Wednesday, July 3rd at 7pm
Grand Ballroom,
Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway

(use hotel entrance and take the skywalk)

We welcome you to attend this exciting Gala Concert in celebration of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association's 100 years of contributions to culture, education, and music in the province! Each of the six conference jurors will perform, as well as other musicians who have Manitoba connections.

An historical narration of the MRMTA’s influence on music making in the city, written and performed by musicologist Dr. Muriel Smith, will connect unique performances and video messages from prominent Canadians, former students, and others who have been shaped by the MRMTA. This unique multi-media evening is the inaugural event for the national conference of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations being held in Winnipeg, July 3 - 6, 2019.

You won't want to miss these Featured Performers!
Renowned for his luminous voice, Canadian baritone Russell Braun rightfully claims his place on the concert, opera and recital stages of the world. He regularly performs in the world's major opera houses, and is also a Juno award winning artist.
Former Winnipegger Dr. Scott Meek is a highly active and sought-after collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and teacher now living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He will perform at the Gala with his wife, Clare Yuan, as The Meeks Duo.
Douglas Finch, Winnipeg born pianist and composer, is known for his innovative and imaginative approach to performance, and for helping to revive the lost art of classical improvisation in concert.
Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has sung at every major opera house including La Scala, Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Opera de la Bastille Paris, Berlin, Munich, and Toronto.
John Greer is an active accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, composer and conductor and has been heard in these capacities throughout Canada and abroad. We welcome back this honoured University of Manitoba grad.
Dr. Christine Vanderkooy has performed as a solo pianist and collaborative artist across Canada, and in the United States and Europe, including a recital tour of Europe funded by the SSHRC General Research Fund/President’s Fund.
Also performing . . .
  • Franco-Manitoban performer Jocelyne Baribeau as her alter ego “Madame Diva”. Her 2012 album “Viva la Diva” received a Parents’ Choice Award (USA) and a subsequent release, "ZingE-Zang" was nominated for Children's Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2017).
  • International performer and educator, cellist Eric Wilson and pianist, organist, and teacher Kerrine Wilson. For three generations members of the Wilson family have taught music in Winnipeg and served on the boards of the MRMTA and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations.
  • Winnipeg’s celebrated Ukrainian institution O Koshetz Ukrainian Choir, conducted by MRMTA member Miroslava Paches. Right from its beginnings over 70 years ago, this choir has been a musical ambassador, bringing the rich music of the Ukrainian choral tradition to the world.
  • Praised for their musicality, tight ensemble, and virtuosic performances, the Harrington/Loewen Duo, Allen Harrington (saxophone) and Laura Loewen (piano), has performed throughout North America, and in Europe, Asia, and South America. They are both dedicated to teaching their craft and are proud to be professors at the University of Manitoba's Desautels Faculty of Music in Winnipeg.
  • Viđarneistí, a collaborative project of Victoria Sparks (percussion) and Cathy Wood (clarinet). This duo has commissioned works for their unique instrumentation and performs regularly in Manitoba as well as at conferences and festivals throughout Canada and internationally.
  • A musical theatre ensemble led by Donna Fletcher.  A number from Danny Schur's "STRIKE! THE MUSICAL" will bring to life the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike - one of the most influential events in Canadian labour history. The walkouts began just weeks after the formation of what was eventually called the "Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association".


Book Launch at the Gala Concert

In the book, A Century of Sound Connections: The Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association 1919–2019, musicologist Muriel Smith traces the one-hundred-year history of the MRMTA, investigating the impact of the activities of its members and their pupils on Manitoban and Canadian culture. Available at the Gala Concert, copies can also be ordered online for $25.00 at