Meet composers in Central Toronto Branch!
Alice Dearden is a Toronto-based music educator and composer who has contributed songs and elementary piano pieces to the Music for Young Children curriculum. Her choral works have been performed by Musicata – Hamilton’s Voices and le Choeur gai d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, the Fountains of the Sun Choir, and the Arizona Girls Chorus, as well as several church choirs. Her choral requiem, Crux, was premiered by the John Laing Singers in May 2016. Her first opera, Victoria, or Tony Gets Schooled, has received a semi-staged reading. She served on the CTB executive for several years, holding the positions of president and secretary. She has also been a Zone Rep (GTA Zone), holding the Canada Music Week and Music Writing Competition portfolios on the ORMTA Provincial Council.
Frank Horvat is an award-winning and critically acclaimed composer and pianist. From performing in classical concerts to playing in The Frank Horvat Band, he maintains an active schedule of recording projects and performances of his own compositions. His portfolio of works consists of chamber, pop/rock, electronic, musical theatre, film, and large ensemble pieces. His music has been premiered on four continents and featured on TV networks like the CBC, HBO & Bravo and a variety of radio stations internationally.
A graduate of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Frank is also very active within the field of music education. Along with maintaining a private teaching studio working with piano, theory, and composition students, Frank regularly conducts workshops and master classes, adjudicates festivals, and authors articles on music education. Frank is past President of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and Lakeshore Arts. From 1999 to 2011, Frank was a member of the RCM College of Theory Examiners.
Residing in Toronto, Frank is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Canadian League of Composers and is passionate about social issues related to human rights and the environment. Learn more about his upcoming projects at frankhorvat.com.
Estella Mellisa (artist name of Sabine Beblo) completed all her advanced studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music: Music Theory and Performance with Leslie Kinton, Pedagogy with Daryl Irvine and Composition with Dr. Roman Toi and Janet Fothergill. She holds the Advanced Theory Certificate with First Class Honours and the Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificates with Honours and has successfully taught and composed for over 25 years.
Her contemporary classical-style piano compositions are written in a great variety of major and major keys and are suitable for Level 8 students to learn and enjoy.
Her compositions have been well received by a number of ORMTA members and here are some quotes from ORMTA composers:
"Lovely music" - Maria Case
"Very nice" - Alice Dearden
'Very melodic" - Susan Griesdale
Score Book and CD of Piano Pieces, Vol.I (Collection of 18 Pieces), Opus 12 available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org