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The Whispering River Music Games

A Fun Day For String Players Gr. 3 And Up!

Saturday March 4th 2023 10am - 2:30pm

Foley Community Hall / 60 Rankin Lake Road, Foley, ON 

Artistic Director Brenda Margaret Muller


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9:45 am Arrival

10:00 am Instrument Warm up/tune up

10:15 - 11:15 am Strings Workshops 

  • Best of Basics Workshop with David McFadden

  • Small Group Sessions in Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass with Whispering River Music Faculty

11:20 - 12:10 pm

  • Older students: Masterclass for String Players of any level with David McFadden​

  • Younger students: Orff Schulwerk with Zach Louch and Shannon Lai

12:15 - 12:45 pm Pizza Lunch

12:45 - 1:15 pm Open Stage Ensemble Concert

1:15 - 2:15 pm Cubano Music Workshop lead by Neil Gardiner

2:15 - 2:30 pm Concert Grand Finale Jam with Strings, Piano and Claves

2:30 pm Pick up

Special Guests

Neil Gardiner

Neil Gardiner is a Toronto-based Musician, Composer and Performance Artist for piano, trombone, and voice. A graduate of Yale University with studies in Ethnomusicology, Neil has a diverse range of musical interests with genres ranging from Classical, Jazz, Latin and World Beat to exploring African, Caribbean and Mediterranean folkloric music and cultural traditions. He has run organizations in the non-profit arts sector including the ‘Canadian League of Composers’, ‘Small World Music’, and ‘Worlds of Music Toronto’, presenting music workshops in diverse musical traditions. Neil has performed and recorded with numerous musical ensembles in musical styles including pop, swing, African pop music, Indian classical music, Persian traditional music and Afro-Cuban music. Neil is pleased to be presenting a Cuban composition and exploring some basics of Cuban music with the participants in this Whispering River session. NEIL performs with the Cuban music ensemble, ‘Papalote’ and their music can be heard here: NEIL will be presenting a session for strings and others that will explore the clave rhythm and its variations as well as presenting a song “Veinte Años” (“20 Years”). A version of the song “Veinte Años” as performed by ‘Papalote’ can be found at this link:

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David McFadden.

A graduate of Utrecht’s Conservatorium in Holland after completing a First Class Honours ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music here in Toronto, David McFadden performed with the Toronto Symphony for 16 seasons. He is well-known as an outstanding, leading musician in the recording studio and freelance music scene of Toronto and is currently the Concert Master of Huronia Symphony in Barrie. His long list of affiliations includes the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet, Kitchener Symphony, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Symphony Nova Scotia. David McFadden’s varied career has taken him from chamber music to musical theatre where he was Concertmaster for shows like Ragtime, ShowBoat and Sunset Blvd. Other shows include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast. Other ventures have included recordings and concerts with a wide range of musical styles and performers such as Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Bobby Vinton, Peter Gabriel, Donny Osmond, Andrea Bocelli, Blue Rodeo, and Josh Groban to name a few. Mr. McFadden is actively involved in music ministry with his wife Julie in the local church and beyond. They are the Directors of Music at the Muskoka Bible Centre since 2019. As Concertmaster of the Huronia Symphony, Mr.McFadden’s consummate mastery of the violin is much admired in our area, as well as nationally. He is a much-loved and respected Barrie studio teacher, who teaches Strings privately out of his Music Studio in Midhurst. He also runs Bravura House, maker of all levels of stringed instruments and accessories, providing sales and rentals to string players across North America. David continues study in advanced violin repair, bow making, and bow re-hairing & repair at the University of New Hampshire’s Violin Craftsmanship Institute.

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With Whispering River Music Faculty

Brenda Margaret Muller, Director, Cello

Zach Louch, Orff Schulwerk, Bass

Shannon Lai, Suzuki Method, Cello

Alex Andrews, Violin/Viola

Register by February 18th

Attendance limited to 40

$20/Participant + Optional $5 Pizza Lunch

This is not a school or board sponsored activity.

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