Katya Pine – Composer in Residence – Canada Music Week 2017
During Canada Music Week 2017 the BCRMTA celebrated Canadian musicians and their creative work. Katya Pine was honoured to attend as “Composer-in-Residence” for two BCRMTA Branches, Chilliwack and South Surrey.
South Surrey held two recitals featured over 60 piano and flute performances from Primary through Diploma levels.The event showcased a wide range of composers, representing several generations of Canadian composers. Performances included a piano composition of Calixa Lavallée (of O Canada fame), a flute sonata by R. Murray Schafer, published compositions by Katya Pine and several “first” compositions from students. The audience was most receptive and enthusiastically appreciated each musical offering. Katya encouraged all the student composers to follow their musical instincts, to keep composing, and to explore the many possibilities available in different genres. She challenged them to consider unusual instrumental combinations and to remember that a start in classical music studies may transform to expertise in music technology.
The City of Chilliwack celebrated Canada Music Week with a gala event at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, attended by a number of dignitaries, including Chilliwack’s Mayor, the Lieutenant Governor of BC, and Katya Pine.
How to Inspire Your Students to Compose
Katya Pine’s composition pedagogical workshop, “How to Inspire Your Students to Compose”, was presented to Teachers of the BCRMTA, South Fraser Branch (Fall 2015).
From the South Fraser Branch’s website:
Katya Pine, a member of BCRMTA South Fraser, gave a wonderful workshop on inspiring composition and creativity in our students. She had prepared a lot of material for members to work with during the workshop. Leslie Chen played a number of pieces from Katya’s book ‘Images’. As well, Leslie and Elizabeth Gilchrist took a shot at improvising, with great success! This was an exciting workshop, exposing teachers to new music and sounds, with examples of how we can easily encourage our students to explore their creative sides by composing music.
Video of The Trains At Palmerston, from “Images” collection by Katya Pine, performed by Leslie Chen during the South Fraser workshop: