President's Report AGM 2018
2017-18 sped by at the speed of light, and I am grateful for the members and executive of this organization that make being the president easy and joyful.
This year we had some executive changes, secretary Keiko Fujise, and second delegate to CFMTA changing from Danette Readman to Henry Klassen.
Fall season had us celebrating Canada Music Week with our annual student recital with twenty four young performers on piano, violin, guitar, and voice. Our annual Music Teachers In Concert fund raising recital featured twelve members playing in solo performance and collaborating with other teachers to demonstrate fun combinations and styles with a variety of instruments, including guitar, voice, violin, saxophone, piano, and chamber choir.
As always, YRMTA members supported with many hours of volunteer time before and at the Rotary Music Festival.
This year, the 50th Anniversary of the festival had some members organizing and
performing in a special Alumni Concert that featured performers that were past winners who had
continued on in a music career. After several mishaps in organization, YRMTA recommended to the
Rotary Festival Committee to put the position of coordinator out for applicants that are interested.
As Professional Development this year we had two workshops, one an “in house” sharing of teaching
tips and management ideas, and one piano duo workshop with the Bergman Duo that were here to
perform for Whitehorse Concerts.
A big highlight was a visit from our CFMTA President, Tiffany Wilson, and besides presenting trophies
at the Rotary final concerts, encouraged us to apply to host a CFMTA Conference. We declined, but
offered to host an AGM for CFMTA instead.
Delegates Henry Klassen and myself attended CFMTA Annual meeting and strategic planning sessions
in Toronto. We are all excited about the Conference planned in 2019 in Winnipeg, where we will have a
student entered into the National Piano Competition.
I would encourage all members to find what talent they can contribute to our organization, for it is this
talent that supports all of our activities. I would also encourage all members to actively participate in
the educational and musical development that CFMTA and YRMTA have to offer. I gratefully thank all
members who have made a difference by helping make all of these events happen.