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2022 ORMTA Convention – Motivational Talk with Lesley Andrew

Sun, Jul 24, 202210:30 am
Doors open
Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall
General Public/ Faculty/Staff $10, Student $5
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    ORMTA Convention
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    Lesley Andrew

2022 ORMTA Convention – Motivational Talk with Lesley Andrew

The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association is excited to present the 2022 ORMTA Convention in Kingston at the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts with the lead sponsorship of the DAN School of Drama and Music and Queen’s University’s Faculty of Arts and Science.

Singer Lesley Andrew is one of the convention’s featured musicians who, in addition to performing on the Friday night concert and adjudicating all the convention’s competitions, is presenting a motivational talk titled: Lessons for Inspired Teaching, Learning and Living.

This performance-style lecture provides strategies to help one take responsibility for personal change and growth that reveal new approaches to teaching, learning and self-awareness. A mixture of stories, poignant memories, humour, lessons to be learned and inspiration, Lesley’s presentation will include performances of songs.

Lesley Andrew
(MMUS, HBA, HBFA, Diploma in Opera) has made soloist appearances with many of Canada’s finest orchestras and choirs. Known for her extraordinary vocal range and versatility in many genres of music, she often ‘switches hats,’ performing as the soprano and alto soloist, from opera to show tunes, oratorio to jazz.

Immediately following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Lesley began an extended tenure with the Stratford Festival, including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Twelfth Night, Cyrano De Bergerac, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Music Man and Patience. She has performed many major concert and recital tours, including Argentina, European, North America, and aboard the QE II 1999 World Tour. Lesley has made special guest television appearances on The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, To Tell the Truth, Donny & Marie, The Comedy Network, YTV, and many more.

Lesley adjudicates and conducts masterclasses at festivals, universities and colleges around the world. She runs her voice and drama studios - Dream in Progress Productions from London and Windsor, Ontario, and online around the world! Her ‘Summer Glee’ program (theatre and music for youth) is now in its twenty-fifth year, with more programs offered each summer in communities across Canada.

Lesley’s professional activities have included teaching and stage directing appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University, at the Universities of Windsor and Western Ontario, The Guelph Spring Festival, SOLO (Southern Ontario Lyric Opera) and as Head of Vocal Music at George Brown College. She continues to work as a soloist, actor, collaborative recital artist, stage director, adjudicator, and motivational speaker.

In addition to the events taking place in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall that are open to the public, there are numerous sessions running throughout the days of July 22-24 on such topics as music pedagogy and music teaching resources and technology. Anyone can purchase a day pass to any day of the convention for $120 per day. Day passes can be purchased in-person on the desired day at a table in the IBCPA lobby or in advance at the following website which also provides a schedule of all convention activities:

The ORMTA 2022 Kingston Convention is grateful for the support of The Ballytobin Foundation in subsidizing the costs of presenting the convention’s events in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. Additionally, ORMTA would like to acknowledge the lead sponsorship of this convention provided by Queen’s University’s DAN School of Drama and Music and the Faculty of Arts and Science.