Date(s) - 10/01/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mint Music Yonge & Dundas
Join us for the Toronto Guitar School’s RockBand & Ensemble Auditions! It’s always FREE to audition! All instruments and levels are welcome!
We will be aiming to start up new additional bands this month and fill a few spots in our existing RockBands and Ensembles that rehearse weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During your audition, a Toronto Guitar School instructor will interview you about your past experience, playing ability, musical interests and hear you play. After the audition session, each member will be put into groups to get ready for band rehearsals!
HOW IT WORKS
Bring your instrument to the audition so you can meet and jam with others. We will provide all the necessary amps and sound equipment you will need for the audition. A drum set, piano and/or keyboard, guitar amps and a PA will be available for those that need it. You’ll also get a chance to tour our studios and have all your questions answered. Each group will be supervised by a Toronto Guitar School instructor who will assist with the running or organization of the rehearsals.
Members that come to the RockBand auditions will have the opportunity to attend weekly rehearsals starting the week of Monday, January 14th, 2019. Weekly rehearsals are 1 hour in length and cost as low as $20 per session.
Mint Music and The Toronto Guitar School organize free school concerts 3x a year open to the public which your group is welcome to perform at. Other performance opportunities, professional recording and video services also exist for those that are interested.
As a special thank you for those that join our RockBand program, you will get:
A GIFT CERTIFICATE for 50% OFF a 1 HOUR PRIVATE MUSIC LESSON at the Toronto Guitar School or Mint Music – a savings of $37.50!*
* this offer only applies to new students only not those currently enrolled in private lessons at the Toronto Guitar School or Mint Music. Offer expires on the last class of your RockBand session. Subject to teacher availability. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
We look forward to meeting everyone and welcoming you into our musical community!
TORONTO GUITAR SCHOOL TEACHERS
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Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Andre Valerio is in high demand as a guitarist, composer, and arranger. Andre’s versatility has taken him around the world to perform in important music festivals and venues in Canada, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil. His interest in music began at a very young age after listening to Brazil’s most enduring musical genres, Bossa Nova. Inspired to compose and arrange since he was a teenager, for many years Andre studied classical guitar, jazz and Latin music among other styles. His deep passion for music led him to learn six instruments: acoustic guitar, piano, mandolin, cavaquinho, bass and electric guitar.
Julia Henderson is a is a Toronto-born soprano, instrumentalist, composer, producer, and internet artist. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Western Ontario where she studied with Canadian tenor Torin Chiles and is currently completing her Master’s in Music Technology and Digital Media at the University of Toronto.
As an opera singer, Julia has performed all over the country, appearing as a soprano soloist for Orchestra London, Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Opera NUOVA, ORIANA Women’s Choir, and the Metropolitan Church Choir. As a digital recording artist, she has fully produced and released 36 tracks, has performed on 25 tracks and has been credited as a performer or arranger on 14 full-length albums.
In addition to performing, composing, and producing, Julia loves teaching and has been doing so for over a decade. Julia has taught voice, piano, guitar, and music theory at a variety of reputable institutions, including the Toronto District School Board. Julia believes that learning through exploration is key and provides a comfortable and nurturing environment in which to explore and have fun through music and song.
Julia’s love of music is complemented by her love of language and lyric diction. She is certified bilingual and continues to study Italian, Russian, and German in her spare time.
Glen Alan is a professional musician, composer, recording producer and a passionate music educator. Glen holds his Music Performance Diploma from Humber College (First Class Honours). Glen has been playing, recording and teaching music professionally for over 20 years.
Glen Alan has collaborated and performed with internationally recognized artists such as Keifer Sutherland, David (Soulfingers) Williamson, Jackie Richardson, Don Ross, Paul Delong (Earth Wind and Fire), Brian Dickinson, Wendell Fergerson, Dylan Bell & Suba Sankaran, Christopher Plock, Natalie McMaster, Tim Bovaconti, Lenny Soloman, and many others…
Paul studied at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Music. He is an Irish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and touring musician for over 12 years. Career highlights to date include performing across Europe and North America, as well as accumulating over 4 million streams of original compositions through independent releases in addition to working with artists such as Sir. Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Sarah MacDougall, and many more. He has previous experience as a music producer for theatrical shows such as independent Irish play “Two of Clubs” and as a sound designer/engineer “Scene + Heard Festival.”
Daniel Ramjattan started performing on the guitar at ten years old in Stratford, Ontario. After studying with Dave Santandrea for several years, he began studies with Wilma Van Berkel. Since then, his playing has become increasingly distinguished in Canada. Most recently, Daniel placed second in the 2016 FCMF National Music Competition, held in Edmonton, Alberta. In the past, he received the second place prize in the National level of the Canadian Music Competition and First Prize in the Concours de Guitare Outaouais-Gatineau.
He received the Domaine Forget International Music Academy guitar award in 2013 as well as the first prize in the Open Level of the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Guitar competition in both 2014 and 2016. Daniel also placed as a finalist in the 2014 Hamilton International Guitar Competition. Daniel has received lessons and masterclasses from world-renowned guitarists such as Denis Azabagic, Jorge Caballero, Pavel Steidl, Sergio Assad, Lorenzo Micheli, Pepe Romero, Fabio Zanon, Bruce Holzman, Remi Boucher, and Jerome Ducharme. He recently received the Nalini Perera Scholarship from the University of Ottawa, which will permit him to study with Lorenzo Micheli in Austria and Italy in Summer 2017.
Daniel has a particular love for new music and the music of new composers and has premiered works by Daniel Mehdizadeh, Raphael Weinroth-Browne, Julian Bertino, and several others, which can be found on his Youtube channel. He looks forward to premiering a work by Ricardo Mateus with Zac Pulak in Vienna in 2018.
He most recently became a member of the Ottawa New Music Creators, and his bio is featured on their website. He is part of a dynamic new ensemble, known as The Ramjattan-Pulak Machine, or RPM Duo, with percussionist Zac Pulak, and they have recently been slated for several concerts across Quebec, Edmonton, and Winnipeg in 2017-2018. He also frequently performs in recital and in concert with violinist Marlena Pellegrino in the InfraRed Ensemble.
Daniel holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor of Music Degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Ottawa. He also studied with world-renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman in Tallahassee, Florida for a semester in Fall 2014. Daniel will be pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto with Dr. Jeffrey McFadden in Fall 2017.