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We are so excited to announce that Beckettfest will be held this Spring, 2023!
Beckettfest 2023 will happen in-person again this year! For those that might be new to our community, Beckettfest is an annual non-competitive performance event where students perform prepared repertoire in small groups with peers at a similar music level and instrument-specific area for an adjudicator, who will provide comments and performance suggestions to each student. This is a celebration of learning and musical growth event and is a positive, fun experience and a great opportunity to perform for a small, supportive group.
Group sizes will be kept relatively small and will be spread out over three different days. The schedule is as follows:
|March 25, 2023||piano, voice, winds, brass||
St. James Rosemount United Church:
171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener
|April 1, 2023||piano, guitar||
St. James Rosemount United Church:
171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener
|April 16, 2023||piano, strings (violin, viola, cello)||
Cello: 190 Lester Street, Waterloo and 75 University Ave W
Violin & Viola: 75 University Ave. W (Faculty of Music room 221)
Piano: 75 University Ave. W (Faculty of Music room 431)
First, speak with your teacher to find out how many classes you will register for.
Next, register all students in your family by clicking on your instrument below. You will be taken to the online registration form. Not sure what repertoire you’ll be playing yet? No problem! Just insert your instrument and grade level; we’ll place you in the right class.
Registration fees are detailed on each of the registration forms. There is a $10 processing fee for any student not registered with the BSL.
Upon completion of the form, please allow 2 weeks to receive an invoice to your email to pay for your registration. Payments will be taken via credit card on the secure platform Stripe.
Registration fees are non-refundable. In the event that Beckettfest cannot be held in-person, all events will be moved to virtual formats. We thank you for your support.
Strings (violin, viola, cello)
We have a fantastic group of seasoned adjudicators joining us this year. Adjudicator biographies are listed below. More biographies will be added as they become available.
Mr. Dunn’s performances of Chopin have been heard at Yamaha Performance Centre, Isabel Bader Centre (Kingston), Young Talents Series in Warsaw (NIFC), NOSPR Katowice, Dvorana Hall (Bratislava), Klavierhaus Göttingen (Germany), Juilliard School, Vilnius Town Hall, and F. Liszt Hall (Budapest). His playing of Chopin is critically acclaimed for its “Polishness is audible in every note…elegance and noble - not excessive - sensitivity, passion - without being pathetic - beautiful piano and powerful forte, melodious - but not sugary - cantilena, broad phrasing and very rich, nuanced range of sounds” (Warsaw Arts Review). In his repertoire are over 40 concertos, the major solo and chamber works of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, Ives, Ravel, Debussy, Scriabin, and complete Górecki piano and chamber music works.
He serves as a juror in national and international piano competitions, recently the Global Musical Arts Competition (Jury Co-Chair), Lithuanian International Chopin Competition, Classicalia International Competition, and CFMTA National Piano Competition, numerous provincial competitions (CFMTA), and competitive festivals in Canada and the USA. In 2022, he hosted Competition Studio TV at the 12th International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz following a tour of master classes, recitals, and concerto appearances in Lithuania.
Noted as a “revered pedagogue” (Tonebase Piano), Mr. Dunn has taught master classes, lectures, and research at the Academies of Bydgoszcz and Katowice, Vilnius Academy Pre-College, Szymanowski Secondary Music School, Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and the universities of Toronto, Carleton, McGill, Ottawa, Queen’s, and Puget Sound (Seattle). He is published in Clavier Companion, Canadian Music Teacher, and CMEA Journal. Based in Montréal, he was invited to teach piano at McGill University Schulich School of Music while pursuing his Doctorate. He is the recipient of awards, grants, and scholarships from Canada Arts Council, FRQSC, Aspen Music Festival, McGill, and CFMTA for his pianistic, scholarly, and pedagogical achievements.
He is a graduate of Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music where he studied with Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. He completed his Master’s degree and Performance Diploma with Distinction at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied piano with Prof. Anna Górecka (later becoming her assistant) and chamber music Prof. Urszula Stańczyk. He took Professional Studies at The Juilliard School with Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky. He continued his studies with Maria João-Pires, Andrei Gavrilov, Andrzej Jasiński, Robert Levin, Dorothy Taubman, and David Dubal. He is a Yamaha Artist.
Chamber music collaborations include performances with soprano Brooke Dufton, Stephanie Pesant (flute), Bonchiku Hoshi (shakuhachi), Tom Fitches (organ), Katalin Puscas (soprano). Mariette is a member of Duo Calixa with flutist Kelly Williamson, which has released a CD featuring South American music (Caminos). She is also a member of Ekleipsis Guitar Trio (with Lukas Bouda and Andrew Laughton).
Mariette Stephenson studied with Dr. Jeffrey McFadden, having received her B.Mus from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also earned a Masters of Music (performance) from the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of the Eli Kassner Guitar Scholarship, a University of Toronto Fellowship, and a Bernice Adams Memorial Bursary. Mariette has arrangements for guitar available at Strings By Mail and the Austin Guitar Curriculum. She is also the Music Director for the Kitchener-Waterloo Guitar Orchestra.
Pamela Van Weelden graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music in music education. She taught elementary school music for a number of years before completing a Masters degree in piano performance from the University of Toronto. She holds the Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas in piano performance from Trinity College, London, England.
Before retiring she taught piano at McMaster University and Mohawk college and was a piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Pamela works with students at all levels and ages, including piano teachers who want some professional development. As a teacher of the Alexander Technique she works particularly with students who are experiencing pain caused by poor body use and practice habits. The Alexander Technique is a valuable tool for such students. She has presented many Alexander Technique workshops for singers and pianists in Mississauga, Milton, and Hamilton.
In the past Pamela performed regularly at the Menachem Pressler Piano Master Class in Adamant, Vermont. This five day intensive piano event always inspired her to continue teaching and performing.
She has adjudicated music festivals in Chatham, Niagara Falls, Milton, Kitchener, St Catharines, Burlington, Walkerton and Brantford.
Besides performing many summers in Vermont, Pamela has given solo piano recitals at McMaster University and Mohawk College and in various churches in the Mississauga area. Pamela has been a church musician for over 50 years. She started as an organist but in recent years has enjoyed being a member of the Praise Team.
Beckett School at Laurier
Laurier location: 190 Lester St., Waterloo
South Kitchener location: 68 Biehn Dr., Kitchener
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