Registered Music Teacher's Association
In October, 2010, Lions Gate Sinfonia launched a brand new educational initiative, becoming the first to feature solo pianists playing Royal Conservatory of Music grades 1-8 repertoire with a professional orchestra. This unique and exciting project was first spearheaded by Sinfonia's Past President, Paige Freeborn, who wanted to give a wider variety of students in our community the rare chance to perform with a professional orchestra. Working alongside Music Director Clyde Mitchell, as well as Valerie Cook, President of the North Shore Registered Music Teacher's Association, and Sinfonia's dedicated education committee (Carolyn Cole, Adrian Dyck and Anne Duranceau), the project was conceived of as a holistic educational process that included a friendly and supportive audition process, as well as written and oral input from the students.
October 9, 2010 was a glittering affair, with 14 students taking to the stage of the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver and playing to a full house. Clyde Mitchell arranged much of the orchestral parts himself and Sinfonia's Composer-in-Residence, Michael Conway Baker, also contributed original material to the project, along with Alberta composer Christine Donkin, whose works are featured in the RCM syllabus. Ian Parker took to the stage in the second half of the concert, stunning the crowd with his performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Earlier that week, the 14 lucky students were also given the opportunity to work their repertoire with Ian Parker and Clyde Mitchell at a special public masterclass at the Key Meek Centre in West Vancouver. The students who were not chosen to perform with the orchestra also had their very own special recital at the Kay Meek Centre on the Friday evening before the main concert, where they played to a full house of spellbound supporters.
We are proud to announce that on Mother's Day, 2013, Lions Gate Sinfonia will collaborate with the South Fraser Branch of the Registered Music Teacher's Association to launch this project at the Bell Centre for the Performing Arts in Surrey.
LGS remains firmly committed to finding innovative ways to train and mentor young musicians in our community. It is our deep belief that students learn best from being given meaningful ways to collaborate with their peers and with the professional mentors who guide them on their musical journeys.