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:

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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Upcoming Events and Concerts

Previous events

Rotary Music and Dance Festival April 3 - 13, 2019

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Rotary Music and Dance Festival April 3 - 13, 2019

Registration begins soon! Are you ready?


Christine Donkin Composer Workshop Weekend

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association presents: A series of Composition workshops with Canadian Composer Christine Donkin Jan 11,12,13,14th 2019 Registration due by Nov 23rd, 2018


Klassen Year- End Student Recital

Riverdale Baptist Church

Henry and Joyce Klassen are having their year-end student recital on Monday, June 4 at 7:00 pm at the Riverdale Baptist Church.


ARCT RECITAL - Jamie Phillips-Freedman

Riverdale Baptist Church, Whitehorse, Yukon

  1. Jamie Phillips-Freedman will be doing his ARCT recital on Friday, May 25 at 6:00 pm at the Riverdale Baptist Church.

His music is 45 - 50 minutes in length.

All are welcome to come and enjoy this recital.

Rotary 50th Anniversary Alumni Concert

Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Music Festival. The festival is an annual music event held during the month of April every year in Whitehorse. Performance opportunities are offered to music students in a variety of classes in piano, flute, woodwinds, voice, strings, guitar, percussion, accordion, bands, choirs, ensembles and the festival now offers a dance component. Yukon has a wealth of young musicians, singers and dancers. Like Olympic athletes, they have a solid backup team who support them every step of the way. So, we thank their families and teachers who help them discover the joy of music and performance. This year is very special. We’re acknowledging an entire generation of people for whom music enriched and in some cases, directed the paths of their careers. What a rich legacy all those music teachers have created. Imagine, students who performed years ago at the Rotary Music Festival are now watching their own children perform!


Music Teacher's Recital

Riverdale Baptist Church

Featured performers: Annie Avery
Keitha Clark
Bryn Knight
Keiko Fujise
Andrea McColeman 
Olivier de Colombel Henry and Joyce Klassen
Danette Readman
Ellen Thompson
Barry Kitchen
guitar! piano! voice! violin! saxophone!


Piano Duo Master Class

Klassen Studio, 17 Liard Rd.

Friday January 12: 7 PM
Piano duo, the Bergmann's will conduct a master class at the Klassens studio, 17 Liard Road. Two Piano Tornado and possible other duos will work with the Bergmann's.

On Saturday, January 13 Whitehorse Concerts presents the Bergmann Duo at the Yukon Arts Centre Pre-Concert Chat in the Studio Theatre at 7pm Concert at 8pm


YRMTA Teaching Tips Workshop

Klassen Studio, 17 Liard Rd

Sunday January 7: 2PM Teaching Tips. Bring your favourite teaching tip to share with colleagues at the Klassens, 17 Liard Road. This is a great time to network, share, and learn as we delve into the second half of the teaching year.


YRMTA Annual General Meeting

106 Strickland Street, Whitehorse

Yukon Registered Music Teachers Assoc. Annual General Meeting Sunday September 17, 6:30 PM 106 Strickland Street. All welcome.


Alexander Technique Class

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Selkirk Gym, Selkirk Elementary School, ​5 Selkirk Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

YRMTA in conjunction with the Whitehorse Community Choir present an Alexander Technique Class. This event is free for YRMTA members. It will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 11-2 at the Selkirk Gym and the cost is YRMTA members free, WCC groups $10, non-members $15/person. Contact Barbara Chamberlin at 667-4059 or to register.

Classical Guitar Concert/Matthew McAllister

Hamilton & Son Guitar Works, 3162-3rd Avenue, Whitehorse, YT

Scottish musician Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his exquisite performances and effortless presentation for over a decade. He will be adjudicating at this year's Rotary Music Festival tickets 20$


Whitehorse Concert Gallery Recital Series

Yukon Arts Centre, , Whitehorse

Whitehorse Concerts Gallery Recital Series - Sunday, March 12 - 1:00 pm at the Yukon Arts Centre presents: 'Pictures at an Exhibition' by M. Mussorgsky This piece has been arranged for 2 pianos - 12 hands - so that is 6 pianists at 2 pianos plus 2 percussionist!

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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!




Composition Workshops with Canadian Composer Christine Donkin 

Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association presents: 

A series of Composition workshops with Canadian Composer Christine Donkin on January 11-14th, 2019.

"Christine Donkin composes award-winning, critically acclaimed music that appeals to a broad range of listeners and performers. Described as “stunning” (, "highly imaginative" (American Record Guide), and having “enormous impact” (The Washington Post), her work is promoted by several publishers and is performed all over the North American continent and beyond. 

Christine composes music for musicians of all kinds. High calibre concerts at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Moscow Conservatory are interspersed among frequent performances featuring young soloists, community orchestras, and church choirs. The Toronto Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thirteen Strings, Elektra Women’s Choir, DaCapo Chamber Choir, and the Canadian Guitar Quartet are just a few of the ensembles that have performed her music in Canada. 

Christine is frequently called upon to work with music students and teachers as a guest speaker, clinician, and adjudicator. Over one hundred of her pedagogical compositions, arrangements, and figured bass realizations appear in The Royal Conservatory of Music graded repertoire and studies books." from


For information and registration go here

President's Report AGM 2018 

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.


RMF 50th Anniversary Alumni Concert April 14th 


The 50th Anniversary Alumni Concert of the Rotary Music Festival is taking place this coming Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Yukon Arts Centre Theater. We would ask each of you teachers to invite your students, their families and their friends to this significant event. 

This happens only once in 50 years! The program features performers from 1976 to the present. There are 10 acts on the program, with performers coming from New Jersey, Nebraska, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and of course, Whitehorse. It will feature some of the best performers of all those years. The variety includes Piano, Voice, Violin, Fiddling, Piano Duet, Piano Quartet, and a world premier Composition. 


Cost is Adults $15; Children, Students, Seniors $10   

Tickets are also available online at the Yukon  Art Centre box office.

from the organizers: Henry & Joyce Klassen.  


Rotary Music Festival 50th Anniversary April 2018 

50th Anniversary of the Rotary Music Festival 
April 11-21, 2018

Entry Deadline: January 20, 2018 

This annual music event offers performance opportunities to music students in a variety of classes in piano, flute, woodwinds, voice, strings, guitar, percussion, accordion, bands, choirs, ensembles and dance. 

Online Registration opened on December 1, at 

Follow the Regulations & Syllabus and read the instructions written on your screen before entering and submitting your registration.

Please review the Regulations & Syllabus Prior to registering your students or groups. Please read the Regulations and Syllabus to make sure the classes are available.  click here to download the entire document. 


Art Contest

The Festival is looking for artistic works created by Yukon residents age 5 to 18.

view the Contest Guidelines 

NEW ...Deadline: January 20th, 2018 
Give the opportunity to your music students to design the Program Cover for our 50th Anniversary of the Festival.


Music Teachers Participation Required

for   Entry Checking  January 21-25 

Review of entries will take place from January 21-25 and will be headed by a selection of volunteer music teachers. 


Program Development / Festival Scheduling 
Saturday, January 27, from 10AM to 5PM pm

at the Westmark  in the Bennett Room

The Festival schedule is put together during this day. The first 2-3 hours, the lists of entries are cut manually and put in identified folders.

Following this, the schedule is prepared on flip chart sheets by 'scotch' taping the entries in each session. 

Bring your sissors! 

Light snack provided, but bring your lunch if you think of staying over lunch time.


Bruce & Pat Harvey

Memorial Fund 

2019 Bursaries

The purpose of the fund is to provide encouragement to persons who show aptitude and diligence in their music studies, particularly but not exclusively the piano. Applications for bursaries are invited from music students.

Applications for the above Fund are available here and must  be received by May 23, 2019.