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Welcome Back To School!

We hope you had an amazing summer!  Now that you're back into the swing of things, have you made a plan for Music Conference Alberta?  Are you interested in getting a Keyboards for Kids or Strings for Kids program in your community?  Have you identified students who should submit applications for our Student Recognition Awards in the spring?  The Alberta Music Education Foundation is well underway on providing these services and many more!

As we return from our summers, whether they were spent in rest and relaxation, or travel, or other pursuits, we are faced with the excitement and challenge of a new academic year. This is, in my experience, a time when we see both new and familiar faces. It is a time when we are faced with the knowledge that we are beginning 10 months or so of what for most of us going to be is pretty intense work. It is a time when we say, “Here we go again.” That sentiment is both exhilarating and daunting, but one that never seems to get old. So here’s wishing all of us the strength, inspiration, and passion to deliver the goods in a way that makes a difference to all of those around us!
Rolf Bertsch, AMEF Chair
$325 ​(closes 12:00 AM on Sep 30)

One-Day Registrations, Student Registrations, and 2-for-1 Registrations (where one is a new delegate) are also available!

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Piano Four Hands Masterclass at MCA
with Jacques Després and
Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp

The Piano Four Hands genre contains strikingly beautiful gems and unique qualities deserving of attention in teaching and performance. The physical proximity and choreography of performing these works emanates into an exceptional musicality and sets the genre apart from all other chamber music. It also makes the Piano Four Hands repertoire very effective for teaching collaborative aspects between musicians/students starting from an early age, and meriting a special focus in teaching and continuing education for music teachers. Jacques Després and Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp invite students and educators on a journey to new insights into teaching and performing collaborative piano that unfolds from their performance of Franz Schubert’s Fantasia (D 940) and Maurice Ravel’s Ma mère l'Oye and leads to a lecture and masterclass.

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Register for $25 at
60 Sessions, 50 Speakers, Dozens of Businesses, 5 concerts

The Single Best Professional Development Opportunity for Any Type of Music Educator in Alberta.
Some other activities and features include:
  • One-on-One Sessions
  • Rehearsal Labs
  • Student Leadership Conference
  • Awards Luncheon (including the AMEF Recognition Award)
  • Masterclasses and Lectures
  • Opportunities to connect with your colleagues

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AMEF Members get a free business card-sized advertisement in these eNewsletters and The Clarion, just like the one below.  Send your business card to to get it into our publications!

Call for Writers, Bloggers, Researchers and Contributors!

Looking for content contributors to our eNewsletters and to our print publication The Clarion.  Articles can span almost any topic within the mandate of promoting the advancement of music education in Alberta.
  • About your unique musical program
  • About a volunteer experience you've had
  • About an incredible teacher or student you've had
  • About a fantastic teaching resource or strategy
  • About your research
  • A photo essay of your school year
Please connect with our editor at to share your written work!
Congratulations to our most recent Grant Recipients who are offering wonderful musical learning opportunities to musicians of all ages.  Thank you for all you do!
  • St. Francis Junior High in Lethbridge, Hand Drums for Percussion Ensemble Class
  • MusiCamp Alberta, Musical Theatre and Performance Program
  • Contemporary Showcase Edmonton Festival for Clinicians
  • Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Subsidy for children from the Boys & Girls Club.
In This eNewsletter ...
  • Message from the Chair
  • Music Conference Alberta Features
  • Student Recognition Award Recipients
  • Grant Recipients
  • Foo Fighters Fifty-Fifty
  • Call for Contributors
  • Music for Kids Programs
  • Advertising Opportunities
Keynote Speaker
Allan Gordon Bell

Allan Gordon Bell was born in Calgary in 1953. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta where he studied with Violet Archer, Malcolm Forsyth, and Manus Sasonkin. He also did advanced studies in composition at the Banff Centre for the Arts where his teachers were Jean Coulthard, Bruce Mather, and Oskar Morawetz.

​He has created works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, band, and electroacoustic media. His works have been performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra the Orford String Quartet, the Purcell String Quartet, the ensembles of Toronto New Music Concerts, Arraymusic and the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, and many other professional and amateur organizations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, West Germany, Israel, and Japan. Bell is Professor of Music at the University of Calgary. From 1984 to 1988, he served as President of the National Board of the Canadian Music Centre. His music is available from the Canadian Music Centre, Alberta Keys and Gordon V. Thompson. Allan Bell won the JUNO Award for his composition “Field Notes.” He is a Member of the Order of Canada.
An offshoot of Music Conference Alberta, the Alberta Emerging Musicians Festival showcases some of the province's finest student musicians. Performers include soloists and ensembles that have been recognized for their outstanding skill and artistry.

The Festival has been designed to provide valuable performance opportunities for student musicians while enriching the professional learning of Music Conference Alberta delegates.

All Alberta Emerging Musicians festival concerts and events are open to members of the general public. Festival passes and single event tickets are available on the Alberta Emerging Musicians Festival Website.
Pictured above left to right: Anastasia Kulikova (People's Choice Category B Winner), Past Chair Timothy Anderson with Julia Chau (Community Service Category A Winner)

Congratulations to our Student Recognition Award Winners!

In Junior/Senior High Categories
Musical Performance: Luka Coetzee
Community Service: Julia Chau
People's Choice: Aaron Wang

Completed High School Categories
Musical Performance: Rena Far
Community Service: Emma Dunbar
People's Choice: Anastasia Kulikova

To learn more about these awards, visit

Watch for the Winter edition of The Clarion for more on each of our Student Recognition Award winners!
Welcome to our newest Keyboards for Kids Program in Strathmore!
Thank you to Carolyn Steeves for bringing our programming to École Brentwood School, and welcome to all your students!

Also thank you to our other teachers for continuing your programming in your areas!
In Edmonton: Bethany Briones, Pat Frehlich, Helen Parks, Shelagh Scott, Alieda Sekulich, John Fedor
In Fort McMurray: Peter Ellis
In Red Deer: Ethel Elliot, Gloria Hulyk
In St. Albert: Sally Archdeacon, Debra Draczun, Jaylene Prefontaine

Short Tips for Starting a New Year

  1. Learn more about your students than their names.
  2. Communicate with parents regularly.
  3. Develop with each child a strategy for at-home music time.
  4. Keep a Journal.
  5. Take pictures.
  6. Register for MCA to rejuvenate with colleagues.
  7. Find and buy tickets to concerts you would like to see.
  8. Find out when the local music festival is taking registrations.
  9. Look up deadlines for scholarships, masterclasses and applications to schools for your students.
  10. Sing.
Thank you to our many sponsors and supporters!
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