The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association is excited to present the 2022 ORMTA Convention in Kingston at the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts with the lead sponsorship of the DAN School of Drama and Music and Queen’s University’s Faculty of Arts and Science.
This Friday night concert is open to any music lover who wants to enjoy a varied program showcasing the convention’s featured artists performing music for solo piano, piano duet, solo voice, and vocal duet. Piano pieces include music composed by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Piazzolla, with the vocal music composers ranging from Puccini and Poulenc to Weill and Bolcom. The concert will begin with a sung land acknowledgement by Yessica Rivera Belsham.
Consider arriving early for this concert to enjoy the view of Lake Ontario on a beautiful summer evening from the air-conditioned lobby of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Bar service will be open before the concert, during intermission, and following the concert for a reception and opportunity to meet the performers.
Short bios of all performers are provided below, but if interested, do check out the ORMTA Convention Homepage link shown further down to read their full bios.
Yessica Rivera Belsham is an Interdisciplinary Artist from the tail of Turtle Island, Mexico. She is grounded in her heritage while her love of life and her passion of world rhythms, colour, movement and healing arts are combined in one as she celebrates visual arts, dancing, drumming, and singing in her daily life while walking gently with Mother Earth.
Singer, Lesley Andrew, has made soloist appearances with many of Canada’s finest orchestras and choirs. Known for her extraordinary vocal range and versatility in many genres of music, she often ‘switches hats,’ performing as the soprano and alto soloist, from opera to show tunes, oratorio to jazz.
Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel with a career as a singer that has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions. Her recording career spans six solo CDs and many interesting guest collaborations with particular recognition for her interpretation of cabaret songs.
Praised as both a soloist and a chamber player, Canadian pianist Michel Fournier has performed with many orchestras and is widely appreciated for the many recitals he has given in Canada, Europe and United States. His repertoire covers a broad spectrum of piano music, but he has a special fondness for French music.
Pianist and piano pedagogue, Valery Lloyd-Watts, has recorded over 50 CDs which include The Healing Heart of Music, Music for your Baby, Music for a Better Brain, Classically Romantic Piano, and Great Movie Themes. She made an award-winning TV series, Music Meant for You, and travelled much of the Western world, performing and teaching.
Pianist Robert Kortgaard is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA.
In addition to the events taking place in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall that are open to the public, there are numerous sessions running throughout the days of July 22-24 on such topics as music pedagogy and music teaching resources and technology. Anyone can purchase a day pass to any day of the convention for $120 per day. Day passes can be purchased in-person on the desired day at a table in the IBCPA lobby or in advance at the following website which also provides a schedule of all convention activities: https://www.ormta.org/2022-convention
The ORMTA 2022 Kingston Convention is grateful for the support of The Ballytobin Foundation in subsidizing the costs of presenting the convention’s events in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. Additionally, ORMTA would like to acknowledge the lead sponsorship of this convention provided by Queen’s University’s DAN School of Drama and Music and the Faculty of Arts and Science. Finally, for this particular concert, the Kingston Community Foundation was kind enough to provide support as well.