Deadline to Enter:
Voice: January 10, 2024
Piano: February 9, 2024
Dates of Evaluations:
Voice: February-2, 2024
Piano: March 2, 2024
Location: First Baptist Church
550 Grove St. E, Barrie
Piano:Lynda Metelsky (see below for bio)
Voice: Robert Loewen (see below for bio)
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Students of Barrie Branch ORMTA teachers in any membership category may enter students. Students may submit up to 3 pieces of any style. This includes conservatory or non-conservatory selections, including etudes. Beginners to advanced and all ages are welcome. This is a wonderful performance opportunity for students to perform without an audience for an impartial adjudicator.
Students will be graded similar to exam marking. Students receiving A+ or A will be given awards and be asked to perform at our Awards Recital, Saturday March 23rd, 2:00pm.
Results will be announced to Barrie Branch ORMTA teachers via email, as well as being posted on our website (barrieormta.com) and Facebook page. Adjudications will be mailed to teachers to distribute to their students.
To receive a mark, memorization is required for all solo pieces including etudes. Duets do not require memorization. Students should refrain from announcing pieces.
Students are required to bring an original copy of the music for the adjudicator. If a student has a photocopy, they will not receive a mark. If using downloadable music purchased online, you must include a PDF of the purchase receipt. Please arrive 10 minutes early.
Robert Loewen, baritone, is a graduate of McGill University (D. Mus. in Performance and Pedagogy, M. Mus.) and University of Toronto (B. Mus.). His career is now centered on teaching, having taught at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, McGill University, and presently at The Royal Conservatory School and the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Dr. Loewen is a Senior Examiner of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and recent Voice Discipline Specialist of the RCM Certificate Program. 2022 marked the return to in-person for the Royal Conservatory High School Voice Intensive, started by Dr. Loewen in 2016. This High School intensive has drawn singers from each region of Canada, from St. John’s to British Columbia, as well the United States. The 2023 High School Voice Intensive is an extraordinary success. Robert Loewen has been a lead voice presenter for the Royal Conservatory across North America. A particular joy is the privilege of adjudicating Festivals each year.
Lynda Metelsky is on the piano faculty of University of Toronto, and on the piano faculty of The Royal Conservatory where she was Piano Department Head for 16 years. She is also included in The Stanford Who's Who in North America. She has been a very active teacher for four decades, inspiring students to achieve a high standard of playing and a genuine love for music.
She enthusiastically passes on strategies for secure learning and performing of music, and for deeper understanding of how music is structured. She works patiently and tirelessly, helping students achieve a well-balanced physical approach to playing, eliminating any tension from their playing and providing solutions for playing with ease and confidence. She also guides students in expanding their listening horizon to find the vast number of tone colours and nuances that create beautiful music.
Ms. Metelsky has been an active Master Class Instructor and Adjudicator for many years. She has enjoyed working with and adjudicating students across Canada in most cities. Internationally she has given master classes in Germany, especially at the Mannheim School, in Italy, and in the USA, particularly at the San Francisco Conservatory, Kansas University, The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and in several States. She has also lectured and worked with students at several World Piano Pedagogy Conferences. For five years Ms. Metelsky also taught at the summer performance program, International Institute for Young Musicians, at University of Santa Barbara and at Kansas University. For several years she also coordinated the Piano Master Class Program for RCM’s Young Artists Performance Academy, now called the Taylor Academy.
Ms. Metelsky is a sought-after adjudicator of Piano Festivals and Competitions, adjudicating in over forty Canadian cities as well as for Contemporary Showcase, for the Concourse Musical de France, the SYMFA in Seattle and for the CCC Chinese Cultural Centre Piano Competition.
She especially enjoys the traditional person to person adjudicating, but is equally comfortable with online judging and adjudicating. She is also comfortable with online teaching when in-person teaching is not an option. She has many international online students, from Romania to Shanghai and Hong Kong, and she teaches several Canadian students online as well.
Ms. Metelsky also works with a large number of adult students who are refining their playing and performance skills. She holds several performance classes and evening soirées for these students who enjoy listening to each other, who share positive support, and who enjoy social interaction with others who also love music. These mature students cover a wide range of ages and are truly enjoyable to work with.
Ms. Metelsky has been a guest speaker/lecture-performer at World Piano Pedagogy Conferences across the USA, at the Music Teachers National Association Collaborative Conference, Grand Valley Michigan State Conference and the University of Cincinnati Piano Pedagogy Forum. She also served as a Panelist at several conferences, and was invited by the WPPC to offer numerous teaching demonstrations. Ms. Metelsky travelled throughout North America as a Workshop Clinician for the Frederick Harris Music Co. Ltd. for well over a decade.
Lynda Metelsky is a senior level piano and pedagogy examiner for Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations. She contributed to the curriculum development of the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Piano Pedagogy Certificate Program and she developed and previously ran the Teaching Internship in the Glenn Gould School’s Artist Diploma in Performance and Pedagogy. In addition she was repertoire contributor and author for three former editions of Celebration Series Piano Repertoire and Studies Albums as well as their companion Student Workbooks. Lynda Metelsky also authored articles for Keyboard Companion Magazine and co-authored a workbook on developing piano technique for performance. Lynda Metelsky has adjudicated competitions in over forty Canadian cities as well as for Contemporary Showcase, for the Concourse Musical de France, the SYMFA in Seattle and for the CCC Chinese Cultural Centre Piano Competition.
Lynda Metelsky received her Mus. Bac.(Performance) from University of Toronto and her Masters in Performance degree from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Her studies were primarily with Swiss pianist Pierre Souvairan, Luiz de Moura Castro and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. Post-graduate studies continued in France, Italy, and at the Mozarteum in Austria.