News from Gustin House                                                      Vol. 12, no. 2, November 2016

and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.


  Artists for 2017, Canada’s 150th Birthday

Gustin House proudly announces the 13th season of the Lyell Gustin Recital Series, performances by Canadian-born artists from stages national and international!

Flûte Alors! ~ Friday, February 3

Canada’s only professional recorder quartet, Montreal-based Flûte Alors!, is a dynamic and versatile ensemble noted for audacious programs, performance of wide-ranging repertoire, and dazzling virtuosity in displaying the remarkable capabilities of their instruments. The group has appeared with Jeunesse Musicales du Canada and has given concerts in France, Germany, and the USA. Flûte Alors! will perform “Bach’n Jazz” as a co-presentation of Gustin House and Prairie Debut.

Janina Fialkowska, pianist ~ Monday, April 3

An artist of distinction praised around the world for her magnificent lyrical sound, her technical mastery and her sterling musicianship, Janina Fialkowska will give an  all-Chopin recital. Lauded for performance of Classical and Romantic repertoire, she is regarded as one of the great interpreters of the works of Chopin as well as a champion of the music of Liszt and 20th century Polish composers. She concertizes around the globe and has many acclaimed recordings. Now a resident of Bavaria, Ms. Fialkowska is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Oleksander Mycyk, cellist ~ Tuesday, August 22

Returning to his home city, Oleksander Mycyk will perform beloved music from the glorious and richly  expressive string repertoire. Multiple prizewinner in an array of settings, Mr. Mycyk has appeared in concert in Canada, Israel, Scandinavia and the USA. He is a guest orchestral cellist with the Chicago Symphony. Having attained music degrees at the University of Toronto and McGill, he is currently completing a Doctorate in Cello Performance at Northwestern University, Chicago.

All Recitals: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

436 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon

Time: performance 7:30 p.m., pre-concert talk 6:45 p.m.


Season Pass for all three recitals in 2017: $95 regular, $80 student; single recitals are individually priced; children under 12, free if accompanied by an adult

Season Pass and individual tickets for all recitals: McNally Robinson Booksellers, Yamaha Piano Centre,

Saskatoon Academy of Music, Gustin Committee members, or at the door

Season Pass by mail: call Lynne, 306-653-8889


What’s Happening at 512 Tenth Street

A whirlwind of activity has been taking place in the past months, thanks to many hands, and thanks to support of the Lloyd Rodwell Estate, owner of the Gustin property. It has been 11 years since the full interior and exterior restoration of Gustin House, and some 9 years since the important and delicate project of stabilizing and moving the historic Trounce House onto a secure foundation. Though Committee members­–led by Karen Sterner, with the skilled assistance of Lynne Graham–regularly care for the property, elements of the lot and buildings had reached the point of needing specific intervention.

Tree pruning has been taking place, involving both the large, aging spruce in the front yard, as well as the big elm tree in the back after it lost a major limb during a surprise heavy snowfall last month. We are grateful to Arbour Crest Services for timely assistance. In summer, Gregory Schulte spent much time scraping, sanding, and painting to refinish the window trim and the front door of Gustin House in the same hunter-green shade that Lyell Gustin himself had used for the building. Some months ago, work was done on the Trounce House to ensure moisture-proofing and interior stability; for the success of that undertaking, thanks to Peggy Sarjeant and expert carpenter Zach Hauser. Consultation with the City of Saskatoon is in process to arrange the mounting of the heritage designation plaque for Trounce House.

Inside Gustin House, Lynne Graham is attending to the  framed art pieces to remove acid paper and/or refurbish. Archiving continues: Mr. Schulte is classifying musical scores given by Gustin graduates, while Sr. Maureen Maier itemizes artifacts, books, and memorabilia.

The Gustin Steinway grand piano will soon have fine new hammers installed. Purchased by Dr. Gustin in the early 1960s, the piano served his Studio for many years, and is used by performers at all our House programs. Gustin House expresses warmest appreciation to Boyd McDonald and friends from Kitchener-Waterloo and area who have twice organized and presented benefit concerts to help fund restoration of the grand. The most recent of these events took place on June 4, 2016 in the Beckett School at Laurier (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo). Thank you to Jaya Hoy and Lisa Hornung who donated proceeds from a recital they gave earlier in North Battleford. To the musicians and artists, and to everyone contributing to and participating in ongoing maintenance of the heritage property, gratitude!


Programs and Recitals of Summer-Fall 2016

A Pianist and the Bard at Gustin House, June 12

Godwin Friesen performed works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Coulthard at Gustin House in a last local recital before his departure to study piano at Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of Music. Mark von Eschen, who is widely known for his years of leadership as Artistic Director at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, spoke on “Reinventing Shakespeare for your Audience.” The event recognized the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, recalled Lyell Gustin’s interest in drama, and celebrated a Gustin ideal, the young artist on stage.

Lyell Gustin Recital Series with duo526, August 23

Award-winning violinist Kerry DuWors returned home to Saskatoon with pianist Futaba Niekawa to perform in the Recital Series at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Their program, “Nocturne and Tarantella,” spanned two centuries of music, from Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata to works by Copland, Lili Boulanger and Szymanowski. Ms. Niekawa, originally from Japan, is now based in the USA; she and Ms. DuWors, who teaches at Brandon University, have performed as duo526 since meeting in the doctoral program at Eastman in Rochester, NY.  

Choral Music, and Archivist’s Story, September 11

The new season at Gustin House began with a cappella ensemble Camerata Innominata–Kathleen Brannen,  Gary Day, Michael Harris and Jonathan Moore Wright–singing music of Byrd, di Lasso, Vittoria and other Renaissance-era masters, and a 20th century composition by Healey Willan. Nadine Charabin of the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, speaking about “Archival Treasures and Gustin Heritage,” paid tribute to Lloyd Rodwell (1927-1996). This year is the 20th anniversary of Mr. Rodwell’s death, who dedicated his later life and his resources to preserving the Gustin legacy.

György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments, November 6

Soprano Helen Pridmore of Regina and violinist Nadia Francavilla of Fredericton, NB were guest artists at Gustin House to mark the 90th birth anniversary year of Hungarian composer György Kurtág. They performed Kurtág’s monumental work, Kafka Fragments. Scholar and poet Michael Trussler of Regina spoke about Franz Kafka’s writing, giving a context for the intensity of the music. Dr. Pridmore, on faculty at University of Regina, studied with Lyell Gustin, as had her mother Shirley.


Passing of a Gustin Graduate

Irena Bubniuk, on July 29, 2016, in St. Andrews, NB. Concert pianist, university instructor, author of a piano pedagogy series, composer, advocate for Ukrainian music, TV program host, and much-loved piano teacher.


Thank you . . . to our generous and loyal donors: 

Walter and Signe Mossman, Martha Pankratz, Eunice Koehler, Theodore Makeechak, Judy Balon, Ursuline Sisters of Bruno, Kathleen Johnstone, Hugh and Sheryl McKee,  Nestor Shinkewski, Clara and Jake Friesen, and Theresa Skwara and Colin Macdonald through the Saskatoon Community Foundation, all of Saskatoon; Lorne Jackson (Moose Jaw, SK), Herb and Helen Strutt (Kindersley, SK),  Kenneth Adams (Winnipeg), Constance Hunt (Calgary), William Bruneau (Vancouver), Eugenia Powers (Hamilton), and Carmen Mehta (Chicago);

. . .  for gifts received: historic music reference books, Marie Kishchuk; sets of china teacups, Anonymous;

. . . for services: assistance at recitals and House events, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Michael Swan, Ron Buhler Tuning Services, Roger Jolly of Yamaha Piano,  Serendipity Flowers, Edna Thiessen, Alyssa Thompson; yardwork and repairs, Steve Boechler and Jim Graham; phoning, Committee members, and Heather Schnare, Clara Friesen, Helen Henderson, Michael Pomedli and Edna Thiessen; archiving materials, Sr. Maureen Maier; assistance with instruments, Rachel Pomedli (Toronto); various professional services, Zane Hrynewich, Marlene Reinbold, Helen Henderson, Susan Bertolo (Winnipeg), Blair Schmidt (Martensville), Chris Daviduik (Toronto);

. . . for agency funding: grant for recital series of 2016, Saskatchewan Arts Board & SaskCulture/SaskLotteries;

and grant for 2016, Saskatoon Community Foundation;

. . . to our wonderful artists all, and to audiences all!


Scholarship Presented

First prize in the 2016 Lyell Gustin Memorial Piano Competition went to Jasmine Zhang of Regina. Now studying in Ontario, she will perform at Gustin House in 2017. Congratulations to Ms. Zhang, and thank you to Cheryl Steponchev, our scholarship representative.


November is Philanthropy Month

Make an enduring difference for artists and the arts, and for formation of aspiring young musicians. To discuss endowment contributions, and/or to make a gift to the Lyell Gustin Musical Legacy Fund at the Saskatoon Community Foundation, do contact us. Another legacy opportunity­­: remembering Gustin House in your Will.


“When you play Beethoven, think of love for all humanity.”  –Theodor Leschetizky, cited by Lyell Gustin


Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.: Honorary President, Boyd McDonald (Kitchener ON); President, Karen Sterner; Past President, Gregory Schulte; Secretary-treasurer, Joan Halmo; Lynne Graham, and Sheryl McKee.


Contact us:  (306) 373-1451;

Mail: 47 Pony Trail, Riverside Estates, Saskatoon SK  S7T 1A4

–Joan Halmo, editor


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