced 

Congratulations to the "Winner of the Willard Schultz Most Promising Performing Artist Award- Jamie Phillips-Freedman, Yukon" 

This is a notable accomplishment for a student from the Yukon. It also carries a $1500 prize. Congratulatios Jamie!

  

 

 

 

Inspire Song - North for 90 Scholarship 


The Inspire Song - North for 90 Scholarship

The Inspire Song - North for 90 scholarship is created for youth/young adults 12 to 18 years of age who are inspired to write original songs or music in any lyrical/musical format in any genre. The songs must be either lyric- or music-based. Up to 8 applicants will be eligible to receive this award. 

The awarded funds must be used as tuition or fees for lessons or mentorship with a Yukon songwriter or musician of their choosing.  The applicant must provide a letter explaining their desire to receive this fund, with information on who they will be mentored by or take lessons from. 

Applicants may be invited to perform their original songs at an event to celebrate the songwriters who receive support from the Inspire Song - North for 90 scholarship. 

This scholarship was established in memory of Aylie Sparkes.  Born Peter Thiessen in Steinbach, Manitoba, he arrived in the Yukon in 2001 with a truck full of guitars and $5 to his name.  In the first year he made his presence felt performing an unheard of 250 shows, mainly at the Discovery Bar (Taku), where people would line up down the street to get a seat where they grew to expect the unexpected.  Though influenced by Hendrix, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, and Duane Allman, his slide guitar diversity was his strength, paired with his innate ability to draw his audience into his light, albiet country, blues, gospel, or funk. 

He supported many local artists on stage and in recordings before releasing his debut record "Beautiful & Deranged", which was nominated for "Blues Album of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards. 

His creativity and love for performing, playing, and writing was felt by many in the four lears he lived in the North, before passing of cancer in May 2005 at the age of 38. 

Access to the online application form can be made at www.yukonfoundation.com.  Click on the button at the bottom of "Apply" that cites the Inspire Song Application form, fill in and submit. 

If any further help is  needed, Sophie at the Yukon Foundations can be reached at 393-2454, or better still by email yukonfoundation@klondiker.com.

deadline to apply - July 31, 2019

Sumi Kim Piano Recital 

Sumi Kim is a spirited young South Korean, now a Yukoner, who is an amazing pianist. At this point in her life she is self taught and recently entered 6 advanced pieces in the Rotary Music Festival for some experience and feedback. Sumi has plans to eventually audition for some universities in the coming years. She has been enjoying some accompanying and also plays drums, keys and percussion in a band !!  

Sumi Kim will give a piano recital at the Riverdale Baptist Church on Thursday evening, May 23 at 7:00. Admission by Donation.  Please pass on this information to your students and friends.

 

 

 

Strings Extravganza!  

Yukon Registered Music Teachers’ Association presents:  

All the Strings! Baroque Strings Collective, Fiddleheads, Suzuki Strings, and Whitehorse String Ensemble come together for the spectacle of the year. Each group will do their thing on the Arts Center stage and then, for the grand finale, they all play together in a giant orchestra. The likes of which have only been seen once before, last year at this very event! Don't miss it.

March 3rd, 3pm at the Yukon Arts Centre

An Interactive Evening with Composer Christine Donkin  

An Interactive Evening with Composer Christine Donkin

Friday Jan 11, 7pm 

Riverdale Baptist Church 

This workshop is free to all students and Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association Members. 

Non YRMTA adults suggested donation $10 

  

Next weekend is all about composition with our guest Christine Donkin

Christine Donkin creates award-winning, critically acclaimed pieces that have been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Moscow Conservatory.  

Many of Christine's pieces are also the best loved and most often played in the music student repertoire. At this workshop, Whitehorse students and teachers will perform a selection of her works and Christine will talk about her composition techniques, creative inspiration and background for each piece.  

  


  

Bringing Composition into the Private Music Lesson: A Workshop for Music Teachers 

Sunday January 13th, 7:30pm 

11 Donjek (Studio of Barbara Chamberlin -Please use side door) 

This workshop is free to all Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association Members. 

Non YRMTA adults suggested donation $10 

  

  

Questions? contact Andrea McColeman 

  

Canada Music Week Recital 

25th Annual Canada Music Week Recital

On November 25th, 2018 at the  Canada Music Week Recital, local music students performed an (almost) all Canadian composer program to the delight of the Sunday afternoon audience.  Roslyn Wilson announced the annual event, now in it's 25th year, reminding us of the unique opportunity composer's have at any age to have their music performed on occasions such as this.  In fact our own teaching members are composers as well as performers. A variety of instrumentalists from violin to voice as well as vocal ensemble, piano solos and accompanists, graced the sanctuary at Riverdale Baptist Church.  

Thanks to all for attending and supporting music performance and education!