Piano+ Newsletter: Midwinter 2021

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*Please note that on February 8th, the format of Event Two: Piano Solos Master Class changed from a pre-recorded video event to live performances on Zoom. The new studio deadline to register is March 19th.

ORMTA Students

Community Events

The Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) will be hosting two virtual events during the month of March.

Event One: Assessments (March 6-7)

The Assessments (March 6-7) are open to students of all levels. Pre-recorded videos will be live-streamed on Zoom and evaluated on the spot by a live adjudicator. Students will receive comments live and a mark in written form. This year’s adjudicator is Dr. Joseph Ferretti, Senior Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and piano faculty member at Wilfred Laurier University.

The Assessments are an opportunity to receive feedback from a professional other than one’s primary instructor and can serve as a helpful stepping stone to those who are preparing for RCM Exams. Additionally, students who score an 84 or above will be invited to participate in the virtual Branch Competitions in May — a fun-spirited event in which top finishers are awarded monetary prizes.

To participate:

  1. Email Lisa R. before February 12th.
  2. Download and attach a signed copy of the following form to your email:

  • February 12th: Studio Deadline to Register with Lisa R.
  • February 26th: Studio Deadline to Submit a Video to Lisa R.

Event Two: Piano Solos Master Class (March 28)

The Piano Solos Master Class (March 28) is open to students studying in Levels 8 and higher. Live performances will be streamed on Zoom and commented on by a master teacher.* This year’s instructor is Dr. Brett Kingsbury, Assistant Professor of Piano in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University. Dr. Kingsbury provides helpful insights to late-intermediate and advanced learners in a non-intimidating manner. This event is useful to anyone who is preparing an advanced-level RCM exam or is looking to take their current repertoire to the next level.

To participate:

  1. Email Lisa R. before March 19th.
  2. Download and attach a signed copy of the following form to your email:

  • March 19th: Studio Deadline to Register with Lisa R.

*Please note that on February 8th, the format of this event changed from pre-recorded videos to live performances.

Educational Videos

CMSM @home

Recently we produced a video for The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga @home Concert Series. This pandemic time film was created for the enjoyment and ongoing education of schoolchildren, seniors, and everyone in between.

Millar Piano Duo
Gregory Millar & Lisa Raposa
Piece: Dolly, Op. 56
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Introduction: 2’45”
Performance: 14′
Credits: 35”
Total: 17’20”

“Special thanks to the Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival and the Hazel McCallion Foundation whose support makes these videos possible.”

“Four hands became two in a stunning display of deep musical understanding, technical virtuosity, and beauty.” -Lynda Copeland, Musician in Vermont

Virtual Lessons

Virtual Lessons Update

In compliance with the provincewide lockdown, all lessons, including those that had been taking place in-person on Saturdays, will occur online until further notice. Details will be emailed to students and their families in the coming days.


Piano+ Newsletter: Winter 2021

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Happy Holidays

Student Feature

Thank you to Andrew Ganea for sharing this wonderful video of his latest project! This past fall, as part of his high school physics course, Andy built a copper pipe glockenspiel. In order for the instrument to sound properly, he had to cut the pipes very precisely and test several types of mallets. Listen to the beautiful tones created as he plays, “Joy to the World.”

Andrew is in grade 11 at The Woodlands Secondary School. He studies piano and history at the Royal Conservatory of Music Associate Diploma (ARCT) level, having recently completed requirements in theory.

Meet the Instructors

Meet Theory & History 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.

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.

Meet the Instructors

Meet Piano Instructor, Lisa Raposa

Lisa Raposa has over 20 years of experience teaching students of a variety of ages and levels. She received her pedagogy training as an undergraduate student at the University of New Hampshire and since then has taught piano and related courses at several schools in the American Northeast and Quebec including Berwick Academy (Maine), the Hochstein School of Music and Dance (Rochester, NY), Nazareth College (Rochester, NY), and the Dollard Centre for the Arts (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC). She thoroughly enjoys the process of helping others set goals and develop their musical gifts at the piano.

Lisa is also active as an adjudicator and performer. She has judged the OMFA Provincial Competitions, CCC Music Festival, Massachusetts MTNA Performance Competitions, and written reviews of pedagogical repertoire for the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP). Most notably, she is a member of the Millar Piano Duo with her husband, pianist Gregory Millar. At the onset of the pandemic, the Millar Piano Duo staged three very well-attended living room livestream events on Facebook, the first of which included Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. They intend to continue their musical performances in the digital sphere in 2020/21.

Lisa Raposa earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music where she was a recipient of an Excellence in Accompanying Award. She received a Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of New Hampshire. During her training, she played in solo piano master classes for some of the most significant classical artists of our time including Richard Goode, Theodore Lettvin, Santiago Rodriguez, and Ann Schein. Her principal teachers were Jean Barr, Arlene Kies, Estela Olevsky, and Nelita True.

Lisa enjoys running, photography, and languages in her spare time. She lives in Toronto.