Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Friday, May 18, 2007

Karen Quinton: Studio News

Congratulations to students Isidora Vidojevic, Naoko Sakata, and Charlotte Chase who each did very well in festivals this year. Charlotte received a third place in the Davenport (grade 5 study); Isidora a second and a third in Kiwanis, and also second and third in Davenport (grade 7 and concert groups). Naoko Sakata was awarded two second places in Kiwanis (Grade 6 and concert group).

Also felicitations to Carol Xiong, who placed second in the Toronto Kiwanis 13 and under concert group (91%), and second in List D (grade 10) with 88. Carol was awarded the Kiwanis Club of Riverdale scholarship. She also recently was named a winner of the annual Barwell Scholarship (for pianists who wish to commence organ lessons. This will cover a year of lessons.)

In the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis festival, Sharon Kim was awarded three third places - in each of the ARCT Lists B, C and D.

In the Davenport Festival, Nancy Yu placed second in her grade 10 List D (impressionist) class with 91%; and Stephanie Iwasa won third place in the grade 9 Chopin class. William Bellehumeur was named first in the grade 10 concert group (93%) and senior Bach class (91%), and won the R. S. Brown Senior Bach Trophy and a scholarship.

Bronwyn Vrabel-Turner has been accepted into both the music program at York University, and McMaster and plans to be a music therapist.

Most students are working very hard now toward exams, RCM evaluations or the studio concert on June 2nd.

Thank you for your dedication this year; you have all made great strides in your piano playing!

Friday, March 9, 2007

Friday, February 16, 2007

Stephen Satory

Stephen Satory holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Toronto. He has taught piano, history and theory at the Royal Conservatory since 1980. He is Chair of the Theory Department in the Community School of the RCM.
He has published articles on the music of J. S. Bach, Bartok, Kodaly and Ligeti in music journals, as well as two textbooks, First-Year Harmony (2002) and Piano Miniatures (twentieth-century analysis, 2005).
Dr. Satory has given solo piano recitals at the Concert Hall, RCM, at Walter Hall and Scarborough College, University of Toronto, at Bishop's University and at the University of Western Ontario. His next recital takes place on Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. in the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue in Yorkville. On the programme are the Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57 ("Appassionata") by Beethoven, 24 Preludes, Op. 28 by Chopin and Romanian Christmas Carols, Series One by Bartok. In the editing stage is a CD of piano works by Beethoven, including Op. 28 and Op. 31, No. 3.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

January keyboard department event!

Hello, RCM keyboard teachers, and Happy New Year!

One of the reasons to teach here at RCM is to inspire and be inspired, learn from colleagues, and truly be a resource for each other. I invite you to come to the next faculty get-together on Tuesday, January 9th from 12 to approximately 1:30 in room 104.1(next to the cafeteria).



What each of us personally considers essential and most important in our teaching.
Bring your insights and experience to share and discuss with other faculty members.

We will be holding these gatherings, some with guests, each month at lunchtime on alternating days. The names of the guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

A list of locations and dates follows:
Jan. 9th, Tues.(104.1)
CHANGE: Feb.8th, Thurs. 12 PM: General meeting of the keyboard faculty, room 103, (next to the bookstore).
Mar. 7th, Wed (104.1)
April 10th, Tues. (316)
May 9th, Wed. (104.1) Guest: composer and pianist Heather Schmidt

Monday, December 11, 2006

George Thurgood : Jazz Piano, Music Theory and History at the Royal Conservatory of Music

I am teaching classes in Jazz Piano, Keyboard Harmony, Harmony and Counterpoint, Rudiments for Adults and private lessons in Piano, Jazz Piano, theoretical subjects including Composition. I have been teaching at the RCM for over fifteen years, developing my own methods and materials.

For information on classes and private lessons, contact the RCM at (416) 408-2824. My voice mail is at ext. 734.

Further information and links will be provided as time permits.

Link to gthurgood.com

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Community School Holiday Open House on December 2

The Community School will hold its second annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 2 in the lobby of The RCM main location at 90 Croatia Street in Toronto. The festivities will include crafts, gingerbread house building, a bake sale, as well as a sing-along. All are welcome to the festivities and admission is free.