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Youth4Music #FridayFeature

Get to know the young leaders of today and tomorrow through the Youth4Music #FridayFeature, an Instagram series highlighting young musicians and youth leaders from across Canada. Are you interested in being featured? All you have to do is follow @Youth4Music_CA on Instagram and leave a comment on one of our #FridayFeature posts. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Meet the NUFSICISUM Winners: Kelly Hems

2019 saw a record number of nominations (59!) for the Coalition’s annual NUFSICISUM Youth Leadership Award. Over the coming months we’ll be introducing you to the six outstanding young NUFSICISUM winners, and celebrating the contributions they’ve made to their schools and communities through music.

This month, let’s get to know Kelly Hems from Winnipeg, MB! Click here to read more.

Spotlight on… Senaida

This month we’re shining a spotlight on Senaida, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Thornhill, ON. Her principal instruments are piano and ROLI blocks, which she describes as “essentially a midi controller that consists of a squishy keyboard and a drum pad.” Senaida is currently enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists, an intensive pre-college program for classical musicians, however, her love of music is not bound by genre.  She enjoys performing and creating pop, jazz, acoustic indie, R&B, and electronic music, and lists Suzanne Ciani - an American composer known for innovative electronic music - as her greatest musical influence. Earlier this year, she launched the Youth Showcase Concert Series, a summer music festival aimed at promoting musicians under the age of 25. Click here to read more about Senaida, her thoughts on music education and youth leadership, and her connection to Youth4Music.

Coalition News

A Message From the Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, we welcome you to a new school year. Like you, we at the Coalition are preparing for another year filled with the joy and excitement of music making. The Coalition's work has never been

more needed than now as all across Canada music programs find themselves in jeopardy. We are here for you as we unite our voices to advocate for quality music education and music access for all. 

The work of the Coalition for Music Education and our signature programs Music Monday and Youth4Music could not happen without the dedicated work of the outstanding Coalition staff. Please join me in thanking them all. 

Angela Elster
Vice Chair, Coalition for Music Education in Canada

Coaltion Staff 2019-2020
Managing Director: Patricia Valenteyn
Music Monday Program Manager: Victoria Borg
Youth4Music Program Manager: Sharon Tikiryan
Research Assistant and Grant Writer: Jennifer Brown
Web and Graphic Designer: Aimée Rochard
Marketing and Communications Specialist: Cathy Landolt

Music Monday 2020

Music Monday preparations are underway and we can’t wait for the country to join #TogetherInHarmony on May 4, 2020! We’re adding to the collection of free Music Monday resources, including brand new arrangements of “Hymn to Freedom” for jazz band and guitar! Registration opens on October 23 and unlocks a variety of arrangements and other resources for use in your Music Monday celebration. To register, please visit our website.

Fall Conferences

The Coalition is pleased to be attending several conferences this fall, including FAMEQ in Montreal, OMEA's Opus 100 in Toronto, and CNAL’s Creative Convergence in Winnipeg, where Dr. Eric Favaro (Coalition Board Chair), Angela Elster (Coalition Board Vice-Chair), and Dr. Adam Con (Principal Investigator) will be presenting on the Coalition’s national research study on the state of music education in Canada.

In Your Backyard

Canada Votes 2019

On October 21 Canadians will head to the polls to vote in the Federal Election. Climate change, carbon pricing, affordable housing, and health care are just a few of the important issues that are top of mind for voters as they consider which party to support. We encourage all Canadian youth to find out where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to them, and we hope that music education will be among those issues. While education is regulated by the provinces and territories, it helps to have a federal government that is supportive of access to quality education, including music and the arts. 

There are many ways to stay informed and raise your voice, whether you’re voting for the first or fifteenth time, or not yet old enough to vote. Check out the parties’ websites for information on their platforms and policy announcements, attend an all-candidates debate, ask questions at town hall meetings, and if a candidate knocks on your door, tell them about the issues that matter most to you. Then go have your say on October 21 and vote!

Audition for the National Youth Band of Canada

Auditions for the National Youth Band of Canada (NYB) are now open. For over 25 years, NYB has provided youth aged 16-22 with enriching educational and musical experiences, as well as opportunities to learn from renowned Canadian musicians. NYB 2020 will take place in Halifax, NS from April 26-May 3, 2020 with conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and a yet-to-be-announced guest soloist. Click here for more information.

The NYO-EUYO Frenergy Tour

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the European Union Youth Orchestra will join forces for a concert tour in November. The Frenergy tour - named in honour of the John Estacio piece featured on the concert program - is billed as a “celebration of international musical collaboration and friendship,” and is the first joint tour between these two orchestras. The 76 young musicians involved will perform four concerts in six days, for lucky audiences in Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, and Ottawa. Click here for more information.

Youth4Music Playlist

Boo! To help get you in the Halloween spirit we’re building on former Editor-in-Chief Kristen Thompson’s list of the Top 5 Spooky Songs. This month’s playlist includes spooky selections from a variety of genres, including classical, pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, as well as music from TV and film. Check out the Youth4Music Playlist: Halloween Edition for free on Spotify. Happy listening!

Thank you • Merci • Miigwech • kinana'skomitina'wa'w

We are able to do all of this awesome work because of the support from many groups. For a full listing of this support go to Coalition, Youth4Music and Music Monday

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