Composer of the month – Phillip Keveren

Composer for February…Phillip Keveren! Background Phil Keveren  is an American pianist and composer. He is a co-author of the popular Hal Leonard Student Piano Library method books (see photo below).  His “The Philip Keveren Series” are very popular. These books are arrangements of popular, religious, traditional tunes – the music that you often hear, yetContinue reading “Composer of the month – Phillip Keveren”

Composer of the month – Christine Donkin

Composer for January…Christine Donkin! Background Christine Donkin was born in northwestern Alberta, and studied music composition at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. She composes choral, chamber, and orchestral works, and has written several volumes of pedagogical books for the piano, violin, and double bass. I met Christine in 2012 atContinue reading “Composer of the month – Christine Donkin”

Composer of the month – John Burge

Composer for December…Dr. John Burge! Background Dr. John Burge is an Juno award-winning Canadian composer, born in Ontario. He holds three degrees in composition and theory, and is a full-time professor and Director of the School of Music at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.  Dr. Burge writes choral music, orchestral music (he won a Juno forContinue reading “Composer of the month – John Burge”

Composer of the month -Martha Hill Duncan

Continuing on the my series, the composer for November is…Martha Hill Duncan! Background Martha is from Texas, and moved to Canada in 1982. She currently resides in Kingston, ON. I met Martha for the first time in 2015 at the Summer Sizzle Conference held in Mount Forest, ON. She is very friendly and down-to-earth, and lovesContinue reading “Composer of the month -Martha Hill Duncan”

Composer of the month – Christopher Norton

Continuing on my series of “living composers”, October will be….Christopher Norton! Background Christopher Norton is a British composer, adjudicator, clinician and teacher. Born in New Zealand, he moved to the UK in the late 1970’s, and continues to travel the world extensively, giving workshops and presentations, and while continuing to compose for musicals, orchestras, ballet scores, and ofContinue reading “Composer of the month – Christopher Norton”

Composer of the month – Susan Greisdale

This is a continuation of my monthly blog posts about living composers. Click here to read about the composer for August. For September’s composer, I have chosen….Susan Greisdale!. Background Susan is a composer, teacher, adjudicator, and clinician.  I have been fortunate to meet Susan several times in Ontario. She is friendly and approachable, and IContinue reading “Composer of the month – Susan Greisdale”

Composer of the month – Catherine Rollin

Hello Everyone! It’s been a year since my last blog post, and as we near the start of the school year again in a few weeks (eek!), I would like to begin to post on a more regular basis. I have been busy attending workshops, masterclasses, conferences, reading other blog posts, tuning pianos,  and connectingContinue reading “Composer of the month – Catherine Rollin”