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Highlights from the Youth4Music Toronto Leadership Symposium

The 2019 Youth4Music Toronto Leadership Symposium was a great day of making music and making connections. Hosted by Youth4Music Ambassadors Christina Beharry and Murray Lefebvre, the symposium brought together youth from across Ontario who are dedicated to music and music education for a day of discussion and discovery.

If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

Keynote Address from Randell Adjei of RISE Edutainment

Youth Panel Discussion with Ariyena Sorani of Youth Jam Toronto, Allen Lu of Conchordium, and Elli Kozak of Musicians@Ryerson

Performances by CAArdia, Cole Forrest, and the Youth4Music Jazz Trio

Champions of Music Education Panel Discussion with Eric Favaro of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, Lynn Tucker of U of T - Scarborough, and Nick Godsoe of MusiCounts

Project Plan Presentations from all of our participants.

Ukulele Jam Session facilitated by Pavithira Kumaralagan, Corinne Giannotta, and Eric Fok Pak Chuen.

Top L-R: Randell Adjei, Caardia
Bottom L-R: Elli Kozak, Ariyena Sorani/Blue Opaline, Allen Lu

Thank you to all of our guest speakers, performers, co-hosts, and planning team for pouring your hearts and souls into this, and a special thanks to everyone who spent their Saturday with us for sharing your ideas and passion for music! 


A huge thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for this year’s NUFSICISUM Youth Leadership Award! We received a record breaking 59 nominations from across the country, for students from grade 2 all the way up to grade 12! With so many excellent candidates, selecting five winners will surely be a difficult task for our committee. Be sure to tune into the Music Monday live stream from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as the 2019 NUFSICISUM winners are announced! In the meantime, get to know one of last year’s award winners: Aydin Quach from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Coalition News

Music Monday Video

The official Music Monday video is here! Watch, share, sing along, and get into the Music Monday spirit with 2019 Music Monday Anthem: Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom! May 6th  is just around the corner and we can’t wait for Canadians from coast to coast to coast to sing and play #TogetherInHarmony! If you haven’t already done so, register your event today to gain access to anthem arrangements and Music Monday classroom resources, and join in the nationwide celebration of music!

Photo Credit: Fisher Media

$15 000 in 15 Days for Music Monday’s 15th Anniversary!

2019 marks the 15th Music Monday, the only national celebration of music education in our schools and communities for all children and youth, and to mark the occasion, the Coalition has launched a special fundraising campaign!

For fifteen days between April 15 - 30 we are advocating for music in schools by raising $15,000 for music education. Over the past 14 years, hundreds of thousands of music educators and their students from every corner of our country have joined together to advocate for the importance of music in our lives.

Join us in reaching our goal and providing enriching musical experiences to children and youth across the country!

In Your Backyard

Youth Jam Toronto

Calling all musicians and bands under the age of 21! Are you looking for performance opportunities and connections with other young musicians? Then look no further than Youth Jam Toronto 2019! Led by sisters Celia and Annie Siriopoulous of CAArdia and Ariyena Sorani of the band Blue Opaline, Youth Jam Toronto began in 2018 as a way of giving young musicians a platform to perform, and aims to bring together young artists from Toronto and the surrounding area. Click here to read more about Youth Jam and to apply to this year’s festival.

MusicFest Nationals

From May 13-18 young musicians from across Canada will converge in Ottawa for the 47th annual MusicFest Canada Nationals. The Nationals will feature nearly every imaginable variety of instrumental and vocal ensemble, from orchestra to concert band to jazz choir. When participants are not doing their adjudicated performances they’ll be attending workshops and clinics with guest instructors, playing with or supporting one of the 2019 National Honour Ensembles, or taking in one of the many guest concerts featuring professional musicians from across the continent. If you are in the National Capital Region, consider supporting these talented young musicians by attending a performance or volunteering, and if you live elsewhere, you can catch all the performances at the Nationals via live stream.

Scholarships & Awards

MusiCounts Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship, an annual program that aims to “launch the music careers of 4-6 high-potential individuals” who are nearing the end of post-secondary studies in music. Canadian post-secondary institutions may nominate up to three students enrolled in music programs who intend to pursue careers in either music performance, music production/recording arts, or music business. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $4000 and an all-inclusive trip to Toronto for a week-long mentorship and networking experience, where they will learn from industry professionals. Nominations must be submitted by a school administrator by May 3, 2019.

SOCAN Foundation Awards

The SOCAN Foundation gives out several awards each year in support of emerging Canadian musicians, producers, songwriters, and composers. At this time, Canadian composers age 30 and under are invited to apply for the SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Composers, for original concert works for large ensemble, chamber ensemble, solo or duet, vocal, and electroacoustics, and for the SOCAN Foundation Award for Emerging Audio-Visual Composers, which recognizes original musical themes or scores created for audio-visual support. The application deadline is June 13.

Music for Young Children International Composition Festival

Youth4Music extends a warm congratulations to the winners of Music for Young Children’s  32rd annual International Composition Festival! Music for Young Children offers music programming for children as young as age two, integrating piano, singing, listening, and music literacy. This year’s festival saw entries from MYC students from Canada, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam. Click here (and scroll down) to see the eight winning compositions.

Thank you • Merci • Miigwech • kinana'skomitina'wa'w

We are able to do all of this awesome work because of the support from many groups. For a full listing of this support go to Coalition, Youth4Music and Music Monday

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