Songwriters at Kiwanis

Students Ellie Edwards achieved First Place in Songwriting Elementary with a mark of 88% and Kaitlyn Purvis achieved Second Place in Songwriting Secondary with a mark of 85%.
I am so very proud of them!!!!!!!

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Kiwanis Songbirds Part 3 – Ellie

Eleanor Edwards, new to jazz vocals, wowed the crowd and judges with her rendition of the classic Lullaby of Birdland, received first place in the Jazz or Blues 13 & Under Class and was invited to sing the song at the Vocal Finals. She also went on to place second in the Self-accompanied Pop 13 & Under Class. Next she participates in the Songwriting Elementary Class. Great job Ellie!

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Kiwanis Songbirds Part 2 – Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn Purvis was a first year participant in Kiwanis this season.  Last week she received two third place finishes in talent packed classes. With an 84% in the n Self Accompanied Pop 17 & Over Class, and a whopping 88% in the Triple Sensation 17 & Over Class, Kailtyn proved herself in illustrious company. Not to mention she captivated both audiences with her charm and grace. Next Kaitlyn will participate in the Song-Writing Secondary Class and work towards recording an EP of a selection of her songs.

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Kiwanis Songbirds Part 1 – Ariel

Ariel Detering, a second year Kiwanis participant, came home with three First Place finishes last week. She received first place certificates and ribbons in Pop Voice Solo Open, Jazz or Blues 17 & Over and Voice Microphone Solo 19 & Over (for which she was invited to perform in the Voice Finals). Congratulations to Ariel, all your hard work paid off!

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Silver Belles Success

I have been meaning to post these photos taken at the MacMillan Music Studio’s Holiday Coffeehouse, Silver Belles, for some time. Featured here are Ellie Edwards, Ariel Detering and Kaitlyn Purvis as well as accompanist, Brenda Horst, and yours truly. We had a wonderful afternoon filled with friends and family and music. I was (and am) so proud of these three young women. They were gracious with the audience and generous in the sharing of their talents. Congratulations ladies on an unqualified success!  Coming up next: all three will be participating in the 2012 Stratford Kiwanis Music Festival in a number of classes.  Best of luck ladies!


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Give The Gift of Music

Beginning this Holiday Season, I am pleased to offer Gift Certificates for Music Instruction. Is there someone on your list who has always wanted to take a voice lesson, learn to play piano or write their own songs? A gift certificate may be just the encouragement they need!

Certificates can be purchased in any amount you wish.  Instructional time is billed at $20/half hour.

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Santa’s Parade of Lights

This year The MacMillan Music Studio had a float entry in Stratford’s Parade of Lights on Sunday, November 27th.  It was cold and rainy but we prevailed (and had fun too!).  The crowd was in good spirits with lots of waves and smiles in spite of the wet weather.

The parade was broadcast live by Rogers TV and will be rebroadcast as follows:  December 3 @ 6:00PM, December 4 @ 4:30PM, December 10 @ 6:00PM, December 11 @ 7:00PM, December 17 @ 6:00PM and December 18 @ 4:30PM.

Studio piano students Alessandra and Keeley pose as Santa’s helpers, Bumble and Jingle (they made up their own names) and assisted during the parade festivities by ringing sleigh bells and handing out yummy candy canes to children (and to kids at heart) in the crowd.  Many thanks girls!

Special thanks go to Glen Anderson who provided the red pickup on loan for the parade and to Mark Machan for making the signs, setting up the sound and lights and for being our driver for the event.

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Hallowe’en Spooky Open House

On October 31st, here at the studio, we had our first Hallowe’en Open House.  It was great to gather in our ghouly outfits for some social time before heading out to trick-or-treat.  Some piano was performed, Bowie (our border collie) got a workout, and a great deal of candy was enjoyed!  Thanks to all the families who made time to come and it was great to meet some of your friends for the first time as well!

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Summer 2011 Singer Songwriter Workshop

The Summer 2011 Singer Songwriter Workshop was a great success.  With only 4 participants, each had an opportunity to explore a number of original compositions and perform them at the final “coffee-house” concert.  I hired someone to video-tape the show and all the great performances but he accidentally erased the content from the photo card before getting the data to me (!!!) – so, you’ll just have to take my word for it – the performances were truly fantastic – there was a good deal of talent on display and we all had fun doing it.

A special thanks to Sean Blute, Assistant Manager at the Long and McQuade Stratford store for helping to facilitate and for being such an enthused audience member on that last day.  And also a thank you to Kailyn D’Orazio, Music Education Centre Administrator there for helping me set up all the equipment and for being so positive all week long!









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