Delegates’ Reports – CFMTA AGM
July 2023 - AGM
Laureen Kells and Amy Boyes were SRMTA Delegates at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations, July 3rd and 4th in Edmonton, Alberta.
Highlights from the meeting:
– Funding put in place for the 2023/2024 CFMTA Essay Competition. There are four levels – High School – $250. Undergraduate – $500. Graduate – $750 and Doctoral – $1000. The Doctoral award is now named for Dr. Lorna Wanzel who has donated over $40,000 over the last 10 years to this competition. Dr. Wanzel is a former president of CFMTA and lives in Nova Scotia.
Teachers are reminded there are a variety of professional development videos on the CFMTA website that can be accessed at no cost.
– Connecting Canada 2024 is confirmed for next July 5 and 6. Connecting Canada monthly Zoom sessions will be continuing in the fall.
– Plans beginning for the 2025 CFMTA Conference in Montreal. – A “A Meeting of Musical Cultures” is the theme.
– Volunteers acclaimed for all positions and portfolios on the CFMTA. President Laura Gray – Ontario. First VP – Marlaine Osgood – Alberta. 2nd Vice President – Barb Seimens – BC.
The process of hiring an Admin Assistant is underway.
Canada Music Week compositions are available for download from the CFMTA website. These make excellent pieces for a Canada Music Week recital
2023 – 2024 Branching Out Initiative – “Random Acts of Music”. Individual branches can receive $100 from CFMTA for hosting an event with this theme.
Congratulations to Peggy L’Hoir of Biggar on receiving the Hugheen Ferguson Award for Outstanding Teaching. This award was presented to Peggy at the CFMTA Luncheon held on the last day of the conference.
2035 CFMTA will celebrate its 100th anniversary!
Laureen and Amy were pleased to see an enthused CFMTA Executive, strong financial planning, and a spirit of teamwork from the delegates across the country.
Following 13 hours of meetings (!), the CFMTA National Piano and Voice Competitions began with performers from across Canada.
The two-day Conference was successfully hosted by the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association. Laureen and Amy enjoyed workshops, masterclasses, concerts, and social events. SRMTA executive member, Laurel Tchieroeb presented on the importance of music education for young children.
Other SRMTA members were active in the tradeshow–Wes Froese for CNCM and Janet Gieck for Red Leaf.