Opening Day Performing Artists’ Involvement in Music Education
Many of the fine performing artists on our recording label activelyÂ share their knowledge and enthusiasm for music in unique and rewardingÂ ways. Opening Day would like to illuminate just a few of theseÂ individuals, and the contributions they are making to shape musicÂ education.
SEAN KELLYÂ works with Toronto-based Coalition Musicâs ArtistÂ Entrepreneur program. As a recording artist, touring musician,Â songwriter, producer, and session guitarist, he is able to share hisÂ years of experience with young artists navigating the waters of anÂ ever-changing industry. Sean has just recently published a book titledÂ âMetal on Ice: Tales fromÂ Canadaâs Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroesâ.Â Sean also finds time to offer private guitar and vocal lessons,Â describing teaching as being an important part of his overall musicalÂ identity.
KATE TREMILLSÂ recently completed a doctorate at the University ofÂ Michigan and is now teaching at both University of Toronto and WesternÂ University. In February Kate adjudicated the Pickering Music Festival,Â and in March she gave a voice Masterclass at SNATS (Student chapter ofÂ National Association of Teachers of Singing). Between classes andÂ performances, Kate gives piano lessons both within the universitiesÂ and privately. Her love for inspiring and shaping music for herÂ aspiring student performers is contagious.
ENSEMBLE VIVANT’SÂ pianist and artistic director, Catherine Wilson, is also the founder and artistic director of the not for profit charitable organizationÂ EUTERPEÂ (named after the Greek Muse of Music) whose mission is to “awaken young minds to the joy of music”. The outstanding Euterpe performers plant musical seeds among our youth with live, high caliber, interactive, educational performance programs of classical and jazz music. Euterpe also has a scholarship program to aid children in need with instruments and music lessons.
JAMES ANAGNOSONÂ has been the Dean of The Glenn Gould School of TheÂ Royal Conservatory since 2007, and is an Assistant Professor of PianoÂ at Western University. He has given numerous master classes andÂ clinics in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has served as advisorÂ and juror for theÂ CanadaÂ Council for the Arts and the Ontario ArtsÂ Council.
LESLIE KINTONÂ has been teaching piano since his teens and, likeÂ Anagnoson, is now a part of one of the most prestigiousÂ CanadianÂ musical institutions. He is on both Western University and UniversityÂ of Torontoâs Music Faculties, and is dedicated to the continuedÂ development of music education.
OnÂ January 18, WQXRs weekly show “All Ears” included label artistÂ Giles Tomkins on a classical-pop playlist alongside the likes ofÂ Sting, RenÃ©e Fleming and Joshua Bell! His crossover vocal chops wereÂ even described as being the most perfect blend of disparate elementsÂ since the chocolate-peanut butter cup… or maybe we read that wrong.Â Congratulations to Giles and to one of Opening Dayâs Juno-nominatedÂ producers, Trey Mills, for “And So It Goes”.