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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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Important Community Update


Dear MNjcc Members and Friends,

At approximately 10:15 a.m. on March 7, the Miles Nadal JCC received bomb threat that turned out to be a false alarm.
We take all matters concerning security very seriously and by following established protocols our staff were able to evacuate the building in under 10 minutes, taking children and members to safety.
Toronto’s Emergency Services were on site within minutes and conducted a thorough search and called the all-clear. The MNjcc reopened within two hours.
We are working very closely with the Toronto Police and Community Security and feel more secure than ever with their increased vigilance.
Our thanks go out to our Emergency Services and to the hundreds of people from across Toronto’s vast spectrum of diversity, who sent messages of solidarity and support. Together we are stronger.
We’re back in our building and back in business. Thank you to all for your words of support.

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Ellen T. Cole, Executive Director

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Important Notices

Gymnasium closure:
March 29, 7:00 pm - April 1, 2:00 pm


Pool closure:
March 30, 12:00 pm - April 1, 7:00 am.

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