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Youth4Music News

Meet the NUFSICISUM Winners: Jordan Middleton

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 Jordan Middleton from High River, AB! Read more about Jordan here.

Spotlight on… Liz Craig

Pianist and music educator Liz Craig was among the youth delegates at our inaugural Youth4Music Toronto Leadership Symposium in 2015, and we were thrilled to catch up with her again at our most recent symposium in March of this year. In her 28 years, Liz has achieved much success as a professional musician (though not without challenges). She is in demand as a piano teacher and performer, and is currently the president of the ORMTA Central Toronto Branch. “Perhaps I’m a huge music nerd, but music just really gives me so much energy and purpose.” It is “my passion, my income, my business, my pleasure, my social time with friends, most of everything!” Click here to read more about Liz, her thoughts on music education, and her insights into the business of being a musician.

Youth4Music Investigation: Cadenza

Youth4Music is interested in learning about the practical uses of the Cadenza app for music students - will you help us investigate? Cadenza, part of the Music Tool Suite, is a motivating practice tool that can be used independently or with your teacher. We’d like to learn more about the practical uses of Cadenza for music students in terms of solo practice, ensemble practice, and music creation. If you’re interested in becoming a Youth4Music Investigator please contact Sharon at

Coalition News

Music Monday 2020

Registration for Music Monday 2020 is now open! On May 4, 2020 hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, musicians, and community members will join #TogetherInHarmony in a nationwide celebration of music. We’re thrilled to have Oscar Peterson and Harriette Hamilton’s iconic “Hymn to Freedom” as our Music Monday Anthem for a second year in a row. We’ll be unveiling several brand new resources throughout the year, including a new arrangement for jazz band in honour of Oscar Peterson’s 95th birthday. Register your event here to gain access to arrangements, get on the Celebration Map, and have your name entered in weekly registration prize draws.

Women's Empowerment Through Music

Women’s Empowerment Through Music (WEM) is a project designed to honour Canadian women who were empowered by or empowered others through music. Since 2017, a variety of resources have been compiled and made available on our website, and we are proud to announce that another piece of the puzzle - the French edition of the WEM Teaching and Learning Module - has been published! All of our WEM resources are available for download on our website.

In Your Backyard

Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition

Applications for the 2020 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition are now open! The E-Gré Competition, as it is more commonly known, has been held annually at Brandon University in Manitoba since 1976 in honour of composer, pianist, and violinist S.C. (Sonia) Eckhardt-Gramatté and promotes the creation and performance of new Canadian music. Each year, the competition rotates between piano, strings, and voice; the category for the 2020 E-Gré Competition is voice. Information on how to apply for the 2020 competition can be found here, and information on 2019 winner Bryn Blackwood’s fall tour can be found here.

Rebanks Family Fellowship

Applications are now open for the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program. This is a one-year post-graduate program of the Glenn Gould School, designed to provide career development to emerging artists. The program offers free tuition plus a living stipend, lessons and coachings with distinguished faculty members, and numerous performance opportunities in Canada and abroad. Click here for more information.

Audition for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival

Are you a singer looking for more performing experience? Would you like to spend your summer in beautiful Halifax? If you answered yes, consider auditioning for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival (HSOF). HSOF offers young singers a safe and supportive environment in which to hone their skills, and the opportunity to rehearse and perform a fully staged opera. Live auditions are taking place in a number of Canadian cities, and digital auditions will be accepted until November 29. Click here to apply.

Youth4Music Playlist

We polled our Instagram followers and the people have spoken! The theme for the November Youth4Music Playlist is… Nineties Nostalgia! The 1990s had it all, from grunge to boy bands to Britpop and more! Thanks to everyone who voted and helped us choose this month’s theme. Stay tuned for more chances to have a say in our future playlists, and in the meantime, head over to Spotify and enjoy a blast from the past. Happy listening!

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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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