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Music Faculty Bios

Gretchen Paxson-Abbergersmiling woman holding violin

Director, MNjcc Suzuki Program and Music Department

Gretchen lives in Toronto where she is the Artistic Director as well as a violin teacher at the Miles Nadal JCC Suzuki Program, now in its 25th year, and Chair of the MNjcc Music Department. Gretchen also teaches at the North York Suzuki School of Music. Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College where she studied painting with Pat Adams, violin with Jacob Glick, and composition with Henry Brant. She received her undergraduate degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and completed her Masters degree in Baroque Violin in the Mannes College of Music’s Historical Performance Department.

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Klezmer Ensemble

Eric Stein looks out from behind a violin that is covering half his face.Conductor: Eric Stein

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Tuesdays, November 1 – May 23, 2017

Instrumentalists are welcome to this inspiring chamber group. Develop solid arranging and ensemble-playing skills while exploring the fundamentals of Klezmer music.

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Community Choir: Auditioned

a choir assembled on stage with dramatic lightingConductor: Harriet Wichin
Assistant Conductor: Asher Farber
A dynamic 75 member SATB auditioned choir. Sing world, jazz, classical, Jewish, folk, gospel and pop music. Program is augmented with guest conductors and workshop leaders such as Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez (Spain), Aaron Jensen, Micah Barnes and others.

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Daytime Choir

Four people look off camera and are singing, a woman is front and centre. a man at the back left is mid-clap


September 6 - August 15, 2017
1:00 – 2:30 pm

$125 full year; $5 drop-in fee per rehearsal.

2% CIF plus HST charges may apply

Are you an adult who LOVES to sing? No experience or sight-reading necessary. Large co-ed choir! Join us, and fill your life with the joy of singing in harmony. Conductor: Gillian Stecyk

Sing Motown!

Thursdays, April 20 – June 15, 2017 (no class June 1)
7:00 – 8:30 pm

8-week course: $90 + 2% CIF (no HST)

Conductor: Gillian Stecyk

Eight weeks devoted to Motown favourites! Enjoy the repertoire, vocal technique, and train your ear to harmony. All are welcome. No experience or audition required.

Opera For All

Visiting Artist, Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez, returns for this hit program. Whether you are an amateur singer or experienced chorister, this is for you. Learn popular Opera Choruses in Italian and French. Choose between daytime or evening rehearsals. All levels welcome. Learning materials provided.

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