Hello Everyone,

As preparations begin for a fresh start, the Executive would like to inform you of the 2018/2019 Calendar of Events, (directly below) and updates on Projects currently in Progress (scroll to the bottom). Please be sure to check back for information as the year progresses as changes and/or additions may occur.

I wish everyone a smooth transition into the Fall season.

Best regards,
Barbara Siemens
President
Vancouver BCRMTA

2018/2019 Vancouver Branch Calendar

 

  1. "Enjoying the Values of Piano Ensemble: An Introduction to Duet and Duo Piano Repertoire" with Winfried Rompf AND Book Exchange 

~ Monday September 17, 10:30am-12:30pm at Tom Lee Music Downtown

Come to hear about and try out a variety of ensemble pieces; before and after the presentation you’ll be able to browse a selection of free music brought by your colleagues. For those wishing to bring gently used scores for the exchange, please bring the books at 10:00am for the set-up and be prepared to take home what is left over. Tom Lee offers validated parking so you don’t have to carry things too far, please go to http://tomleemusic.ca/freeparking for details.

Non-members fee for this event is $10.

 

  1. Taxation and Business Session with Jessica Somers, CPA CGA 

~ Monday October 15, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm at Long & McQuade

Jessica Somers will be speaking about taxation and business issues specific to music teachers.Ms. Somers is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CGA) with over ten years of experience advising freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in Vancouver on tax, accounting, and business process. She is also the co-founder of Cordova Street Consulting, a new firm in Gastown with a focus on knowledge sharing, outreach, and taking the stress and mystery out of tax.

Spaces are limited so please remember to RSVP by clicking the Tickets Link below to sign-up by Thursday - October 11, 2018.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdN2Hiv0ofqsM4G7xXlZgys9Efo-AhaAvj3GTyPfUsBaZooEA/viewform

We are pleased to announce that due to the high interest of the workshop, we would like to make this workshop accessible to as many music teachers in the community as possible so everyone can benefit. Members of the Vancouver branch, you have priority to RSVP from now till Sunday, October 7. RSVP will then be opened to teachers outside of the branch starting Monday, October 8.

 

  1. Canada Music Week Mini-Festival 

~ Sunday November 18, 2018 at the Canadian Music Centre on Davie Street

Go to https://bcrmta.org/canada-music-week-mini-festival/ for full details. Deadline for entries is October 1, 2018.

 

  1. Winter Luncheon 

~ Monday December 3, 2018 - Location TBA

 

  1. Winter Recital 

~ Sunday December 9, 2018  4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Unitarian Centre in Vancouver (Oak and 49th)

Registration forms will be available in early October, an email reminder will be sent.

IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the teacher to advise parents and students of the following requirements.

  1. All pieces must be memorized except in the case of accompanists (photocopies CANNOT be used)
  2. Appropriate dress is required: for boys = dress pants, shirts/sweaters and dress shoes; for girls = dresses/skirts//dress pants, blouses/sweaters, and dress shoes.
  3. There is to be NO PHOTOGRAPHY or VIDEO RECORDINGof any kind during the recitals, it is disruptive to the performer and the other members of the audience.

 

  1. Annual General Meeting 

~ Monday January 21, 2019 9:30am -12:00pm at Long & McQuade 

Please plan to attend this important event as there are a number of issues to vote on including, but not limited to, changes to our ByLaws.
More information will be posted closer to the date.

 

  1. Monday February 11, 2019 TBA

 

  1. Celebration of Excellence 

~ Sunday March 3 2019  1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby

Registration forms will be available in early January, an email reminder will be sent.

IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the teacher to advise parents and students of the requirements noted for the Winter Recital (item #5)

 

  1. Body Mapping Workshop with Cynthia McGladry 

~ Monday, March 11, 2019 at Showcase Pianos  9:00am-1:00pm (may be shifted slightly)

Go to https://bcrmta.org/body-mapping-workshop-900am-to-100pm-monday-march-11-2019/for full detail

 

  1. Monday, April 8, 2019 TBA

 

  1. Spring Recital 

~ Sunday May 12 2019  1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby

Registration forms will be available in early April, an email reminder will be sent.

IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the teacher to advise parents and students of the requirements noted for the Winter Recital (item #5)

 

  1. Improvisation with Boris Favre 

~ Monday, May 13 , 2019  at Showcase Pianos (time TBA)

Boris Favre is a trained classical pianist but his true passion is for jazz and world music. He currently performs with children’s entertainer Music with Marnie, Latin-Jazz artist Deborah Ledon, traditional French-Canadian trio Pastiche and as bassist for the Celtic-Funk band Mad Pudding with whom he has toured extensively throughout Canada. Mr. Favre will be leading a hands on workshop for improvising and we’re very excited to be hosting him.

Space permitting, the fee for non-members for this event is $20.

 

  1. Spring Luncheon 

~ Monday June 3, 2019 - Location TBA

 

Projects currently in Progress

 

  1. Determining How Best to use the Branch Surplus

The Executive is working to formalize a plan for using the surplus in our bank account. A more detailed report will be presented at the AGM, at which point we will have a plan ready for a vote. Throughout this process our goal has been to been to use the money wisely and effectively for the benefit of as many Vancouver members as possible with an eye to the Branch’s needs in the next five to ten years.

 

  1. Professional Development Bursaries (PDB)

The guidelines for the Professional Development Bursaries are still being discussed, however, like the above item, a plan will be ready for presentation at the 2019 AGM. The first PDB will cover the 2019 calendar year with a January, 2020 deadline (TBA). The amount to distribute will fluctuate according to the finances of each year but for the inaugural year, the Executive has voted to set aside $2,500.