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Fall 2022 Recital Students

Fall Studio Piano Recital

Our first piano recital of this school year will take place at Port Credit Residences in Mississauga on Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 pm!

Solo performances by students
Duet playing by teachers Greg and Lisa

Sign up by October 29th

2022 Fall Piano Recital at Port Credit Residences in Mississauga. Tap for programme.
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Assessments Fall 2022 Festivals In-person ORMTA Students

Welcome back!

We hope you are enjoying some late summer R&R!

Lessons begin on Friday, September 9th.  Continuing families will soon receive an email to confirm times for the 2022/23 school year.

FALL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
In-person events are back in swing. Recommended:

–OCTOBER–

Hallowe’en Recital (Ages 13 and under)
Hosted by ORMTA Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch
Sunday, October 23rd, 1:30-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: Oct. 15th
Event Link
*Nice for younger students. Kids dress up in costumes and play spooky pieces in recital.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.


–NOVEMBER–

Studio Piano Recital for All Students
Greg & Lisa will play too!
Sunday, November 6th, 2:00-3:00 pm
Port Credit Residences in Mississauga
Location Link

ACNMP Contemporary Showcase
Canadian Music Festival in Mississauga
Saturday, November 19th -and-
Sunday, November 20th
Registration deadline: Oct. 15th
Event Link
*Good for any student who would like to explore music by Canadian composers.


–DECEMBER–

Assessments
Hosted by ORMTA Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch
Sunday, December 4th, 1:30-5:30 pm
Registration deadline: Nov. 18th
Event Link
*Recommended for students who are planning to take RCM exams.

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Meet the Instructors

Meet Theory Instructor, Gregory Millar

Originally from the suburban-Montreal borough of Lachine, Gregory Millar has over 20 years of performing experience as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and accompanist. He is also active as one half of the Millar Piano Duo with his wife, Lisa Raposa Millar.

Gregory has excelled in the subject of music theory since his undergraduate studies at McGill University, where he won “Best Chorale Harmonization” in a friendly classroom competition held as part of the course “Tonal Theory and Analysis I”. (The coveted prize was a Chia Pet!)

More recently, Gregory was engaged as a Subject Matter Expert (Level 9 Harmony) for the Department of Digital Learning of the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also worked for the RCM’s Teacher Certification Department as an engraver/music typesetter.

In addition to his performance and teaching activity, Gregory finds a creative outlet in arranging and composition. His recent work includes transcriptions for piano four-hands of the Canadian National Anthem as well as music by Fauré and Puccini, and arrangements of music by Gershwin for clarinet and piano. Original compositions include the tongue-in-cheek Rosedale Rag, for solo piano, and a witty set of variations on Happy Birthday mimicking the styles of various composers. Some of his scores are available through SMP Press.

Gregory holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He also earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, and a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University.

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Meet Piano Instructor, Lisa Raposa Millar

Lisa Raposa Millar, DMA has over two decades of teaching experience. Prior to moving to Ontario in 2014, she taught piano at community schools and universities in Quebec and the Northeastern U.S. She thoroughly enjoys helping students develop their musical gifts at the piano.

Currently, Lisa is a member of Ensemble CO3 (Amanda Lee, violin; Tova Rosenberg, cello) and has performed in concerts with her husband and pianist-partner Gregory Millar since 2008 (Millar Piano Duo).

Lisa has served as an adjudicator for the North Hastings Music Festival, Pickering GTA Music Festival, Newmarket & Area Branch of ORMTA Auditions, Massachusetts MTNA Performance Competitions, Merriam Music Festival, CCC Music Festival, and OMFA Provincial Competitions among others. From 2018-2021, she was Vice President of the Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch of ORMTA in which capacity she revitalized the organization’s website, facilitated the move to digital registrations, and created tutorial videos for teachers on how to sign up for events.

Lisa Raposa Millar earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the University of Rochester – Eastman School of Music where she was a recipient of an Excellence in Accompanying Award. She received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Performance Study: Piano) at the University of New Hampshire. Her principal teachers were JoAnn Mello (pre-college), Arlene Kies (UNH), Estela Olevsky (UMass), Jean Barr (ESM – Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music), and Nelita True (ESM – Solo Piano).

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June Music Recitals

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Student Chamber Music Program Recital

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Spring Recital for Intermediate & Advanced Students

April 3, 2022: Yesterday afternoon, students performed beautifully in a 90 min. recital featuring solos and duos for violin, viola, and piano. For our studio, it was the first time since 2019 that an event of this kind had taken place. Many thanks to all of the performers, supportive parents, church staff and the violin studio of Amanda Lee for making it possible to perform live once again. “An die Musik.”

Piano Students Pictured: Andrew, Hannah, Layla, Mazin, and Mia.

Upcoming Events in June: Chamber Music Recital + Recital for All Students

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2022 Concerts In-person Students

Live Performances are Back!

This spring we are excited to bring students back to the concert stage, starting with the Recital for Intermediate and Advanced Students (RCM Levels 5-ARCT) on Saturday, April 2nd.

Update: This will be one recital and not two, as originally planned.

The recital will take place in the beautiful sanctuary at Windermere United Church. The sanctuary features a grand piano and ample seating.

Approximately 15 students of violin, viola, and piano will perform concertos, sonatas, preludes, and character pieces by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Karl Bohm, Johann Friedrich Burgmüller, Frederic Chopin, Arcangelo Corelli, Cesar Franck, Heinrich Hofmann, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Domenico Scarlatti, and Antonio Vivaldi.

Participating Studios: Amanda Lee Violin Studio and Raposa Millar Piano & Theory Studio

Piano accompaniment provided by Gregory Millar and Lisa Raposa Millar

Next Events: Chamber Music Program Recital (May or June) // Recitals for Students of All Levels (June 18th)