2:00 PM14:00

Accompanists' Workshop

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Accompanists' Workshop

Returning by popular demand and hosted by the Music Teachers Association of the NWT, together with Classics On Stage Yellowknife (COSY) Cheryl Emery, from Lethbridge will conduct a masterclass with four or five collaborative duos (a pianist with a solo singer or instrumentalist) who will receive public coaching in  accompanist skills. Solo performance and accompanying a soloist are equal but very different challenges for pianists. The public is invited to attend and observe this workshop, which is free to all MTA-NWT and COSY members. (Donations will be gratefully received by both organizations.)

Saturday, 28th September, 2019
Holy Trinity Anglican Church,
2 - 4pm

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7:00 PM19:00

MTA-NWT Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Music Teachers Association of the Northwest Territories
will be held on Sunday, June 9th at 7pm in the Sir John Franklin High School Music Room.

You don’t need to be a music teacher to attend the AGM.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
If you would like to become more involved with the Music Festival you will learn more about it.

2018/19 Board

President: Susan Shantora
Secretary: Bernice Westergreen
Treasurer: Karen Hamre
Directors: Kara Cherland, Anita Kuzma, Kerry Wheler

For more information email:

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7:30 PM19:30

Pass The Music On

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NWT Music Teachers – Fundraiser Concert

Every musician has had a teacher, usually many teachers over the course of their lives.Pass the Music On is a fundraiser concert happening January 19, 2019 in Yellowknife to support the Music Teachers Association NWT flagship event: the YK Music Festival.


Lawrence Nayally + Carmen Braden – Dene drum/song/piano duo

Susan Shantora + Anita Kuzma crooning cabaret songs

Sean Robson + Andrew Jossa playing some sweet jazz

Miranda Currie plays songs off her latest album Bouncing in the Boreal MTA Tribute to Marilyn Morrison


Leela Gilday + Welsey Hardisty -

Tanya Roach, Anna Seagrave+Steve Houwing – throat singing/mandolin trio Agony of the Leaves – singer songwriter Stephen Richardson with original tunes Andrea Bettger, Pat Braden + Andrew Jossa – more jazz, on violin!

Saturday January 19th 2019, Top Knight (19+)

Doors: 7:00 / Show: 7:30

Tickets: $30 in advance at Roy’s Audio Video (cash only)

$40 at the door

The NWT MTA supports music teachers in the Northwest Territories at all levels, both with private studios and in schools. The YK Music Festival happens year in the spring (for 10 years now!), and gives music students of all ages and levels a chance to perform and get adjudicated by fantastic guest music educators. The entire event is run by volunteers and over 600 students in the City of Yellowknife participate each year.

For more information on Pass the Music On fundraiser concert, contact Carmen Braden, concert co-organizer 867-445-8607

For more information on the Music Teachers Association - NWT contact Mary Kelly, Festival Administrator

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7:45 PM19:45

Annual General Meeting

The MTA-NWT AGM will be taking place on May 27th at 7:45pm at the Sir John Franklin High School music room.

All Music Teachers are welcome as well as anyone who would like to become more involved with the Music Festival, which is our major project, and learn more about it.


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to May 4

Piano and Violin lesson opportunities!

This is not an MTA-NWT event, but a fantastic opportunity for you or your students!

The following message is from Carmen Braden, MTA-NWT member.

Hi piano and violin people!

I wanted to make sure you know about this upcoming CONCERT I’m presenting, and especially that these fantastic visiting players will have time to give LESSONS!

Concert info:
Brahms Violin Sonatas 1, 2 and 3!
Robert Uchida, violin; Peter Allen, piano
7pm, Thursday May 3rd 2018
Museum Café, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Admission by donation - pay what you can!

Please pass the word about this concert to your students, friends, family! It is the first time I am "presenting" a concert through my business Black Ice Sound and would love to see a great turnout:) 

Lessons info:
Robert Uchida - VIOLIN - concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony, previously concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia. Super nice guy, amazing player. Teaches regularly. 

Peter Allen - PIANO - heavy Canadian player, lots of collaboration and solo experience. Another nice guy, he teaches regularly, and is also a composer!

Lessons with either Robert or Peter can be arranged"
- during the day on May 2, 3, 4
- during the evenings of May 2 or 4. 

Rates: $60 for 45 minute lesson (payment goes directly to players at the lesson, cash or cheque)
Location: 4213-49a Ave, Carmen’s NEW House- grey trailer right beside my old one.

Recommended for any level, any age. Would be excellent for mid to senior players, ie anyone who wants an ear of great players/teachers, those heading into the exams or performances, those wanting to try out what they learned at the Music Festival...

If you are interested please contact me (ideally by this Sunday) with your name / your student's name and contact info, AND your availability so I can arrange lesson times.

Thanks! Happy playing! 


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to Apr 20

YKMF 2018

Yellowknife Music Festival

Vocal Classes will take place from March 11 - 13
Piano Classes will take place from April 12 - 16
Instrumental , Fiddle and Band Classes will take place on April 19 & 20th

All Classes are open to the public.
Admission is free, though donations to keep our Festival going, are always appreciated.
The schedule of events can be found on the YKMF website at:
If you would like more information, you can contact our administrator at

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7:00 PM19:00


The Annual General Meeting of the Music Teachers Association of the Northwest Territories
will be held on Friday, May 12th at 7pm in the Sir John Franklin High School Music Room.

You don’t need to be a music teacher to attend the AGM.
Anyone who would like to become more involved with the Music Festival
is welcome to attend and learn more about it.

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7:00 PM19:00

Festival Showcase Concert

This is the final event in the 2017 Yellowknife Music Festival.
It will feature performances by the top performers as chosen by the adjudicators,
scholarship winners and Alberta Provincial Festival Candidates.

This is a family event and will feature performers of all ages.
Come out and see Yellowknife’s brightest stars!

Scholarships for outstanding performers
and support to the Alberta Provincial Festival candidates
will be awarded at the discretion of the adjudicators.
Winners to be announced at the Festival Showcase Concert.

Donations are welcome and will be used to support scholarships for outstanding performers and support for those recommended to the Provincial Festival.
Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door at all sessions of the Festival.

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to May 10

Yellowknife Music Festival 2016


CHORAL AND CHORAL SPEECH ARTS: 1 - 2 March, 2016 (registration deadline was 30 November, 2015)

Registration for all other classes was 29th February, 2016

PIANO CLASSES: 22 - 25 April, 2016



For more information or to apply for registration in the 2016 Festival, go to the YKMF website.


The Yellowknife Music Festival was founded in 2009.  It was through the support of the membership of Classics on Stage Yellowknife that the Festival came into being.  We are pleased to announce that the Music Teachers Association-NWT is our sole producer this year.  As a member of the Alberta Music Festival Association we offer classes that will lead to performance opportunities at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival.  Many thanks go to our sponsors: First Air,  the NWT Department of Education and Culture, Capital Suites and private donors for their support of our events.

Our Festival celebrates the journey of learning through music performance.  For everyone the journey is different and will start at any age or level.  Our Festival celebrates the talents of the musicians who work hard to perform at a superior level, the teachers who guide the musicians on their path of learning, the parents and friends who support the performers every day along the way, the colleagues who will be looking to join them in music endeavors in the future and the community who are invited to enjoy the music and encourage the musicians as their talent blossoms.  Through the thoughtful and astute comments from the very knowledgeable adjudicators, it is our hope that all participants will grow musically and personally.

For more information about the Yellowknife Music Festival, go to the website at:

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Yellowknife Music Festival

Held each year in April/May, MTA-NWT partners with Classics On Stage Yellowknife (C.O.S.Y.) to host the Yellowknife Music Festival.

For more information go to:
or email

Registrations deadline February 28, 2015
The Festival Showcase Concert will be held at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) on Wednesday, 13th May at 7pm. Admission is free.





Yellowknife Music Festival sponsors for 2015

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