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New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers' Association 2022 Conference and Annual General Meeting

2022 NBRMTA Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday, June 18
Christ Church Parish Church
(corner of Westmorland & Charlotte Streets)
(entrance from parking lot on Charlotte Street)
245 Westmorland Street
Fredericton, N.B.

We are excited to have Dr. Edmund Dawe and Karla Dawe (bios available below) present two workshops at our Conference this year. Many of our members will remember the Dawes from their days at Mount Allison University and we are pleased to have them back in the Maritimes. In addition to his workshop, Dr. Dawe will be presenting a recital on Friday evening, June 17 at 7:30 pm at Christ Church Parish Church, using the new Yamaha concert grand piano.

Workshop Topics:
Karla Dawe: Developing Good Listeners
The renowned pianist and teacher Josef Lhevinne (1874-1944) once stated "Most students hear but they do not listen. The finest students are those who have learned to listen." Karla will present creative ways to help develop listening skills in our students through ear training, singing, and keyboard harmony activities.

Edmund Dawe: Redefining Technique
The origins of the word "technique" can be traced back to an ancient Greek word meaning "art". As teachers, we often separate technique from repertoire. Edmund will discuss reuniting the two in ways that will help students of all ages and abilities become more comfortable at the piano and achieve a higher level of artistry and satisfaction.

Friday June 17, 2022 7:30 pm:
Recital Dr. Edmund Dawe
Christ Church Parish Church
Admission by voluntary donation at the door

Saturday June 18
8:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Workshop 1 Karla Dawe Developing Good Listeners

10:15 Coffee Break

10:45 Workshop 2 Edmund Dawe Redefining Technique

12:15 Lunch and draw for door prize

12:45 Annual General Meeting

Registration Fee:
NBRMTA member $40
Non-member $45
Student $20
Lunch $12

Registration Deadline: June 8, 2022
*** Please encourage associate members, students and anyone interested to attend this excellent and informative music event.

Karla Dawe’s career includes a broad range of experience as a music educator, adjudicator, examiner, and performer. She holds B. Mus (Honours in Music Education), and M. Mus (Solo Performance and Literature) degrees from Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music. She has taught music in public schools in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, at Crandall University (Moncton), Laurentian University, and from 2007-2018 was an Instructor in the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. She has served as organist and music director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Sackville, NB and First Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg.
Karla has a keen interest in piano pedagogy and has operated a private studio for over three decades. She enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities and witnessing their personal and artistic growth. In addition to her private teaching activities, Karla is a frequent adjudicator at music festivals, and has served as a piano examiner.


“sensitive, engaging, and virtuoso” La Scena Musicale

Dr. Edmund Dawe’s career includes a wide range of activities as a solo and collaborative pianist, administrator, teacher, adjudicator, and lecturer/clinician. He has held academic and administrative appointments at several Canadian universities. His academic career includes 17 years at Mount Allison University and, from 2007-2018, he served as Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.

Praised for his technical command of the piano and artistic interpretations, Edmund has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Korea.

Edmund has received numerous awards and distinctions in his career including teaching and research awards as well as grants from the Canada Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and Provincial Arts Councils. Edmund has been twice nominated for an East Coast Music Award (Best Classical) for his solo recording, Sonatas, and piano duo recording, Dialogue, with colleague Lynn Johnson.

From 2007-2018, Edmund led the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba through a period of growth, including construction of the most modern university music facilities in Canada combining the restoration of a historic building with state-of-the-art new rehearsal, recording, and multimedia spaces. Edmund recently retired from the University of Manitoba, and was appointed Dean Emeritus in October 2018. Edmund and his wife Karla now live in the village of Alma, NB.

NB Workshops and Masterclasses

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Friday, June 17, 2022 7:30pm
Christ Church Parish Church

Recital by Dr. Edmund Dawe
Presented in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of the New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers' Association, and in celebration of the procurement of the new grand piano by the Fredericton music Teachers' Association
Admission: voluntary offering at the door


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